In 1942, Graham Sutherland – one of Britain’s leading C20th artists and perhaps the most famous painter of his day – was commissioned as an Official War Artist to document the industrial work supporting the War effort. One of the chosen sites was Geevor Tin Mine, where his initial training as an engineer gave him an advantage. This exhibition offers the public the first chance to see the works Sutherland produced at Geevor a few miles from their source of inspiration, alongside his other industry-inspired works. Many of the pictures are on loan from a private collection in Southern Europe and have never been seen publicly before, so this will be a unique chance to view them. To complement this exhibition, Geevor Tin Mine and East Pool Mine are working in partnership with Penlee to explore the relationship between art and industry and to celebrate the rich industrial heritage of the local area. Supported by the Heritage Lottery Fund.
Penlee House is a beautiful art gallery and museum, set within sub-tropical gardens, with a great café.Discover More
Our vibrant exhibition programme celebrates the nationally important art and history of West Cornwall.Discover More
From school visits to family activities, talks and walks, there are plenty of learning opportunities at Penlee House.Discover More
Enjoy a delicious lunch or coffee at the Orangery Café, and support us by purchasing unique gifts in our shop.Discover More