Tate St Ives museum in United Kingdom reopens with “The Studio and the Sea”
Blending with the old and the new is recently reopened Tate St Ives, a quarter of Britain’s famed museums
First announced in 2015, the Tate St Ives Project is two-fold: refurbish the existing art gallery, which opened in 1993, adding learning and visitors facilities in a cone-shaped room atop the original gallery; and build an extension that will double the venue’s exhibition space and accommodate larger-scale artworks and installations. After shutting its doors for 18 months, the Cornish-outpost of Britain’s iconic museum has reopened.
Tate St Ives reopened with “The Studio and the Sea,” on March 31, a program that consists of two exhibitions about the ocean, the landscape and the ceramics studio.
In the venue’s ocean-facing galleries will be large-scale paintings, films and sculptures by British artist Jessica Warboys, for whom the coast and landscape are a source of inspiration. The show will include two specially commissioned works: “Sea Painting, Zennor 2015,” made by casting mineral pigments onto a damp, folded canvas, then submerging it in the sea; and “Hill of Dreams,” a film drawing from a book by Welsh fantasy writer Arthur Machen.
The second exhibition will explore 100 years of studio pottery via 80 works from Europe, Japan and North America. “That Continuous Thing: Artists and the Ceramics Studio, 1920 – Today” looks at the rise of studio pottery and the new generation of UK-based artists.
When complete, the smaller galleries of the original building will lead into the vast new exhibition space, topped with a roof garden and a walkway with views of the ocean. The project’s first phase is now complete, as the existing gallery prepares to reopen ahead of the busy summer season.
“The Studio and the Sea” runs through September 3.
For more information, visit Tate St Ives.