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

What's On

This Month


Image: Ithell Colquhoun, 'Landscape with Antiquities' 1955 (detail), Royal Cornwall Museum, on loan from The National Trust c.The Artist's Estate 


Ithell Colquhoun: Image and Imagination

16 January - 19 March

Ithell Colquhoun (1906-1988), an artist drawn by the ‘Gaelic melodies’ of West Penwith, captured the beauty of nature in her paintings and writing from the solitude of her refuge, a simple hut in the Lamorna Valley. Colquhoun's art combined naturalistic painting with experiments in surrealism and abstraction. She worked in many media and ventured into techniques such as decalcomania, frottage and fumage. This, the first exhibition in a public gallery since her death, shows an intriguing selection of pictures spanning her six decade artistic career, with particular emphasis on her work on the human in nature.

Gallery 1: a selection of Newlyn School and Lamorna Group paintings in the other downstairs galleries. A selection of Topographical prints and paintings in Gallery 5.


Fred Hall: from Newlyn School to Caricature

26 March - 11 June 2016

As well as producing some outstanding rural realist paintings during his time at Newlyn, Fred Hall (1860 – 1948) left a unique legacy in the form of witty caricatures of his fellow artists. Born in Stillington  in Yorkshire, Fred Hall studied in Antwerp alongside Frank Bramley and became a keen advocate of the new ‘square brush’ technique, along with painting in the open air, making him a natural candidate for the new art colony in Newlyn, where he settled from the mid-1880s to 1898. This exhibition brings together a range of work from this versatile artist who also painted not only in Newlyn, but also the landscapes around Porlock and Newbury.

Family drop-in workshops, every Saturday from 2.30pm - 3.30pm 

Workshops will resume on Saturday 30 January. For more information please visit the events page by clicking here