Penlee House Gallery & Museum, Penzance
The artistic heart of West Cornwall's history
Image: Sennen
Photograph by Gibson & Sons, c.1880

It is necessary to close some of the galleries between exhibitions, so please do check what is open before making a special journey during those times. Click here for 2018 datesAdmission is FREE during rehang week.

Not all the paintings are on show at any one time. If there is a particular picture that you would like to see, please let us know in advance of your visit or on the day.

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25 November 2017 - 6 January 2018

Crafts for Christmas: selling exhibition of Cornish Craft

This gathering of high quality work by Cornwall Craft, which includes jewellery, textiles, ceramics and woodcarving, has become a regular fixture on the Penlee House Christmas events calendar. All crafts can be purchased immediately, making them the ideal gift or treat.

The Art of Frederic Stuart Richardson (1855 - 1934)

With rarely seen works from a private collection, this exhibition showcases the work of this Bristol-born artist who trained as a civil engineer before embarking on a career in art. Richardson studied in Paris and was encouraged by the eminent Victorian artist Luke Fildes. He is best-known for his seascapes inspired by his travels around the British coast. Galleries 2, 3 & 4.

The Gibson Dynasty: Pioneers of Photography

A selection of 19th and early 20th century photographs from the Gibson & Sons archive, recently acquired by Penlee House. John Gibson was an early adopter of the this new medium and set up successful businesses on Scilly and in Penzance, assisted by his sons Herbert and Alexander. Their pictures document the working lives of the people of West Cornwall as well as their passion for observing the ancient landscape. Gallery 5.


David Haughton in St Just

13 January - 17 March 2018

David Haughton (1924 - 1991) moved to West Cornwall in 1948 after dropping out of the Slade School of Art. He soon joined the ranks of the St Ives modernists, becoming a member of the avant-garde Crypt Group, the Penwith Society and the St Ives Society of Artists. While out on a bicycle ride with his friend and fellow artist Kit Barker, Haughton came across St Just, the compact mining town situated on the moors between Penzance and St Ives. He later described the encounter as both a magical experience and a turning point in his life. Even after leaving Cornwall in 1950 to teach at the Central School in London, Haughton returned every year for thirty years, often with groups of students. This exhibition of prints, drawings and paintings shows his lifetime love affair with St Just. Gallery 1 - a selection of Newlyn School and Lamorna Group paintings in Galleries 2, 3, 4 & 5.