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Now Booking Tate St Ives Collection route

Modern Art and St Ives with Naum Gabo

Until 31 December 2020

© Rikard Österlund 

Explore the histories and ideas of Modern Art in St Ives, and discover the work of Naum Gabo and Emily Speed

This one-way route through Tate St Ives guides you through the gallery, with breathtaking views out to Porthmeor beach. You will have the opportunity to see the Modern Art and St Ives displays alongside the Naum Gabo: Constructions for Real Life exhibition.

You can visit all or some of the galleries on this route, as long as you follow the one-way system designed to keep all visitors safe. There will also be access to toilets and the gallery shop.

What you can see

Modern Art and St Ives explores the histories and ideas of modern artists working in and around St Ives during the last century. The artworks displayed introduce the local, national and international significance of a creative community that is still thriving today.

In the Naum Gabo exhibition, you can gain insight into the works a pioneer of international Constructivism. Gabo created work responding to the ideas, materials and technologies of the 20th century. 2020 marks the 100th anniversary of his influential declaration The Realistic Manifesto. The exhibition marks this moment by presenting an extensive selection of Gabo's groundbreaking work including sculptures, models, designs and prints that bought time, space and industrial materials into art for modern life.

There will also be an opportunity to see Emily Speed: Rooms Designed for a Woman.

Artwork highlights

Dame Barbara Hepworth, 'Image II' 1960
Dame Barbara Hepworth
Image II 1960
© Bowness
William Scott, 'The Harbour' 1952
William Scott
The Harbour 1952
In memory of William Scott, a partial gift of Robert Scott and partial loan from the American Fund for the Tate Gallery, courtesy of James Scott 2012
© reserved
Wilhelmina Barns-Graham, 'Red Form' 1954
Wilhelmina Barns-Graham
Red Form 1954
© Wilhelmina Barns-Graham Trust
Denis Mitchell, 'Turning Form' 1959
Denis Mitchell
Turning Form 1959
© The estate of Denis Mitchell
Sandra Blow, 'Vivace' 1988
Sandra Blow
Vivace 1988
© The estate of Sandra Blow
Naum Gabo, 'Head No. 2' 1916, enlarged version 1964
Naum Gabo
Head No. 2 1916, enlarged version 1964
The Work of Naum Gabo © Nina & Graham Williams / Tate, 2020

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Exhibition Guide

Naum Gabo

Find out more about our exhibition at Tate St Ives


Tate St Ives
Porthmeor Beach
St Ives
TR26 1TG
Plan your visit


20 July – 31 December 2020

From 27 July

Currently booking until 27 September


(with gallery admission) FREE with ticket for Members

  • Timed tickets must be booked online before visiting
  • All visitors, including Members and Local's Pass holders, need to book a ticket

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  • Carefully managed visitor numbers
  • A one-way route through the exhibition spaces
  • Increased cleaning regimes in toilets and high use areas
  • Protective screens on desks and counters
  • Hand sanitiser dispensers throughout the gallery
  • The cloakroom is closed so avoid bringing bulky coats or bags


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