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In addition to the Tate Gallery, there are many places in the town where examples of its artistic tradition can be seen. In 1920 Bernard Leach and Hamada made the journey halfway round the world to set up a pottery at st ives in Cornwall. The pottery was built with the aid of a grant from the Handicrafts Guild. Hamada returned to Japan in 1928 but frequently visited st ives. After his death in 1979, Janet Leach, Bernard's wife kept the pottery open and when she died in 1999 the present owner, Alan Gillam bought the pottery and the Pottery Cottage next to it is now open as a museum showing many examples of work of fine potters.

The Leach Pottery,
The Stennack, st ives, Cornwall,
Tel: 01736 796398
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Dame Barbara Hepworth, the great sculptress lived in st ives at her Trewyn Studio, which is today a memorial museum. The museum is now under the administration of the Tate Gallery.
Other examples of her sculpture grace public places in the town, notably outside the Guildhall and in the parish church.

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Barbara Hepworth Museum,
Barnoon Hill, st ives, Cornwall,
Tel: 01736 796226

st ives Festival of Music and the Arts

In recognition of the town's creative inheritance the st ives September Festival celebrates its Musical and Artistic heritage every year. The festival runs through the middle two weeks in September and includes a variety of performances including classical music, jazz and folk. There are 'open days' when local artists open their galleries to the public and numerous other events, including poetry readings and exhibitions.

Galleries in st ives

Smith Jewellery

Smith Jewellery is run by Lucy and Robert who have both completed 6-year apprenticeships in diamond mounting and diamond setting in Hatton Garden, London's jewellery quarter, and London's West End. After a spell of a few years working independently for some of the high-end names in the jewellery industry, we have now begun producing jewellery together. Now, with over 20 years experience between us our aim is simply to produce high quality jewellery using our own ideas. The manufacturing techniques of the jewellery trade have advanced increasingly in recent years, but we try to combine new and old skills, and remain as creative as possible.

We run a small workshop away from the expense and trappings of London so we are able to offer handmade, and often one-off pieces of jewellery at a more reasonable price. Because we are a workshop selling direct to the public we have cut out the 'workshop to shop charge'. In addition, because we still source our materials via London based suppliers, we have not compromised on our quality or service.

The workshop offers clients a unique insight into how the production process takes place. We can help the client in choosing a design and guide them through to the best choice of precious metals, the right quality of diamonds and the best colour from the vast choice of gemstones available. We will also help the client to maximise on their budget to the full. Because we actually make the jewellery and do not just sell it, we know a designs pros and cons and can advise them from a practical point of view. We want our clients to be completely satisfied with their item of jewellery, we are producing it, and it is therefore our reputation on the line- so unequivocally yes, we want them to feel happy.

Makers and repairers of fine handmade diamond and gemstone jewellery. Based in St Ives, Cornwall.

Address: Smith Jewellery, The Sloop Market, 9-10 Back Lane, St Ives, Cornwall, TR26 1LS

Tel: 01736 799876


Porthminster Gallery

Converted grade-1 listed former pilchard warehouse now a characterful ground-floor gallery is situated on the famous Lambeth Walk facing the harbour. Established in 2012, the gallery hosts changing exhibitions curated by David Durham who selects strong works by leading St Ives and British artists.

The gallery also holds a changing stock of modern 20th century works on paper by post-war St Ives artists, including: Sandra Blow RA; Bryan Pearce; Terry Frost.

Opening hours : Monday - Saturday 11am - 5pm or by appointment

Address: Westcotts Quay, St Ives TR26 2DY

Tel: 01736 795888


ArtSpace Gallery

A gallery run by 7 locally-based artists. Each has a permanent display of work available which is rotated and changed monthly.
ArtSpace is managed by the artists who take turns to work in the gallery one day a week.

Opening Times : Summer 10 a.m. - 5.30 p.m.
Winter 11 a.m. - 4.30 p.m.

Address: The Wharf, St Ives TR26 1PU

Tel: 01736 799744


St. Ives School of Painting

Friendly and individual tuition by practising artists.Gain fresh ideas and new skills in various media.Most courses include all materials.Spacious old studios at centre of artists’ colony.Close to Tate Gallery and Hepworth Museum.

Address: Porthmeor Studios, Back Road West, St Ives TR26 1NG

Tel: 01736 797180


Wills Lane Gallery

Petronilla Silver, former Director of the Contemporary Art Society, London, runs the gallery and mounts exhibitions by her chosen artists. For years an influential figure in the London art world and a respected expert on collecting, she advised museums and major corporations on their acquisition policy, and is now available for the first time to advise private individuals on art collecting.

