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Exhibitions

Wilhelmina Barns-Graham and the Artists of St Ives

This art exhi­bi­tion explores the work of Wil­helmi­na Barns-Gra­ham, a promi­nent mem­ber of the St Ives group and one of Britain’s most sig­nif­i­cant 20th c

We are delighted to re-open with three exhibitions exploring the work of Wilhelmina Barns-Graham and her peers. We request that all visitors wear a mask in the galleries and preferably in our public spaces. Tickets may be booked on this page for timed visits between 11am - 1pm and 1pm - 3pm on Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays.

Wilhelmina Barns-Graham: Inspirational Journeys
This art exhibition explores the work of Wilhelmina Barns-Graham, a prominent member of the St Ives group and one of Britain's most significant 20th century artists.

Focusing on one of Britain’s most significant twentieth-century artists and her trips to Europe, this exhibition explores the effect these journeys – to Italy, Switzerland, Spain, Lanzarote and the Orkneys – had on Wilhelmina Barns-Graham’s practice. The works in this exhibition highlight the importance that new perspectives had on Barns-Graham. Made over a 50 year period, they range from detailed figurative depictions of specific landscapes to bold and colourful abstract paintings. The theme of the show is particularly timely and foregrounds a positive relationship with Europe and the inspiration found through travel and cultural exchange. This exhibition was curated by the Wilhelmina Barns-Graham Trust.

St Ives: Movements in Art and Life
Discover how in 1939 St Ives became a temporary home to some of Britain’s most forward-thinking abstract artists fleeing the dangers of the Second World War.

This exhibition explores the creative inspiration offered by the harbour town in West Cornwall, its surrounding landscape and its people to a generation of artists whose lives and careers were impacted by mid-twentieth-century conflict. Curated by Rachel Rose Smith, artists include Wilhelmina Barns-Graham, Sandra Blow, Terry Frost, Barbara Hepworth, Patrick Heron, Peter Lanyon, Margaret Mellis, Ben Nicholson (pictured), Victor Pasmore and more.

Wilhelmina Barns-Graham Prints
A small exhibition of limited edition prints by this prolific painter and proponent of abstract art in the 20th century. All prints are for sale and can be bought in person or online here.

Find out more about the exhibitions on Twitter: #RWAStIves

Important Information for Bookers
1. Admittance is only for visitors with pre-booked tickets, or to visitors on the day only if there is capacity.

2. Please bring a face mask to wear for the duration of your visit.

3. Please be aware that the number of people who can enter the RWA at any one time is restricted. Due to this, there may be a queue to enter.

4. Contact details for ticket bookers will be captured.

5. Last entry for the 11am-1pm session is 12.30pm. Last entry for the 1-3pm session is 2.30pm.

6. The café is currently closed.

7. Only one ‘household’ (max 6) will be admitted to each of the side galleries at any one time.

8. The building will be thoroughly cleaned and sanitised at the end of each day.

If you are unable to visit the exhibitions in person:
1. Browse Wilhelmina Barns-Graham: Inspirational Journeys online.

2. Browse the Wilhelmina Barns-Graham Prints exhibition online. These artworks are also for sale. Please consider helping to support us as an independent gallery by purchasing one of these unique pieces of art.

2. View our exhibition videos above, scripted and narrated by Nathalie Levi, which provide a fascinating insight and background to the exhibited artists and their works. These were made possible by Arts Council England emergency funding.

Opening Times
We plan to open on Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays as of Saturday 1 August between 11- 3pm (in two sessions a day). Slots must be booked on this page before you arrive. During these changing times we advise you check online, on our social media channels or with front desk before you travel.

RWA Art Pass
The Art Pass allows you to visit any RWA exhibition, as many times as you want, for one whole year.
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