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.
Robyn Denny in his studio

Robyn Denny

  • 7 October 2017 — 6 January 2018 *on now

Robyn Denny (1930-2014) was one of an internationally acclaimed group who transformed British art in the 1950s, 60s and 70s, leading it into the international mainstream. His resolutely urban abstract paintings on a large scale, captured the cool, modernising mood of the time.

Graduating from RCA in 1957, within a decade he was enjoying considerable international success, alongside his contemporaries Howard Hodgkin, Bridget Riley, Peter Blake and David Hockney. In 1966, he represented Britain at the Venice Biennale with Anthony Caro, Bernard Cohen, Harold Cohen and Richard Smith and at the time of his 1973 Tate retrospective he was the youngest artist to be so honoured. This exhibition is a celebration of the work of an artist key to British abstraction, who kept his eye firmly on America and his London contemporaries.

This exhibition offers an in depth understanding of the evolution of his work over five decades and an exploration of the importance and contemporary relevance of his work. Importantly, the exhibition will draw attention to later works, dating from the early 1980s and beyond, that have only rarely been presented publicly before.

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 Art Pass holders

Website

http://newlynartgallery.co.uk/activities/robyn-denny/

Collaborators show

The Collaborators

  • 27 October 2017 — 6 January 2018 *on now

The focus for the autumn months will be The Collaborators, our informal, dynamic collective of art-based adventurers aged between 15 - 25 with an interest in film, photography, illustration, painting, printmaking, performance, dance, and poetry.

Suitable for

  • 18+
  • 16-17
  • 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://newlynartgallery.co.uk/activities/the-collaborators/

Angela Cockayne

Angela Cockayne

  • 7 November — 2 December 2017 *on now

A collection of prints, sculptures and drawings that explore man’s relationship with the sea and its mythologies, by Cornwall-based artist and performer.

Suitable for

  • Any age
  • 18+
  • 16-17
  • 14-15

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://newlynartgallery.co.uk/activities/angela-cockayne/

Collage, colour and line

Collage, Colour and Line

  • 2 December 2017 10:30am-3:30pm

Led by artist Luke Frost you will explore the Robyn Denny exhibition across both sites. Starting with an exhibition walk and discussion, followed by a sketching and collage session at Newlyn, you will then head to The Exchange for lunch. After lunch and a look at the exhibition there, you will work in collage and paint, using mixed materials and a variety of papers and cards, drawing on the knowledge and experiences gained during the morning.
This will be a day of artistic experimentation and exchange, and suitable for all skill levels.
£40 booking via eventbrite. Advance booking essential as spaces are limited. Lunch is included in the ticket price and you will need to provide your own transport from Newlyn to The Exchange.

Suitable for

  • 18+

Admission

£40, please book through eventbrite

Website

http://newlynartgallery.co.uk/activities/collage-colour-line/

Ideal Science, Riso Prints

  • 5 December 2017 — 6 January 2018

A group exhibition by artists working in Cornwall and across the UK, who use Riso printing as part of their wider practice.
Curated by Joseph Townsend of Housework Press, London.

Suitable for

  • Any age
  • 16-17
  • 18+
  • 14-15

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

Tim shaw

Tim Shaw

  • 10 February — 19 May 2018

A two-part exhibition bringing together a number of works by the acclaimed Royal Academician, the sculptor Tim Shaw. The first part of the exhibition is showing at Anima Mundi in St Ives 14 Oct – 9 Dec 2017

Drawn from personal experience, Shaw’s exhibition at The Exchange features two immersive installations that address head-on the global presence and effect of terrorism and the pervasive sense of hidden powers having control over our lives.

Soul Snatcher Possession is a sculptural installation which portrays an ambiguous meeting of figures, the air taut with menace.

Mother the Air is Blue, The Air is Dangerous is an immersive experience using video and sound. It is a deeply personal work which offers a visceral insight into Shaw’s experience as a child in Belfast when he and his mother were caught in an IRA bomb blast.

