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.
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/

Children sledging with a goat

Nickie Carlyon: In My Mother's Footsteps

  • 27 May — 15 July 2017 *on now

A poignant exhibition inspired by conversations between Nickie Carlyon and her mother, Elspeth, centering on an envelope of photographs which document Elspeth’s childhood.

"This project started with the discovery of an old envelope of negatives which I had developed, they were of my Mum, Elspeth and her family and her childhood idle of early life on Vancouver Island, BC, Canada.

Elspeth is now 91, she has dementia, and the photographs are memories of a precious and distant time that she remembers with amazing clarity. They prompt conversations, laughter and tears which I have been recording, and every time we look at these together, another recollection like names of the dogs, people and their significance in Elspeth’s early childhood days.

The photographs have been a rich source of inspiration for a series of paintings; these are my imaginings of the colour and world where Mum lived. They are between reality and a dream place; they are the past which I am trying to rekindle so Mum can remember."

Nicki Carlyon

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/in-my-mothers-footsteps/

A Certain Kind of Light

  • 27 May — 23 September 2017 *on now

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/

Image: Forest Obscura IV by Oliver Raymond Barker

Oliver Raymond-Barker

  • 5 June — 15 July 2017

Oliver Raymond-Barker’s work encompasses photography in its broadest sense; using analogue and digital processes, natural materials and camera-less methods of image making.

This exhibition will feature prints from the Forest Obscura project; a series of sublime, ethereal images created in the forests of South Korea using a unique camera obscura.

Showing alongside these will be panoramic rockscapes and a new handmade book from Anatomy of Stone, an ongoing body of work made in the slate quarries of North Wales.

All works are for sale.

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/oliver-raymond-barker/

Work by Nina Royle

Nina Royle

  • 22 July — 19 August 2017

A new body of works on hand-shaped gesso panels by Nina Royle. Each painting is an individual expression of landscape, weather, corporality and time, however, in an exhibition context they form a collection in which each work is in dialogue with the other.

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 Art Pass holders.

Website

http://newlynartgallery.co.uk/activities/nina-royle/

Samuel Bassett

  • 21 August — 16 September 2017

A collection of limited edition prints, including etchings and screen prints, which Bassett creates alongside his painted works.

All works are for sale.

Suitable for

  • Any age

Admission

£2 or (£2.20 with Giftaid) for a seven day pass to both venues. Free for U18's, members and Art Pass holders.

Website

http://newlynartgallery.co.uk/activities/samuel-bassett/

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/

DIY Make & Do

DIY Make & Do Activities

  • 27 May — 3 June 2017 *on now

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

  • 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/diy-make-activities/

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/

Craftschool

  • 22 July — 16 September 2017

An exhibition that focusses on the art of making, in particular the renaissance of handcrafting functional objects with a purity of materials. Integral to the exhibition will be a practical workshop space in the upper gallery for craft-making. One-hour ‘taster’ classes will be led each morning by regional makers (free with admission), with charged, full-day intensive workshops on Saturdays.

Craft from a range of makers will be displayed alongside artists’ film and photography that focusses on the art of making, a connection to materials and sharing of skills. With so much manufactured disposal objects in our world, it is a reminder that we can all make objects with our hands.

Details of which classes are available each day will be listed here.
They will be suitable for all ages over 7 years. U12s must be accompanied by an adult.
A donation is requested for materials. Bookings for morning classes need to be made in person in the Gallery. Bookings and payment for Saturday workshops will be through eventbrite.

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/craftschool/

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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