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

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Image: The Vale of Trevider, 1899
By SJ Lamorna Birch (1869 - 1955)
Private Collection, © The Artist’s Estate / Bridgeman Images


Entranced by a Special Place: the Art of SJ Lamorna Birch RA

16 June - 8 September 2018

A painter of pure landscape, self-taught and self-made, Samuel John Lamorna Birch RA (1869 – 1955) was the founder and father figure of the Lamorna colony of artists and writers in West Cornwall.  Entranced by a Special Place refers to Birch's lifelong association with Lamorna, from where he took his name. This exhibition brings together over seventy paintings, with work from all stages of his life and is being shown as part of the Royal Academy’s 250th Anniversary celebrations. Ground floor galleries. A selection of Newlyn School paintings on view upstairs in Gallery 5.

Patterns of Penwith: Explore the Cryesde Textile Collection

Come and explore the amazing crysede textile collection at Penlee House, and discover its origins in the landscape in Cornwall. The fascinating and colourful prints designed in the 1920s by Alec Walker for Cresede textiles were often based on real places in West Cornwall. Look closely at the designs and you can see farm buildings, boats, lighthouses, trees, fields and even people. Why not pick up a discovery kit and head out into the landscape? Create your own design and don't forget to tag us on instagram! @penleehousegallery
Join in at one of our FREE events:

Saturday 16th June 10am-1pm Coffee morning: a chance for people to share (or learn!) sewing and textile skills

Saturday 30th June 10am-4pm Printing workshop (16+; free but please book a place—01736 363625/

Saturday 14th July Celebration event: join us for refreshments and to see some of the designs created during the project 1-4:30 pm

Penzance Literary Festival Events

Pisky-led: a guided walk with stories, Thurs 5 July 2pm-4pm

Walk along the SW coast path and Porthgwarra with archaeologist and story-teller Adrian Rodda. Meet at the St Levan Church Car Park at 2pm. Walk lasts approx 2 hrs. Booking essential, call 01736 363625 to reserve your place, £5/£4 concs.

Poetry at Penlee, Sat 7 July 1.30pm - 3.30pm

Join artist and poet Sarah Batchelor to create poems from the pages of old books. Free - drop in any time.

Take part in Penlee Inspired 2018!

One of our favourite collaborative projects is back! Penlee Inspired offers local schools, children and adults the chance to exhibit work they have produced in response to the collections and exhibitions at Penlee House, shown alongside some of the Newlyn School paintings that inspired them.  If you’d like your work to be considered, please contact the Gallery for further information. The closing date for entries is 19 October 2018, and all are welcome to submit work for selection.  

Download the application pack here

Free Family Fun at Penlee House

Drop-in workshops every Saturday from 2.30pm-3.30pm.

For more information, please visit the events page by clicking here.

Friends' Lecture Series

The 2018/19 series, starting in September, will be published soon. Please click here for more information.