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 20 years of her life.


Story Republic

The Engine Room, The Exchange - 23rd July – 16th August 

A welcome return for The Story Republic who will once again take up residency, enlivening the gallery spaces with song, poetry and storytelling.

Art Week - 19th – 23rd August 

Newlyn Art Gallery & The Exchange and Penlee House Gallery & Museum are once again staging a summer holiday art week, offering five days of fun, art-based workshops for children, families and adults.


Princess Street
Penzance Cornwall TR18 2NL

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