The seaside town of St. Ives in Cornwall is historically known as a fishing community. But in the 1880s fish shoals went into decline, and many of the industrial buildings that had been used became abandoned. It was then that artists started moving in and using the facilities. The sudden influx brought on that was called the Artists' Colony. With its beautiful coastal landscapes, it was a wonderful place to find inspiration.
Currently on at the Tate St. Ives until the 13th January is an exhibition displaying the work of those artists. The Far and Near: St Ives and International Art investigates the history of the colony in terms of international modernism. It will compare contemporary and modern art, examining their historical relationship to the town.