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

March 21, 2015 - December 31, 2015
10:00 am - 17:00 pm Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday,

We will be closed from Sunday 4th January – Friday 20th March inclusive, for essential decoration and maintenance work, reopening on Saturday 21st March 2015. SUMMER OPENING TIMES (From 21st March 2015) Monday – Saturday: 10am – 5pm Sunday: Closed WINTER OPENING TIMES (from October 2015) Tuesday – Saturday: 10am – 5pm Sunday & Monday: Closed Bank Holidays 11am – 4pm

Penzance Farmers’ Markets 

Fridays, 9am – 1pm, until 27th March. FREE entry


Bloomberg New Contemporaries 2014 - 21st March – 30th May 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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The Exchange
Princess Street
Penzance Cornwall TR18 2NL

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