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Punk artist Linder joins pilot programme at Tate St Ives

By The Cornishman  |  Posted: January 26, 2014

  • Linder at the Hepworth Garden in 2009.

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A PUNK and radical feminist art icon has found a new home in St Ives thanks to a new programme at Tate St Ives.

Linder Sterling – whose work is produced under the singular name Linder – is the first artist of the pilot Tate St Ives' Artists' Programme.

The woman who designed one of the most shocking early images of punk – the record cover for Manchester band The Buzzcocks' Orgasm Addict album – is now resident in Porthmeor Studios.

Linder, a close friend of legendary The Smiths' singer Morrissey, has taken over the former studio of artist Ben Nicholson, husband to Barbara Hepworth, who has provided the inspiration for much of Linder's work in St Ives.

The artist, who grew up in Manchester, was the subject of famous Smiths' song Cemetery Gates and has been described as "nine parts sea creature" by Morrissey.

This week Linder told What's On editor Lee Trewhela that she was captivated by St Ives – where she has collaborated with the Tate before – and planned to extend her stay beyond the six months of the pilot project (see full interview in What's On).

As part of the Tate's Summer 2013 exhibition, Linder brought together a group of her own collages with Hepworth's sculptures.

The end result was The Ultimate Form, a new ballet choreographed by Linder and Kenneth Tindell, of Northern Ballet.

On Saturday, February 8, The Ultimate Form will be performed at St Ives Theatre. Dancers from the Northern Ballet will take part and costumes, featuring Linder's gorgeous collages, have been designed by her longtime collaborator Richard Nichol.

For details of Linder events at Tate St Ives see www.tate.org.uk/visit/tate-st-ives

● Tate St Ives is to close from Monday (January 27) to May 16 as work begins on the much-heralded Phase 2 building project.

The galleries reopen on May 17 for the Summer 2014 exhibition International Exchanges: Modern Art and St Ives, and the 21st anniversary celebrations, although Phase 2 works continue until 2016.

During the closure a temporary Tate St Ives Visitor Centre will be open daily in Meadow Flats.

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