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Address: New Road, Newlyn, Penzance, England
Phone Number: +44 1736 363715
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Newlyn Art Gallery is a contemporary art gallery located in Newlyn,...

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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Great Terry Frost exhibition

The works on show are Terry Frost's later pieces and this exhibition is the other half of the exhibition on display in Penzance. They're both great exhibitions and I'd recommend... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed November 3, 2015
Simon V
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Wirksworth, United Kingdom
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39 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 3, 2016

As a fan of Terry Frost this was too good to miss even though it involved a longish drive in the driving rain. Enjoyed both the Newlyn and the Penzance galleries versions of Frost and the excellent coffee in the former. Cost saving tip; park midway on the sea front between the two and pay only £1 for 24 hours!... More 

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Taunton, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 38 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 3, 2015

......by visiting this gallery. We went to see part of the Terry Frost exhibition on Tuesday. It was really interesting and this was only a part of it. We met one of the stewards who gave us just so much information and we were not even on one of the tours! It's a lovely space to see the art -... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 3, 2015 via mobile

The works on show are Terry Frost's later pieces and this exhibition is the other half of the exhibition on display in Penzance. They're both great exhibitions and I'd recommend visiting this one first. Great value too - £3.50 admission for both exhibitions. Good shop and cafe too!

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Thank Simon V
Athens, Greece
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed October 14, 2015

Like other contributors, we made a special visit to this Gallery to find that there was no permanent display, and that they were preparing for an exhibition in the following week. Like the Tate St Ives, it is not clear from their publicity that the only thing open between special exhibitions is the shop & cafe. The walk along the... More 

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Thank Gail N
Newquay
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 12, 2015

Excellent gallery with lots of thought provoking exhibits and interesting pieces including film, and television. Peaceful ambience and plenty of places to sit. The café is really good to, not a huge choice by good quality.

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Thank Trulyreviewed
London, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 29, 2015 via mobile

Working in an art gallery means I tend not to visit them too often when on holiday, but this is worth a look. My favourite picture was this one of Charing Cross Station which I travel in and out of for work. There is a nicely situated cafe overlooking the bay. The shop has a good selection of items.

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Thank Duncan H
London, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed September 21, 2015 via mobile

We made a special trip to Newlyn to see this celebrated gallery. What neither leaflets nor websites made clear is that if there is no special exhibition on then there is no art to see as the gallery has no permanent displays. A warning for others. It would not take much for the leaflets and website to make this crystal... More 

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Toronto, Ontario
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 19, 2015

Different, some very interesting, unique film and photo displays, but not a lot to see. However, free, donation requested.

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Thank annbee904
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 18, 2015 via mobile

I don't mind a bit of modern art, but are some people just trying too hard to be different and arty - I think they are. Gallery "titchy" as one reviewer states in the guest book , don't go here for a complete full day out , it's half hour max, I liked the "ice breaker" film but really apart... More 

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Thank Jay_uk2014
Surbiton, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 16, 2015

exhibition there was interesting but would've hoped to have more local art to go along with newlyns history rather than back into penzance

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