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.

Free entry. Donations welcome.

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 Details
Free Admission Donations welcome

Opening Times

Open all year

10:00 am - 17:00 pm Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday,

WINTER OPENING TIMES (from 14th October 2014) Tuesday – Saturday: 10am – 5pm Sunday & Monday: Closed SUMMER OPENING TIMES (From April 2015) Monday – Saturday: 10am – 5pm Sunday: Closed Bank Holidays 11am – 4pm



British and German Painting in Dialogue 

11th October – 3rd January 2015

Structures/Strukturen is a British/German collaborative exhibition of painters. It brings together the work of eight established artists, recognised internationally in their field, who explore the interaction of colour, form and structure.

Jubilee Pool Exhibition 

25th – 29th November

The Engine Room

Photos of Jubilee Pool and memorabilia illustrating the pool’s history from its beginnings until today. Some of the works will be auctioned as part of the Jubilee Fundraiser event on 29th November.

Advent Calendar Boxes

1st Dec 2014 – 3rd January 2015 

The Engine Room 

A collaborative advent calendar display created by gallery staff, volunteers and Collaborators.


Penzance Farmers’ Mar kets 

Every Friday, 9am – 1pm, 

10th October – 27th March. FREE entry

Exhibition Tours 

First Thursday of each month, 11am 

Join a member of staff for an informal tour and discussion about the exhibition. No booking required. FREE, no need to book, just turn up!

Live music at The Exchange

Rohan de Saram, cello and Will Sleath, flute

Friday 28th November 7.30pm (doors and bar open 7pm)

Rohan and Will’s programme is in part based on ethnic music, featuring works influenced by music from Iran, North India, South India and Japan.

The programme also includes two new works:

Fragilities – a composition Will and Rohan commissioned from Chris Best with the financial assistance of the Britten-Pears Foundation, which is here receiving its second performance;

Raga Duo – a new version for cello and alto flute of this piece, which references North Indian music and is likewise here receiving its second performance.

Tickets £13 in advance 

Call 01736 794477 or email 

or from the front desk at The Exchange

Otherwise £15 on the door from 7pm


Life Drawing Class 

2nd December 6.30 – 8.30pm

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).


Film Screening: Abigail Reynolds’ Double Brass

Wednesday 3rd December, 7pm

Double Brass is a film of the performance created by Abigail Reynolds with St Keverne Band at Kestle Barton in June 2014. The film will be followed by presentation from Abigail and Gareth Churcher, band leader, outlining a new project in Dean Quarry on the Lizard proposed for next summer. 

Free entry, pay bar. 


The Makers’ Market

13th December, 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.



Princess Street
Penzance Cornwall TR18 2NL

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