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.

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/

Work by Nina Royle

Nina Royle

  • 22 July — 19 August 2017 *on now

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/

Follow My Story

  • 4 August — 7 October 2017

An exhibition of illustrations and text from The Follow My Story project, led by artists Theo Carter-Weber and Liz Howell, working with pupils from Newlyn School at Newlyn Art Gallery.

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/

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.
Craftschool Image

Craftschool

  • 22 July — 16 September 2017 *on now

The artists exhibiting in the upper gallery will share the space with a practical workshop for one-hour ‘taster’ classes each morning led by regional makers (free with admission). Visitors are invited to try their hand at a range of crafts, such as spoon-carving, weaving on cardboard looms or crafting a wooden whistle.

In the lower gallery there will be a display of work by makers based in Cornwall working in wood, metal and fabric, with an emphasis on purity of materials and function, alongside black and white portraits of the makers in their workplace by photographer Oliver Udy. Craftschool provides a platform for them to experiment or realise an ambitious piece of work.

With so much manufactured disposable objects in our world, Craftschool is a reminder that we can all make and repair objects with our hands. The classes will be relaxed and friendly, and aimed at absolute beginners of all ages (U12s must be accompanied by an adult). Though the one-hour classes are free with admission, a donation is requested for materials.

Makers and artists include
Ravi Bains / Blackhorse Workshop / Kai Venus-Demetrio / Jacob Dodd / Francli Craftwear / James Hankey / Louis-Jack Horton-Stephens / Ishinomaki Laboratory / Sarah Johnson / Felix McCormack / Jack McGuinness / Celia Pym / Heather Scott /Oliver Udy / Richard Wentworth / Lucie Wren

Each Thursday the following week’s programme of classes will be listed below.

In the upper gallery artist Richard Wentworth presents four new images from his ongoing photographic project, Making Do and Getting By and Louis-Jack Horton-Stephens presents his film Gill & Gill, a study of a female boulderer and a master letter cutter and their mutual relationship with stone, with a newly finished film Teaching a Tree to Sing. Finalist in the BBC Woman’s Hour Craft Prize, Celia Pym’s practice is concerned with repair, in particular the darning of favourite worn-out or frayed clothes and celebrating the evidence of damage. James Hankey has been patching together different damaged chairs to make usable ones to furnish his new home (for his MA he took this approach to conceptual extremes, such as using crochet as a mug handle). The Japanese collective Ishinomaki Laboratory, who will be represented by a short film, inspired the gallery staff to make the workshop space together, under the guidance of the gallery’s exhibition technician. We will also be exhibiting information about Blackhorse Workshop, a fully equipped wood and metal workshop space in London created by Turner Prize winners Assemble.

Craftschool builds on the history of the Industrial Classes and the subsequent Newlyn Copper, an arts and crafts class to train and provide an alternative employment for fisherman. Archive material will be on display in the resource area while craft work for sale will be presented in the shop and café.

Suitable for

  • 7-10
  • 11-13
  • 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 Art Pass holders

Website

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

10th anniversary logo

Let's Celebrate!

  • 2 — 30 August 2017

Children’s workshops, for all ages, U7s to be accompanied by an adult.
Led by Alice Ellis-Bray this exclusive series of workshops celebrates ten years
of creative activity.

Suitable for

  • Any age

Admission

£5, booking through eventbrite.

Website

http://newlynartgallery.co.uk/activities/10th-anniversary/

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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