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)
The shop and café at The Exchange are open during winter opening hours with free admission. Tues – Sat  10.00 – 17.00.

Admission charges

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

Discounts

  • National Art Pass
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

Both of our venues have cafes on site.

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.
Janet Cardiff surrounded by speakers in the chapel

Janet Cardiff

  • 25 May — 27 August 2018 *on now

Janet Cardiff’s internationally acclaimed sound installation Forty Part Motet (2001) is at Richmond Chapel in Penzance, a former Wesleyan Chapel and Grade II listed building, usually closed to the public. Cardiff has reworked 16th-century composer Thomas Tallis’s choral masterpiece Spem in alium nunquam habui by recording 40 individual male voices (bass, baritone, alto, tenor and child soprano) and playing each individual voice through its own speaker. The visitor can move amongst the 40 speakers to listen to single voices, or be immersed in the overall complexity of the choral ensemble.

A Groundwork exhibition presented by Newlyn Art Gallery & The Exchange.

Groundwork is a season of international contemporary art in Cornwall from May to September 2018. With a focus on place and an emphasis on moving image, sound and performance, the programme presents new commissions made in Cornwall, together with existing works by internationally acclaimed artists. Groundwork is organised by Helston-based arts organisation CAST (Cornubian Arts & Science Trust).

Suitable for

  • Any age

Where

Richmond Chapel
Tolver Road
Penzance
Cornwall
TR18 2AB

Website

http://newlynartgallery.co.uk/activities/groundwork/

Archway

Home of Springs: Trengwainton

  • 8 June — 28 July 2018 *on now

A story of people, plants and place weaving together history and heritage with new and old creative materials.

In the Engine Room at the Exchange.

Suitable for

  • Family friendly

Admission

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

Website

http://newlynartgallery.co.uk/activities/home-of-springs-trengwainton/

A Line of Ceramic Vessels

Derek Wilson

  • 9 June — 22 September 2018 *on now

Belfast based artist/ maker Derek Wilson will exhibit a range of sculptural forms alongside functional ware. Wilson combines his minimal aesthetic with accomplished craftsmanship, material knowledge and a propensity to propel modern ceramics through reinterpretation of its form.

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

Suitable for

  • Any age

Website

http://newlynartgallery.co.uk

Large painting of a naked girl wrapped in lights

Rose Wylie 'History Painting'

  • 9 June — 15 September 2018 *on now

Rose Wylie is best known for creating colourful, large-scale, figurative paintings that are smart, funny, and quietly political. These are usually made from memory and draw on a wide range of cultural references from history, fashion and cinema, to mythology, sport and literature. The thread linking these fields is her interest in how images evolve and accumulate meaning – becoming familiar, iconic and part of the narrative of popular culture and wider history.

The large scale paintings at Newlyn Art Gallery include three recent works inspired by the Pilgrims ship the Mayflower voyage, which had a final landing at Newlyn to take on fresh water before sailing to America in 1620. In the lower gallery we will present Ben Rivers’ film What Means Something (2015) which reflects on his friendship with Rose, her painting and the artistic processes they have in common.

At The Exchange, alongside works inspired by Quentin Tarantino films, and her memories of London during the Second World War, will be a selection of preparatory works on paper.

History Painting is a Plymouth Art Centre exhibition and curated by Ben Borthwick. The exhibition will be shown across both our galleries.

Exhibition Events:

Film screening: Tue 7 Aug, 18.00 A special screening of Tarantino’s classic Kill Bill at Newlyn Filmhouse. £8.50, booking via http://newlynfilmhouse.com/showinfo/?entryValue=ST00001120.

Curator’s Talk: Wed 12 Sept, 13.00 at St Ives Arts Club, as part of St Ives September Festival. Ben Borthwick will talk about Rose Wylie’s work and the History Painting exhibition. £5.50

Suitable for

  • Any age

Admission

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

Website

http://newlynartgallery.co.uk/activities/rose-wylie/

Black and White print

Naomi Frears

  • 9 June — 4 August 2018 *on now

A new body of work initiated by Frears’ recent residency at Plymouth University. Her self-imposed rule was to work only with completely new processes during regular trips to the university. These new works then set others in motion back in the studio. In the show are works on paper made in Plymouth using letterpress and photopolymer plates, as well as paintings and drawings on wood, paper and canvas.

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.

Suitable for

  • Any age

Admission

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

Website

http://www.newlynartgallery.co.uk

Jubilee Pool

Jubilee Pool: Then, Now, To Come

  • 4 August — 22 September 2018

Work-in-progress of a three-year participative, creative exploration of the life and history of Penzance’s iconic and much-loved lido.

Suitable for

  • Family friendly

Admission

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

Catherine Haines work

Catherine Haines

  • 6 August — 22 September 2018

A collection of etchings and paintings that explore folklore, the sea and collections by artist Catherine Haines.

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.