The gallery's exhibition changes as works are sold and new works come in. Artists selected by the gallery who have recently received national recognition include Drummond Masterton who will be showing his metalwork in the Jerwood Contemporary Makers 2008 Touring Exhibition, Katie Cuddon who has been awarded the Sainsbury Scholarship in Painting and Sculpture British School at Rome, Tavs Jørgensen who was a nominee for the Bombay Sapphire Design Discovery Award for his innovative glass, and Irene Lees selected for the Jerwood Drawing Prize Exhibition 2007.

Address: Wills Lane, St Ives TR26 2AF

Tel: 01736 795723


New Millennium Gallery

Millennium Millennium is Cornwall's largest independent gallery, occupying three floors of exhibition space. The gallery's aim is to provide museum quality exhibitions that highlight and promote the best art that this county and further afield have to offer. Millennium provides a supportive platform for both emerging and more established artists and the works on show are diverse in media and rendering, with emphasis placed on quality and authenticity.


Address: Street an Pol, St Ives TR26 2DS

Tel: 01736 793121


Desiree Hope Glass

We offer handmade glass sculpture, from initial concept drawings through to the finished article.

Desiree Hope is an award winning glass designer and maker. Her glass is exhibited in two permanent museum collections, numerous private collections and her own gallery in North Yorkshire, England. She has exhibited widely in the UK and abroad including China, Austria and the USA.

Address: Unit 2 Harbour Galleries, Wharf Road St Ives TR26 1LF

Tel: 07843781278


St Ives Ceramics

Owned by John Bedding, this is the closest thing to a pottery museum in Cornwall. It contains many wonderful examples from international old masters as well as local potters.

Address: Lower Fish Street, St Ives

Tel: 01736 794930


Alexandra Dickens Studio Gallery

Dramatic moments in nature inspire much of Alexandra’s paintings.
Relying on memory of impressions enables her to convey the essence of a place without drawing too heavily on representation. The expressive and captivating seascapes and vibrant abstract paintings are emotionally provocative, reflective and engaging. Whilst her work, and the range of techniques she employs is constantly evolving, themes of movement and light are frequently explored. Her exciting colour palette and dynamic paintings make her work distinctly original and instantly recognisable. Alexandra firmly believes that art should never be pretentious, it simply has to please the viewer.

The Gallery is a unique space in the centre of St Ives and well worth a visit.

Open most days 10am-5pm

Address: Back Road West St Ives Cornwall TR26 INL

Tel: 01736 796288


Uys Gallery

Roelof Uys makes beautiful stoneware ceramics from his studio in St Ives, Cornwall.
The pieces are then shown at Uys Gallery, St Ives which is managed by his partner, Melanie.

This website is designed for you to view and purchase a selection of his current works on~line, along with a selection of prints by St Ives artist Michele Wright and a few other Uys Gallery favourites.

Address: 8, Tregenna Hill, St Ives TR26 2EA

Tel: 01736 796654


Starboard Gallery

Starboard Gallery offers a range of original paintings, prints and cards of the local area (by Jan Rogers) and also traditional jewellery and a range of unique hand made jewellery made on the premises by Kevin Mcrory.

Address: Tregenna Hill, St. Ives TR26 1SF

Tel: 01736 795334


St Ives Society of Artists

St Ives has been a melting pot of inspiration for artists for over 100 years. The draw of the breathtaking scenery, and the rich colours that reflect off the crystal clear seas makes St Ives the perfect place for artists to express their creative talents.

The St Ives Society of Artists was formed by marine artist George Fagan Bradshaw in 1927.

The Society’s exhibition programmes feature work chosen by guest curators, and invited exhibitions that are a diverse mix of contemporary visual art.

Address: Norway Square, St Ives TR26 1NA

Tel: 01736 795582


Crowan Crafts

High quality craftwork from Cornwall

Crowan Crafts has been in existence since 2003, giving exhibitions around Cornwall, selling local, high quality craftwork. Recently we have been based in Crowan holding two exhibitions each year.

AT LAST We have a permanent home at in St Ives.

We offer something unique - that is genuinely, locally produced work.
All our Artisans live and work in Cornwall and produce some wonderfully unusual work. We are proud to be makers. BUY CORNISH

Address: 11 Market Place, St Ives TR26 1RZ

Tel: 01736 796285


Pilchard Place Gallery

The pink décor of the Pilchard Palace Gallery sets the precedent for the intimate exhibition space, tucked away off Fore Street St.Ives in an old pilchard press. The gallery exhibits work of a distinctive nature by artists with an innovative and often playful approach to their mediums; artists include Helen Mcluckie, Chris Summerfield, Jani Lemut, Tina Webster, Heidi Village and Mark Ward.

