James and I visited Barbara Hepworth's Museum and Sculpture garden a while ago and I totally fell in love with this space. She once described finding the studio as 'sort of magic' and I can see why.
We spent the afternoon wandering around the pretty gardens and museum admiring the beautiful wood, stone and bronze sculptures. It's such a tranquil place and well worth a visit if you're in the St Ives area.
For me her studio area was a highlight, it housed half finished sculptures, aprons and various tools. I couldn't help but imagine myself working there. The greenhouse was a close second with its collection of succulents (I'm a sucker for these prickly little guys) and climbing plants. It inspired us to think about converting part of our house into a studio and painting our whole house white!
It's worth popping into the museum after a wander around the white washed buildings of St Ives. I hadn't been to the town in a while and had forgotten how beautiful the light is, no wonder it's attracted so many artists over the years.
Next stop their sister museum in Wakefield!
Opening Times: Open everyday (except 24-26th December) - 10:00 to 17:20 (last submission 17:00)
Cost: £6.60/£5.50 concessions (without donation £6/£5)
Where: Barnoon Hill, St Ives, Cornwall, TR26 1AD
Call: +44 (0)1736 796 226