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

Terry Frost Showing at both Newlyn Art Gallery and The Exchange 10th October 2015 – 9th January 2016

On the event of Terry Frost’s (1915–2003) centenary, this timely retrospective 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 exhibition is organised by Tate St Ives in collaboration with Newlyn Art Gallery & The Exchange and Leeds Art Gallery.

Guided Tours
 Enjoy an informal short tour of the Terry Frost exhibition. The Exchange at 11am Newlyn at 2.30pm
 Tuesday – Saturday, free with admission, no booking required.

Curators’ Talk Thursday 29th October
 2 – 2.45pm at The Exchange and 3.45 – 4.30pm at Newlyn Art Gallery Join Tate St Ives Exhibitions and Displays Curators Sara Matson and Laura Smith for a special tour of Terry Frost, focusing on highlights of their favourite works. The talk begins at The Exchange and concludes at Newlyn Art Gallery. Transport between sites is not provided. £2 / £1 concessions, plus exhibition entry. Advance booking essential.

The Engine Room:

11th – 25th November Volunteers’ Exhibition Newlyn Art Gallery & The Exchange is extremely proud of its forty-plus volunteers whose varied and many talents are celebrated with an annual show of work.

1st December – 9th January 2016 Advent Calendar Display Our hugely popular countdown to Christmas created by The Collaborators, artists, staff and volunteers working at the gallery throughout the year.


Winter Print Fair 28 Nov 2015–9 Jan 2016 In the lead up to Christmas we host an exhibition of prints for sale by local and national artists, including work by Rachel Nicholson, Luke Frost and Kurt Jackson.

David Blandy 13 Feb–23 Apr 2016 Hercules: Rough Cut explores empire, civilisation and language in a hypnotically rotating, mutating installation of video and voice. Alongside this, Fortress of Solitude is a celebration of popular culture with Blandy’s own archive of books, comics, records and videos.




The Exchange
Princess Street
Penzance Cornwall TR18 2NL

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