Newlyn Art Gallery & The Exchange

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For almost 120 years, Newlyn Art Gallery has been bringing the best in contemporary art to audiences in the south west. In 2007 the gallery was redeveloped and we opened a second venue, The Exchange in Penzance. With two venues we are able to offer a wide and varied programme, showcasing the very best of national and international contemporary art, as well as work by some of the best artists currently working in the region.

At Newlyn Art Gallery there is a focus on painting and drawing, while The Exchange is well suited to installation and social participation projects. The galleries’ international reputation allows us to bring some of the best art being produced around the globe to Cornwall. Among the artists who have received solo exhibitions are Mona Hatoum, Christine Borland, Lawrence Weiner, John Armleder, Jill Bradley, Shezad Dawood and many others. The gallery has also hosted solo exhibitions of some of the region’s foremost practitioners such as Roger Hilton, Breon O’Casey, Sandra Blow and Michael Porter.
At our venue in Newlyn we recently completed a project to enhance the outdoor spaces including secluded gardens, an outdoor cafe area and a flexible space where workshops, meeting and events can take place during the summer months.

Venue Type:

Gallery

Opening hours

We will be closed Sunday 4th January – Friday 20th March inclusive, for essential decoration and maintenance work, reopening on Saturday 21st March 2015

SUMMER OPENING TIMES (From 21st March 2015) Monday – Saturday: 10am – 5pm Sunday: Closed

WINTER OPENING TIMES (from October 2015) Tuesday – Saturday: 10am – 5pm Sunday & Monday: Closed

Bank Holidays 11am – 4pm

Admission charges

Admission is free but donations to help support the gallery are welcome.
Gallery talks and some education events are free.
Group visits can be arranged and can include an introduction to the exhibition. Please telephone or email to discuss your requirements.

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

GALLERY SHOP NEWLYN
Stocking a range of art books specialising in drawing and painting, as well as art magazines and greetings cards. New titles link to the current exhibitions. There is always a good selection of craft items by a range of makers, including Julia Davey. Her colourful Cornish seaside-themed tableware features images of boats moored in Penzance and Newlyn harbours/ We also have a selection of lampshades and cushions from £39 by award-winning textile designer Lorna Syson, and a range of colourful vessels by Rachel Foxwell inspired by coastal landscapes.

GALLERY BOOKSHOP THE EXCHANGE
Our well-stocked Gallery Bookshop has a varied range of books on art, architecture, photography and design as well as books for children, including a new range of books and gift items linked to Ecologies of Value.

Both galleries have family-friendly cafes.

Education is an integral part of the Gallery's activities and closely linked to the exhibition programme. The education programme explores ways of interpreting contemporary art through Gallery talks, discussions, workshops and projects for all members of the local and visiting communities. Theme & Ideas for teachers are available.

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.

Michel Francois

  • 21 March — 30 May 2015 *on now

Michel Francois uses ancient techniques to create functional vessels. Whether it's bowls, jugs, or jars, the purity of form gives them a sculptural quality. His glazes are made using Feldspar, Cornish stone and ash from local trees, such as Chestnut, Ash, and Beech. By starving the kiln of oxygen he draws minerals and oxides from inside the clay to the surface. There they react with the ash glaze, combining to act as prisms that filter and reflect light. This process ensures that each piece is unique. Michel graduated from Falmouth University in 2002, then apprenticed at the Leach Pottery, St Ives. Following from this, he set up his own studio outside Helston.

Suitable for

  • Any age

Admission

Free admission, donations welcome

Bloomberg New Contemporaries 2014.  Photograph by Mark Blower

Bloomberg New Contemporaries 2014

  • 21 March — 6 June 2015 *on now

Featuring 55 of the most promising artists emerging from UK art schools Bloomberg New Contemporaries 2014 comes to Cornwall with work by new and recent fine art graduates. Marking its 65th anniversary, selectors Marvin Gaye Chetwynd, Enrico David and Goshka Macuga chose works by the most promising artists emerging from UK art schools from nearly 1,400 submissions, including graduates from Falmouth University, Stacey Guthrie, Edward Hill, Melissa Kime and Frances Williams. The resulting exhibition is an incisive snapshot of contemporary practice, spanning diverse media, processes, themes, influences and approaches - from moving image and performance to more traditional approaches to making work such as printmaking, painting and sculpture.
Showcasing final year students, graduates and artists one year out of study, the annual national touring exhibition has consistently acted as a barometer of contemporary art practice, shining a spotlight on the hottest talents of the year.
Showing at both Newlyn Art Gallery and The Exchange. Follow the New Contemporaries across social media using #NewContemps

Suitable for

  • Any age

Admission

Free admission, donations welcome

Website

http://newlynartgallery.co.uk/bloomberg-new-contemporaries-2014/

Porcelain vessel by Michel Francois at Newlyn Art Gallery

Ash-glazed porcelain by Michel Francois

  • 21 March — 13 June 2015 *on now

Michel Francois uses ancient techniques to create functional vessels. Whether it’s bowls, jugs, or jars, the purity of form gives them a sculptural quality. His glazes are made using Feldspar, Cornish stone and ash from local trees, such as Chestnut, Ash, and Beech.
In the Studio Cafe at Newlyn Art Gallery. All pieces are for sale.

