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. 
There is a well-stocked book and gift shop plus a coffee shop run by Origin Coffee Roasters.
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 Details
Free Admission Donations welcome

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

Bloomberg New Contemporaries 2014

21st March – 13th June 2015

Featuring 55 of the most promising artists emerging from UK art schools Bloomberg New Contemporaries 2014 comes to Cornwall with work by new and recent fine art graduates.  

Marking its 65th anniversary, selectors Marvin Gaye Chetwynd, Enrico David and Goshka Macuga chose works by the most promising artists emerging from UK art schools from nearly 1,400 submissions, including graduates from Falmouth University, Stacey Guthrie, Edward Hill, Melissa Kime and Frances Williams. The resulting exhibition is an incisive snapshot of contemporary practice, spanning diverse media, processes, themes, influences and approaches - from moving image and performance to more traditional approaches to making work such as printmaking, painting and sculpture.

Showcasing final year students, graduates and artists one year out of study, the annual national touring exhibition has consistently acted as a barometer of contemporary art practice, shining a spotlight on the hottest talents of the year. 

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ARTIST ROOMS: 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.

In The Engine Room at The Exchange

11th – 16th May

Cornwall College Extramural Project

Work by first year students from the FdA/BA(Hons) Contemporary Creative Practice course responding to briefs set by the Gallery. 

22nd May – 13th June 

Maxine Whitbread-Abrutat

After 24 years as a secondary school art teacher Maxine decided to develop her own practice by embarking on a Master’s degree in Fine Art. The work exhibited illustrates her journey as she draws toward the end of this particular adventure.


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.

12th – 19th August 2015 

Osmosis Machine 

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

24th – 28th August 2015 

Art Week

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.





The Exchange
Princess Street
Penzance Cornwall TR18 2NL

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