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Welcome Back!

BOTH OUR VENUES WILL REOPEN ON 8 AUG

Please take a moment to read this page before you visit.

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.

Over the past few weeks, the team has been working incredibly hard to make sure your visit will be safe, relaxing and enjoyable, whether you’re a regular, or first-time visitor.

Amongst the new measures in place are:

  • Online ticketing.  Where possible, help us minimise delays on your arrival and buy your tickets in advance. (Online booking coming soon).
  • One-way routes at both venues with hand sanitisation stations throughout and enhanced site cleaning throughout the day.
  • All staff will be wearing facemasks or visors and we encourage visitors to do the same. Don’t worry if you forget your mask.  We have plenty.
  • You will also find an altered café service at Newlyn Art Gallery, including a new pop-up garden café, serving take-away drinks and treats.
  • Card-only payments. Please pay by contactless, as we will not be accepting cash payments.
  • Groups of up to 6 people can attend, provided the group meets Government guidelines on households and bubbles.
  • Please do not visit if you feel unwell.

Please get in touch if you have any concerns prior to arriving, and most of all have a relaxed and enjoyable visit.

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.

James Green
Gallery Director