The switch-on of Tate St Ives in Colour will be celebrated at the annual Winter Festival on Saturday, November 30.

During opening hours, visitors will be able to take control of the colour and intensity of the light installation and will be totally immersed in the colours produced. Participants will be able to rotate a sphere situated in the centre of the Tate St Ives Foyle Studio, creating cycles of colour and pulses of light.

These colours will be simultaneously broadcast to the Loggia outside the entrance of the building, creating intrigue and curiosity for the outside world.

Outside of opening hours, the lights will be controlled via a microphone in the Loggia, where the colour and intensity will respond according to the pitch and volume of the participants’ voices.

Following the switch-on, every Saturday throughout the winter season Tate St Ives will hold open mic sessions where local choirs can take over the microphone. Visitors can listen to the choirs and be immersed in the colours, while drinking hot chocolate and mulled wine.

Director of Tate St Ives Anne Barlow said: “I’m delighted that the Art Fund Museum of the Year 2018 prize money has enabled Tate St Ives to continue to support artist-led projects designed for, and in collaboration with, the communities of St Ives. This exciting new work by Peter Hudson crosses the boundaries between the gallery’s interior and exterior spaces, and we hope as many members as possible of the St Ives, West Cornwall and indeed entire Cornwall community will visit us to enjoy it.”

The new programme of annual public art commissions deepens the gallery’s longstanding commitment to local audiences, as well as honouring the unique history of St Ives as a place where artists put down roots.

The switch-on will be a community event with pop-up talks, family activities, singing and colourful illumination with a special entry fee of only £1 on the day.

Local choirs will be performing together in the galleries, creating a diverse catalogue of sound and presence, including:

• Cornwall Music Service Trust Combined Primary Schools Choir at 11am.

• Cornwall Youth Chamber Choir at 12pm.

• Sing Choir, formed from Sing Falmouth and Sing Truro Choirs at 1pm and again at 2.30pm.

• Cantiamo, an all-female choir from across Penwith at 2pm.

• Tate St Ives Choir, formed by gallery staff and volunteers, singing to the new installation Tate St Ives in Colour, activating the light to change colour through their voices at 4pm.

• Levow an Bys (World Voices), based in Penzance, will be singing beautiful harmony songs from around the world and closer to home at 5pm.

Winter Opening Hours: Tuesday-Sunday, (10am-4.20pm, last admission 4pm).

For public information call 01736 796226, visit or follow @TateStIves #TateStIvesinColour