A Certain Kind Of Light

27 May 2017 – 23 Sep 2017

Regular hours

10:00 – 16:00
10:00 – 16:00
10:00 – 16:00
10:00 – 16:00
10:00 – 16:00

Cost of entry

£2.20 incl Gift Aid donation. FREE entry for U18s, Supporters and Art Pass holders

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The Exchange

England, United Kingdom


Travel Information

  • Buses stop in the centre of Penzance.
  • The Exchange is a five-minute walk from the train and bus stations
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A major exhibition exploring how artists have responded to light, its transience and effect.


A Certain Kind of Light: Light in Art Over Six Decades is a major exhibition exploring how artists have responded to light, its transience and effect. Encompassing paintings, sculpture, photography, and installation, it features artworks created from the 1960s to the present day by fifteen leading artists.

The exhibition considers the different ways artists have explored the various aspects of light, from its importance as a source of illumination, as a pure sculptural material, as a mysterious force and as a source of energy that can be conceptually converted into other forms.

The exhibition features many works from the Arts Council Collection, including Colour Construction by Peter Lanyon who was a leading figure at Newlyn Art Gallery in the 1950s and 60s, as well as camera-less photographs by Garry Fabian Miller who had a solo show there in 2008.

As part of the exhibition, and to mark the tenth anniversary of the opening of The Exchange, Cornwall-based artist Peter Freeman will reprogramme and update Lightwave, the dramatic artwork illuminating the glass façade of The Exchange that he first created when the gallery opened in 2007.

An Arts Council Collection Touring Exhibition. Curated by Towner Art Gallery, Eastbourne with many works from the Arts Council Collection which is managed by Southbank Centre, London.

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Anish Kapoor

Anish Kapoor

Toby Ziegler

Garry Fabian-Miller

Ceal Floyer

Julian Opie

Peter Freeman

Roger Ackling

David Batchelor

Peter Lanyon

John Riddy

Rut Blees Luxemburg

Raphael Hefti

Paul Winstanley

Angela Bulloch

Mark Titchner

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