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Newlyn Art Gallery & The Exchange

Offer­ing an inter­na­tion­al­ly recog­nised con­tem­po­rary art pro­gramme, with a sup­port­ing pro­gramme of events, across two venues.

Newlyn Art Gallery & The Exchange offers a wide and varied exhibition programme across our two sites, and beyond, presenting contemporary work in all media, and actively supports the creativity and wellbeing of our wider community.

Newlyn Art Gallery opened in 1895 as a result of the support of the Le Grice family, who gifted the land, and the philanthropist John Passmore Edwards. After presenting contemporary art here for more than 110 years, in 2007 we redeveloped the existing Newlyn site and acquired Penzance’s former telephone exchange close to the town centre. This enabled us to expand our programme ambitions, providing new space to better reflect the diversity of current artists’ practice in Cornwall, the UK and internationally.

But our buildings and spaces are just means to an end. Inspired by the principles of John Passmore Edwards, our real focus, informed by the experience of the last three years, is on the change we can make for the communities we serve. We have exciting plans to build on all we learnt.

Like Passmore Edwards, we believe that art can change lives for the better and are committed to exploring the role of artists and arts organisations in addressing today’s great social challenges and environmental realities, in ways that measurably improve lives across our communities.


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