Tremenheere Sculpture Gardens’ dramatic landscape, combined with large-scale exotic, sub-tropical planting, provides the backdrop to contemplative and inspiring art by internationally renowned artists.
A major attraction near Penzance in West Cornwall, Tremenheere can be found in a beautiful sheltered valley, overlooking St Michael’s Mount, with woods and a stream, interwoven with an evolving programme of contemporary artwork.
The creations of artists such as James Turrell, David Nash, Richard Long, Tim Shaw and Peter Randall-Page interact with the setting to create site-specific permanent work, which harmonises with the landscape.
Within this breath-taking location, Tremenheere hosts its sculpture garden, gallery, shop, nursery and restaurant.
Tremenheere is one of the most unique all-year-round gardens to visit in Cornwall.
The very favoured microclimate of kindly winter temperatures and shelter from the wind allow exotic and half-hardy plants to flourish. The planting schemes are appropriate to the varying individual habitats, but carry a unifying theme of sculptural forms, textures and colours, which complement what nature has already provided.
The plants create a restful verdancy, whilst having their own drama through form and foliage – particularly the notable collection of palm trees, tree ferns, succulents and bamboos.
Adding to these already magnificent and world-class gardens in Cornwall, the strongly structural planting scheme with a sub-tropical emphasis, means the gardens do not follow a traditional spring flourish but have an all-season interest.
ART INSTALATIONS AND TREMENHEERE GALLERY
Discover inspirational works of art as soon as you arrive at Tremenheere, then as you move throughout the beautiful gardens and gallery.
The landscape and gardens provide the canvas for more than twenty artists, including five members of the Royal Academy of Arts – James Turrell, Richard Long, David Nash, Peter Randall-Page and Tim Shaw. The land also provides a forum for ever-changing temporary, or even ephemeral, art in all its forms.
A balance of artwork and planting within this Cornish landscape allows room for all elements to flourish with a limited number of installations – of high quality and impactful presence.
The recently opened Tremenheere Gallery is an important addition to the arts and gallery scene in Penzance and Cornwall generally, with an evolving programme of curated shows from local, national and international artists.
With two exhibition spaces, across two floors, the beautiful oak framed building is one of the largest purpose-built galleries in Cornwall. Since opening in January 2017, it has hosted solo exhibitions of work by artists including Gillian Ayres, Rose Hilton, Stephen Chambers, Jeremy Le Grice, Romi Behrens and Jessica Cooper.
On most occasions the lower gallery presents changing solo or group exhibitions. The upper gallery, which tends to present an on-going mixed exhibition of work by the gallery’s stable of artists, regularly features work inspired by the sculpture gardens and the surrounding landscape.
Unfortunately due to the natural contours of the land, access to the gardens is severely limited for those with physical disabilities and is unsuitable for mobility scooters, wheelchair users and prams. This is something that we regret but due to the steep nature of the landscape there is very little that be changed about this. Tremenheere Kitchen is fully accessible, with allocated disabled parking and drop off point.