Tate St Ives Art Fund Exclusive

All tours on this holiday have now departed. Future departure dates will be confirmed in due course.

  • Private visit, reception and dinner at the Tate, St Ives, Art Fund Museum of the Year 2018 with curator talk

  • Hepworth Museum, Porthmeor Studios and Leach Pottery, St Ives

  • Trelissick House & Gardens

  • Penlee House and Gallery, The Exchange and Newlyn Art Gallery

This wonderful new tour, based at the superb Alverton Hotel in Truro, highlights the wonderful art of Cornwall in the company of art expert and former curator of the Newlyn Art Gallery, Gerald Deslandes to find out more about the artistic heritage of England’s western most county.  A highlight is the Art Fund Museum of the Year, 2018, the Tate St Ives, with time to explore the museum privately after-hours with a curator talk, welcome reception and dinner with wine overlooking the beach. Add to this a series of gallery and studio visits, a country house with lovely coastal views and its own gallery, as well as gorgeous scenery and a superb hotel and it is a tour that is guaranteed to delight and inform.

ITINERARY 

Day 1: Arrive independently at the Alverton Hotel, Truro from 15.00
This evening there will be a welcome reception, private dinner with wine and an illustrated talk by Gerald Deslandes – ‘Cornish Art from Genre to Abstraction.’

Day 2: Barbara Hepworth Museum, Portmeor Studios, Leach Pottery
Our day starts with a visit to St Ives, art capital of the Southwest and a visit to the Barbara Hepworth Museum and Sculpture Garden, housed in the Trewyn Studios where Barbara worked from 1949 until her death in 1975. The museum offers a remarkable insight into the work and outlook of one of Britain’s most important 20th century artists, with sculptures in bronze, stone and wood on display in the museum, along with paintings and drawings. Our next visit in the town is to the Portmeor Studios, a grade II listed building, originally constructed for the pilchard industry,  which continues to offer studios for artists (who display their work here) as well as housing the St Ives School of Painting.  It has housed a number of illustrious tenants over the years including Julius Olsson, Frances Hodgkins, Bedn Nicolson, Patrick Heron, Francis Bacon and others. Time for lunch before heading slightly out of town to the famous Leach Pottery, founded in 1920 by Bernard Leach and Shoji Hamada. It continues as a pottery studio and also houses an exhibition featuring the work of its founders and other celebrated potters. Finally, we will journey the short distance to Zennor to see the sun set across the beautiful coastline, a sight that has enchanted artists for centuries.  Dinner at the hotel.
 
Day 3: Trelissick House and Gardens, Royal Cornwall Museum, Tate St Ives
Our day starts at Trelissick House and Gardens, an early 19th century mansion set in an estate with stunning maritime views and an art gallery with a changing programme of exhibitions. The house was once owned by Ida Copeland, an MP, activist and philanthropist who was  an important figure in the Sufragette Movement. After time for lunch we return to Truro for a visit to the Royal Cornwall Museum which has a permanent collection of art as well as a programme of special exhibitions. Back to the hotel with time to relax for a while and freshen up before travelling to St Ives for the highlight of the tour, a private visit, welcome reception, curator talk and dinner with wine at the Tate St Ives, Art Fund Museum of the Year 2018. Enjoying a spectacular setting overlooking the Atlantic, the museum boasts a superb permanent collection of 20th century art and sculpture as well as superb special exhibitions. Our group will enjoy time to look round the museum when everyone else has gone as well as enjoy a talk from a museum curator, followed by a welcome reception and dinner with wine overlooking the beach.
 
Day 4: Penlee House, The Exchange 
Today we head west, first of all to the Penlee House and Gallery, a museum and art gallery in Penzance, set in a gracious 1865 Victorian home, which is home to a great many paintings by members of the Newlyn School, including such luminaries as Stanhope Forbes, Norman Garstin, Walter Langley and Lamorna Birch. Then to architecture-award winning, The Exchange for an exhibition of work by Simon Faithfull and, finally, to the Newlyn Art Gallery, hosting a “Europe after the Rain” exhibition at the time of our visit.  Your host and guide, Gerald Deslandes, was the curator here and is extremely knowledgeable about the Newlyn School.  Return to the hotel for approximately 17.00.

NB: Exact order of excursions may vary according to local conditions and tour managers' discretion

Please note: Post tour extra nights are available at a supplement.

