Must Visit Galleries
Here are a few of our favourite galleries in the area that we would highly reccomend you visit while stayin with us.
Tremenheere Sculpture Garden - A beautiful sheltered valley in west Cornwall, surrounded by woods, streams and dramatic vista provides the perfect setting for this 22-acre exotic and sub-tropical garden. Dramatic landscape and planting provide the backdrop to contemplative but inspirational artworks. Internationally and nationally renowned artists such as James Turrell RA, Kishio Suga, David Nash RA, Richard Long RA and Tim Shaw RA have interacted with the landscape to create site specific permanent works which harmonise with the setting.
3rd June – 24th June: Simon Pooley & Louise McClary
Louise McClary's birthplace of Cornwall, where she still lives is her inspiration. Painted in soft colours and tones, Louise's paintings evoke the elements and countryside she observes daily. The landscape of Cornwall is also the inspiration for Simon Pooley, notably his home in west Penwith. Simon's paintings are a combination of memory and sketches made en plein air, fusing abstraction and figurative elements of sea and landscape.
30th June – 22nd July: Marie-Claire Hamon - We want to keep dreaming
Inspired by a thoughtful, nuanced and hopeful new mode of ecological thinking, the exhibition showcases a collection of exuberant, tangled forest landscapes. Responding on this occasion to the naturalistic setting of Tremenheere Sculpture Gardens, Marie Claire’s paintings point to a landscape unspoilt by the human claim on natural resources, instead depicting a dreamscape of a future where humans live in radical harmony, enmeshed in the ecology of the natural world.
Penlee House Gallery & Museum - Built in 1865 as a gracious Victorian home, Penlee House has been converted to create a first-class gallery and museum set within an attractive park. It specialises in showing the area's unique cultural heritage incorporating the historic collections of Penzance Town Council, Cornwall Council and Newlyn Art Gallery.
16th June – 8th September: Entranced by a Special Place: The Art of SJ Lamorna Birch RA
A painter of pure landscape, self-taught and self-made, Samuel John Lamorna Birch RA (1869 – 1955) was the founder and father figure of the Lamorna colony of artists and writers in West Cornwall. This exhibition brings together over seventy paintings, with work from all stages of his life and is being shown as part of the Royal Academy’s 250th Anniversary celebrations.
Newlyn Art Gallery & The Exchange - For more than 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 The Exchange in Penzance was opened. Together the galleries continue to present contemporary work in all media by regional, national and international artists, with a programme of events, activities and education.
9th June – 28th July: The Exchange – Home of Springs, Trengwainton
A story of people, plants and place weaving together history and heritage with new and old creative materials.
9th June – 15th September: Newlyn & The Exchange - Rose Wylie: History Painting
Rose Wylie is best known for creating colourful, large-scale, figurative paintings that are intelligent, funny, and quietly political. These are usually made from memory and draw on a wide range of cultural references from history, fashion and cinema, to mythology, sport and literature. The thread linking these fields is her interest in how images evolve and accumulate meaning – becoming familiar, iconic and part of the narrative of popular culture and wider history.
9th June – 22nd September: The Exchange – Derek Wilson
Artist-maker Derek Wilson will exhibit a range of sculptural forms alongside functional ware. Wilson combines his minimal aesthetic with accomplished craftsmanship, material knowledge and a propensity to propel modern ceramics through reinterpretation of its form.
Barbara Hepworth Museum & Sculpture Garden - Visiting the Barbara Hepworth Museum and Sculpture Garden offers a remarkable insight into the work and outlook of one of Britain’s most important twentieth century artists. Sculptures in bronze, stone and wood are on display in the museum and garden, along with paintings, drawings and archive material.
Tate St Ives – Perched above Porthmeor beach, overlooking the Atlantic, the Tate St Ives boasts stunning views and celebrates the celebrates the modernist legacy of the towns international artist colony. With a completed extension in 2017, the Tate St Ives has an underground gallery, a rooftop garden and ceramic cladding that mirrors the hues of the sea, and now provides enough space to house artworks from iconic artists who lived and worked in St Ives.
19th May - 30th September: Patrick Heron
Celebrate one of Britain’s most acclaimed artists in this major retrospective of his work
Explore the history of modern art in St Ives, with spaces dedicated to giving key artists a permanent presence in the town where they lived and worked. This display will follow those artists across the 20th century, revealing their relationships to international art histories.