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

What's On
at Penlee

To see what's been happening at some of the events held at Penlee House please click here to visit our events gallery.  

Art Week is back! 

Tuesday 25 - Saturday 29 October 2016

Once again Penlee House has teamed up with Newlyn Art Gallery & The Exchange to offer a week filled with fabulous, fun art workshops for children, families and adults.  Here what's coming up:

Tuesday 25th October

Experimental Drawing with Catherine Haines

Experience experimental drawing using the techniques of Wilhelmina Barns-Graham. Learn how to draw multiple views, as Wilhelmina says herself ‘from above, through and all round, as a bird flies, a total experience’.

The Engine Room, The Exchange, Penzance

1.30pm-3.30pm, 7 – 11 year olds, £4.50

Wednesday 26th October

The Chemigram Laboratory with Peter Lower

A technique, which lends itself to experimentation, crossing photography, painting and etching.

The Coach House, Penlee House, Penzance

Time 1.30pm – 3.30pm, Age 12+, £4.50

Thursday 27th October

Balancing Colour with Alice Ellis-Bray

Colour, shape and kinetics – put them together and what do you get? Find out in this thought-provoking practical workshop.

The Coach House, Penlee House, Penzance

Time 10am – 12 Noon, 7 – 11 year olds,  £4.50

Friday 28th October

Investigating Indigo with Sarah Johnson

An opportunity to learn about Indigo and explore traditional dyeing techniques producing different shades and wonderful patterns.  Please wear old clothes. 

The Engine Room, The Exchange, Penzance

Time 1.30pm - 3.30pm, 7 – 11 year olds, £4.50

Saturday 29th October

Hydrophone Workshop with Dominick Allen

Try your hand at making and testing a microphone designed to be used underwater.

The Coach House, Penlee House, Penzance

Time 10am – 12 Noon, Family Workshop, £4.50 per place

Saturday 29th October

Lino Printing with Adrian Holmes - Big Draw Event

Cornwall has a great history of inventors and inventions.  Come and illustrate some of these marvelous inventions using lino print. 

The Engine Room, The Exchange, Penzance

Time 1.30pm – 3.30pm, Family Workshop, £4.50 per place


Booking essential; for workshops at Penlee Coach House please call the gallery on 01736 363625; for workshops at The Exchange please go to Newlyn Art Gallery & The Exchange Events Eventbrite.  

Wilhelmina Barns-Graham: Exhibition Walk and Talk

Wednesday 19 October at 2pm

Join the Chair of the Wilhelmina Barns-Graham Trust, Geoffrey Bertram, on a walk through of the 'Wilhelmina Barns-Graham: A Scottish Artist in St Ives' exhibition. A chance to learn more about this intriguing artist from someone who knew her well. Cost £3.00, plus usual admission price. Numbers are limited to 15, so please reserve your place by calling 01736 363625.

 Quizzes and trails will keep the young'uns happy on their visit, as well as the colouring table in the local history gallery... also, don't miss:

Drop-in family activities in the Gallery - get arty!

Look out for drop-in family art and craft activities every Saturday afternoon from 2.30pm - 3.30pm in the exhibition galleries. Be inspired by the pictures on show in the current exhibition and have a go at making something to take home. There's a different activity every week and all materials are supplied. FREE and open to all - including grown-ups! (children must be accompanied). Download the October list here
Penlee House Gallery and Museum is now an accredited Learning Destination for the Children's University in Cornwall - attend any workshop and get one stamp for your Passport to Learning! Don't forget to bring your passport on the day.

Tick-Tock-Time for Little Fingers!

Free creative sessions for pre-school children aged from two and a half upwards and their parents and carers, run by educator Jo Lumber. Enjoy stories, rhymes, making and doing as we explore the wonderful paintings and treasures at Penlee. Step into Tick-Tock-Time! Sessions will take place every month, from 1:00 to 2:30pm. 

For more information and to book a place, please call 01736 363625 or email

Friends' Lecture Programme 2016/2017

Lectures take place at 7:30pm at Penlee House (unless otherwise stated). Admission: Members £2.00, Non-members £3.00. BOOKING IS ESSENTIAL: Tel. 01736 363625.