The current ‘Parallel World’ exhibition brings the work of Chris Summerfield and Mark Ward together for the first time; a world where elements and impressions of recognisable environments have fused with the artists’ imaginations resulting in an environment which is both familiar and alien at the same time.

The ‘Parallel World exhibition of painting and sculpture is running until the June 3rd.

The gallery is open daily (except Tuesdays) 10.30 – 4.30 Wednesday – Saturday, 12.00 - 4.00 Sunday.

Address: Fore Street, St.Ives TR26 1HE

Tel: 01736 796717


Barbara Hepworth Museum and Sculpture Garden

Visiting the Barbara Hepworth Museum and Sculpture Garden is a unique experience, offering a remarkable insight into the work and outlook of one of Britain's most important twentieth century artists. Sculptures in bronze, stone and wood are on display in the Museum and Garden, along with paintings, drawings and archive material.

Address: Barnoon Hill, St Ives TR26 1AD

Tel: 01736 796226


The Leach Pottery

The Leach Pottery in St Ives was established by Bernard Leach and Shoji Hamada in 1920. One of the great figures of 20th century art, Leach played a crucial pioneering role in creating an identity for artist potters in Britain and around the world.

In March 2008, a £1.7 million capital project was completed, giving new life to the Leach Pottery and enabling it to set up in production and open its doors to the public once again.

Admission March to end October, 7 days a week. Contact (01736) 799703 or email for details.

March 1st-Oct.31st.Open every day. Mon-Sat 10-5. Last entry to museum 30 mins before closing. Sunday 11-4. Last entry to museum 30 mins before closing. Nov 1st.-last week of Feb. Mon-Sat 10-5. Last entry to museum 30 mins before closing. Open bank holidays. Admission: Adults £5.50 Concessions £4.50 accompanied children under 18 Free.

Address: Higher Stennack, St Ives, Cornwall TR26 2HE

Tel: 01736 799703


The Sloop Craft Market (founded 1968)

Situated behind the Sloop Inn, the Sloop Craft Market is a little enclave of studios displaying an eclectic mix of local, hand-made goods that you won't find anyhwere else. Originally this site comprised pilchard packing cellars, net and sail lofts, blacksmiths and sundry others linked with the fishing trade, but today it is home to a wonderful selction of bespoke art and craftwork in the heart of St Ives, from :

Smith Jewellery - Makers of fine handmade jewellery. A unique bespoke service from an open jewellery workshop. Pop by and see Lucy Smith or call her on 01736 79987

Also see and

St Ives Silk Painters - 01736 796051

Ceramic Artists Ben and Yvonne Graham in the Sloop Craft Wokshops. Hand-thrown individual pieces and commissions welcome - 01736 796061

Fairyland Bears created and handmade by Hayley Turner 01736 799901

Mixed Media Artist Tess Ainley 07724 164467

Stained Glass - Deborah Martin 01736 796051

Beach Wood - handpainted crafts, cards and photography from Carol and Richard James 01736 796051

Gordon Smith ,Artist - Original paintings and prints. Tel : 07854528214

These are just some of the artists currently working in the Sloop Craft Market. Call by and have a look for yourself - they are all highly-individual and can create anything you want!

Address: Back Lane, St Ives, TR26 1LS

Tel: 01736 796051


The Brooks Smith Gallery is run by Silkscreen Printmaker Susie Brooks and Artist Rick Smith. The Gallery shows high quality original silkscreen prints and contemporary paintings.

Address: The Drill Hall, Chapel Street, St Ives,

Tel: 01736 791722


The Salthouse Gallery

The Salthouse Gallery is a leading contemporary gallery established since 1979, specialising in abstraction. At the centre of the art community, it is situated between the St Ives School of Art and the St Ives Society of Artists and 100m from the Tate Gallery. Visitors are invited to the view extensive collection of paintings in a number of rooms over 2 floors.

Address: Norway Square, St Ives TR26 1NB

Tel: 01736 795003


Gallery Latitude 50

Located in the heart of the Cornish countryside in a stunning panoramic setting, Latitude 50 offers work from some of the finest contemprary artists and craftspeople.

Address: Cripplesease, St Ives TR20 8 NF

Tel: 01736 741052