Tim Shaw was born in Belfast in 1964. He currently lives and works in Cornwall. He was elected to The Royal Academy in 2013 and made a Fellow of The Royal British Society of Sculptors and a Fellow of Falmouth University the same year. Shaw has had a number of significant solo exhibitions throughout the UK, Ireland and internationally. Most recently the major public solo exhibition, Black Smoke Rising, which toured from Mac Birmingham to Aberystwyth Arts Centre. During 2014, Shaw’s work featured in Reflections of War at Flowers Gallery, London, and Back Front the Front presents: Shock and Awe – Contemporary Artists at War and Peace at the Royal West of England Academy.

Shaw has undertaken a number of public commissions including The Rites of Dionysos for The Eden Project, The Minotaur for The Royal Opera House and The Drummer for Lemon Quay, Truro.

A more political side to his work became evident in a number of sculptures responding to the issues of terrorism and The Iraq War. Tank on Fire was awarded the selectors Threadneedle prize in 2008 and the installation Casting a Dark Democracy was reviewed in 2008 by Jackie Wullschlager of The Financial Times as ‘The most politically charged yet poetically resonant new work on show in London.’.

Shaw has been supported by the Kappatos Athens Art Residency, The Kenneth Armitage Foundation, The British School of Athens and The Delfina Studio Trust through residencies in Greece and Spain, and a Fellowship in London. In 2015/16 he was appointed Artist Fellow at the Kate Hamburger Centre for Advance Study as ‘Law as Culture’ in Bonn, Germany where ‘The Birth of Breakdown’ was created fusing advanced robotics and artificial intelligence with sculpture.

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://newlynartgallery.co.uk/activities/tim-shaw/

Structures

Structures

  • 10 — 24 February 2018

Bringing together artists from the UK, Europe, and the US, the residency facilitates an exchange of methods, approaches and ideas. The artists will work together in the upper gallery, alongside a schedule of talks, discussions and workshops on all aspects of structures – whether manmade or natural – programmed by the artists and the gallery’s curatorial team.

The residency will involve practitioners at varying stages of their careers across all disciplines; painters, film-makers, sculptors, installation artists and curators, united by their work being informed by structures, rules or data.

The lower gallery will present a static exhibition of work previously made by each of the artists, to illustrate their usual practice and give a context to their time in the residency. In the upper gallery, one half of the space will be an evolving exhibition of work made by the artists during the residency, either individually or collaboratively.

The other half will be an open-plan, flexible studio space, with tables, stools and storage for each artist. The open nature of studio and exhibition in one space will enable conversations between visitors and artists.

A daily programme of talks and workshops will take place in the studio space at the close of each day, from 16.00. Details will be listed on our website.

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://newlynartgallery.co.uk/activities/structures2018/

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.

Exhibition Walk & Talks

  • 28 November 2017

An informal walk and talk tour of the Robyn Denny exhibition with Director, James Green.
All welcome. Free with admission, no booking required.

Suitable for

  • Any age
  • 14-15
  • 16-17
  • 18+

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://newlynartgallery.co.uk/activities/exhibition-walk-talks/

Makers market logo

The Makers' Market

  • 25 November 2017 From 10am

On the same day as Penzance Christmas Lights switch on, we bring you the best local and regional makers, with products in ceramics, jewellery, prints, textiles and more.

Suitable for

  • Any age
Montol festival

Montol Mask & Costume Workshop

  • 16 December 2017 1-4pm

Get ready for Montol (21 Dec) by making the traditional costume associated with the festival and the tradition of guise dancing.

Suitable for

  • Any age

Website

http://newlynartgallery.co.uk

DIY Make & Do activities

DIY Make & Do

  • 21 December 2017 — 6 January 2018

Drop in to either of our venues during the school holidays and you will find instructions and materials to get stuck into fun and inspiring creative activities for all the family.

Suitable for

  • 0-4
  • 5-6
  • 7-10

Admission

Free with admission to the gallery

Website

http://www.newlynartgallery.co.uk

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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