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Tate summer show reveals rarely seen side of St Ives artist

By Western Morning News  |  Posted: June 10, 2013

By FRANK RUHRMUND

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Continuing its biennial series of summer shows, Tate St Ives is presenting the work of artists whose works respond not only to the history, geography and location of the West Cornwall town but also to the building they occupy.

Described as being "neither surveys nor retrospectives", it is hoped the seven displays, involving eight artists "will open up various dialogues across the generations of artists, addressing a number of inter-related themes, including performance, fashion, design, dance and print".

Whether it achieves all those objectives remains to be seen but, if nothing else, it does pay a long overdue tribute to one of this country's leading constructivist artists, Marlow Moss, who attended sculpture classes at Penzance School of Art and spent the last years of her life at Lamorna.

It also allows us to look at a rarely seen side of celebrated St Ives artist Patrick Heron. Textiles designed for his father's company, Cresta Silks, point towards the way he would go later as an artist, while the letters to his parents when he was away at school are most moving. He is quoted as saying: "The first design was done in 1934 when I was fourteen. It was a large square called Melon. My father was always tremendously supportive. Later, after the war, when I got married, I became chief designer for Cresta. He paid me a retainer, which we lived on really as I wasn't selling anything to speak of. I actually had a studio in the factory."

Other contributions are made by acclaimed artist and feminist, Linder, who presents a group of her own collages with sculptures by Barbara Hepworth. There is also work by contemporary American painter R H Quaytman, British artist Gareth Jones, New York-based British artist Nick Relph and American Allen Ruppersberg.

Martin Clark, artistic director of Tate St Ives and Laura Smith, exhibitions and displays curator, have come up with seven exhibitions in one that really are "surprising and thought provoking, contemporary and historic". They can be seen daily until September 29.

OTHER EVENTS THIS WEEK

ALTARNUN

Church Hall: Light lunches and teas Thursday from 10.30am.

APPLEDORE

The Beaver: North Devon Jazz Club with Peter King. Entry free but collection for the band. Monday 8.30pm.

BARNSTAPLE

Cedars Inn, Sticklepath: Cedars Big Band in concert. Free admission. Sunday 8pm.

BIDEFORD

Pollyfields Centre: Blood donor sessions from 1pm-3.15pm and 5pm-7.15pm. Wednesday 1pm-3.15pm and 5pm-7.15pm.

BLISLAND

Village Hall: Michael Bernstein and Colin Stevens as Flanders & Swann Concert Party. Saturday 7.30pm.

BODMIN

Town Museum: Open Mon-Fri 10.30am-4.30pm, Saturday 10.30am-2.30pm. Closed Sunday and Bank holidays.

BRAUNTON

Parish Hall: Blood donor session Thursday from 1pm-3.15pm and 5pm-7.15pm. To book 0300 123 23 23.

BUGLE

Village Hall: Bugle Silver Band supporters committee Bingo. Eyes down. Monday 7.30pm.

CALLINGTON

CaVe, Town Hall: Plymouth Gilbert and Sullivan Fellowship The Gondoliers in Concert. Saturday 7.30pm.

Town Hall: Blood donor session Monday from 1.15pm-3.15pm and 4.45pm-7.15pm. To book ring 0300 123 23 23.

Sevenstones: Charity car boot every Saturday from 10am, every Sunday from 1pm. Weather permitting.

CAMELFORD

Camelford Hall, The Clease: Camelford Floral Society monthly meeting with Vera Vigus. Wheelchair friendly. Wednesday 7.30pm.

CHAGFORD

Stone Lane Gardens: 'Mythic Garden' outdoor sculpture exhibition in a woodland setting. Entry £5 adult, £2.50 child. Details 01647 231311. Daily 2-6pm.

CHARLESTON

St Pauls Church Hall: Blood donor session Thursday from 1.15pm-3.30pm and 4.45pm-7.30pm.

CHULMLEIGH

St Mary Magdalene Church and Rectory Gardens: Grand Summer Fete featuring Bideford Silver Band, BBQ, teas, stalls etc. Saturday 1pm-4pm.

DARTINGTON

Great Hall: Darting Community Choir. Sunday 7.30pm.

