St Ives will be starting the festive season early this weekend with the launch of a range of commissions and projects during this year's Winter Festival

Making a return after two years, the St Ives Winter Festival centres around the local community taking over the Tate St Ives gallery with music and performance.

Ths year, three new installations will be opening together - the 2021 Winter Light Commission: 'AVIARY' by artist Sammy Lee; 'KEMENETH' a new work by artist Adam James in collaboration with St Ives communities; and 'ARTIST ROOMS': Sol LeWitt, a newly produced wall drawing in the iconic curved gallery.

Falmouth Packet: The Tate Gallery in St Ives. Picture: Kirstin PriskThe Tate Gallery in St Ives. Picture: Kirstin Prisk

After a two-year break due to Covid-19 restrictions, this normally annual community event will once again allow gallery visitors to enjoy the exhibitions alongside local choirs, pop-up talks, performance and film.

Organisers have said a special entry fee of £1 will be available over the Winter Festival weekend.

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This year will also see online experiences and free, outdoor, immersive augmented reality (AR) encounters around St Ives.

Falmouth Packet: Choir in Tate St Ives. Picture: Kirstin PriskChoir in Tate St Ives. Picture: Kirstin Prisk

Director of Tate St Ives Anne Barlow said: "I’m delighted that we have been able to bring back the Winter Festival this year, an event that has the local community at its core and allows some of the artist-led projects designed for, and in collaboration with, the communities of St Ives to be seen and celebrated by all.

"I’m grateful that the Art Fund Museum of the Year 2018 prize money continues to help these projects and events happen."

Falmouth Packet: Winter Festival at Tate St Ives Picture: Kirstin PriskWinter Festival at Tate St Ives Picture: Kirstin Prisk

The St Ives Winter Festival takes place Saturday November 27 from 10am – 7pm and Sunday November 28 from 10am - 4:20pm

The entry fee of the event will be £1 on each day.

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