Tate St Ives (c) Hufton + Crow

Tate St Ives to reopen this weekend

Simon Stephens, 11.10.2017
Cornwall gallery completes £20m redevelopment
The new Tate St Ives opens this weekend following the completion of its long-awaited redevelopment.

Plans to extend the Cornwall gallery were first announced more than 10 years ago but the scheme has gone through a number of changes to take into account the views of those living in the town. The £20m four-year building project has doubled the space for showing art, adding almost 600 sq m of galleries, as well as new studios for learning activities.

"This has been a while coming but it feels every bit worth it,” said Mark Osterfield, the executive director of Tate St Ives. “We had discussions with the local community over a number of years, some of them quite robust, but the result is that we have ended up with a better project.

"I think this project is about two things – it is about art, but it is also about people," Osterfield said.

The Jamie Fobert Architects-designed extension links to the original building by Evans and Shalev. Tate St Ives, which first opened in 1993, was built to accommodate 70,000 visitors a year but it now attracts an average of 250,000.

The gallery has reopened with a £5 annual pass for Cornwall residents, offering unlimited entry to Tate St Ives and the Barbara Hepworth Museum and Sculpture Garden, which Tate also manages. Standard adult admission to Tate St Ives is £9.50.

Project funders include Cornwall Council, Arts Council England, Coastal Communities Fund, Heritage Lottery Fund and the DCMS/Wolfson Museums and Galleries Improvement Fund.