Tate St Ives – Rooftops and seagulls soar above
Tate St Ives – Rooftops – this is a quick sketch of the St Ives rooftops viewed from the excellent cafe (great coffee) at the newly re-furbished Tate St Ives.
The architecture of the gallery is sublime, the views across the sea, stupendous but I took a moment to look in some detail at the surrounding residential property’s rooftops and what atmosphere!
St Ives has several sides to it: culture and artistic history – Alfred Wallis, Ben Nicholson, Barbara Hepworth to name just a few. The town was once the centre of the English avant-garde art scene owing to its light and fantastic views. It is now a mecca for Cornish sea-side visitors – and still for its arty followers.
The re-furbished gallery now contains more examples of art produced in Cornwall alongside special exhibitions – as when I visited and enjoyed paintings inspired by Virginia Woolf’s ‘To the Lighthouse’.