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Tate Gallery, St Ives An Architectural Treat
Tate Gallery (St Ives)
Member Name: norm32
Tate Gallery (St Ives)
Date: 04/12/00, updated on 04/12/00 (87 review reads)
Advantages: Free for uner 18 & over 60s
Disadvantages: bottom of a big hill
I visited the Tate Gallery in St Ives after having read an opinion from “Picasso” in dooyoo.
I was very fortunate because there was a break in the weather and the day was glorious. It was a sunny December day ( a rarity) which was very fortunate indeed
because the car park was on top of a big hill. As a “silver surfer” it was a disadvantage having to walk down the hill,and an even bigger one having to climb
back up it afterwards. However it was worth it.
A great advantage for me was that because I am “past my prime” I was allowed in free. Thank you Tate and Cornwall county Council.
When my wife and I entered we were treated with courtesy and friendliness.
This is often lacking in the UK as I discovered after I had been to California to see my son and was so well treated over there.
The building is wonderful, it is finished in a white material and it is full of curves and its windows overlook the most beautiful view of the Atlantic ocean. From
one window you can see simply sand and sea, and on the sea lots of little black dots
that looked like seals but were in fact surfers in their wet suits.
I think it is fair to say that the building is well worth a visit whatever paintings are on view. The collection changes regularly and at present there is a collection of painting by what is often call Cornish Artists. However when you read what is saidabout them you discover that not one of them (as far as I was aware) was Cornish.
They had migrated there from all over the place and had become known as the St.Ives Colony. amongst other names. It made fascinating reading.
I did not really like a lot of the work there at this time and was disappointed
because I assumed that they would have brought works in from the Tate in London . I
was wrong. It appears that they do not have the storage space!
A chap named John Virtue, who I believe to be one of their resident artists
didsome interesting large black and white paintings of the Exe estuary which are nice.
To add a finishing touch they have a nice cafe on the top floor and the menu
(and smell of the food) was very good.
I then walked around to the Barbara Hepworth Museum. The studio where she
worked and lived was most interesting although I like to touch sculptures and this is not allowed. She has some huge statues in the garden and it is really quite pleasant -
but of course it wasn’t raining. This too is well worth a visit. (Especially if you are
under 18 or over 60 when it is free.)
So you real surfers, if ever the sea is too flat or too choppy for what you came to St
Ives for, why not enjoy something different , and you Internet surfers you can see better paintings on the net but you can’t experience the place. It well worth coming in person.
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