Newlyn Art Gallery & The Exchange

The entrance to Newlyn Art Gallery

Newlyn Art Gallery exists because of a long history of contemporary art making in the far west of Cornwall and has celebrated contemporary art and supported the artists that produce it more than 120 years.
In 2007 the gallery reopened after a period of renovation with the addition of a new pavilion. At this time the gallery also launched its new space, The Exchange, in the centre of Penzance, which has enabled the organisation to take on larger, more ambitious projects across its two sites.
Formerly the town’s telephone exchange, the huge space retains the original industrial feel of the building and features a large t-shaped gallery and a striking glass facade that runs the entire length of the building. It is well suited to installation and social participation projects and its international reputation allows it to bring some of the best art being produced around the globe to Cornwall.
Together the galleries continue to present contemporary work in all media by regional, national and international artists, with a programme of events, activities and education.
Each venue has a well-stocked book and gift shop plus a café serving snacks and light lunches. Well behaved dogs are welcome, but may not be allowed in the exhibition spaces during certain times.

Venue Type:

Gallery

Opening hours

SUMMER OPENING TIMES (March - October)
Mon–Sat, 10.00–17.00
Closed Sundays

WINTER OPENING (October - March)
Tue–Sat, 10.00–17.00
Closed Sundays and Mondays

Admission charges

ADMISSION: £2.20 to both galleries incl Gift Aid donation
(Free for U18s, Art Pass holders and Gallery Supporters)

Getting there

DIRECTIONS
The Exchange is 600m from Penzance bus and train stations and the harbour car park. Princes Street can be approached from Market Jew Street or Chapel Street.

Newlyn Art Gallery sits at the end of Newlyn Green as you approach from Penzance.

Walk. A 2km walk between the two galleries along the promenade. Bus. Buses run from The Greenmarket in Penzance to Newlyn Art Gallery every 30 mins.

Additional info

Our shops provide a range of contemporary art books and art-related gifts and cards.

As a dog-friendly venue we welcome well-behaved dogs at both our venues.

Exhibition details are listed below, you may need to scroll down to see them all.
Photographic image by Joy Gregory

Lost Languages and other voices

  • 11 February — 6 May 2017 *on now

Joy Gregory is one of the major artists to emerge from the Black British photography movement of the 1980s; a time when debates around the domain of representation were explored and challenged.
This major survey show brings together 16 bodies of work spanning 20 years. The title 'Lost Languages and other voices' refers to the works Gomera and Kalahari, in which Gregory draws attention to marginalised indigenous languages. Journeys also feature, with work made in South Africa, the Orkneys, Sri Lanka and the Caribbean.
Gregory’s work is influenced by a combination of race, history, gender and aesthetics; firmly rooted in concepts of ‘truth and beauty’.
Joy Gregory was included in our recent group exhibition 'Liberties' and this solo show, curated and toured by Impressions Gallery, Bradford, expands on those ideas while introducing new ones.

Suitable for

  • 16-17
  • 14-15
  • 18+

Admission

£2.20 (Incl Gift Aid donation) for a seven-day pass to both venues, free entry for Supporters, U18s and Art Pass holders

We All End Up Different

  • 25 March — 1 May 2017 *on now

A presentation of work created during a textile project with Year 9 students from Humphry Davy School.

In The Engine Room

Admission

£2.20 (incl Gift Aid donation) for a seven-day pass to both venues, free entry for Supporters, U18s and Art Pass holders

Website

http://newlynartgallery.co.uk/activities/we-all-end-up-different/

Young People's Art Prize

Young People's Art Prize

  • 25 March — 1 May 2017 *on now

Our annual competition for secondary school and college students from across the county. This year’s theme is ‘identity’, with three age categories for prizes; 11-13, 14-16, and 17-19 years, plus a prize for the Visitors’ Vote, which will be awarded at the end of the exhibition.

