The Exchange

The Exchange

The Exchange is a major contemporary art space in the centre of Penzance. 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. 

The light and airy cafe at The Exchange is a great meeting place in the centre of Penzance. With locally roasted coffee, Cornish cakes, light lunches and snacks available throughout the day. 
Well behaved dogs welcome.


Dog Friendly


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  • Disabled access
  • Disabled parking
  • Disabled toilets
  • Guide dogs permitted

Tickets / Price Guides

Ticket Type Ticket Price Ticket Details
Ticket £3.50 For both Galleries (Members and U18s Free)
Free Admission On Saturdays

Opening Times

Open all year

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

Summer opening times: Monday – Saturday: 10am – 5pm Sunday: Closed Winter opening times (from Oct 2015): Tuesday – Saturday: 10am – 5pm Sunday & Monday: Closed Bank Holidays 11am – 4pm


Robert Therrien 

11th July – 26th September

 Solo exhibition by American artist Robert Therrien whose work examines the viewer’s relationship to scale. Often alluding to modest household items, such as a stack of oversized plates or a 2.5m high oil can, Therrien’s works explore the space between reality and the world of dreams, drawing the viewer into the realm of fables and fairytales, childhood games and unfinished narratives.

Terry Frost

10th October 2015 – 9th January 2016.

On the event of Terry Frost’s (1915–2003) centenary, this exhibition brings together a selection of the artist’s most significant paintings, collages and sculptural forms from public and private collections across the UK. Looking at Frost’s work through ideas of performance, construction and colour, the exhibition takes a fresh perspective on his practice over six decades.

This timely retrospective has been curated by Tate St Ives and is also presented at Leeds Art Gallery this summer.

In The Engine Room 

The Story Republic

25th July – 8th August 

Intrepid story travellers are invited to accompany the Republicans as they voyage into a realm of tales, poems and songs of wanderings, journeys real and imagined and passages into the unknown and indefinable.

Osmosis Machine

12th – 19th August

A kinetic installation created out of science, engineering and art accompanied by gloopy workshops for children with its creator Adrian Pritchard. 

Art Week

24th – 28th August

Enjoy five days chock-a-block with fun art workshops for children, families and grown–ups as part of our annual collaboration with Penlee House Gallery & Museum.

Game of Consequences

1st – 30th September

Inspired by the surrealists Exquisite Corpse game, this exhibition documents an elaborate Game of Consequences involving 20 artists between January and August 2015 revealing the final incarnation of the original 2m x 2m piece of primed canvas.  





The Exchange
Princess Street
Penzance Cornwall TR18 2NL

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