Please note the maximum group size on this tour is 25 passengers.

INCLUDED

  • Three nights' bed and breakfast at the four-star Alverton Hotel, Truro,  based on shared occupancy of a twin/double room
  • Welcome reception
  • First night private three-course dinner with wine and talk from Gerald Deslandes
  • Private visit, curator talk, welcome reception and three-course dinner with wine at the Tate St Ives
  • Second dinner in the hotel restaurant
  • All talks, guided tours and admissions as detailed
  • Tour manager and coach transfers throughout 

NOT INCLUDED

  • Transport to the hotel is not included
  • Single supplement 
  • Holiday insurance 
  • Extra nights on a bed and breakfast basis 
  • Meals other than those stated 
  • Items of a personal nature such as drinks, laundry, telephone calls etc 
  • Porterage and gratuities 

HOTEL

Alverton Hotel, Truro

On a hillside setting close to the centre of Cornwall’s county town, Truro, the four star hotel is housed in an historic Grade II listed building, previously a convent built by the same architect as Truro Cathedral. Completely original with its own bell tower, slate roof, arched mullioned windows, ivy clad walls and curved archways, it offers period atmosphere in abundance.  Facilities include a bar, terrace, restaurant and very comfortable bedrooms with all modern amenities including free wifi.

Hotel has a large car park and is complimentary for the clients staying overnight.

Hotel website

 

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An excellent new tour led by an outstanding, knowledgeable and organised guide who paid great attention to detail. All visit good but for us the outstanding was CAST - substituted at the last minute but so inspiring! What a pity the management of the hotel was so poor - missed alarm calls no bedside light, laundry returned wet etc. etc. Need to improve their management and staff training.

Review by anonymous who travelled 06-October-2019


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This holiday was very enjoyable. Gerald Deslandes was a splendid host and guide. The dinner at Tate St Ives and the private tour of the Galleries and the New Extension, guided by The Director, were both excellent. The itinerary was varied and always very interesting. Our coach driver was amazing and managed the winding, often narrow roads superbly. I have some serious reservations about the location and the dinner menus at The Alverton Hotel. It would be much more practical and appealing to stay in one of the many good hotels in St Ives. Truro could figure on the penultimate day to see the Cathedral and The Royal Cornwall Museum. Most days we had to be driven a long distance from Truro. If the Tour base were to be St Ives, it would be much more interesting for free time and strolling. The St Ives Harbour Hotel and Spa is just above the railway station with an easy walk down to the lovely Porthminster Beach or the town. The ' choices' of dinner courses at The Alverton were pre-determined and were not to all of our group's taste. Breakfast was very generous and the waiting staff were delightful. I did not hand in a report at The Alverton because when I wrote it I was very cold and there were 4 problems in my room which needed attention. I was cold and very cross ! This was my second tour with your company; my previous holiday was to the Potteries and Gerald Deslandes was a huge asset with his wide-ranging art and history expertise. Thank you for this Tour with The Art Fund.

Review by Sweet who travelled 06-October-2019


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Very interesting and informative trip. Very well organised by Gerald.

Review by Wright who travelled 06-October-2019


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Hotel very unusual but comfortable apart from lack of lift to our room. Chef was good apart from one fish dish which had too much liquid in plate. breakfast very good. Tour leader was very knowledgeable and thought of all the potential problems and avoided them. Gave very clear instructions about meeting times etc. A most enjoyable few days - despite the weather!!

Review by anonymous who travelled 06-October-2019


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There were a couple of highlights to this tour which I can't fault: the talk by the Director of Tate St Ives - plus the dinner; and meeting artists in various studios was a bonus; all in all an excellent tour - both the guide - and his colleague - a resident of St Ives; and the bus driver were mine of information and knowledge on both art - the history of St Ives - and Cornwall. My only small complaint is the of the hotel dining; we were not asked in advance on our preferences for the main meals - I saw a vegetarian offered a beef meal - and myself can't eat seafood was given seafood soup - this was changed when I asked but would have preferred to be given menu before the meal.

Review by anonymous who travelled 06-October-2019


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A good tour overall, with private tour of Tate and dinner superb. Would have been nice to have had a printed itinerary beforehand.

Review by Dawson who travelled 06-October-2019


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