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john davies
notes from a small vicar
from a parish
in Liverpool, UK

    Sunday, November 06, 2005
    Tate think twice
     
    I've been writing protest letters to The Tate this weekend, at the request of the owners of my St Ives holiday apartment, and in line with the majority of local people's opinion, in opposition to proposals for the expansion of Tate St Ives. The protesters think it'll tip the very delicate balance between local and tourist provision, and spoil it for everyone.

    I think the Tate is great - and Tate St Ives a fantastic piece of architecture which just fits, so well, into the shorescape of that wonderfully cluttered old town. But if it expands it'll become misshapen; locals are not at all sure that visitor numbers really merit it and they think that a bigger Tate might even keep people away.

    Certainly I'll be looking to stay elsewhere if The Tate takes away the precious car parking spaces above the present gallery, the only spaces anywhere near that area. And I reckon if I'm thinking that, then plenty of other regular visitors to the top end of St Ives are too. Bigger just doesn't feel better in a modest, shoulder-rubbing, lovely but vulnerable Cornish town.