The finest art gallery on the Isles of Scilly nestles on the shoreline of New Grimsby harbour, Tresco. This converted pilot gig shed now hosts art by some of Cornwall's most established artists, as well as a selection of unique giftware inspired by the islands.
Current opening times
|Closed for the winter, reopening spring 2022|
Since opening its doors over 20 years ago, the gallery has hosted successful exhibitions featuring paintings from some of Cornwall’s most established artists - Tom Rickman, Paul Lewin, Wendy McBride, Neil Pinkett, Gary Long, and Amanda Hoskin to name but a few.
The Tresco Art Collection
Tresco boasts a wealth of artworks outside of the gallery setting such as the sculptures in Smith Square and on the lawn in front of the Flying Boat Restaurant.
A permanent exhibition of metal sculpture by Tom Leaper sits within The Tresco Abbey Garden, some located in prime positions such as the Leaping Fish on the small Pool and the Agave Fountain below the Shell House; others secreted away within the old Abbey Ruins.
The contemporary shapes sit comfortably within the nature of the garden: the setting creates an ideal opportunity for the viewer to stop and engage with the work.
Another art feature within the Abbey Garden is the Shell House, lovingly decorated in a shell and garden theme mosaic by Lucy Dorrien-Smith. Her talents can also been seen at Tresco School where she inspired and actively encouraged the children to decorate the exterior wall and entranceway.
Ceramic artist Adrian Brough was enlisted to design and lay the tile flooring of the Shell House and was commissioned to tile the backdrop of the pizza oven in the Ruin Beach Café.
If you are planning to visit the islands you may want to spend time viewing the Tresco Art Collection including works by Alfred Wallis and Harold Harvey at The Flying Boat Cafe & Deli. On Bryher, you can see paintings by Patrick Heron, Dame Laura Knight and Julian Trevelyan at Hell Bay Hotel.
It is a rare opportunity to find such a noteworthy collection made so accessible to the public. The Collection continues throughout Tresco where original works from artists such as Fred Yates, Rose Hilton, John Miller, Mary Fedden, Kurt Jackson, Patrick Heron and Anthony Frost can be seen in the cottages – a unique feature in a holiday home.