Suitable for

  • Any age

Admission

Admission: £2.20 (incl Gift Aid donation) for a seven-day pass to both venues, free entry for Supporters, U18s and Art Pass holders

Website

http://newlynartgallery.co.uk/activities/young-peoples-art-prize-2/

Rachael Reeves in The Picture Room

Rachel Reeves in The Picture Room

  • 22 April — 3 June 2017 *on now

A new body of work by Lamorna-based artist Rachael Reeves. This series of painted works is strongly influenced by the landscapes and colours of West Penwith.

All works are for sale.

With an emphasis on affordable works The Picture Room at Newlyn Art Gallery offers the opportunity to buy paintings, prints and drawings by some of the region’s most recognised artists. All profits from sales directly help to support the gallery’s education and exhibition activities.

Admission

£2.20 (incl Gift Aid donation) for a seven-day pass to both venues, free entry for Supporters, U18s and Art Pass holders

Website

http://newlynartgallery.co.uk/activities/rachael-reeves/

Night and Day, Freya Douglas-Morris

What Is This Place?

  • 22 April — 15 July 2017 *on now

The paintings in this exhibition share a sense of improvisation. Like the act of drawing, the works are a way for the artist to work through ideas. Their marks have been made with a speed and spontaneity, executed quickly to capture changing thoughts and ideas.Some of the artists have been drawn to a particular location, repeatedly, to better understand it. For others, it’s the social and political landscape of the world today they are questioning. Memory, and its varied versions of truth, often acts as a source or starting point. From the commonplace to the cosmic, the eight artists in this exhibition are questioning with paint, what is this place?

Artists taking part:
Sam Bassett / Romi Behrens / Gordon Dalton / Freya Douglas-Morris / Danny Fox / Ben SandersonCorinna Spencer / Lucy Stein

Admission

Admission: £2.20 (incl Gift Aid donation) for a seven-day pass to both venues, free entry for Supporters, U18s and Art Pass holders

Opening times (March – October)
Mon–Sat, 10.00–17.00
Closed Sundays

Website

http://newlynartgallery.co.uk/activities/what-is-this-place/

A Certain Kind of Light

  • 27 May — 23 September 2017

A Certain Kind of Light explores how artists have responded to light, its materiality, transience and effect. Encompassing paintings, sculpture, video, photography, drawing and installation, it features artworks created from the 1960s to the present day by thirteen leading artists
Given its function as the basis for vision, light has long fascinated artists as both a material and as a subject. The exhibition considers the different ways artists have explored the various aspects of light, from its importance as a source of illumination, as a pure sculptural material, as a mysterious force and as a source of energy that can be conceptually converted into other forms.

Artists in the exhibition: Roger Ackling, David Batchelor, Angela Bulloch, Garry Fabian-Miller, Ceal Floyer, Raphael Hefti, Anish Kapoor, Peter Lanyon, Julian Opie, John Riddy, Mark Titchner, Paul Winstanley and Toby Ziegler.

Curated by Towner Art Gallery, Eastbourne, with many works from The Arts Council Collection which is managed by Southbank Centre, London on behalf of Arts Council England.

Admission

£2.20 (incl Gift Aid donation) for a seven-day pass to both venues, free entry for Supporters, U18s and Art Pass holders

Website

http://newlynartgallery.co.uk/activities/certain-kind-light/

Events details are listed below. You may need to scroll down or click on headers to see them all. For events that don't have a specific date see the 'Resources' tab above.
Little Music and Movement Project

Little Music and Movement Project

  • 19 April — 19 July 2017 *on now

Early years music education with developmental movement activities to explore creativity and develop early skills.

Sessions on Wednesday and Friday mornings in The Engine Room at The Exchange.

Weds at 10.00 for toddlers (18 months+) and children
Fri at 10.00, 10.45 and 11.30 for babies up to 18 months old

Suitable for

  • 0-4

Admission

Booking on a termly basis, £60 for 12-week term.
To book, please call 07794 713 320 or email info@emmiworkshops.org

Website

http://newlynartgallery.co.uk/activities/little-music-movement-project/

Volunteers' Exhibition

  • 6 — 20 May 2017

Coinciding with Voluntary Arts Week this exhibition is a celebration of the talents of our diverse group of dedicated volunteers.

