An agreement was reached in May 1990 between Tate and Cornwall County Council whereby Tate would manage the Gallery and take responsibility for the exhibition of the
work, for staff, and for the education programme, whilst the County Council would remain responsible for the fabric and maintenance of the building.
Building work began in June 1991 and took two years to complete.
Constructed of a concrete and masonry frame and finished with glass bricks and plain white walls, it cost a total of £3.3m.
Press cutting relating to STAG auction
© The Cornishman
Of crucial importance to the development of the gallery was the St Ives Tate Action Group (STAG) set up in 1989 which did much to raise awareness and local support for the project and raised £100,000 towards the building costs and a further £35,000 to equip the education room. Other notable donors were the Henry Moore Foundation and, the largest single donor, the European Regional Development Fund.
Tate St Ives under construction
© Roger Harvey