The Exchange

The Exchange

Penzance's Exchange Gallery is a major contemporary art space that opened in 2007 in conjunction with renovations to the historic Newlyn Art Gallery.

Designed by McInnes Usher McKnight Architects, following an architectural design competition, the gallery occupies a former telephone exchange and features a strking glass facade that runs the entire length of the building. A dramatic changing light display designed by Penwith-based artist, Peter Freeman, illuminates the glass panels according to the exhibitions and the seasons.

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 local artists. The gallery is also used as a project space, where artists and curators can test new ideas and run workshops, film screenings, live performances and community events.

The Exchange Gallery is located off the historic Chapel Street, within easy walking distance of the bus and train stations. There is also a reasonably-priced cafe and shop.

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  • Guide dogs permitted

Tickets / Price Guides

Ticket Type
Free Admission

Opening Times

Open all year

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

WINTER (to 29th March 2014) Tuesday - Saturday: 10am - 5pm Sunday & Monday: Closed (Closed 23rd - 26th Dec 2013 & 1st Jan 2014) SUMMER (from 31st March 2014) Monday - Saturday: 10am - 5pm Sunday: Closed Bank Holidays 11am - 4pm


Curiosity: Art and the Pleasures of Knowing
25th January – 26th April 2014
(Showing at The Exchange and Newlyn Art Gallery)

Curiosity: Art and the Pleasures of Knowing is a startling exhibition that moves wittily, sometimes mysteriously, between contemporary art, anatomy, Cold War secrets, the origins of museums and voyeurism in everyday life. Alongside the contemporary works, curated by Brian Dillon for Hayward Touring, Helston Folk Museum presents a selection of its curious items.

A Hayward Touring exhibition organised in collaboration with Turner Contemporary and in association with New York art and culture magazine Cabinet.

Curious Penzance
The Ramp Wall
24th January – 26th April
Tell us a curious fact about Penzance or Newlyn!  Your suggestions will be added to the large map on the Ramp Wall, created for us by artist Sam Bassett. Curious Penzance continues our celebration of Penzance.  FREE

3am: wonder, paranoia and the restless night
10th May - 12th July
Painting, drawing, sculpture, photography, film and video by 22 international and UK artists
The exhibition demonstrates how this particular nocturnal hour has captured the imagination as the featured artists explore various themes – psychological, sociological, and natural – to capture something of the strangeness of the night and the extraordinary range of emotions, states and experiences it witnesses.
3am: wonder, paranoia and the restless night is a touring exhibition from the Bluecoat curated by Angela Kingston.


DIY Easter Holiday Activities
5th - 19th April, 10am – 5pm
Free drop-in activities for children and parents. FREE

Jukebox Jump
Friday 2nd May, 8pm – midnight

Spring is in full swing so get a hop in your step and join us and DJ Richard Ballinger who will keep you on your toes with one fabulous record after the other.
£4 on the door

Charity Art Auction
In Aid of Cornwall Hospice Care
Saturday 3rd May, 8pm (doors open at 7pm)
A wide range of works by artists from across the county will be auctioned to raise much-needed funds for Cornwall Hospice Care. The auctioneer for the evening will be David Lay of Lays Auctions. Pay bar open.
Viewing: Friday 2nd May 10am - 5pm & Saturday 3rd May 10am - 3pm
£3 entry fee which includes a printed catalogue, a glass of bubbly and canapés.

Life Drawing Classes
Thursday 22nd May, 6.30 – 8.30pm
In collaboration with St Ives School of Painting we bring you life drawing with a twist. Explore the human form in the context of our exhibitions with male and female models, clothed and nude.
£10, booking essential at
(£8 for School of Painting members and Newlyn Art Gallery members, to book please ring St Ives School of Painting on 01736 797180.)

Makers Market
31st May, 10am – 5pm
A range of high quality and bespoke work for sale by local/regional designers and makers.

The Wormery Reading Group
Wednesday 18th June
Our companion books for 3am: wonder, paranoia and the restless night are The Milkman in The Night by Andrey Kurkov, recommended by The Wormery’s Justin Holland, and Night Train to Lisbon by Pascal Mercier.


Princess Street
Penzance Cornwall TR18 2NL

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