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Address: New Road, Newlyn, Penzance, England
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+44 1736 363715
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Tue - Sat 10:00 - 17:00

Newlyn Art Gallery is a contemporary art gallery located in Newlyn,...

Newlyn Art Gallery is a contemporary art gallery located in Newlyn, Cornwall. Opened in 1895, and financed by John Passmore Edwards the gallery was conceived as a home and exhibition venue for the Newlyn School of Art the works of which are now largely located at Penlee House Gallery and Museum in nearby Penzance. For almost 120 years, Newlyn Art Gallery has been bringing the best in contemporary art to audiences in the south west. In 2007 the gallery was redeveloped and we opened a second venue, The Exchange in Penzance. With two venues we are able to offer a wide and varied programme across two sites, showcasing the very best of national and international contemporary art, as well as work by some of the best artists currently working in the region. Newlyn has played an important role in supporting the development of 20th-century painting in Britain, and in acknowledgement of that history, our current programme seeks to reflect the ways in which contemporary artists, working in this country and internationally, use painting and drawing to express their ideas. The focus at Newlyn Art Gallery is on painting and drawing. Artists working in other media continue to be a part of the programme on occasions, but two-dimensional work is the clear focus. Recent shows have included major retrospectives by Roger Hilton and Breon O'Casey.At Newlyn Art Gallery, the pavilion on the seaward side of the gallery is a glass structure on ground floor level, which supports a first floor clad in wet-laid Cornish slate, a building method specific to the region, but rarely seen in modern buildings. The glass curtain wall allows panoramic views of Newlyn Green and the sea while sliding doors lead to a secluded garden and outdoor seating area. The Picture Room space shows changing exhibitions of works for sale. With an emphasis on affordable works, it offers the opportunity to buy paintings, prints and drawings by some of the region's most recognised artists.

All profits from sales made in The Picture Room directly support the Gallery's education and exhibition activities.

The Education Room & Studio Cafe on the first floor of the pavilion has a vast window offering panoramic views across Mounts Bay, as well as a skylight the length of the gabled ceiling.

Well-behaved dogs are very welcome. We are a dog-friendly venue.

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There was one exhibition of an international artist, that wasn't really to my taste. Would have been nice to see some local work

3 of 5 bubblesReviewed 15 September 2016
Dunsborough, Australia

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Always refreshing to visit Newlyn Art Gallery, they have a wonderful programe of events and exhibitions, never failing to disappoint! Staff are wonderful!

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Exeter, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 December 2016

We visited in December on a drizzly afternoon, but the location of this gallery is still stunning, with sea views from the cafe. The exhibition was primarily graduates from Falmouth College of Art, but beautifully displayed in this custom-designed space. Well worth a visit if you are in the area - they also run educational events that we missed but... More 

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Hurstpierpoint, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 October 2016

Always love coming here, the ambiance is always relaxing and the staff always friendly. Its great to enjoy the exhibitions in the different spaces here then sit and gaze out the window in the cafe taking in the view across the sea and drinking good coffe and cake. Thanks for another good visit.

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1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 October 2016

Got round in the quickest ever time 2 minutes, Hardly anything to see and the main gallery was virtually empty. Just wonder what they are trying to achieve here!

Thank macmillanEngland
Somerset, England
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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 September 2016

Basically 2 rooms - one upstairs, devoted to an exhibition, and one downstairs, which was a sale room, but consisted solely of a number of photographs of gorse. There was also a video, but it was very slow, repetitive and I just felt life's too short. And so many white walls with nothing on them - what a waste! The... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 September 2016

Tired of aching feet, eyes and cultural hangovers? This tiny gallery will allow you to take in enough of an artist to make a decision: more or never again. Then the friendly cafe with the wonderful view gives you space and time to cogitate and digest what you have seen. Because of its size it often offers exhibitions in conjunction... More 

Thank Stephanie F
Oxford, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 September 2016

This is such a unique and discrete art gallery; tucked away in a corner of the very 'real' fishing port of Newlyn, overlooking the bay, the green, hordes of dog-walkers and with glimpses of the town, the NAG is a work of art in itself! We enjoyed the simple approach to exhibits; not so crowded with the mass "V &... More 

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Dunsborough, Australia
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 September 2016

There was one exhibition of an international artist, that wasn't really to my taste. Would have been nice to see some local work

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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 September 2016

There was very little to see here - a small room with photos of Cornish countryside, which were for sale and were extremely expensive, and another room with art by someone called Qreshi. I may have misspelled this, and if so I'm sorry .... There is a café, and an overpriced and predictable gift shop. The two staff on the... More 

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London, United Kingdom
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1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 September 2016 via mobile

Why have an art gallery if you hardly have much art to exhibit, even for a small gallery? Unfortunately the whole gallery displayed art in one room by an obscure, unknown (not local) artist of not great calibre. Oh! there was another room where a film entitled 'breathing' was played over and over again of what looked like two gold... More 

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