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Gouache painting by William Scott of blue, black and white shapes on a pale blue background.

Talk | St Ives and the artists


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Drawn by its clarity of light and dramatic landscapes, the small Cornish fishing town of St Ives became the centre of an extraordinary artistic community from the 1930s to the 1960s.  Artists including Ben Nicholson and Barbara Hepworth, Peter Lanyon, Terry Frost, Wilhelmina Barns-Graham, William Scott and potters Bernard Leach and Janet Leach lived and worked there, and at one point the town was the leading centre of British abstract art, creating a legacy that still has influence today.

In this talk, Chris Stephens, Director of the Holburne Museum in Bath and author of the definitive account of modern art made in St Ives, St Ives: The art and the artists, will explore the exceptional talent that gathered in St Ives in the middle of the last century and the lasting influence it has had on British art.

This talk will be delivered via Zoom. Already busy that day? Not to worry, everyone who books a ticket will be emailed a recording of the talk a few days later, even if they were unable to attend the talk live.

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