One of my most favourite places in the world, is the Barbara Hepworth Museum in St Ives. A glorious museum / workshop / gallery come garden in the heart of St Ives. Just a few steps away from the main shopping street, you will discover the quiet wonder of this amazing space.
I went alone, my first time alone, my third time there. This time I spent a quiet, peaceful hour to myself wandering this pretty place. I breathed out, let my thoughts carry me and enjoyed really taking it all in, taking time out.
Barbara Hepworth is one of my heroes. Making timeless sculptures, whilst raising a brood of triplets. Barabara’s acclaimed modernist sculptures have a special quality to them, and in recent years since she has had a solo exhibition at the Tate.
Barbara Hepworth, her husband Ben Nicholson and their children first visited Cornwall at the outbreak of World War II in 1939. Living in the Trewyn Studios (now the museum) from 1949 until her death in 1975. She said that “Finding Trewyn Studio was sort of magic”. A studio, a yard, and garden where she could work in open air and space.
It certainly is magic. Peering into the windows of the studio, and seeing all of her tools lined up waiting to be worked, her apron hanging there and a piece of stone half carved.
The conservatory is my favourite spot. Bertoia chairs allowing me to linger longer. Rows upon rows of cacti and geraniums. This is not a primped conservatory by any means, but the essence of the gardener that once was, still feels very present.
Written as part of my trip to St Ives, you can see where we stayed here.