The Exchange

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. The huge space retains the industrial feel of the original telephone exchange and features a large T-shaped gallery showing national and international contemporary art, plus work by some of the best regional artists. The gallery is also used for workshops, film screenings, live performances and community events. 

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 self-service café.

Highlights for the autumn include a major solo show by Sandra Blow RA (1925 – 2006), focussing on the larger canvases created in the last twenty years of her life. 

Well behaved dogs welcome.

Dog Friendly


  • Facilities
  • Toilets
  • Restaurant/Cafe
  • Shop


  • Disabled access
  • Disabled parking
  • Disabled toilets
  • Guide dogs permitted

Tickets / Price Guides

Ticket Type Ticket Price Ticket Details
Ticket £3.00 £3.00 join entry to The Exchange and Newlyn Art Gallery. Members and U18's free of charge. Free all day on Saturdays.

Opening Times

Open all year

Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday,

SUMMER OPENING TIMES (to 11th October 2014) Monday – Saturday: 10am – 5pm Sunday: Closed WINTER OPENING TIMES (from 14th October 2014) Tuesday – Saturday: 10am – 5pm Sunday & Monday: Closed Bank Holidays 11am – 4pm


Sandra Blow

The Exchange - 26th July – 4th October 2014

Sandra Blow (1925 - 2006) was a pioneer of the British post-war abstract movement and closely associated with the St Ives artists. This solo show presenst the larger canvases created in the last 25 years of her life.


Life Drawing Classes

2nd September & 2nd December at The Exchange

Led by tutors from the St Ives School of Painting.

£10 per session, booking essential at 

(£8 for School of Painting members and Newlyn Art Gallery members)

Children’s Workshops - Looking at the works of Sandra Blow 

Saturdays in September, 10am – 12pm

This series of workshops will take young people on a colourful journey through the work of Sandra Blow. Each week will focus on a different approach to creating art, delivered by artists from St Ives School of Painting. Inspired by the exhibition, we will explore the way Sandra Blow worked, including gluing, tearing, sticking; material paint and texture; canvasses and collages. The final week will culminate in a combination of painting and fashion with everyone creating wearable art!

The course is ideal for young people aged 6 to 13.

Please wear old clothes as it will get messy – disposable aprons provided.

£20 per child for all 4 sessions, booking essential at

A Celebration of the Life and Work of Sandra Blow

The Exchange

Friday 5th September, 7pm

Join Ian Massey writer, artist and academic for a walk and talk through the work of Sandra Blow followed by stories and anecdotes by people who knew her.

Doors open 7pm

Walk & Talk 7.30 – 8pm

Interval  8 – 8.30pm

Reminiscence 8.30 – 9.15pm

£5, £4 Members, Booking essential at Eventbrite

Makers Market

The Exchange,

27th September, 10am – 5pm

A range of high quality and bespoke work for sale by local and regional designers and makers, including ceramics, jewellery, furniture and textiles. FREE entry.



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