Village Hall: Playford style country dancing. Friday 8.00pm.

DELABOLE

Methodist Church: Community Lunch. Tuesday 12pm-1.15pm. Sausage and mash £5.50. Bring and buy raffle. Wheelchair friendly. All welcome.

EXETER

Powderham Castle: Sir Cliff Richard OBE, Sunday.

Cygnet Theatre: Nine Parts a Quaker. Friday 7.30pm.

Cathedral: Exeter Cathedral choir and Orchestra etc. Saturday 7.30pm.

Phoenix: Ginger Baker's Jazz confusion. Wed 8pm.

Poltimore House: Fundraising: Antiques Call My Bluff Evening. Saturday 7pm. Must book.

Church, Longbrook Street: Finding God, Michelle Nanouche. Thursday 7.30pm.

EXMOUTH

Pavilion: Blood donor sessions Thursday from 1.15pm-3.15pm and 4.45pm-7.15pm.

FALMOUTH

Methodist Hall: Blood donor session Monday from 1.15-3.30pm and 4.45-7.30pm. Details 0300 123 23 23.

GUNNISLAKE

St Anne's church: Plymouth & District Organists' Association Presidents's Afternoon. Refreshments after at the Gwel an Coed. Saturday 3pm.

HELLANDSBRIDGE

Riversmead: Rosie and Paul Jackson invite you to garden and studio open, cream teas. In aid of British Red Cross. Saturday 2-5pm.

HOLSWORTHY

Skills Centre, Well Park: Holsworthy Local History Society illustrated talk on The Seeds of Doubt with Pamela Hogan. Thursday 7.15pm.

HONITON

St Rita's Centre: Blood donor session Monday from 1.15pm-3.15pm and 4.45pm-7.15pm. To book 0300 123 23 23.

ILFRACOMBE

The Landmark: Verve 13, Friday 7.30pm.

ILLOGAN

Paynter's Lane End Hall: Country Market Tuesday 9.15-11am.

IVYBRIDGE

Dame Hannah Rogers Trust:P Hannahs Summer Fayre, Saturday 11am-3.30pm; Family Dog Show in the main arena from 11.15am.

Harford church: South West Chamber Choir. Tickets £7 from 01752 893882.Saturday 7.30pm.

KINGSBRIDGE

Harbour House: Colours of India, Sculptures from Devon.Tuesday from 10am-5pm until June 16.

LANGORE

Village Hall: Gaming Evening, 16+ age group. Friday 5-10pm. Admission £1.

LAUNCESTON

The Eagle House Hotel: Launceston Stamp Club meet with David Lethbridge - trading 7pm, speaker 8pm. Thursday.

Committee Room, Town Hall: Cruse Bereavement Care Meeting of Launceston Friendship Group 11am-1pm. Ring before attending 01726 76100. Tuesday .

Town Hall: Blood donor sessions from 1.15pm-3.15pm and 4.45pm-7.15pm on Tuesday and Wednesday.

St Thomas Church, Riverside: Open to visitors on Tuesday and Wednesday from 11am-4pm. (Priory ruins open every day).

LIFTON

Recreation Ground: Lifton Fete, tug of war, Northlew Silver Band and much more Saturday 2-5pm and on Sunday from midday Novelty Dog Show in Lifton Hall Hotel car park.

LISKEARD

Sterts Theatre, Upton Cross: Plymouth Symphony Orchestra Movie Night. Sunday. Details from Sterts.

Long Room: Liskeard Country Market. Friday 8.30am-12noon.

LUXBOROUGH

Village Hall car park: North Devon Ramblers , Dunster Forest. Hilly. About 10 miles. Sunday 10.45am.

MELDON

Village Hall: Okehampton Sequence Dance Club. £1.50 per person. Beginners welcome. Wednesday 8pm-10.30pm.

NEWQUAY

Fistral Beach Hotel: Newquay Pentire Probus Club Coffee morning. Wednesday 10.30am. Speaker Alan Parker. New members welcome.

PAIGNTON

Central Methodist Church: Blood donor session Friday from 12.45pm-3.15pm and 4.45pm-6.45pm. To book ring 0300 123 23 23.

