• Gala Dinner for 100 people in the main gallery at The Exchange. Photo Credit: Lee Searl e

  • The Studio Cafe at Newlyn Art Gallery

    The Studio Cafe at Newlyn Art Gallery

  • The Exchange Cafe Photo by Ian Kingsnorth

  • Tea, Cake & Art in The Engine Room at The Exchange

  • Image shows a room with people standing around a long table with food on it. There is a wide panoramic window on one wall of the room.

    A private party in The Studio, Newlyn Art Gallery

  • Image shows a large cafe area at night with green illimuniated window

    The Exchange Cafe at night

  • Image shows a group of seated people looking at a presentation projected on to a wall

    Presentation in The Engine Room



Newlyn Art Gallery & The Exchange has two outstanding, contrasting venues available for hire for your private and corporate events


Newlyn Art Gallery is situated in a historical John Passmore Edwards building at the entrance to Newlyn village. An elegant garden area and views over the sea and Mount’s Bay enhance its beautiful coastal position.

The first-floor studio is available to hire for a daytime or evening event for a group of up to 50 people (standing) or 30 people for a seated meal. The large, airy room has a panoramic window and views of Penzance Promenade and Newlyn Harbour. In the summer months The Garden Café area can be included as an additional outdoor space at the back of the gallery.


  • Studio size 930cm x 480cm (window size 930cm x 170cm)
  • Capacity 30 seated / 50 standing
  • 6 Double plug sockets
  • Projector & screen (85cm x 114cm)
  • Digital TV screen & speaker
  • Free WIFI (80 Mbps Down and 20 Mbps Up)
  • Sound proof
  • Blackout blinds (although do be aware there are sky lights in this room)
  • Private access
  • Fully licensed private bar or BYO option (corkage charged at £5 per bottle)
  • Tea & coffee making station
  • Garden area with seating, benches & festoon lighting
  • Disabled access – wheelchair available at gallery and lift to first floor

The Studio is perfect for intimate events of up to 50 people, such as birthday celebrations, an intimate wedding, memorial service or wake, work meeting or awayday, training or workshops with use of the Garden Café if the weather is good.

Take a look around The Studio at Newlyn Art Gallery

A tour of The Garden Cafe at Newlyn Art Gallery



Located right in the centre of Penzance, The Exchange retains the industrial feel of the original telephone exchange it occupies. Its striking glass façade transforms this spacious building from a light-filled daytime setting to glorious evening venue.

Our newly refurbished Engine Room is available to hire for a daytime or evening event for a group of up to 110 people (standing) or 60 people for a seated event. Perfect for large groups or blended online sessions, The Engine Room has a fully integrated system and is equipped with AV equipment, including a Panasonic projector screen, 75-inch large TV screen, hanging mic and speakers. It also has two small sinks and storage areas – perfect for art workshops.



  • Engine Room size: 12.18m x 5.31m
  • Capacity: 60 seated / 110 standing
  • 7 Double plug sockets
  • Free WIFI
  • 2 small sink areas
  • 2 storage areas.
  • Electric black out blinds
  • Dimmable lighting
  • Double sink and storage unit
  • Fully licensed private bar or BYO option (corkage charged at £5 per bottle)
  • Tea & coffee making station
  • Disabled access – wheelchair available at gallery

Have a look around The Engine Room


  • Capacity: 30 seated / 50 people standing
  • Two comfy sofas for a relaxed dining experience
  • Fully stocked bar
  • A tucked away corner for younger visitors, complete with children’s books and art materials
  • A tall bar with bar stools
  • Free Wi-Fi


Have a look around The Exchange Cafe


Whichever venue you choose, our creative environment and changing exhibition displays will add atmosphere to your event.


The yellow chairs used in The Engine Room chairs are made from 70% recycled plastic.

We use low VOC, water-based and bio-based paints throughout our buildings.



For all hire enquiries please contact Tegen Tossell
[email protected]
01736 363715

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Every hire of our venues supports us in our aim to show the most exciting of contemporary visual art from around the world and to support emerging artists living and working in Cornwall.  It also enables us to provide inspiring and enduring learning to individuals, families and schools. Your support is crucial in helping us to plan confidently for the future.