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125 Years of Newlyn Art Gallery

2020 marks the 125th anniversary of the opening of Newlyn Art Gallery.  After four months of closure, we’re in the mood to celebrate and wish you a very warm welcome back to our galleries.

Our autumn programme forms the heart of our 125 celebrations and reflects our commitment to projects that are meaningful and relevant to as many people as possible. Our belief that art can be a powerful tool for change in all of our lives cuts across every strand of our work.

Few artists have made a greater contribution to the general wellbeing of the nation over the past four months than Grayson Perry, so we are delighted to present his epic series of tapestries, The Vanity of Small Differences at The Exchange.  Meanwhile at Newlyn Art Gallery, Extraordinary Postcards for Extraordinary Times is a record of our collective experiences of life under lockdown.  In the lower gallery we present a series of artists’ films selected from the Arts Council Collection by young LGBTQIA+ people, through our ongoing partnership with the Intercom Trust. A taster of bigger things to come, the programme extends our commitment to using our partnership with the Arts Council Collection to give voice to individuals and communities whose views are often overlooked.  Finally, in the garden, we reflect on artists’ responses to recent events, in particular the Coronavirus pandemic and the Black Lives Matter movement, through posters and placards.

It has been an exceptionally difficult year, but join us in reflecting on the past and imagining the future we all want.