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Visit Penlee House & Museum

Penlee House is a Gallery, Museum, Cafe and Shop. Situated within Penlee Park, a space to reflect and great for family visits.

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A space for exhibitions & events

Alongside our Exhibition programme we run a variety of community events and workshops. The Newlyn School and Social history galleries change often. Find out what’s on.

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A space to learn

Penlee House is committed to lifelong learning. We run workshops for all age groups and offer a school workshop programme.

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A space for all

Built in 1865, as the home of the Branwell family. Penlee House is home to many paintings by members of the Newlyn School. It is also home to the Penzance Natural History and Antiquarian Society collection.

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Ithell Colquhoun: Image and Imagination 16 January – 19 March 2016

16 January 2016 until 19 March 2016

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.

Watch a short film, made in 2013, of how a group of artists drew inspiration from Ithell Colquhoun’s art: click here 

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Penlee House is a beautiful art gallery and museum, set within sub-tropical gardens, with a great café.

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Our vibrant exhibition programme celebrates the nationally important art and history of West Cornwall.

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From school visits to family activities, talks and walks, there are plenty of learning opportunities at Penlee House.

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