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The Newlyn Gallery and Exchange will be reopening on 19th February, with some really exciting new exhibtions.


19 Feb — 04 Jun 2022


The Exchange

Simple Truths is part of our New Voices Programme, which gives a platform to members of our community not often heard, through the curation of works selected from the Arts Council Collection.

The artworks for Simple Truths have been chosen by dads from the WILD Young Parents Project, who we have been working with since March 2021, from their allotment in Pengegon, Camborne.

With each visit to the allotment the dads were asked to select an artwork from the Arts Council Collection catalogues, which were kept in the allotment shed. Marking their choices with a Post-it note and a line about why they’d chosen it, an interesting collection of works has steadily formed. Choices reflect how the dads were feeling in that moment or spoke of a past experience or of future ambitions. Over a brew from a ghillie kettle, conversation flowed, exploring their choices and often providing the starting point for personal reflections around mental health or what was happening in their lives in that moment.

Simple Truths includes paintings, photographs, and sculptures by

David Batchelor / Maeve Brennan / Shezad Dawood / Laura Ford / Seamus Nicolson / Richard Patterson / Liv Preston / Bob Robinson / Caroline Walker / Bedwyr Williams

Image : Bob Robinson, A Preference for Crisps 1979

19 Feb — 09 Apr 2022


This year’s exhibition takes the theme This Is Who I Am. Volunteers can submit two pieces of work, one showcasing their artistic practice and the other a self-portrait in any medium, defining who they are and what they bring to the gallery.

Delivering a rewarding volunteer programme is a vital part of our mandate at Newlyn Art Gallery & The Exchange. Our team of volunteers bring energy and creativity to the gallery spaces every day, as they help us deliver a busy programme of exhibitions, events and workshops, and present the public face of the gallery.

Finding out more about becoming a volunteer at Newlyn Art Gallery & The Exchange.


CAPTURED BEAUTY, an Arts Council Collection National Partners Programme Exhibition, curated by Abi Hutchinson, Artistic Director of Black Voices Cornwall.

Captured Beauty features contemporary works of art drawn from the Arts Council Collection, with paintings by Lynette Yiadom-Boakye, Denzil Forrester, Ryan Mosely, Mowbray Odonkor, and Caroline Walker. Vanley Burke, Tarik Chawdry, and Colin Jones present photographic portraits of Britain in the 70s and 80s, alongside other artists using photography including Sunil Gupta, Ifeoma Onyefulu, Horace Ove, Tetsuya Noda, and Veronica Ryan.

Black Voices Cornwall is an organisation that exists to enable Cornwall to become an actively anti-racist county. The ambition for Captured Beauty is for ethnically diverse visitors to feel seen through the works in this exhibition. It is also an opportunity for the white community to have an insight to how it feels to be a person of colour in the 21st century, and to come away from the exhibition with a determination to finally end racism.

Denzil Forrester - Witchdoctor 1983, Arts Council Collection

ARTIFICIALIA, new work by Bridgette Ashton, explores questions of replica and reimagining. A display case of what appear to be elaborately presented geological specimens, reveal themselves as imitations of mineral-like objects. An integrated digital work incorporates the physical qualities of the sculptures into a virtual, tactile experience, inviting interaction from the viewer.
Showing in the window of the lower gallery and illuminated at night.

CARE TAKERS, is a new series of work by Hannah Waldron, an artist working predominantly with weaving, from her studio at Potager, near Constantine.

“Care Takers is a body of work that has been produced slowly over the course of a year whilst I have been taking care of my new baby daughter. The act of care-taking became at the forefront of everything for me this year, yet when looking at the numerous acts of care taking place in society and nature, they are so often overlooked and fade into the background of what is valued. I wanted to use this opportunity to bring my attention to and celebrate acts of taking care within my environment; from nature based observations in the garden at my studio, to unseen ways in which care taking and nourishing interaction occurs in nature, for example underground mycelium networks, through to the process of handweaving itself.
These new series of weavings have been produced on a small handloom, using yarn dyed with natural dyes including woad, madder and weld, and embroidered at intervals on long walks around Falmouth whilst my daughter was sleeping.”

Hannah Waldron – Jan 2022

There will be a launch event on FRI 18 FEB, subject to C-19 restrictions and guidance.




For more than 125 years, Newlyn Art Gallery has been bringing the best in contemporary art to audiences in the south west. Newlyn Art Gallery was founded in 1895 by John Passmore Edwards the philanthropist and social reformer, who felt that art had an important role to play in people’s lives. His vision has inspired us to think about our work with communities: how we might involve them in shaping our work, and how we can become more relevant to more people. In 2007 the gallery was redeveloped and we opened a second venue, The Exchange in Penzance. 

We are an educational arts charity, an Arts Council England National Portfolio organisation, an Arts Council Collection National Partner, and a Cornwall Council Strategic Arts Client. We present contemporary work in all media across two sites in West Cornwall. In recent years, our programmes have reached beyond the galleries into other settings, including care homes, schools and other public spaces, from beaches to places of worship, to realise our commitment to reach and engage with the broadest and largest audiences we can.




1946 – 2021: Celebrating 75 Years of Arts Council Collection 

Arts Council Collection is the most widely circulated national loan collection of modern and contemporary British art spanning paintings, sculpture, prints, drawings, performance and moving image. With over 8,000 works and more than 1,000 loans made to over 100 venues a year, the Collection has been connecting art with people for 75 years. It supports and promotes British artists by acquiring art at an early stage of their careers and is seen by millions of people in public spaces from galleries and museums to hospitals, libraries and universities. Representing one of the most important collections of British modern and contemporary art in the world it includes work from a diverse range of artists from Barbara Hepworth, Tracey Emin, Anish Kapoor and Henry Moore to Mona Hatoum, Anthea Hamilton, Lubaina Himid, and Grayson Perry. Arts Council Collection was founded in 1946 and is managed by the Southbank Centre, London and includes Longside Gallery located at the Yorkshire Sculpture Park.   




The National Partners Programme was launched in 2016 to mark the 70th anniversary of the Arts Council Collection by creating a network of regional galleries and museums to present and curate exhibitions drawn from the Arts Council Collection. The first four National Partner museums and galleries were: Towner Art Gallery, Eastbourne; the Birmingham Museums Trust; the Walker Art Gallery, National Museums Liverpool; and the Collection’s existing partner, Yorkshire Sculpture Park.


The second round of National Partners for 2019-22 are Firstsite in Essex; Sunderland Culture in Tyne and Wear and The Newlyn Art Gallery and The Exchange in Cornwall.

Funded by the National Lottery, the programme aims to build a deeper relationship with regional audiences by building a UK-wide network across regional partners, connecting local visitors to their national collection.