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Tate Gallery, St. Ives re-opens

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Tate Gallery St. Ives re-opens

The gallery has re-opened after a refurbishment project during which the gallery shut its doors for 18 months.

The gallery, which sits on the golden sands of Porthmeor Beach, Cornwall, and is just round the corner from the house once occupied by sculptor Barbara Hepworth, was due to be shut for only six months.

However, problems with the gallery building – which first opened in 1993 – kept it shut for an extra year.  The re-opening marks the first phase of the gallery’s vast expansion project. In the autumn, a new 500 sq metres gallery extension built into the rocks behind the original building will finally open its doors.

The exhibition opening the gallery is twofold. On display in the large curved gallery, which looks out over the Atlantic Ocean, is one of the largest sea paintings by British artist Jessica Warboys.

In the newly refurbished galleries, another exhibition explores 100 years of studio pottery and brings together contemporary British ceramists including Jesse Wine and Aaron Angell, with works from Cornwall, Japan, the US west coast and the UK.

Link to video showing scope of refurbishment and extension project

 

 

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