The Arts in Cornwall
Porthmeor Beach, St Ives
The Cornish town of St Ives has attracted painters for over a century, so it only makes sense that it is home to one of the infamous Tate galleries. The gallery is situated with a fantastic view over Porthmeor Beach close to the home of Alfred Wallis and the studios used by many of the artists whose works are exhibited here. It has been designed to show works of art in the surroundings in which they were created.
The gallery is a three storey building backing directly into the cliff face. The site is dramatic. It drops 50ft from cliff top to beach, with entrances at both levels.
On the roof, as on the deck of a ship about to set sail, is the restaurant. From it the view extends over the rooftops of the town and its harbour, out to sea, along the horizon from Clodgy Point over St Ives Bay to the Godrevy Lighthouse. The building is a spectacular piece of art in its own right.
Newlyn Art Gallery
The Newlyn Art Gallery was built with money from the well-known philanthropist John Passmore Edwards. It opened in 1895 where artists and craftspeople known as the Newlyn School exhibited their work prior to sending it to the Royal Academy and other prestigious showings. The Newlyn Art Gallery continues today, as it was originally established for, to serve as a place to show the works of contemporary artists. Alongside the changing programme of exhibits is an education programme to support the broad range of different works presented. This is just one of the features which have attracted the large amounts of funding from both local and national funds.
The gallery attracts visitor numbers of around 30,000 per year, and steadily increasing due to the large amounts of funding the gallery has attracted in recognition for its performance as a regional and national venue.