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Newlyn Art Gallery

New Road, Newlyn, Penzance, England
01736 363715
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Ranked #1 of 1 Attractions in Newlyn
Type: Art Galleries
Owner description: Newlyn Art Gallery is a contemporary art gallery located in Newlyn, Cornwall. Opened in 1895, and financed by John Passmore Edwards the gallery was... more » Owner description: 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 versatile Lower Gallery presents small exhibitions, projects and events. 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. « less
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London, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 28, 2014

Housed in a modernised Victorian building with a spectacular view over Newlyn harbour this gallery has virtually everything one could want within a modest space. Downstairs there are two exhibitions: the first part of a Sandra Blow exhibition shared with its sister space The Exchange in Penzance (a £3 ticket buys entry to both for a week). Whereas the Exchange... More

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London, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 7, 2014

Dislike - nothing. Like - the cafe is really nice and run by a charming and cheerful fellow. The Art Gallery is always interesting and free, which is a treat these days!

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London, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 4, 2014

I was really surprised to find such a good gallery in a little corner by the sea near Penzence. The building is a great mix of old and new design. Very stylish. As you enter the gallery you find the shop, which has an incredible selection of books and items. The exhibitions felt like something you could find at Tate... More

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Croydon, United Kingdom
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 14, 2014

My visit was actually earlier in 2013 but date options don't go back far enough. I heard the exhibitions can be a bit hit and miss and the one I saw was definitely a miss. Jerky video of a naked person pushing a lawnmower. That is art? Not where I come from! Shame to waste such an enviable space on... More

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Reading, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 11, 2014 via mobile

Having been to the Tate St Ives earlier in the week and feeling that it was an underwhelming rip off, we decided to give the Newlyn a chance. The exhibition was of young local artists (ones from the Falmouth College and so on). Some really impressive stuff on display - so much better than the majority of tat on show... More

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Ware, United Kingdom
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23 reviews 23 reviews
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9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 19, 2014

Small and historic. A shame they don't have the Newlyn school paintings there - have to go to Penlee in Penzance - but interesting exhibition when we visited. Very friendly waitress in the cafe who needs a little more experience as a barista - coffee a little cool. Fantatstic views out to sea, big panoramic windows and a nice atmosphere.

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Oswestry, United Kingdom
16 reviews 16 reviews
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 5, 2014

I was looking forward to visiting this gallery, expecting there to be some acknowledgement of Newlyn's Arts and Crafts history. I was very disappointed to find that there was no sign of it !

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1 of 5 stars Reviewed March 24, 2014

I wish we had checked some of the reviews here and not gone on a recommendation from visitors some years back. Lots of white space, little decent art, and staff more interested in the paper or text messages. The upstairs café does have great views over the bay - as does the open space in front of the gallery!

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Lichfield, England, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 29, 2013

Very good coffee and cake. Interesting gallery of paintings. Lovely view over the harbour and a very helpful and jolly chap serving us.

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Leicester, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 17, 2013

The gallery was great, something different. You should visit the gallery and it has a great cafe with the most fantastic views.

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