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Address: New Road, Newlyn, Penzance, England
Phone Number: +44 1736 363715
10:00 am - 5:00 pm
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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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Hidden treasure for art lovers!

On my recent holiday in Cornwall I found this small art gallery on the walk from Mousehole to Penzance. The gallery was showing an unusual exhibition of work by young... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed June 27, 2016
Elizabeth C
Shepton Mallet, United Kingdom

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Enjoyed the exhibits and the cafe but the only draw back was the lack of parking at the venue. We parked a little way away and found we could have parked closer! Friendly staff and worth a visit.

Thank Plattypuss52
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 4, 2016

We live nearby so visit regularly, It changes content frequently so there is always something interesting, and sometimes unusual, to see. It's child friendly and often interactive. It has a fantastic cafe with a glass wall over looking the bay. A great spot in good or bad weather! The gift shop deserves its own mention. It has an eclectic selection... More 

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Shepton Mallet, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 27, 2016

On my recent holiday in Cornwall I found this small art gallery on the walk from Mousehole to Penzance. The gallery was showing an unusual exhibition of work by young artists,strange but very interesting. Also on show was an exhibition by Michael Porter with beautiful watercolour paintings of seaweed! It is free entry with a cafe and a small shop... More 

Thank Elizabeth C
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 25, 2016

The gallery is small but great and interactive so a nice change from the norm The cafe was a real find The view the seating really good coffee and the cakes were fab I cannot say enough how nice the guy serving was so pleasant and helpful chatty but not in your face your body breathed a sigh of comfort... More 

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Southend-on-Sea, United Kingdom
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 8, 2016

We had high expectations of art in Newlyn but the exhibition we saw there was a mystery to us. The gallery itself is an interesting building and the café looked good.

Thank Idonttravel
Penzance, England, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 7, 2016

Lovely little shop to buy craft items made by local artists. Free entry but there is a donation box. Great exhibition space with a cute coffee/cake shop upstairs with more exhibition space. Great views from the coffee shop and comfy seating.

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 7, 2016

This is a lovely building with a great café overlooking the sea. The exhibition was a bit sparse. The staff were all very friendly.

Thank Russ1470
Nottingham, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 3, 2016 via mobile

We struggled to interest our daughters in the art... but really enjoyed a coffee and a read of the paper in the café! Nice friendly service, would recommend

Thank Custandjo
Sydney, Australia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 26, 2016 via mobile

This gallery is in a prime location, the cafe has an amazing view and a wonderful Australian girl making great coffees. But, and the locals seem to agree, the spaces seem under-utilised and lacking something. I do understand that with soooo many galleries in and around Newlyn with amazing artworks the main one is trying to stretch the boundaries and... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 11, 2016 via mobile

Love this space, every year we come to Cornwall we visit. Good cafe and the staff are refreshing and friendly!

1 Thank Hellie50

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