Art in St Ives, Cornwall

31 March 2020

St Ives, a picturesque fishing harbour and seaside town, has become synonymous with art, attracting major influential names such as Barbara Hepworth, Ben Nicholson and Peter Lanyon to name just a few. Over the years, the Directors of Sail Lofts – St Ives, luxury self-catering apartments steps from Porthmeor Beach, have assembled a unique private collection of paintings by modern and contemporary artists which are now available to view in the apartments.


Image: Tate St Ives - copyright Tate (Marcus Leith) 2018 / Image ID#: M04190 - Sail Lofts - St Ives

Exterior of Tate St Ives showing the new architecture, 2017.

Image: Tate St Ives – copyright Tate (Marcus Leith) 2018 / Image ID#: M04190

In St Ives, art lovers may visit:

Image: Tate St Ives - copyright Tate Installation Photo (Marcus Leith) 2018 Image ID #: M04173 - Sail Lofts - St Ives

Interior photograph of Tate St Ives, 2017

Image: Tate St Ives – copyright Tate Installation Photo (Marcus Leith) 2018 Image ID #: M04173

Tate St Ives– Tate St Ives, overlooking Porthmeor Beach, is just steps away, from Sail Lofts – St Ives and celebrates the modernist legacy of the town’s international artists’ colony.

Image Barbara Hepworth Museum and Sculpture Garden copyright Tate - Sail Lofts - St Ives

Image Barbara Hepworth Museum and Sculpture Garden copyright Tate

Barbara Hepworth Museum and Sculpture Garden– The Barbara Hepworth Museum and Sculpture Garden offers a unique experience offering an insight into the work and outlook of one of Britain’s most important twentieth century artists.

Image: Jo Downs Glass Gallery - Sail Lofts - St Ives

Image: Jo Downs Glass Gallery

Jo Downs Glass Gallery  Jo Downs handmade glass can be seen at her three galleries and her studio, all based in Cornwall.

Images courtesy of The Leach Pottery - Sail Lofts - St Ives

Images courtesy of The Leach Pottery

Leach Pottery– The Leach Pottery was founded in 1920 by Bernard Leach and Shoji Hamada and is among the most respected and influential potteries in the world.

Image courtesy of the Penrith Gallery - Sail Lofts - St Ives

Image courtesy of the Penrith Gallery

Penwith Gallery– The Penwith Gallery is a gorgeous art space, hidden amongst the winding cobbled streets of St Ives and has been intertwined with the lives of some of the most highly regarded British artists of the past 70 years.

Five artists represented within Sail Lofts – St Ives – some of the most respected artists of the area are represented with some stunning artworks:

Revolve by Sandra Blow - Sail Lofts - St Ives

Revolve by Sandra Blow

Sandra Blow was an English abstract painter and a pioneer of the St Ives art movement. After studying at St Martins School of Art in London, she travelled to Italy and found a great source of inspiration working with Alberto Burri who was her partner for a few years. She moved back to London after working in Paris for a while and relocated to Cornwall later in her life. Her work is now available at Tate St Ives and is part of many private collections across the world.

John Wells was an artist and maker of relief constructions who joined the St Ives group after a career as a General Practitioner on the Isles of Scilly. He moved to Newlyn where he pursued his art career and became closely involved with the renowned artistic community of St Ives. He worked with Barbara Hepworth and regularly exhibited in London. His work is now available at Tate St Ives.

Alexander Mackenzie served in the army for five years before graduating from Liverpool college of ArtHe relocated to Cornwall where he established closed relationships with Ben Nicholson, Barbara Hepworth and other artists involved with St Ives Community of artists. He was an active member of Penwith Society and Newlyn Society of Arts and was the Head of Fine Art at Plymouth Art College for twenty years. Alexander Mackenzie is considered as a powerful and distinctive member of the post-war generation of Modernists at St Ives and his work is now exhibited internationally.

Kite by Frank Phelan - Sail Lofts - St Ives

Kite by Frank Phelan

Frank Phelan studied architecture in Ireland before moving to Canada with his family for six years where he took art classes whilst working various jobs. After moving back to London he worked for a theatre company and moved near Penzance to take residency with a colony of artists where he befriend Tony O’Malley. He later met St Ives artists like Roger Hilton and Bryan Winter and decided to continue working between London and Cornwall where he developed his abstract art. His work is now exhibited in many galleries internationally.

Shearer Armstrong studied at the Slade school and mainly focused on still life in the early stage of her career before exploring abstract art under the influence of Ben Nicholson. She moved to Carbis Bay with her husband but kept a studio at Porthmeor Studio in St Ives where she started exhibiting posters, book illustrations and fruit study. She became friends with Bryan Pearce’s mother and was a good support to Pearce’s work where she started exhibiting herself in Scotland and later at the Royal Academy of Arts.

Sail Lofts - St Ives

Note for editors: Offering five-star, multi-award winning, self-catering accommodation with a hotel-style concierge, Sails Lofts – St Ives offer an outstanding holiday experience in one of Cornwall’s most sought-after destinations.

Created in 2007 from buildings originally used to store fishermen’s nets and dry sails before becoming one of the largest pilchard yards in St Ives, Sail Lofts boasts an idyllic location just steps from the sandy shores of Porthmeor, St Ives’ coveted Blue Flag beach, just a few minutes’ walk from the picturesque and bustling harbour.

Comprising 12 beautifully appointed interior-designed apartments, clustered around a sub-tropical courtyard, each of the one to four bedroom properties comes with allocated parking and many are dog-friendly too. With an impressive on-site concierge service, the Sail Lofts’ team take care of the finer details of the stay by removing the stresses, ensuring a holiday is how a holiday should be. / +44 (0) 1736 799 175

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