Celebrating the new Tate St Ives

Exterior shot of the Gallery. Credit © Dennis Gilbert.

Photo from the exhibition by Rebecca Warren. Credit Rebecca Warren: All That Heaven Allows. Photo © Tate. Rebecca Warren, Tate St. Ives, September 2017

Cornwall Council today Friday 13 October congratulated Tate St Ives on their reopening and unveiling of a fantastic extension which will see visitors benefit from a doubling of the gallery space and spectacular new studios for learning activities which have been created to meet growing demand from schools and families across Cornwall.

The project to extend the gallery finally gives Tate St Ives enough space to accommodate the quarter of a million visitors it welcomes each year and to display a year-round exhibition of works by the St Ives Modernists for the first time.  Tate St Ives has generated over £11m each year for the local economy and this redevelopment will ensure that the gallery remains a ‘must see’ cultural destination.

Cornwall Council created Tate St Ives in 1993 and has supported the project to extend and refurbish the gallery from the beginning, providing £4.5m of capital funding towards acquiring the land for the extension, designing and delivering this stunning new gallery. Funding has also been provided by the Arts Council England, Heritage Lottery Fund and Coastal Communities Fund as well as many private trusts, foundations and individuals. The Cornwall Council capital funding contribution of £4.5m was allocated as follows:


  • £1.5m land acquisition.
  • £500,000 development funding.
  • £2m delivery funding.
  • £500,000 match funding for maximising gallery space.

Councillor Paynter, Council Leader, said: “Cornwall Council understands what Tate St Ives and the wider cultural sector has to offer the people of Cornwall and the world – it celebrates the unique artistic history of the county, and continues to champion the importance of creativity in our lives and in our future.

“The Tate delivers value not only to our own communities but also in terms of our national and international profile. By investing in Tate St Ives we are supporting culture but are also generating almost 200 jobs in the wider local economy as a result of increased visitor numbers over the coming decade.”

Councillor Robinson, Cornwall Councillor for St Ives East, said: “Cornwall Council have supported culture and creativity in Cornwall by investing in this amazing new exhibition space and the refurbishment of the original building.  This project has created fantastic new facilities for education and will enable Tate St Ives to show permanently works from their St Ives Modernist collections.”

The new exhibition space will be launched with shows by Rebecca Warren and a Modern Art and St Ives display. Entry is free for members. More information about Tate St Ives can be found on their website.

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