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.

The Collaborator’s Exhibition - 13th September– 1st November 

The Engine Room

Celebrating a year of The Collaborators, members of the collective have come together for their first annual exhibition. The Collaborators are an informal group of young people between the age of 15 and 25 who make an active contribution to Newlyn Art Gallery & The Exchange’s Exhibition and Learning and Participation programmes. 

Volunteers’ Exhibition - 4th – 15th November

The Engine Room

A mixed exhibition of work by our volunteers, including painting, photography and jewellery.

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.


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 

Life Drawing Class - 2nd December - 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).

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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