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.
Jack Doherty Ceramics

Jack Doherty

  • 3 March — 2 June 2018 *on now

Reflecting on his recent artist residencies in Japan and China, Mousehole-based ceramicist Jack Doherty will show a new group of soda-fired porcelain vessels including both functional and sculptural work.

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/jack-doherty/

Performance

Hummadruz

  • 3 March — 2 June 2018 *on now

Encompassing new commissions, contemporary and modern artworks, and artefacts loaned by The Museum of Witchcraft, Boscastle, the project will explore overarching and infinite rhythms of nature, of folklore, of the occult, and how this becomes a lived system embodied by both artists and communities.

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/hummadruz/

Janet Cardiff surrounded by speakers in the chapel

Janet Cardiff

  • 25 May — 27 August 2018

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

Website

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

A Line of Ceramic Vessels

Derek Wilson

  • 9 June — 13 October 2018

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

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.

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 — 11 August 2018

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

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.
An image of a pile of books

The Wormery

  • 5 June 2018 11am-1pm

Join Chris Horne in the café at Newlyn Art Gallery on the first Tuesday of the month for our book club, The Wormery. Pop in or follow us on social media to find out what we will be reading.

FREE

Suitable for

  • Any age

Admission

FREE

Website

http://newlynartgallery.co.uk/activities/the-wormery-2/

Music and Developmental Movement for babies and toddlers

Little Music and Movement Project

  • 20 April — 13 July 2018 *on now

Early years music education with developmental movement activities to explore creativity and develop early skills.

Friday mornings. 20 Apr – 13 Jul (no session during May half term)
• 10:00 older babies
• 10.45 toddlers
• 11.30 mixed age group (0-4yrs so suitable for siblings)
• 12.15 younger babies (up to 6 months)

Booking essential

£60 for 12-week term (£12 for siblings for the whole term)
Contact Lamorna on 07794 713 320 email info@emmiworkshops.org

Suitable for

  • 0-4

Admission

£60

Website

http://newlynartgallery.co.uk/activities/little-music-movement-project/

Two dancers looking at a phone

Games As (Performing) Arts

  • 10 — 31 May 2018 *on now

10 MAY — 31 MAY 2018

THE ENGINE ROOM, THE EXCHANGE
GAMES AS [PERFORMING] ARTS FESTIVAL

A collective art exhibition, part of Games as Arts / Arts as Games Festival. This second edition entitled Games As [performing] Arts, will investigate the relationships between games, performance and AI, through shared notions of play. The exhibition will showcase works from international artists Stéphane Bissières and Petra Gemeinboeck, as well as performance related games: Bouden, Johann Sebastian Joust and the clapping music app of the London Sinfonietta. Visitors will experience live performing robotics installations, playful hybrid music instruments, interactive video pieces and video games all combined with public workshops.

OPENING EVENT: Thu 10 May 2018

GAMES AS [performing] ARTS: Festival & artist in residency
7-15 June 2018 Penryn Campus Falmouth University
The festival aims to be a place to explore the links between traditional art practices, games and technology. In advance of, and alongside the festival, an artist in residence will study the potential for movement and dance to re-imagine how we relate to machines, exploring how robots can become playful, social performers, without mimicking human beings. Artist in residence Petra Gemeinboeck and director and choreographer Sarah Levisnky will conduct a series of public workshops for schools in partnership with the gallery in the first week of May.

Suitable for

  • Any age

Admission

Free with admission

Website

http://newlynartgallery.co.uk/activities/games-arts/

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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