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Newlyn Art Gallery

New Road, Newlyn, Penzance, England
+44 1736 363715
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A bit disappointing really

Stunning building but very little content. Nort really worth £2.00 admission but happy to donate... read more

Reviewed 11 January 2018
Leamington Spa, United Kingdom
Strangely disappointing...

My wife has wanted to visit this gallery for a while so, as we were in the area we made a specific... read more

Reviewed 20 October 2017
Dale E
Bournemouth, United Kingdom
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Newlyn Art Gallery is a contemporary art gallery located in Newlyn, Cornwall. Opened in 1895, and financed by John Passmore Edwards the gallery was conceived as a home and exhibition venue for the Newlyn School of Art the works of which are now largely located at Penlee House Gallery and Museum in nearby Penzance. 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. Newlyn has played an important role in supporting the development of 20th-century painting in Britain, and in acknowledgement of that history, our current programme seeks to reflect the ways in which contemporary artists, working in this country and internationally, use painting and drawing to express their ideas. The focus at Newlyn Art Gallery is on painting and drawing. Artists working in other media continue to be a part of the programme on occasions, but two-dimensional work is the clear focus. Recent shows have included major retrospectives by Roger Hilton and Breon O'Casey.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 Picture Room space shows changing exhibitions of works for sale. With an emphasis on affordable works, it offers the opportunity to buy paintings, prints and drawings by some of the region's most recognised artists. All profits from sales made in The Picture Room directly support the Gallery's education and exhibition activities. 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. Well-behaved dogs are very welcome. We are a dog-friendly venue.
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New Road, Newlyn, Penzance, England
+44 1736 363715
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Reviewed 11 January 2018

Stunning building but very little content. Nort really worth £2.00 admission but happy to donate towards the upkeep. Handy stop off on walk from Penzance to Mousehole. Great views.

Thank deanothebaggie
Reviewed 20 October 2017 via mobile

My wife has wanted to visit this gallery for a while so, as we were in the area we made a specific beeline for it. Unfortunately we felt rather under-whelmed as the exhibits on show were rather lacking both in apparent quality and quantity. I'm...More

Thank Dale E
Reviewed 17 October 2017

Great tasting coffee and homemade cake with friendly welcoming service at reasonable prices. Huge picture windows with views out to sea.

Thank BerkshireDanni
Reviewed 12 October 2017

No permanent collection, but visiting shows of varying quality. Some clearly evening class standard rather than professional. Much of former charm lost some years ago when interior modernised. From outside, lass extension housing cafe looks out of place, but excellent panoramic sea view from inside.

Thank RebekahYork
Reviewed 4 October 2017

Nice presentation, knowledgeable staff, very aware of local artists and events. Good place to pick up gifts of sketch books if you left yours at home. Excellent coffee/tea shop upstairs.

Thank Dawnings11
Reviewed 28 September 2017 via mobile

What a disappointment. Having heard so much about Newlyn art we arrived with great expectations but found very little to see. The best part was the view from the coffee shop!

Thank Maureen N
Reviewed 29 August 2017

A small gallery showing local artists. Stunning sea views from the cafe, and activities to get all ages involved. Plenty in the shop too. Very much worth the small fee of £2 to visit.

Thank FiMari
Reviewed 21 August 2017 via mobile

A variety of art can be found at the Newlyn Art Gallery. Upcoming artists exhibiting in a great building, small but beautifully formed. Very well curated. The sound of change is apt for the building. All 5 senses were tapped in to with fresh paint...More

Thank Ellie S
Reviewed 19 August 2017

Honestly we didn't enjoy much of the place. We went to the Exchange, and it was way too modern for our taste. The tickets include tickets to Newlyn Art Gallery, so we thought we paid it a visit while we're there. But there's nothing much...More

1  Thank GlobeTrekkersss
Reviewed 14 August 2017

Nothing much go see - which was disappointing. They seemed more interested in us using the shop and cafe.

Thank Bzookiman
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