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Address: New Road, Newlyn, Penzance, England
Phone Number: +44 1736 363715
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Description: 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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Pleasant but much of the exhibition was not to our taste. There were some interesting works but I have to be honest and say it is probably not worth a special visit but worth... read more

3 of 5 starsReviewed July 8, 2015
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Carlisle, United Kingdom
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11 reviews
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed August 24, 2015 NEW

Disappointing visit to the gallery. Arrived before four, only one piece of shortbread left in café and art work found disappointing

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Redruth, England, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 18, 2015 via mobile

The Newlyn Gallery is always a hit and miss affair- sometimes brilliant sometimes just pretentious but always challenging. It really depends on your mind-set when you go. Do not expect classical oil paintings or pretty views of St Michael's mount- except through the café window, I loved the first exhibit in particular a huge video screen of a man walking... More 

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Guildford, United Kingdom
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2015

I was so looking forward to visiting the Newlyn Gallery and was so disappointed. Being cross examined on the way in about my tax status was not appreciated! The exhibition itself was in my opinion average and there was an awful lot of white space. Basically I felt that it was lacking any atmosphere which for some reason did not... More 

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Melbourne, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 26, 2015

We saw a multi media exhibition 'In Search of the Miraculous' showing works of international artists and also an exhibition of paintings by a local artist Hannah Woodman. We enjoyed the visit and the coffee and sea views in the Gallery's cafe.

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Lincolnshire, United Kingdom
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 8, 2015

Pleasant but much of the exhibition was not to our taste. There were some interesting works but I have to be honest and say it is probably not worth a special visit but worth popping in if you are in the area and enjoy all varieties of art.

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Penzance, United Kingdom
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed June 5, 2015

The art gallery is housed in a great building and has real potential. The exhibit room is huge and could easily house many art works. However, there is no art here. I realise that art is a subjective thing but believe me, any child could do better.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 29, 2015

We didn't care for much of the current exhibition but it is a great gallery and a nice stop next to the sea. also has an excellent coffee shops with the most friendly staff in Cornwall.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 26, 2015

Fantastic collection from the Newlyn school, Stanhope Forbes et al, as well as historical photographs of the area.

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Penzance, England, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 18, 2015

Great site to visit after a stroll along the prom from Penzance. Well worth a visit, helpful, informative staff, and if the weather's not great while away a few hours & enjoy.

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Stratford-upon-Avon, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 14, 2015

Unfortunately the Gallery was closed for refurbishing but we did have coffee as in a pleasant room with views out to sea.

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