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/

Follow My Story

  • 4 August — 7 October 2017 *on now

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/

Albert Reuss

Albert Reuss

  • 23 September — 7 October 2017

An exhibition of paintings by Albert Reuss from the Newlyn Art Gallery collection, bequeathed to the gallery after Reuss’s death.

Suitable for

  • 18+
  • Any age
  • 16-17

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/albert-reuss/

Robyn Denny in his studio

Robyn Denny

  • 7 October 2017 — 6 January 2018

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/

Mark Surridge

Mark Surridge

  • 9 October — 4 November 2017

A new body of work by Helston-based artist painted across the surfaces of sculpturally arranged panels, exploring the landscape as seen through satellite GPS systems

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/mark-surridge/

Collaborators show

The Collaborators

  • 27 October 2017 — 6 January 2018

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

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/

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

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.
Albert Reuss Book Launch

Book Launch

  • 6 October 2017 6-7pm

To celebrate the publication of a biography of Albert Reuss by Susan Soyinka

Suitable for

  • Any age
  • 16-17
  • 18+

Admission

Free, all welcome

Website

http://newlynartgallery.co.uk/activities/albert-reuss/

Making

DIY Make & Do

  • 21 — 28 October 2017

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

Big draw logo

The Big Draw

  • 28 October 2017 11am-3pm

Led by Mae Voogd, this year’s theme is animation. Taking inspiration from Robyn Denny’s urban extracts from the 1960s and ‘70s, we will create a high-rise, animated paper city.

Suitable for

  • Any age

Admission

Drop in, £4.50 on the day

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

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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