Tate St Ives

31st Jul 2014

I am currently visiting St Ives to undertake some research for a possible Sounds Like Art project in 2015.

St Ives is a vibrant art colony on the North Penwith coast, in Cornwall, with a rich artistic heritage. With its unique quality of light, clear blue skies, pretty cobbled streets lined with picture-perfect fisherman’s cottages and beautiful harbour, it is no surprise that potter Bernard Leach, artist Ben Nicholson and sculptor Barbara Hepworth lived in the town, to name a few. In 2003 Tate St Ives opened and the gallery displays British and international modern and contemporary art and includes The Barbara Hepworth Museum and Sculpture Garden. 

I have had a wonderful time roaming the streets, visiting small – and large – galleries and especially spending time at the Tate and at The Barbara Hepworth Museum and Sculpture Garden. The project I would like to develop for Sounds Like Art involves exploring the artistic heritage and legacy in three Penwith coastal towns renowned for their artistic activity. Over the last ten years I have visited this part of Cornwall with increasing regularity. I find peace in coming to Penwith and often spend my days composing music, writing and taking long walks along the coast. 

In planning any project there is a great amount of research and coming to St Ives has really opened my eyes to the possibility of a very unique and culturally rich project. I cannot divulge any more information at this stage  (even though I would love to, as I am extremely excited!) other than to say watch this space. 

Emily Peasgood




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