St Ives is not what I imagined. It is a small tight town. Stone buildings and narrow winding streets on a steep hill leading down to an idyllic harbour and to the right a large sandy beach.
St Ives is lousy with artists and almost every streets has a gallery on it. We went into quite a few, the best of which was New Craftsman Gallery on 24 Fore Street. We were biguiled in by an exhibition by Akiko Hirai whose open studio I attended at the Chocolate Factory in Shoreditch and purchased one of her bowls.
One of St Ives most famous residents was Barbara Hepworth and there is a great museum in her old studio. There are many fine pieces on display. Outside a number of sculptures are arranged in a very pretty garden. One of them collects rain water which adds to the piece. Another is a collosal structure you can walk through. There was also a wire sculptures which I didn't know Hepworth did and reminded me of Alexander Calder.
A fascinating element of the museum was her workshop was preserved, as were a number of works in progress. This provided a very interesting insight. It was also nice seeing works both in stone and wood.
Later around the town encountered another piece outside the Guildhall.
Be warned though high season the town can be crowded.
William John Mackenzie
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