Opening event Friday 5 May, 18.30 – 21.30
A fundraising evening for Activ8, organised and compared by one of our FoH volunteers, Michael Mules.

Workshops and residencies Sat 6th May

11am - 3pm
Drop in Family Art Workshop with Alice Eilis-Bray £2 Donation
Drop in Cyanotype Workshop with Peter Lower £2 Donation

10-4pm: in the Café
The Newlyn Knitters will be in residence knitting for charity working on their Penzance Pirate Ship.

Newlyn Art Gallery volunteers will also receive 50% discount in The Exchange Café for the day.

Suitable for

  • Family friendly

Admission

£2.20 (incl Gift Aid donation) for a seven-day pass to both venues, free entry for Supporters, U18s and Art Pass holders

Website

http://newlynartgallery.co.uk/activities/volunteers-exhibition-2017/

Cornwall Hospice Care Art Auction

Cornwall Hospice Care Art Auction

  • 13 May 2017 7-10:30pm

A wide range of works by artists from across the county will be auctioned to raise much-needed funds for Cornwall Hospice Care.

Viewing : Fri 12 May 10.00 – 17.00, Sat 13 May 10.00 – 15.00 and from 19.00 on the night.
Doors open 19.00, auction starts 20.00 with auctioneer David Lay of Lays Auctions.

Admission

£5 entry fee includes a printed catalogue, a glass of bubbly, canapés and live music from the all-female Saxophone Quartet, Café Sax.

Website

http://newlynartgallery.co.uk/activities/cornwall-hospice-care-art-auction/

Paper Costume Workshop

  • 31 May — 1 June 2017

What to wear when all at sea? – Design a stylish paper outfit and/or headdress for parade day and before.

Suitable for

  • Family friendly

Admission

Free Entry

Website

http://www.newlynartgallery.co.uk

Boat Making Workshop

  • 2 June 2017 1-4pm

Does your boat float or does it need to be a boat to float? – Make your own floating device of whatever shape and see how it fares at Quay Fair Day!

Suitable for

  • Family friendly

Admission

Free Entry

Website

http://www.newlynartgallery.co.uk

Juliet Fraser - © Dimitri Djuric

A Certain Kind of Light

  • 16 June 2017 7:30-10:30pm

Soprano Juliet Fraser returns to The Exchange with a specially created programme of new compositions for voice and fixed media that voyages through meditation, memorialising, murmuring and mimicry to cast new light on what it means to sing and to be a singer.
British soprano Juliet Fraser is internationally recognised as one of the most adventurous singers of her generation. She performs regularly as a soloist with many of the major new music ensembles in Europe, and is co-founder of EXAUDI vocal ensemble. Juliet has premiered well over 100 works, many of which have been written for her: she has worked particularly closely with composers Michael Finnissy, Bernhard Lang, Rebecca Saunders, Matthew Shlomowitz and Cassandra Miller. Her recording of Morton Feldman's Three Voices was released last year to critical acclaim. She has recently returned from her US debut tour. 'A certain kind of light' has been generously supported by the PRS for Music Foundation.
www.julietfraser.co.uk

Admission

Tickets on the door, £10 Adults / £5 U18s

Website

http://newlynartgallery.co.uk/activities/concert-certain-kind-light/

Getting there

DIRECTIONS
The Exchange is 600m from Penzance bus and train stations and the harbour car park. Princes Street can be approached from Market Jew Street or Chapel Street.

Newlyn Art Gallery sits at the end of Newlyn Green as you approach from Penzance.

Walk. A 2km walk between the two galleries along the promenade. Bus. Buses run from The Greenmarket in Penzance to Newlyn Art Gallery every 30 mins.

Newlyn Art Gallery & The Exchange
Princes Street, Penzance (The Exchange)
New Road, Newlyn (Newlyn Art Gallery)
Penzance
Cornwall
TR18 2NL
England

Website

www.newlynartgallery.co.uk

E-mail

info@newlynartgallery.co.uk

Telephone

01736 363715

All information is drawn from or provided by the venues themselves and every effort is made to ensure it is correct. Please remember to double check opening hours with the venue concerned before making a special visit.
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