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 Local Art Pass holders

Michael Porter work

Michael Porter

  • 29 September 2018 — 5 January 2019

Newlyn-based artist Michael Porter presents a new series of exquisitely executed watercolours that explore soil, plants and the natural world.

Digging in the dirt
Getting your hands dirty
Grovelling in the dirt
Flinging dirt in your face
A clod of dirt
A dirty stain
Dumped in dirt
And yet it can be so beautiful

Michael Porter, April 2018

All works are for sale.

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

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 Local Art Pass holders

Image from Joseph Szabo's 'Teenager' series

Many & Beautiful Things

  • 29 September 2018 — 5 January 2019

Many & Beautiful Things, an exhibition presented at both galleries, is concerned with that time in youth when anything is possible, everything is ahead of you, and life is a rush for new experiences. Of course, there may be inner anguishes, but still there’s an abandon, a thirst - before it inevitably leaves, usually gradually, sometimes suddenly. Many & Beautiful Things is about those points when things change.
The exhibition includes Rineke Dijkstra’s series of seven portraits of Olivier as he passed though military training with the Foreign Legion, each image recording a systematic hardening of his bearing with the realisation that he has acquired authority, responsibility and that death is very much a reality.
Melanie Manchot filmed her daughter with Super 8 for a minute each month from the age of 11 to 18 years. Presented on nine monitors, we see in 11/18 the silent and gradual change in her appearance and her ways of relating to the camera, to her mother and to the world
Joseph Szabo was a young high-school teacher struggling to connect with his students, so he suggested he photograph them in class and later, as trust grew, they invited him to their hang outs. The photographs are an evocation of 70s and 80s America and yet there is something timeless and compelling about Szabo's portrayal of the universal teenager.
Other international artists will be included, alongside commissions from mid-career artists and work by young emerging artists based in Cornwall. A programme of events will be announced soon.

Suitable for

  • Family friendly

Admission

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

Website

http://newlynartgallery.co.uk/activities/many-beautiful-things-2/

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.

Summer Art Classes

  • 1 August 2018 2-4pm
  • 8 August 2018 2-4pm
  • 15 August 2018 2-4pm
  • 22 August 2018 2-4pm
  • 29 August 2018 2-4pm

WEDNESDAY 01 AUG – Pillow Stories
What are your dream adventures? What stories do you come up with in your sleep? – Inspired by the exhibition, you will be painting the story of a dream you have had – onto a pillow case. Sweet dreams!

WEDNESDAY 08 AUG – Portrait Painting
Who is that in the mirror? How do you paint yourself? – Using mirrors, you will be working out how to look and paint at the same time.

WEDNESDAY 15 AUG – Story Box Painting
Looking at story-telling through painting, you will create different scenes of the same story. What goes inside your story box is up to you – possibilities are endless!

WEDNESDAY 22 AUG – Painting with Feeling
What’s your favourite colour? How do you know? – Using your instincts, this workshop is all about following your intuition when making colour choices, and painting without getting caught up in too much decision making. What comes naturally when using paint and how do you choose colour?

WEDNESDAY 29 AUG – Time Travel for Painters
Exploring ideas about our past, our present and our future, you will be creating a triptych of paintings to tell stories through time. When, now and then!

Suitable for

  • 7-10
  • 11-13

Admission

£6 per session, all materials provided. You can book on all sessions or pick and choose. Booking via eventbrite

Rose Wylie, Park Dogs (detail)

Paint Your Dog

  • 18 August 2018 2-4pm

This is your chance to incorporate some drawing and painting into your walkies! Armed with paper, paint and dog treats, painter Ben Sanderson will lead you in quick-fire, fun drawing and painting exercises to help you create off-the-cuff sketches of your dog.

This workshop is for well-behaved dogs and their owners. Please bring a dog lead.

£4 per slot, please choose your slot and book via Eventbrite.
14.00 – 14.20
14.20 – 14.40
14.40 – 15.00
15.00 – 15.20
15.20 – 15.40
15.40 – 16.00

Admission

£4 per slot, please choose your slot and book via Eventbrite

Website

https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/paint-your-dog-tickets-47384062005

Jellyfish

Jellyfish Thinking, Feeling, Being

  • 13 October 2018 10am-12pm

In partnership with Hypatia Trust, artist Bryony Gillard will explore the relationships between peripheral landscapes, female experience, sexuality, and creativity, drawing on the writings of the Modernist poet, and Isles of Scilly resident, H.D.

Through a series of performative exercises, we will collectively explore what our own jelly-fish experiences might be, and how we might use the spaces between poetry, prose, improvisation and autobiography to translate experiences that exist beyond the visible or thinkable.

This workshop is aimed at people identifying as female or non-binary.

Admission

£5 (max 15 people) with funded places available for those on limited means. Boooking through Eventbrite.

Website

https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/jellyfish-thinking-feeling-being-tickets-46657007365

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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