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“A short, sweet visit for some modern art.”

The Exchange Gallery
Ranked #33 of 68 things to do in Penzance
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Owner description: The Exchange is a major contemporary art space in the centre of Penzance that opened in 2007 in conjunction with renovations to Newlyn Art Gallery. Together the galleries present contemporary work in all media by regional, national and international artists, with a programme of events, activities and education. Formerly the town’s telephone exchange, the huge space retains the original industrial feel of the building and features a large t-shaped gallery and a striking glass facade that runs the entire length of the building. It is well suited to installation and social participation projects and its international reputation allows it to bring some of the best art being produced around the globe to Cornwall. The Exchange is located off historic Chapel Street, within easy walking distance of the bus and train stations. There is a well-stocked book and gift shop plus a cafe serving snacks and light lunches. Well behaved dogs are welcome.
Useful Information: Activities for young children, Food available for purchase, Activities for older children, Wheelchair access, Bathroom facilities
Reviewed April 20, 2009

I went to the Exchange Art Gallery after visiting Newlyn Art Gallery and Penlee House in Penzance. The gallery is a small building, so you probably won't spend a lot of time there. However, entrance is free, the building is conveniently located close to the bus and train stations, and if you enjoy modern art, you'll probably enjoy a visit to the Exchange.

When I was there, I saw 4 fantastic kinetic sculptures by Andy Currie. These made very good use of the space available in the gallery. I found them exciting and inspiring, and was glad I'd made my visit. I probably wouldn't go to Penzance just to visit the Exchange alone, however, in conjunction with seeing Newlyn Art Gallery, and Penlee House, you can spend a very pleasant morning or afternoon enjoying modern and more traditional art. All of that is good on a rainy day.

I also had a lunch of a warm pasta salad at the Exchange. The food was OK: good, deep flavours, and cheap with a bottle of apple juice - all under £6. The cafe and shop at the gallery are very small, but the day I went it wasn't crowded, so I didn't have to wait around for long.

5  Thank sunsetcat
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