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

Penlee House is an Arts Award Supporter

Penlee House is the only Cornish public gallery specialising in the Newlyn School artists (c.1880 - c.1940) including Stanhope and Elizabeth Forbes, Frank Bramley, Walter Langley and Laura Knight. We also have galleries which explore West Cornwall's archaeology and social history. In addition there is a programme of changing temporary exhibitions, with five new exhibitions every year. To see what's on now click here.

Penlee House is an Arts Award Supporter venue! we can help you achieve your Arts Award qualification.

We have a range of different activities which can help you with your Arts Award, from Discover and Explore, through to Bronze, Silver and Gold.

We offer:

  • free entry to the gallery and our temporary exhibitions for anyone aged under 19
  • free entry to the gallery and our temporary exhibitions for anyone aged 19-25 undertaking Arts Award at any level
  • free Saturday family activities creative drop-in sessions every Saturday between 2.30pm and 3.30pm with activities based on our collections (for a list of what's coming up click here)
  • holiday workshops creative sessions led by artists during the school holidays (to see what's coming up click here)
  • free entry to the gallery and our temporary exhibitions for educational groups with a free 10-minute introduction to Penlee House and the exhibitions
  • opportunities to meet curators and other gallery professionals

Need any further information? Anything else we can help with? Contact us and we'll help if we can. Telephone 01736 363625 or email

Teachers/Group leaders, do you have a project you'd like to work with us on? Please contact the Education Officer on 01736 363625 or email

Arts Award in Action

In February 2016, Penlee House supported students from Mounts Bay Academy in their Bronze and Silver Arts Awards. Seven Silver Arts Award students organised the event, which was run in conjunction with Museum Takeover Day, a national initiative which encourages children and young people to actively participate in their local museum or gallery. Poetry and dance students took over Penlee during the day and created works inspired the displays. In the evening, the young poets, dancers and musicians performed to an audience of 100 family, friends and general public.

Watch the Community Matters film here showing scenes from the event.... Click here!