Newlyn Art Gallery and The Exchange

Newlyn Art Gallery & The Exchange offers a wide and varied exhibition programme across two sites in Newlyn and Penzance

Newlyn Art Gallery  offers a wide and varied exhibition programme alongside sister site The Exchange in Penzance, presenting contemporary work in all media by regional, national and international artists, with a supporting programme of events.

Well behaved dogs are welcome to both venues, but may not be allowed in the exhibition spaces during certain times so please call ahead if you wish to check.


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 our two sites.


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 we launched our new space, The Exchange, in the centre of Penzance, which has enabled us to take on larger, more ambitious projects across our two sites. 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. There is a shop selling ceramics, jewellery, cards and art books and the Studio Cafe serves cakes, pastries and savoury snacks. We recently completed a project to enhance its outdoor spaces including secluded gardens with pebble seating.


The Exchange is a major contemporary art space in the centre of Penzance that opened in 2007 in conjunction with renovations to Newlyn Art Gallery. 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 us to bring some of the best art being produced around the globe to Cornwall. The Exchange is located off historic Chapel Street, within easy walking distance of the bus and train stations. There is a well-stocked book and gift shop plus a café serving snacks and light lunches.



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New Road
PenzanceTR18 5PZEnglandGB
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Open Mon–Sat 10.00–17.00 Closed Sundays