March 12, 2015

the babara hepworth museum and sculpture garden





‘Finding Trewyn Studio was a sort of magic… here was a studio, a yard and garden where I could work in open air and space.’

Barbara Hepworth moved to Cornwall with her husband Ben Nicholson in 1939. She lived and worked at Trenwyn Studio (now the museum and sculpture garden) from 1949 until her death in 1975. It was here that she became one of the most important and prolific artists of the twentieth century, producing carved sculptures in bronze, stone and wood. 

When I think about St Ives, I hear the lapping of the waves and the squawking of seagulls, occasionally punctuated by boat engines or the booming voices of those selling sightseeing trips. Five minutes from the busy harbour, through the winding, cobbled streets; is the museum and sculpture garden, an oasis of calm in contrast to the hustle and bustle of the town. 

The house displays Hepworth's art collection, including sculptures in wood and bronze, as well as paintings by her contemporaries, including Nicholson. As you would expect the space is airy and light, with the white walls and wooden floors creating a simple backdrop to her treasured possessions and artwork. 

But, it's the outside space that captures my imagination. Her studio is delightful, perched high above the garden. It is filled to the brim with stone, partial carvings, workwear and tools. It looks like a busy, productive place, just as she would have left it. Dotted around the compact garden are Hepworth's sculptures, each one showing the indisputable touch of her hand, softened by bamboo, trees and foliage

This is one of my favourite outdoor spaces, a perfect place to while away an hour or two, soaking up all of the beauty in the most tranquil of settings. 

Joining in with Annie

9 comments:

  1. I live in St Ives, and visit Barbara's sculpture garden at least half a dozen times during the year. It is the most wonderfully magical place.
    Leanne xx

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    1. oh how amazing to have that on your doorstep, and to live by the sea you lucky thing! x

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  2. We went there a few years ago and are hoping to return later this year. It is a wonderful place isn't it!! I love all the different sculptures outside in the garden and could spend ages just wandering around! Glad that you enjoyed it so much. xx

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    1. it's so beautiful and you're right, you could just spend hours there! x

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  3. How beautiful - I've been thinking more and more about sculpture lately, especially outdoors. I feel so calm looking through these photographs. So interesting to see all the tools, love a good workshop, maybe it was growing up with my dads workshop at the end of the garden that means I find workshops really calm and comforting places.

    Thanks ever so much for sharing and joining in again. Hope all is good your end x

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  4. Wow, I really want to go there, now!

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  5. She was a very talented lady (and always my answer on University Challenge when the question is about modern sculptors!) and I bet her garden radiates her passion.

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  6. looks like a neat visit. those structures are so beautiful in the natural setting like that.

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  7. You have really caught the atmosphere in these photographs ... it is a wonderful space/place isn't it.

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