The Exchange

The Exchange
Princes Street, Penzance, Cornwall, TR18 2NL
  • Telephone 01736 363715
  • Opening times Summer: Wed–Sat 10am–5pm; Tue noon–4pm; closed Sun & Mon. Winter: Tue–Sat 10am–5pm; closed Sun & Mon.
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The Exchange

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 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.

At The Exchange our huge gallery is regularly used as a project space in which artists and curators test new ideas, from The Penzance Convention held in May 2012, to Shezad Dawood’s astounding exhibition running summer 2012. A major contemporary art space, The Exchange enables audiences to see work on a scale never before accessible in the region. It is also used as a venue for live performances, film screenings and community events.

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 a large T-shaped Gallery. The unique shape and proportions provide a versatile and welcoming showing space.

The Exchange has a large and airy cafe serving light lunches, delicious Origin coffee, a full range of teas, hot chocolate, soft drinks, and a delicious selection of locally made cakes, pastries and biscuits. There is a well-stocked bookshop selling art books, greeting cards and gift items.

Admission is free

An Art Pass is available from the galleries' shops. This enables unlimited access over a seven-day period to Penlee House, Tate St Ives, Barbara Hepworth Museum and Leach Pottery, plus discounts at our shop.

We are happy to accept visitors with their well-behaved dogs and will provide water bowls for the four-legged visitors.

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An Arts Council Collection National Partners Programme Exhibition. Seen is curated by young lgbtqia+ people from Cornwall aged between 11 – 19 working in partnership with LGBT+ charity Intercom Trust. Through workshops and conversation about contemporary art the young people have explored the importance of representation…

Tue 26 Oct

£4.50; free For Patrons, Supporters and U18s / 01736 363715

  • 12:00 – 16:00

Wed 27 Oct

£4.50; free For Patrons, Supporters and U18s / 01736 363715

  • 10:00 – 17:00

Thu 28 Oct

£4.50; free For Patrons, Supporters and U18s / 01736 363715

  • 10:00 – 17:00
…and 52 more dates until 8 Jan 2022