Please use the links above to explore our large, rich and diverse Summer Exhibition 2015. The exhibition, which is displayed across all gallery spaces during the busy summer holiday period in St Ives, includes works by Modern and Contemporary artists working in a Cornish context. As part of this year's exhibition, we are presenting a series of three short consecutive solo shows with a focus on St Ives, featuring the work of Eric Ward (4 - 20 July), Graham Rich (25 July - 10 Aug) and Linda Weir (15 - 31 Aug).
'I have a history of cruising the Devon and Cornwall Coast in the gaff rigged cutter ‘Jouissance’. I have kept logbooks, made art, and speculated on the possibility of developing a form for a voyage installation.
A chance encounter with Belgrave St Ives Director, Michael Gaca, on the staircase at the London Art Fair has originated yet another presentational form.
Following the ‘Cluster’, and the ‘Square Yard’, Michael has now added the ‘Conceptual Voyage’: Dartmouth - Salcombe, Polperro - Fowey, St Michael’s Mount - Penzance, Zennor - St Ives’. With the ‘Conceptual Voyage’ Michael has provided a matrix capable of structuring units of time – a 22-day voyage in 22 parts, which records 22 days of sailing and of exploring the South West Coast.
Each day of the Voyage is marked by a vertical unit recovered from a marine paint-testing programme. All the vertical units have survived severe testing for long periods under water. They could be seen within the conceptual frame as articulating a water level as well as a period of time. Above these conceptual units, is the voyage hung as a narrative sequence.
The last image is of a logbook in a glass box, which brings the voyage to its conclusion.'
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Belgrave St Ives specialises in Modern British and Contemporary Art. There is an emphasis on work by artists associated with Cornwall from the 1930s to the present time. The gallery is the only private art gallery in Cornwall showing regular exhibitions of work by major artists associated with the St Ives Modern Period as well as exhibitions of works by other select Modern British and Contemporary Artists. The gallery works with a number of artists, artists’ estates, collectors and other galleries, to produce an annual programme of changing monthly one-person and themed exhibitions usually accompanied by published material.
Located in the heart of historic and picturesque St Ives, the gallery is situated very close to the Barbara Hepworth Museum. Opened in 1998 as sister gallery to Belgrave Gallery (est. London 1974), the St Ives gallery became independent in 2010. The gallery aims to present exhibitions in an informative and friendly manner and the staff are always happy to discuss all aspects of art on display. In addition to gallery exhibitions, Belgrave St Ives has an active online presence (website, blog, Facebook) and holds a large inventory of art not on show that can easily be arranged for viewing by interested visitors.
Gallery team: Michael Gaca (Director), Richard Blackborow, Dominica Williamson and Milly Freeman.