The Exchange

Penzance, United Kingdom


  • Princes Street
  • Princes Street
  • Penzance
  • England
  • TR18 2NL
  • United Kingdom

Opening times

10am - 5pm
Tuesday - Saturday (winter)
Monday to Saturday (summer)

Travel Information

Bus: Buses stop in the centre of Penzance.
Train: The Exchange is a five-minute walk from the train and bus stations


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The Exchange is a major contemporary art space in the centre of Penzance that opened in 2007 in conjunction with renovations to Newlyn Art Gallery. Together the galleries present contemporary work in all media by regional, national and international artists, with a programme of events, activities and education.

Formerly the town’s telephone exchange, the huge space retains the original industrial feel of the building and features a large t-shaped gallery and a striking glass facade that runs the entire length of the building. The Exchange is well suited to installation and social participation projects. The galleries’ international reputation allows it to bring some of the best art being produced around the globe to Cornwall. Among the artists who have received solo exhibitions are Mona Hatoum, Christine Borland, Lawrence Weiner, John Armleder, Jill Bradley, Shezad Dawood and many others. The gallery has also hosted solo exhibitions of some of the region’s foremost practitioners such as Roger Hilton, Breon O’Casey, Sandra Blow and Michael Porter.

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 café serving snacks and light lunches. Well behaved dogs are welcome.


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