Barbara Hepworth and St Ives Artists, 1928-1975

Art History

Day course

Joanna Cobb

3 April 2023

9:00 am to 4:00 pm


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This course, coinciding with the new exhibition Barbara Hepworth: Art and Life at Tate St. Ives, traces the development of this mecca for artists from the arrival of Ben Nicolson and Christopher Wood in the 1920s through to the death of Hepworth in 1975. We will meet artists as diverse as Alfred Wallis, Winifred Nicolson, Bernard Leach, Naum Gabo, Wilhelmina Barnes-Graham, Peter Lanyon and Patrick Heron, all drawn to area around this Cornish fishing village by the stunning land and seascapes, and the quality of the light.

This course would appeal to students with an interest in art of the mid twentieth century in general, but also those who enjoy exploring modern and abstract developments in British art in particular.  It will also appeal to those for whom Cornwall holds a special place, either as artists themselves, visitors or residents.


Tutor information

Joanna Cobb is an independent art historian based in Somerset.  Following a career teaching history she studied for an MA in History of Art at Birkbeck, graduating with Distinction. In addition to her work at Dillington House, Joanna has presented talks, lectures and courses for several arts societies, ArtsLink, Wells Cathedral School,  the U3A, WEA, and Western Front Association, her ‘Talking Film’ events in collaboration with Wells Film Centre have proved very popular.  Joanna is a keen gardener, holding public openings in support of the NGS and St. Margaret’s Hospice.

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