All events are bookable via unless otherwise stated.

Gallery members receive a 10% discount on charged-for ticketed events


Exhibition Tours
First Thursday of each month, 11am, The Exchange.
First Friday of each month, 11am Newlyn.
Join a member of staff for an informal tour and discussion about the exhibition.
No booking required, FREE

The Curious Exchange: The Exchange, 25th January – 26th April, every Saturday at 12noon
Call in and see our display of collected curiosita! Bring your own rare, strange or beautiful object and swap it against a new curious thing, to create a new display every week.  FREE

Curious Penzance: The Exchange, 25th January – 26th April
Tell us a curious fact about Penzance or Newlyn!  Your suggestions will be added to the large map on the Ramp Wall, created for us by artist Sam Bassett. Curious Penzance continues our celebration of Penzance.  FREE


The Exchange, Friday 2nd May, 8pm – midnight
Get the weekend off to a flying start as DJ Richard Ballinger plays one fabulous record after another.
£4 on the door.
Due to popular demand, Jukebox Jump will now take place on the first Friday of every monthDates for your diary are 6th June, 4th July and 1st August. 


Thursday 22nd May, 6.30 – 8.30pm, The Exchange
Thursday 19th June, 6.30 – 8.30pm, Newlyn Art Gallery
In collaboration with St Ives School of Painting we bring you life drawing with a twist. Explore the human form in the context of our exhibitions with male and female models, clothed and nude. Designed to encourage confidence and inspire, these taught sessions will be suitable for all levels, led by experienced tutors from St Ives School of Painting.

£10 per session, booking essential at (£8 for School of Painting members and Newlyn Art Gallery members, to book please ring St Ives School of Painting on 01736 797180.)

Bring your own sketchbook materials.A limited supply of paper will be for sale and we will have some boards to borrow. We ask participants to kindly refrain from using charcoal in order to protect fragile artwork.


Young People’s Art Prize
The Engine Room, The Exchange
Thursday 3rd April – Saturday 19th April
The fifth in our annual open submission art competition for young people.
Inspired by our current exhibition Curiosity: Art and the Pleasures of Knowing, this year’s theme is Curious Creatures. Any size and any medium, the subject can be real or imagined, perhaps an intriguing hybrid, a detailed study or even a little wit of the Rococo.
A special prize, the Visitor’s Vote, will be awarded by the gallery at the end of the exhibition to the artist whose work received most votes from the public. The winner of the Visitors Vote will hang in The Exchange Cafe until 17th May. FREE

Disability History in Cornwall
The Engine Room, The Exchange
Saturday 19th April 11.30am – 1.30pm
Join Dr Theo Blackmore as he illustrates how the lives of disabled people in Cornwall have changed over the last 50-100 years in a series of short films covering topics such as education, employment, hate crime, and recreation. FREE

Charity Art Auction
In Aid of Cornwall Hospice Care
The Exchange
Saturday 3rd May, 8pm (doors open at 7pm)
A wide range of works by artists from across the county will be auctioned to raise much-needed funds for Cornwall Hospice Care. The auctioneer for the evening will be David Lay of Lays Auctions. Pay bar open.
Viewing: Friday 2nd May 10am – 5pm & Saturday 3rd May 10am – 3pm

Did you know… 2012 we had over 50,000 visits to our galleries in Penzance and Newlyn.