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“Very disappointing”

Tate Gallery St. Ives
Ranked #27 of 48 things to do in St Ives
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Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Owner description: Tate St Ives features work by iconic 20th century artists who lived and worked in the town, including Alfred Wallis, Ben Nicholson and Barbara Hepworth, demonstrating the role of St Ives in the story of modern art. This is combined with a new programme of large-scale seasonal shows - Nashashibi/Skaer, opens on Saturday 20th October and runs until Sunday 6th January 2019. Travel to Gauguin's Tahiti and beyond through the work of two leading British artists.This exhibition combines films made by Rosalind Nashashibi and Lucy Skaer with their personal selection of historic and contemporary art that reflects on and adds new meaning to their work.
Reviewed 28 June 2018

We visited before the Patrick Heron exhibition and my review concurs with that of Peter R, Tavistock, on 1st May. Tate St Ives is poorly signposted both outside and in. The ramp towards the entrance might be described as giving disability access, except it is steep, and there are disability handrails in the loos, except that I was nearly knocked off my feet by a member of staff opening a nearby outward facing door. Access is problematic for wheelchair users, as observed, because of the narrowness of the lift and there are too many steps and insufficient seating. Is the gallery exempt, I wonder, from the duties imposed by the Equality Act?
The £7.50 entrance fee, whether or not there are exhibitions, is hefty and the shop is not interesting. However my most serious criticism is reserved for the 4th floor/cafeteria where a disdainful and snooty waitress told us, after we had seated ourselves and asked for a menu, "It's over there, at the entrance - help yourselves". At least half the items were off the menu, the coffee was not outstanding and the service throughout was resentful. The mackerel pate was good as was their cheese plate with quince jelly and cornichon but neither justified £9.50. Many of the pictures I'd seen before and elsewhere in a more comfortable environment so I cannot recommend a return trip.

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Reviewed 28 June 2018

The Tate is down on the beach road on the West side of St Ives there is no parking but you can get a bus [maybe]. A tall modern building with a lift, some great views,
It is impressionist and modern art so not to everyone's taste. Only piece I found interesting and understood was by Bernard Leach a local boy and ex fisherman.
Ideal for a wet afternoon.

Thank John G
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Reviewed 27 June 2018 via mobile

The Tate had a good amount of collections and is well worth a visit. It has got a great modern flair.

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Reviewed 27 June 2018

Praise where praise is due, visited a couple of years ago, terrible, figured only fair to check with time passed. Much better, collection massively improved and worth the money. Small quibble, do we really need two gift shops? Coudn't the space be spent on showing not selling? But so much better so let's not be churlish.

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Reviewed 25 June 2018

We enjoyed a nice mornig at the Tate gallery, looking at art from the 20th century. Good exhibitions and a beautiful building. We also had lunch at the restaurant on the top floor, with an extrordinary view of the beach.

Thank KittyLF
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