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The Exchange Gallery

Princes Street, Penzance TR18 2NL, England
+44 1736 363715
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A free gallery run by enthusiastic volunteers.

We visited The Exchange Gallery again while on holiday and although it is free, they request a... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
Sandygranny
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Sandy, United Kingdom
Disturbing but interesting exhibition and great cafe.

A smaller gallery than we had expected and the exhibition was disturbing and though provoking and... read more

Reviewed 28 March 2018
ruthlet60
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Swanage, United Kingdom
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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.
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Princes Street, Penzance TR18 2NL, England
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Reviewed 1 week ago

We visited The Exchange Gallery again while on holiday and although it is free, they request a small donation which most people are happy to give. We had tea and cake in the café while enjoying spectacular views of St Michael’s Mount.

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Reviewed 28 March 2018

A smaller gallery than we had expected and the exhibition was disturbing and though provoking and clearly intended to be so looking at other visitors comments. The cafe was wonderful. Really good choice of sandwiches, soups, salads, cakes. I had a salad with hummus that...More

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Reviewed 13 March 2018

Cool building but what is in it just does not seem worth a visit, so many other galleries close by to see

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Reviewed 9 March 2018 via mobile

Waitress was unbelievably rude. We had two babies with us who were making a bit of a mess eating snacks. Waitress tries to clear table when children were still eating then went around to other customers complaining about how disgusting we were being. Anyone who...More

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Reviewed 9 March 2018 via mobile

Just been to the Exchange Gallery for a lovely music group followed by coffee with some other mums. Unfortunately the female server was so rude we won't be going back and I'd advise anyone with a baby or child that might make a mess to...More

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Reviewed 20 October 2017 via mobile

We visited this after just coming from the sister Newlyn gallery. This was equally disappointing but more so as car parking is rather difficult. The current exhibition is uninspiring, although admittedly thought provoking - as good art should be - and there is a lot...More

1  Thank Dale E
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Reviewed 5 October 2017 via mobile

Wandering around Penzance after a visit to St. Michael's Mount we were seeking somewhere for lunch and came across the Exchange Gallery with a sign advertising "healthy lunches". We decided to give it a go and were delighted we did. The young lady serving was...More

Thank Darryl R
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Reviewed 5 October 2017 via mobile

This gallery is just off Chapel Street with one large exhibit hall and a small café in an interesting building. The modern art on display when we were there ranged from intriguing to dreadful (a bare light bulb hanging from the ceiling lit by three...More

Thank foulaman
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Reviewed 16 September 2017

A really fine gallery we were lucky to tag onto a tour given by the curator who helped explain some of the exhibits this really enhanced our visit.

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Reviewed 11 September 2017

.. Dreadful but sure some people who claim to understand modern art will pay (only £2 each). Linked into Newlyn gallery which is similarly as bad. Traditionalists should go to Penlee

2  Thank Neil D
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