The Tate's Colours of Cornwall

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Teal blue waters with turquoise shallows beckoning from the clifftops? Sunsets shot with salmon and neon pink? Bright yellow wafts of coconut-scented gorse? Weightless grey-white morning mist? The pearlescent indigo inside a mussel shell? What colours spring to mind when you think of Cornwall?

Colours Of St Ives Art Print Dorothy Tate Hero Cropped

Tate St Ives wants us all to help create a Colours of Cornwall palette “filled with the colours associated with the people, places and things that characterise this beautiful county” – with their favourites to go on a Tate Colours of Cornwall poster (inspired by their popular ‘Colours of St Ives’ poster in collaboration with creative agency Dorothy for Tate Galleries).

Colours Of St Ives RNLI 72Dpi

“The artists connected with St Ives, were, and are, inspired by the beautiful colours of the county,” says Tate St Ives Director Anne Barlow. “With #ColoursofCornwall we want to encourage people to have fun, get creative, and find inspiration during this challenging time.”

Colours Of St Ives Porthmeor Beach 72Dpi

Each week until the end of July will have a different colour, kicking off with Blues, then followed by:

  1. Greens
  2. Reds
  3. Pinks and Purples
  4. Yellows
  5. Oranges
  6. Browns
  7. Greys and Blacks

Share your images, gifs or stories with your paint chart-inspired names using #ColoursofCornwall @TateStIves (and don't forget to tag @watergatebay and #watergatebay if they're from this way).

Colours Of St Ives Jam On First 72Dpi

Tate St Ives hopes as many people across Cornwall, and people who love Cornwall and are missing being able to visit, will get involved. We’d love you to dig into your archives of happy days at Watergate and beyond to add some extra colour to Tate’s search.

How to take part

  • Think of a colour that makes you think of Cornwall
  • Find or take a photograph, or make a gif or an Instagram story to sum it up
  • Give the colour a fun title for the colour palette – think of it like a paint chart – where  possible use the colour in the title, for example ‘St Ives Bay Blue’ ‘Jam First Red’
  • The colour could evoke a memory, nature, an object, a favourite food and drink… be as creative as you like
  • Share on your social media feeds
  • Tag your photos, gifs, and stories with @Tate StIves #ColoursofCornwall (and #watergatebay if relevant)
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The final day for entries to be considered for the poster is Friday 31 July.

Continuing the theme, Tate St Ives social media channels will also hold regular online discussions about how colour was used by the St Ives artists and there will also be a ‘Colours of Cornwall’ podcast and video to be shared on the Tate website later in the year.