The idea of this exhibition was originally formed when a group of eight curators from Japan was invited to Great Britain by the British Council and taken to St Ives by Dr David Brown (then Assistant Keeper in the Modern Collection at the Tate Gallery), where they were impressed by both the art and the local atmosphere.  Two years later a large-scale exhibition of St Ives 1936-64 - Twenty Five years of Painting, Sculpture and Pottery was held at the Tate Gallery under the direction of Dr Brown and Dr Oliver Watson (Assistant Keeper in the Department of Ceramics at the Victoria and Albert Museum).  This exhibition builds upon the results of that exhibition.

(from the catalogue foreword)