Michael Tooby, formerly keeper of The Mappin Gallery, was appointed Curator of Tate Gallery St Ives in March 1992.
The principle purpose of the gallery was, and still is, to highlight work by artists from and working in St Ives.
Works displayed were drawn from the Tate Collection.
Paintings and sculpture by Wilhelmina Barns-Graham, Naum Gabo, Patrick Heron, Barbara Hepworth, Ben Nicholson, Alfred Wallis and Christopher Wood were featured.
When the Gallery opened, alongside the permanent exhibition was a temporary display of drawings of surgeons in the operating theatre by Barbara Hepworth.
These provided a surprising contrast to the more abstract landscape inspired work which typifies the St Ives School on display elsewhere in the Gallery.
Dame Barbara Hepworth,
Fenestration of the Ear (The Hammer), 1948
© Tate Archive 2003
Ben Nicholson OM, 1943-45
(St Ives, Cornwall) 1943-5
© Angela Verren-Taunt
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