May 2017

Up a cobbled pathway and stepped back from the shoreline in St. Ives is Barbara Hepworth's home and sculpture garden. 

Finding herself in St. Ives at the outbreak of the Second World War, Hepworth, her husband Ben Nicholson and their young family settled at Trewyn Studios until the artist's death in 1975. Described as some 'sort of magic', Hepworth found herself able to work in the open air and space which she so craved and which would influence her large body of work indefinitely. 

Following her wish to establish her home and studio as a museum of her work, Trewyn Studio and much of Hepworth's work remaining there was given to the nation and placed in the care of the Tate Gallery in 1980. In honour of the late artist's wishes, many of the bronzes were left untouched and remained in their exacting position, allowing the natural landscape surrounding them to intertwine amongst the great sweeping figures. The result is a space which has an almost pre-historic quality, with the patina architectural bronzes contrasting against soft foliage and exotic palms. 

With so many art sites and galleries to choose from at this artists' colony, Hepworth's home can easily be left behind whilst on a trip to St. Ives. However it's not one to miss, with its calm and humble aesthetic and history as strong and rich as the monolithic sculptures it is home to. 

Photography © Ian Kingsnorth, Marcus Leith, Tate
Barbara Hepworth Museum and Sculpture Garden
Barnoon Hill
St Ives
TR26 1AD