Tate St Ives

When Tate first opened its doors to the public in 1897 it had just one site, displaying a small collection of British artworks. Today Tate has four major sites and the national collection of British art from 1500 to the present day and international modern and contemporary art, which includes nearly 70,000 artworks. A number of new developments are planned for Tate Modern, Tate Britain and Tate St Ives to ensure the galleries continue to expand.

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Address
Tate St Ives
Porthmeor Beach
St Ives
Cornwall
TR26 1TG

Website: http://www.tate.org.uk/visit/tate-st-ives
Events webpage: http://www.tate.org.uk/visit/tate-britain/things-to-do
Twitter: https://twitter.com/Tate
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/tategallery

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The Lost Gardens of Heligan

The Lost Gardens of Heligan

200 acres of garden history, mystery and romance.

Twenty-five years ago, Heligan’s historic gardens were unknown and unseen; lost under a tangle of weeds. It was only the chance discovery of a door in the ruins that led to the restoration of this once great estate. Today, the Lost Gardens have been put back where they belong: in pride of place among the finest gardens in Cornwall.

In 2008 The Lost Gardens of Heligan was granted National Collection Holder status by Plant Heritage for its historic and unique National Collection: Camellias and Rhododendrons Introduced to Heligan pre-1920.

There are more than 70 veteran camellias and 350 ancient rhododendrons included in the collection, which are found throughout Heligan. The earliest plantings date from around 1850.

During the period of decline in the gardens and estate, many plants, both wild and cultivated, flourished unrestrained. The specimens of Heligan’s National Collection were given both time and the protection of surrounding overgrowth to mature into the magnificent specimens, which can be marvelled at today.

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Address
The Lost Gardens of Heligan
Pentewan
St Austell
Cornwall
PL26 6EN

Website: http://heligan.com
Events webpage: http://heligan.com/events/heligan-events
Twitter: https://twitter.com/HeliganGardens
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/thelostgardens

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Penwith Gallery

The Penwith is a society of exhibiting artists and has a unique complex of buildings, including public galleries, artist studios, workshops and a coffee bar.

The Penwith Society was founded in 1949 by a group of artists in St. Ives, under the distinguished leadership of Ben Nicholson, Barbara Hepworth and Bernard Leach.

For the first ten years, work was displayed in rented premises in Fore Street, St. Ives, and its seasonal exhibitions became a national showplace for contemporary painting, sculpture and the crafts.

In 1960, the present site, then a pilchard-packing factory, was acquired and converted into a gallery, with artists’ studios above. In 1970 adjacent property became available, and the artist members, assisted by Barbara Hepworth, sought funds to create the present group of galleries, studios and workshops. To take on the task of maintaining its buildings and workshops, to arrange the programme of exhibitions and execute the gallery business the Penwith Galleries Ltd. was created. This is now a management body and a public charity.

It now presents a full programme of exhibitions by members and associates of the society, together with featured exhibitions by artists from Cornwall and elsewhere.

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Address
Penwith Gallery
Back Road West
St Ives
Cornwall
TR26 1NL

Website: http://www.penwithgallery.com
Events webpage: http://www.penwithgallery.com/current-exhibition
Twitter: https://twitter.com/PenwithGallery
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/PenwithGallery

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