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A guide to arts and culture in Cornwall with ideas to suit all ages, interests and budgets. Browse listings covering outstanding local workshops to world famous galleries, local theatre and film to the best live music venues.

Cornwall has been a natural home to inspiration, art and ideas since the early 19th century. So much so that, apart from London, you'll find nowhere in the whole country that's host to more working artists than Cornwall. Whilst the Tate St Ives, the Barbara Hepworth Museum, The Minack Theatre and the Eden Project enjoy the beam of the international spotlight, outstanding local galleries and artists' workshops are everywhere, showcasing Cornwall's vibrant art scene.

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  1. Penlee House Art Gallery | Penzance | Galleries in Cornwall

    Penlee House Gallery and Museum


    An elegant gallery and museum set within a Victorian house and park.  Changing exhibitions mainly feature famous ‘Newlyn School’ artists (1880-1930).  There is an excellent café and well-stocked shop.  Open daily M-Sa 10-5 Easter-Sept, 10.30-4.30 Oct-Easter.

  2. Malcolm Sutcliffe Glass Gallery | Falmouth | Cornwall

    Malcolm Sutcliffe Glass Gallery


    A unique gallery in historic Penryn, showcasing the distinctive blown glass of Malcolm Sutcliffe all made on the premises in the hot glass studio, also jewellery, prints, paintings and cards. 

  3. The Exchange | Penzance | Cornwall

    The Exchange


    The Exchange is a major contemporary art space that opened in 2007 in conjunction with renovations to Newlyn Art Gallery. The gallery occupies a former telephone exchange and has a striking glass facade that runs the entire length of the building.

  4. Kestle Barton Gallery and Garden | Helston | Cornwall

    Kestle Barton - Gallery & Garden


    Kestle Barton is a restored ancient farmstead set in fields and woods high above Frenchman’s Creek and the Helford River, on The Lizard, West Cornwall. Our gallery and garden are open from April to November 2014. 

  5. Trelowarren Christian Retreat | What's on | Cornwall

    Trelowarren Christian Retreat

    Mawgan Helston

    Trelowarren is a grade 1 listed Mansion house situated on the Lizard. Once a month the library, drawing room and Chapel are open for visitors to enjoy the ambience of this historical building and partake in afternoon tea.