Penlee House Gallery & Museum, Penzance
The artistic heart of West Cornwall's history

What's On

This Month

Image: Mary Jewels, 'Cornish Landscape'


The Bigger Picture

12 September - 21 November 2015

Showcasing a marvellous assortment of painting in Cornwall from the 1920s to the 1960s, this exhibition reveals the rich diversity of artistic styles that this region has inspired. Hanging alongside the better-known names of Trevor Bell, Terry Frost, Patrick Heron, Cedric Morris, Ben Nicholson, Adrian Ryan, Bryan Wynter and John Wells is a plethora of remarkable work by artists from the same period including Shearer Armstrong, George Lambourn, Mary Jewels, Albert Reuss and Charles Breaker.
Click here to view the film by Cathy Sayers that accompanies the exhibition (12 mins)
See our Exhibitions page for more on this and a list of past and future exhibitions 


There's lots happening at Penlee this month including: 

Fun Palaces: a national celebration of culture and community

Penlee's Fun Palace: A shared landscape

Saturday 3 October 2015 1.30pm-3.30pm

Over the weekend of 3 and 4 October 'Fun Palaces' will be set up all over the country to celebrate art, science, culture and community. Penlee wil be holding it's Fun Palace on the afternoon of the 3 October; why not come along and join us? 

The local Cornish landscape has long provided inspiration for artists. 'The Bigger Picture' exhibition at Penlee includes many artists who represented the landscape, and their experience of it, in their work. For our Fun Palace we aim to create a big 3D landscape using modelling dough and we need your help! Come along and make something to add to the scene. Use the paintings and collections to spark some ideas, or share with us your experiences, memories and impressions of the local landscape.

Free; no booking required - drop in any time; all welcome; children must be accompanied by an adult.   

PLUS our continuing Saturday afternoon family drop-in workshops, every Saturday from 2.30pm - 3.30pm 

For more information please visit the events page by clicking here