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

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Image: The Jews of Cornwall display
Penlee House Gallery & Museum


Bringing Home the Catch: Art & Fishing in Newlyn 1880 - 1940

24 March - 9 June 2018

The Newlyn School artists ‘discovered’ this picturesque fishing village at a transitional moment in its history. Just as the painters were setting up their easels and depicting the lives of the local Newlyn community in the 1880s, its fishing industry was expanding rapidly. Featuring a wealth of paintings, photographs and artefacts from the period 1880 to 1940, this exhibition provides an insight into how the artists chose to represent these changes, or even to ignore them for the sake of artistic licence. Curated with assistance from Dr Joanna Mattingly. Ground floor galleries. A selection of Newlyn School and Lamorna Group paintings on view upstairs in Gallery 5.

The Jews of Cornwall, 1740 - 1913

8 May - 5 June 2018

This fascinating display of religious artefacts, along with portraits and photographs, has been curated with the assistance of Kehillat Kernow and the Friends of the Penzance Jewish Cemetery. It includes the Sefer Torah, still in use today, the Scroll of Esther, a Siddur (prayer book), historic portraits by Opie and Pentreath, the Indenture from the Penzance Jewish Cemetery and an original inscribed panel from the Penzance Jewish Synagogue. In the Museum.

Half-Term Holiday Workshop, Tuesday 29 May 10 am - 12 pm

FISH PRINTING for ages 7 - 13: As the current exhibition at Penlee House, Bringing Home the Catch, is all about art and fishing in Newlyn, we thought this half term we'd have a fishy theme for our holiday activity! 
Come along and work with artist Kate Turner to find out more about the famous fishermen of Newlyn, experiment with weaving techniques and try printmaking with real fish to create a beautiful artwork to take home.
Tuesday 29 May, 10.00am - 12.00pm, £4.50 per place. Ages 7 - 13. Booking is essential and payment in advance, please: please contact the Gallery on 01736 363625 to book.

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

To view the 2017/18 programme, please click here.