St Ives is one of those destinations that inspire the artist in you, and that means you don't have to look far for a moving attraction with its place in the history of sculpting. St Ives was the home of the pioneering sculptor Barbra Hepworth, and since her death in 1975 her former home and studio have been converted into a fascinating museum and garden that are open to the public.
Wander the Barbara Hepworth Museum to admire her work in the place she loved and find out how she produced the pieces that made her famous. The house and garden offers a rare insight into the private home and workspace of one of the most influential artists of the twentieth century, and the museum includes bronze, stone and wood sculptures. There are also paintings and drawings on display throughout the house as well as archive materials that will fascinate any Barbara Hepworth fan.
Barbara lived and worked on the site of the museum (then Trewyn Studios) from 1949 until she died in 1975 and she left much of her work to the Tate Gallery so that art lovers could continue to enjoy it. The bronze sculptures that stand in the garden today were created right there, and Barbara used the area to showcase her finished pieces as well as to work on them in the fresh air. Even the garden was laid out by Barbara herself (with the help of her friend the composer Praulx Rainier), so the museum remains much as it would have been when it saw some of the art world’s finest pieces take shape.
Combined tickets are available for the Tate St Ives and the Barbara Hepworth Museum, so remember to opt for this one if you visit both St Ives attractions.