Newlyn Art Gallery & The Exchange offers a wide and varied exhibition programme across our two sites, presenting contemporary work in all media by regional, national and international artists, with a supporting programme of events.
Newlyn Art Gallery & The Exchange is an educational arts charity, an Arts Council England National Portfolio organisation and a Cornwall Council Strategic Arts Client. It is also a founding member of Plus Tate, a network of leading visual arts organisations across the UK that works to increase public value and to broaden and deepen engagement in art. Map of Plus Tate partners
For more than 120 years, Newlyn Art Gallery has been bringing the best in contemporary art to audiences in the south west. In 2007 the gallery was redeveloped and we opened a second venue, The Exchange in Penzance. With two venues we are able to offer an internationally recognised contemporary art programme in the far west of the UK. In recent years we have also staged major installations in non-gallery sites, including Lahore-based artist Imran Qureshi at Truro Cathedral and Canadian artist Janet Cardiff at Richmond Chapel, as part of Groundwork.
NEWLYN ART GALLERY
Newlyn Art Gallery exists because of a long history of art making in West Cornwall and has celebrated contemporary art and supported the artists that produce it for more than 120 years. In 2007 the gallery reopened after a period of renovation with the addition of a new pavilion and continues to present work in all media by contemporary regional, national and international artists, with a programme of events, activities and learning. Recent exhibitions include a group exhibition Hummadruz that explored rhythms of nature, folklore and the occult; Structures, a two-week international artists’ residency and evolving exhibition; a major exhibition of large abstract paintings by the late Robyn Denny; and Craftschool, an exhibition celebrating craft and material that had a workshop space at the heart of the exhibition. The programme reflects and resonates with the gallery’s unique location and history, as well provide projects for artist experimentation and development, such as Transition.
The Gallery shop sells ceramics, jewellery, cards and art books, and the Studio Cafe serves tea, coffee and cakes. We recently completed a project to enhance its outdoor spaces including secluded gardens with pebble seating. The Picture Room is an additional gallery space presenting selling exhibitions by leading regional artists.
Our second venue, The Exchange, is a major contemporary art space in the centre of Penzance that opened in 2007 at the same time as the pavilion extension was completed at Newlyn Art Gallery. Formerly the town’s telephone exchange, the building retains the original industrial feel of the building and features a large t-shaped gallery and a striking glass facade that runs the entire length of the building. We believe that art and art organisations can perform a civic function and be relevant to, and lead a change in, social issues. Recent exhibitions include a solo show by Joy Gregory, one of the key artists to emerge from the Black British photography movement of the 1980s; Liberties, an exhibition of 24 women artists marking the 40th anniversary of the Sex Discrimination Act in the UK; a solo show across both venues by Imran Qureshi, reflecting his mastery of the processes and devices of Muhgal Miniature painting, as well as a large-scale installation (also shown at Truro Cathedral); and Vertigo Sea by John Akomfrah, a three-screen projection exploring man’s relationship with the sea and its role in the history of slavery, migration and conflict.
The Exchange is located off historic Chapel Street, within easy walking distance of the bus and train stations. There is a well-stocked book and gift shop plus a café serving snacks and light lunches. The Engine Room at The Exchange hosts learning projects and events, as well as community-based exhibitions.
Well behaved dogs are welcome to both venues, but may not be allowed in the exhibition spaces during certain shows.
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