The Exchange

The Exchange | Penzance | Cornwall | Galleries in Cornwall
The Exchange | Penzance | Cornwall
The Exchange | Penzance | Cornwall
The Exchange | Penzance | Cornwall
The Exchange, Penzance, Cornwall
The Exchange
Princes Street
TR18 2NL
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The Exchange is a major contemporary art space in the centre of Penzance that opened in 2007 in conjunction with renovations to Newlyn Art Gallery.

Together the galleries present contemporary work in all media by regional, national and international artists, with a programme of events, activities and education.
Formerly the town’s telephone exchange, the huge space retains the original industrial feel of the building and features a large t-shaped gallery and a striking glass facade that runs the entire length of the building.



27 MAY — 23 SEP 

Light in Art Over Six Decades is a major exhibition exploring how artists have responded to light, its transience and effect. Encompassing paintings, sculpture, photography, and installation, it features artworks created from the 1960s to the present day by fourteen leading artists.
The exhibition considers the different ways artists have explored the various aspects of light, from its importance as a source of illumination, as a pure sculptural material, as a mysterious force and as a source of energy that can be conceptually converted into other forms.
It includes Colour Construction by Peter Lanyon who was a leading figure at Newlyn Art Gallery in the 1950s and 60s, as well as camera-less photographs by Garry Fabian Miller who had a solo show here in 2008.
As part of the exhibition, and to mark the tenth anniversary of the opening of The Exchange, Cornwall-based artist Peter Freeman will reprogramme and update Lightwave, the dramatic lighting display illuminating the glass façade of The Exchange that he first created when the Gallery opened in 2007.
Artists in the exhibition: Roger Ackling, David Batchelor, Angela Bulloch, Garry Fabian Miller, Ceal Floyer, Peter Freeman, Raphael Hefti, Anish Kapoor, Peter Lanyon, Julian Opie, John Riddy, Mark Titchner, Paul Winstanley, Toby Ziegler.


7 OCT - 6 JAN

A solo exhibition celebrating the work of the painter Robyn Denny presented across both our venues.

Robyn Denny (1930-2014) was one of an internationally acclaimed group who transformed British art in the 1950s, 60s and 70s, leading it into the international mainstream. His resolutely urban abstract paintings on a large scale, captured the cool, modernising mood of the time.

Graduating from RCA in 1957, within a decade he was enjoying considerable international success, alongside his contemporaries Howard Hodgkin, Bridget Riley, Peter Blake and David Hockney. In 1966, he represented Britain at the Venice Biennale with Anthony Caro, Bernard Cohen, Harold Cohen and Richard Smith and at the time of his 1973 Tate retrospective he was the youngest artist to be so honoured. This exhibition is a celebration of the work of an artist key to British abstraction, who kept his eye firmly on America and his London contemporaries.

This exhibition offers an in depth understanding of the evolution of his work over five decades and an exploration of the importance and contemporary relevance of his work. Importantly, the exhibition will draw attention to later works, dating from the early 1980s and beyond, that have only rarely been presented publicly before.

SAT 25 NOV, 10.00 - 17.00
On the same day as Penzance Christmas Lights switch on, we bring you the best local and regional makers, with products in ceramics, jewellery, prints, textiles and more. 
Free entry.


21-28 OCT

Drop in to either of our venues during the school holidays and you will find instructions and materials to get stuck into fun and inspiring creative activities for all the family. Free with admission.


28 OCT 11.00 - 15.00

Led by Mae Voogd, this year’s theme is animation. Taking inspiration from Robyn Denny’s urban extracts from the 1960s and ‘70s, we will create a high-rise, animated paper city. Drop-in, £4.50 otd
The Big Draw is the final installment of Art Week in partnership with Penlee House, Redwing Gallery and Penzance Library - see our website for details.   ol holidays and you will find instructions and materials to get stuck into fun and inspiring creative activities for all the family. Free with admission.

Showing short duration projects and exhibitions throughout the year with an emphasis on collaboration and community. The space is also used for installation and social participation projects.



On show in The Engine Room

An exhibition of illustrations and text from The Follow My Story project, led by artists Theo Carter-Weber and Liz Howell, working with pupils from Newlyn School at Newlyn Art Gallery.

The Collaborators

27 OCT 2017 – 6 JAN 2018

The focus for the autumn months will be The Collaborators, our informal, dynamic collective of art-based adventurers aged between 15 - 25 with an interest in film, photography, illustration, painting, printmaking, performance, dance, and poetry. 

SAT 16 DEC, 13.00 – 16.00
Get ready for Montol (21 Dec) by making the traditional costume associated with the festival and the tradition of guise dancing.
Free, drop-in. 

Fridays, 15th Sept – 13th Oct & 3rd Nov – 15th Dec
Early years music education with developmental movement activities to explore creativity and develop early skills.
10.00 for under 12 month-old babies, 10.45 for 1-2 year –olds, 11.30 for over two year-olds.
Booking essential, on a termly basis, £60 for 12-week term.
To book, please call 07794 713 320 or  email


MON – Sat  10.00 – 17.00 



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