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Address: Princes Street, Penzance TR18 2NL, England
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+44 1736 363715
10:00 - 17:00
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The Exchange is a major contemporary art space in the centre of Penzance...

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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Unpleasant Exterior

Unpleasant exterior, especially if arrive via Market Jew St, but very welcoming once you get through the door. Good display area. Visiting/special exhibitions vary from dire to... read more

Reviewed 15 March 2017
Penzance, United Kingdom
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Penzance, United Kingdom
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54 reviews
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Reviewed 15 March 2017

Unpleasant exterior, especially if arrive via Market Jew St, but very welcoming once you get through the door. Good display area. Visiting/special exhibitions vary from dire to excellent. Good cafe with sea glimpses. Unisex loos; means women don't have to queue

Thank RebekahYork
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Reviewed 28 February 2017

Staff where very friendly and let us know straight away that nothing was on. We had a lovely cup of tea and if staff aren't at till, use the bell and they come running.

1 Thank Jp C
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117 reviews
27 attraction reviews
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Reviewed 9 January 2017

A very nice little gallery space tucked away on a side street off the charming Chapel Street, friendly welcoming staff on arrival and a nice little shop area as you come in/leave. The entry fee was very reasonable, and included entry to a second space in nearby Newlyn (we'd hoped to go there too, but were sidetracked by the excellent... More 

Thank jinox
London, United Kingdom
1 review
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Reviewed 26 October 2016

This is small but beautifully formed gallery. The current exhibition: Liberties is very well curated, thought provoking and inspiring as was the work of young local artists. The staff were so informative and helpful. £2 for 7 days admission to here and the Newlyn Gallery was amazing value. Lovely building with sea views from the cafe. Highly reccomended

3 Thank LouisaChrisS
London, United Kingdom
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61 reviews
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Reviewed 26 September 2016 via mobile

Small gallery usually featuring contemporary art. Usually free admission but £3.50 for this exhibition - worth the cost as although not a large number of works what is on show is very moving, often reflecting violent activities in Pakistan. A large exhibit is connected to a recent large work at Truro Cathedral. The admission ticket also allows entry to a... More 

1 Thank Ken M
Portsmouth, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 19 September 2016

This gallery is a rip off just go in to a simple art display and the coffee shop service wad slow and poor.

Thank Ed E
Crawley, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 24 August 2016

I have to say firstly that me and my fiancee are not modern art lovers, so maybe this wasn't for us, but really it did nothing for us whatsoever really. For one thing, there was very little actually here. Two or three small-ish rooms, which took us no time at all to get round. We felt out £7.50 (for both... More 

Thank jlkpregan
Redruth, England, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 21 August 2016 via mobile

We go to the exchange quite often when they have a new show and there have been some absolutely splendid and brilliant exhibitions. The Imran Qureshi exhibition which we paid £3.50 each to enter was difficult to enjoy. The works on display were very large and so there were only four. Five to ten minutes was enough. I tied hard... More 

Thank Trewirgies
Sandy, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 19 July 2016

The Exchange Gallery in Penzance is a fairly small gallery (the old telephone exchange) with some interesting exhibits and is worth visiting if you are planning to visit other attractions in the area on the same day. There is no entrance fee although they do ask you for a small donation and the gallery is run by volunteers, who are... More 

39 Thank Sandygranny
Fife, Scotland
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Reviewed 24 June 2016

Went to see Vertigo Sea after a friend recommended it Oh what a great piece of work after I dried my eyes such was the poignancy of the three screen film we were joined by a guy who works there to ask for feedback great conversation that led us around the country and back and made us feel our voice... More 

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