Tate St Ives has announced that it will close for four months from 27 January to allow building work to continue. Plans include the creation of a two-storey learning centre for visitors and a purpose built permanent exhibition space to house a gallery to represent the British post war artists who flourished in the vicinity of the gallery. A spokesman for the Tate said when it opened in 1993; ” its aim was to celebrate the history and legacy of the St Ives Modernists”.
The exhibition, ‘International Exchanges: Modern Art and St Ives’ will open in May and run until 28 September. The show explores the international contexts which shaped art in St Ives School in the 1940s, 1950s and 1960s. It is part of a series of exhibitions delving into the histories and legacies of art in St Ives, an artists colony, and will also mark the gallery’s 21st anniversary. The Barbara Hepworth Museum located next to the gallery will remain open daily throughout the Tate’s closure.
Tate St Ives will reopen on 17 May for its 21st Birthday celebrations and the launch of its Summer 2014 exhibition, International Exchanges: Modern Art.
Photo: Jake Robinson © ArtLyst 2013