Cornwall and St Ives have long attracted artists who have been drawn to the area by the varied scenery and the quality of the light in St Ives.
The Tate St Ives Gallery reopened in 2017 after a major refurbishment it now includes a permanent display of works by artists from the St Ives School as well as visiting exhibitions. The art at the Tate is modern in style, to see paintings that resemble their subject the Penlee House Gallery is a better option. Nearby is the Barbara Hepworth Museum and Sculpture Garden, which some would say is more interesting than the Tate itself.
The Leach Pottery is on the outskirts of St Ives and celebrates the work of renowned potter, Bernard Leach. It houses a museum, studio and shop.
The Penlee House Gallery & Museum in Penzance has a collection of paintings by artists from the Newlyn school as well as exhibiting visiting displays of art. There is also a small museum and a good cafe.
The Newlyn Art Gallery is situated near the sea front in Newlyn and displays contemporary art, as does the Exchange Gallery in central Penzance. There is a Gallery trail between the two locations that takes in various points of interest on the way.
It is possible to buy an art pass which provides unlimited 7 day entry to the Tate St Ives, Barbara Hepworth Museum, Penlee House, and the Leach Pottery as well as discounts in the shops at the Newlyn and Exchange galleries.