PAR GREEN

The Gott Hall: Parish Church Summer Bazaar, jams, cakes, plants etc. Refreshments. All welcome. Wheelchair facilities at hall. Proceeds to new lighting scheme for St Mary's Church. Saturday 10am-noon.

The Gott Hall: Coffee and craft group meet every Friday 10.30am-12.30pm. New members welcome.

PAR ST MARY'S

Methodist church: Monthly South and Sweet lunch . £3.50 incl tea or coffee. All welcome. Tuesday 12.30pm.

PENZANCE

YMCA, The Orchard: Cruse Bereavement Care Meeting of Penzance Friendship Group 11am-1pm. Ring before attending 01726 76700.

PLYMOUTH

Methodist Central Hall: Plymouth Area Police choir Grand Annual Concert. Friday 7.30pm. Retiring collection in aid of Children's Hospice South West. Tickets £10 from Plymouth 510934.

Plympton St Maurice Parish Church: Sir Joshua Reynolds Choir with Light Night Music. Tickets £5 on the door or £4 from 345390. Friday 7.30pm.

Crownhill RBL: Plymouth JazzClub. Sunday 7.30pm.

Baptist Church Hall: Blood donor session from 1.15-3.15pm and 4.45pm-7.15pm on Thursday. To book ring 0300 123 23 23.

POLPERRO

The Methodist Chapel: The Divertimento String Quartet. Sunday 7.30pm.

POUGHILL

Methodist Church: Coffee morning every Tuesday. 10.30am-12noon.

RILLA MILL

Parsons Meadow: Summer Fayre and Duck Race, also model raft race, skittles, car boot, stalls, BBQ etc. Sponsor a duck for £1. Saturday from 2pm.

Village Hall: Whist drive Tuesday 7.30pm.

ROCHE

Victory Hall: Whist Drive. Friday 7.30pm.

SALTASH

Mary Newmans Cottage: Open Wed-Thurs and Sat-Sun 12noon to 4pm Until end September.

SIDMOUTH

Stowford Centre: Blood donor session Friday from 1.15pm -3.30pm and 4.45pm -7.30pm.

ST AGNES

Museum: Open daily 10.30am-5pm.

ST AUSTELL

Carclaze Chapel: Coffee morning with stalls. Childrens Hospice South West. Saturday 10am-12noon.

Town Museum: Open Mon-Fri 10am-4pm, Sat 10am-2.30pm, closed Sun and BH. Admission free.

ST BURYAN

Village Hall: Farmers Market. Saturday 9.30-12.30pm.

TAVISTOCK

Wharf: Teatime talk with Dave Dixon on What is Happening to Devon's Bees. Monday 2pm; Music The Small Fakers (Small Faces tribute) Fri 8pm; T Rextasy (T Rex tribute) Sat 8pm

Museum: Open daily 11am-3pm. Exhibition of the 70th anniversary of US 29th Infantry Div, May 1943.

THURLESTONE

Parish Hall: Summer Selection featuring Trial by Jury by G & S. Saturday 7.30pm.

TINTAGEL

Methodist Church: Fete and Pet Show, cakes, produce, cream teas, face painting. Saturday 2pm.

TIVERTON

Old Heathcoat School: Blood donor sessions Wednesday from 12.45pm-3.15pm and 4.45pm-7.15pm. To book 0300 123 23 23.

TORQUAY

St Mary Church Precinct Centre: Art Group Torquay's Over 55 Art Exhibition 10am-4pm (not Sun). Wednesday until June 19.

Babbacombe Theatre: Spellbound. Tuesday and Thurs 8.15pm.

TRURO

Hall for Cornwall: Truro Country Market. Tuesday 9.15-3pm.

The Baptist Church: Cruse Bereavement Care Meeting of Truro Friendship Group 11am-1pm. Ring before attending 01209 822464. Saturday.

WADEBRIDGE

Town Hall: Annual Fayre for the Launceston & District Cats Protection. Friday 10am-noon. Books, bric a brac etc.

WATERGATE BRIDGE

Car park 469175: North Devon Ramblers walk Frithelstock, Langtree. About eight miles. Wednesday 10.30am.

WESTON-SUPER-MARE

Playhouse Theatre: The Big Band show with the Five Star Swing. Sunday 7.30pm.

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