Creative Connections Cornwall aims to connect young people living in Cornwall with a nationally renowned contemporary artist to explore the National Portrait Gallery Collection. Together, the young people and the artist will create new collaborative responses to portraits of notable people from or connected to Cornwall and Penzance.

We have been working with students from Mounts Bay Academy in Penzance to select portraits from the National Portrait Gallery Collection. We are now looking for an artist to work with the students to develop new ideas and artwork through a series of creative workshops based on their own practice and informed by this selection.

Using a co-production framework, the artist will work with the Mounts Bay students towards the developing of new work and an exhibition, to be shown at The Exchange June to Sept 2022.

The project starts immediately, in Nov 2021.

The artist fee is £8,000 plus a budget for travel & accommodation and artwork production of £2,500 each.

For details on artist deliverables, young people’s learning outcomes, project timeline and how to apply please see Creative Connections Cornwall Artist brief

Please submit your proposal and Equal Opportunities Form by midnight THU 30 SEP 2021 via email to Bettina Wenzel, Programme Producer, Newlyn Art Gallery & The Exchange, [email protected] and Helen Whiteoak, Head of Programmes & Engagement, National Portrait Gallery [email protected]

Interviews will take place via Zoom on WED 20 AND THURS 21 OCT 2021.
Please indicate in your application if you can’t make the suggested dates and require an alternative option.

Creative Connections Cornwall – a National Portrait Gallery project in partnership with Newlyn Art Gallery & The Exchange. Creative Connections is funded by The National Lottery Heritage Fund and Art Fund with the generous support of the Palley family. ​


We recognise that some artists may have access needs or care responsibilities that may affect their ability to participate in this programme. If this applies to you, please be assured we are keen to make any reasonable adjustment to the programme’s design to accommodate your application.

If you would like to discuss any specific concerns, prior to submitting an application, please contact Bettina Wenzel at Newlyn Art Gallery & The Exchange, call 01736 363715 or email [email protected].