Cornwall, Guide

There is more to Cornwall than its dramatic coastline and quaint fishing villages. They say that it was the light that attracted numerous artists to the small seaside town of St Ives. When Tate Gallery opened an outpost in 1993, it gave visitors the opportunity to experience the works of several iconic 20th century artists who lived and worked in the town. Together with the Barbara Hepworth Museum and Leach Pottery, it is the perfect art tour for a weekend getaway.

Barbara Hepworth Studio and Garden
Trewyn Studio in situated in a small steep side street in the centre of St Ives. It used to be Barbara Hepworth’s home from 1949 until 1975. Following her wish to establish her home and studio as a museum, it was placed in the care of the Tate Gallery in 1980. The garden hosts some of her most remarkable bronze, stone and wood sculptures while smaller sculptures, paintings, drawings and archival materials are on display inside the house. Her outside studio space looks like she just left in a few moments ago. The entire museum is rather small, but you want to spend your whole day there because it has this overwhelming beauty to it.

Barnoon Hill, TR26 1AD
Monday to Sunday 10am – 5.20pm

tate.org.uk

Barbara Hepworth Studio and Garden, St Ives, Photo: franklyyours

Barbara Hepworth Studio and Garden, St Ives, Photo: franklyyours

Barbara Hepworth Studio and Garden, St Ives, Photo: franklyyours

Barbara Hepworth Studio and Garden, St Ives, Photo: franklyyours

Barbara Hepworth Studio and Garden, St Ives, Photo: franklyyours

Barbara Hepworth Studio and Garden, St Ives, Photo: franklyyours

Barbara Hepworth Studio and Garden, St Ives, Photo: franklyyours

Barbara Hepworth Studio and Garden, St Ives, Photo: franklyyours

Barbara Hepworth Studio and Garden, St Ives, Photo: franklyyours

Barbara Hepworth Studio and Garden, St Ives, Photo: franklyyours

Leach Pottery
Bernard Leach spent the first three years of his life in Japan and stayed deeply connected with the country and its traditions for his entire life. He later studied at the Slade School of Fine Art in London before returning to Japan where he met the famous potter Shōji Hamada. They became friends and, in 1920, returned together to St Ives to start Leach’s pottery there. He collaborated with countless modern artists in the coming years. His own work was and still is, as beautiful as it is useful – and affordable. There is a small shop next to the museum that sells Leach’s Standard Ware as well as pottery by contemporary artists who work at the pottery today.

Higher Stennack, TR26 2HE
Monday to Sunday 10am – 5pm

leachpottery.com

Leach Standard Ware, Courtesy: Leach Pottery, Photo: Sarah White

Leach Standard Ware, Courtesy: Leach Pottery, Photo: Sarah White

Pottery Cottage, Courtesy: Leach Pottery, Photo: Matthew Tyas

Pottery Cottage, Courtesy: Leach Pottery, Photo: Matthew Tyas

Tate St Ives
After a four-year building project, Tate St Ives re-opened to the public in fall 2017 having doubled the space for showing art. Now the museum can provide a permanent presence to the several iconic 20th century artists who lived and worked in the town and as well as host a new programme of large-scale seasonal shows.

Porthmeor Beach, TR26 1TG
Monday to Sunday 10am – 5.20pm

tate.org.uk

Tate St Ives, Courtesy: Tate St Ives

Tate St Ives, Courtesy: Tate St Ives

Tate St Ives, Courtesy: Tate St Ives

Tate St Ives, Courtesy: Tate St Ives

Installation view, Patrick Heron, Tate St Ives, Photo: franklyyours

Installation view, Patrick Heron, Tate St Ives, Photo: franklyyours

My Favourite Cornwall Spots

The Hidden Hut is a small daytime eatery directly on Porthcurnick Beach. It is famous for their barbecue feasts.

Hotel Tresanton just turned 20 this year. This chic hotel is set on the sea’s edge offering breathtaking views and delicious food at its beach club.

Port Isaac is a tiny picturesque fishing village on the north coast. Try to go in the morning in order to get a fresh crab sandwich in the harbour.

Coombeshead Farm is the most talked about food destination in Cornwall. I did not go but I certainly will next time!

St Mawes, Beach Club of Hotel Tresanton, Photo: franklyyours

St Mawes, Beach Club of Hotel Tresanton, Photo: franklyyours