Suitable for

  • Any age

Admission

Free admission, donations welcome

Website

http://newlynartgallery.co.uk/exhibitions/the-picture-room/

Luke Frost

  • 27 April — 30 May 2015 *on now

Luke Frost's work deals primarily with colour relationships in precise compositions that question the viewer's awareness of colour and space. He is interested in exploring the pictorial possibilities and perceptions of colour in strictly formal arrangements. Areas of layered washes of colour are interrupted by stripes of contrasting or resonating colour which he refers to as 'volts'. These visually interact with the built up background hues, drawing attention to subtle modulations and contrasts, and enriching the viewer's experience of colour. The Picture Room at Newlyn Art Gallery shows monthly changing exhibitions of works for sale. With an emphasis on affordable works The Picture Room offers the opportunity to buy paintings, prints and drawings by some of the region's most recognised artists.All profits from sales made in the Picture Room directly support the Gallery's education and exhibition activities.

Suitable for

  • Any age

Admission

Free admission, donations welcome

Luke Frost in The Picture Room

Luke Frost in The Picture Room

  • 27 April — 13 June 2015 *on now

Luke Frost’s work deals primarily with colour relationships in precise compositions that question the viewer’s awareness of colour and space. He is interested in exploring the pictorial possibilities and perceptions of colour in strictly formal arrangements. Areas of layered washes of colour are interrupted by stripes of contrasting or resonating colour – which he refers to as ‘volts’.

Admission

Free admission, donations welcome.

Apples on a Plate with Plant by Anne-Marie Dean, entrant in the 2009 competition

Outside in - Living in Cornwall

  • 16 — 27 June 2015

Work by finalists of the art competition, organised by Cornwall People First, for adults with learning disabilities in Cornwall. Exhibited in the Engine Room, The Exchange

Admission

Free admission, donations welcome.

Website

http://newlynartgallery.co.uk

Hannah Woodman at Newlyn Art Gallery

Hannah Woodman in the Picture Room

  • 27 June — 25 July 2015

Concentrating on the amorphous nature of the landscape and seascape Hannah walks a line between abstract and figurative representations, trying to capture the effects of changing light and weather. The paintings are worked up in layers whilst trying to retain the spontaneity of paint gestures and allowing a sense of the place to emerge. Standing alone in front of the landscape is one of her biggest joys and she hope to recreate that sense of isolated engagement in these pictures.

Suitable for

  • Any age

Website

http://newlynartgallery.co.uk

Gunnar Jonsson, Hringsol, 2012. Part of In Search of the Miraculous

In Search of the Miraculous

  • 27 June — 19 September 2015

In Search of the Miraculous is an exhibition of international artists, inspired by and marking the 40th anniversary of the voyage made by Dutch artist Bas Jan Ader, who set sail alone in July 1975 in a 12½ foot dinghy Ocean Wave from Massachusetts to cross the Atlantic to Falmouth, Cornwall, disappearing en route.

In Search of the Miraculous includes artists that have a yearning for the sublime, a playful pursuit for new experiences and journeys, or a romantic contemplation of the sea and what may lie beyond the horizon.

Follow the exhibition on twitter and Instagram @newlynexchange #ISotM

At Newlyn Art Gallery

Admission

Admission: £3.50

Website

http://newlynartgallery.co.uk/

No Title (Stacked Plates) 2010 by Robert Therrien

ARTIST ROOMS: Robert Therrien

  • 11 July — 26 September 2015

Therrien lives and works in Los Angeles and has had major exhibitions throughout the world. His work examines the viewer's relationship to scale. Often alluding to modest household items, such as a stack of oversized plates or a 2.5m high oil can, Therrien’s works explore the space between reality and the world of dreams, drawing the viewer into the realm of fables and fairytales, childhood games and unfinished narratives. The immediacy, accessibility and playful relationship with childhood in Therrien’s work offer huge potential for The Exchange to build upon its track record for engaging young people with contemporary art.

At the Exchange

Admission

Admission: £3.50

Website

http://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.
Maxine Whitbread - Abrutat at the Exchange

Maxine Whitbread - Abrutat in the Engine Rooms

  • 22 May — 13 June 2015 *on now

After 24 years as a secondary school art teacher Maxine decided to develop her own practice by embarking on a Master’s degree in Fine Art. The work exhibited illustrates her journey as she draws toward the end of this particular adventure.

Admission

Free admission, donations welcome.

Will Sleath and Milos Milivojevic at The Exchange

Live at The Exchange!

  • 20 June 2015 7-10:30pm

Miloš Milivojević (Accordion) and Will Sleath (Flute) premiere a Chris Best commission, followed by music by JS Bach, Astor Piazolla, Francis Silkstone plus some Eastern Europe traditional Music.

Doors open at 7pm, pay bar available.

Suitable for

  • Any age

Admission

Tickets £13 in advance 01736 794477 or from The Exchange, £15 on the door on night.

The Story Republic Logo

The Story Republic in the Engine Room

  • 25 July — 8 August 2015

Intrepid story travellers are invited to accompany the Republicans as they voyage into a realm of tales, poems and songs of wanderings, journeys real and imagined and passages into the unknown and indefinable.

Suitable for

  • Family friendly

Website

http://newlynartgallery.co.uk

Osmosis Machine in the Engine Room

Osmosis Machine in the Engine Room

  • 12 — 19 August 2015

A kinetic installation created out of science, engineering and art accompanied by gloopy workshops for children with its creator Adrian Pritchard.

Suitable for

  • Any age

Website

http://newlynartgallery.co.uk

Art Week at the Exchange

Art Week

  • 24 — 28 August 2015

Enjoy five days chock-a-block with fun art workshops for children, families and grown–ups as part of our annual collaboration with Penlee House Gallery & Museum.

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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