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Newlyn Art Gallery

New Road, Newlyn, Penzance, England
+44 1736 363715
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Better than the tate

Visited the Tate the day before, but enjoyed the art at newlyn much more. You get joint entry to... read more

Reviewed 3 weeks ago
Rod B
via mobile
What a huge disappointment!

I have wanted to come here for years and, in fairness, one of the galleries was closed so this... read more

Reviewed 3 weeks ago
Manchester, United Kingdom
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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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New Road, Newlyn, Penzance, England
+44 1736 363715

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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Visited the Tate the day before, but enjoyed the art at newlyn much more. You get joint entry to the Exchange gallery in Penzance too.

Thank Rod B
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

I have wanted to come here for years and, in fairness, one of the galleries was closed so this review only covers the one with the cafe. If I am funding this through my taxes I am appalled. The Art was generally of a poor...More

Thank jus2neluke
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We walked along the front to the gallery. The exhibition was disappointing on the whole. The cafe only served drinks and cakes. The shop was interesting, however.

Thank lingard2015
Reviewed 5 May 2017 via mobile

A small selection of works, mainly by younger, local artists. Interesting and some good pieces for sale. The cafe has a wonderful sea view and serves good coffee, tea and cakes.

Thank ChrisBangs
Reviewed 13 April 2017

We visited the Newlyn Art Gallery today and were not impressed. We expected there to be some art to look at. We did not understand what 'The exhibition' was about. Dissapointed.

1  Thank superfan2016
Reviewed 12 April 2017

Upon entering the gallery, and paying for the privilege we went upstairs and had tea and cake with our two boys. We then tried to access the exhibition we had paid for. As we went in a curator told us " be sure and play...More

2  Thank HowardYoung
Reviewed 21 March 2017

A tiny amount of pretentious nonsense managed by an arrogant twerp who, when we asked for our money back -- £2 per head which we'd forked out for basically nothing to see -- suggested that we might be looking instead for the "rubbish" (his word)...More

2  Thank John P
Reviewed 1 March 2017

We were thoroughly shocked at how little there was to see at this Art Gallery. A nice shop in the reception area and a lovely cafe on the top with great views out to sea. But they forgot to put out the exhibits. There was...More

2  Thank Kevin G
Reviewed 20 February 2017

Always refreshing to visit Newlyn Art Gallery, they have a wonderful programe of events and exhibitions, never failing to disappoint! Staff are wonderful!

1  Thank RosieKliskey
Reviewed 7 December 2016

We visited in December on a drizzly afternoon, but the location of this gallery is still stunning, with sea views from the cafe. The exhibition was primarily graduates from Falmouth College of Art, but beautifully displayed in this custom-designed space. Well worth a visit if...More

Thank bendykate
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