Newlyn Art Gallery & The Exchange is an ambitious and progressive organisation that challenges conventions and champions the benefits of arts programming through collaborative and participatory projects.
They are committed to researching and developing new work, and supporting the creative development of artists. A year-round learning programme takes inspiration from the exhibitions, and is particularly focussed on creating opportunities for people to engage with the exhibition programming. Newlyn Art Gallery & The Exchange is a resource for all the community, and they aim to offer a space and platform for social exchange.
Newlyn Art Gallery & The Exchange is an educational arts charity, an Arts Council England National Portfolio organisation and a Cornwall Council Strategic Arts Client.
For for more than 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 across two sites, 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.
Newlyn Art Gallery
At Newlyn Art Gallery, the pavilion on the seaward side of the gallery is a glass structure on ground floor level, which supports a first floor clad in wet-laid Cornish slate, a building method specific to the region, but rarely seen in modern buildings. The glass curtain wall allows panoramic views of Newlyn Green and the sea while sliding doors lead to a secluded garden and outdoor seating area. The versatile Lower Gallery presents small exhibitions, projects and events. The Education Room & Studio Cafe on the first floor of the pavilion has a vast window offering panoramic views across Mounts Bay, as well as a skylight the length of the gabled ceiling.
The Exchange has a striking undulating glass façade which runs the entire length of the building, a former telephone exchange. A dramatic, changing light display, designed by Penwith-based artist Peter Freeman illuminates the glass panels according to the exhibitions and time of day and year. At the centre of The Exchange is the large T-shaped Gallery, double the size of Newlyn’s. The unique shape and proportions provide a versatile and welcoming showing space. Retaining much of the industrial feel of the original Telephone Exchange, the Gallery is a noticeable contrast to the Victorian Gallery at Newlyn. The gallery is regularly used as a project space in which artists and curators test new ideas, as well as a venue for live performances, film screenings and community events.