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

Celebrating Work and Play: Photographic gems from Penlee's archives

Image: Picking Narcissi in the Snow, Gulval, 1955 by Harry Penhaul (c) Penlee House Gallery & Museum

Current Exhibition: 11 January - 14 March 2020

Celebrating Work and Play: Photographic gems from Penlee's archives

 Image: 'Leapfrog', c.1950 Garfield Hall, Penlee House Gallery & Museum

Amateur and professional photographers have captured the lives of people at work and play in West Cornwall for 150 years. This exhibition uses Penlee’s photographic collection to show people hard at work fishing, farming, manufacturing, mining and working in the home alongside delightful images of fearless swimmers, fairs, carnivals, sports teams, tea treats and days on the beach. 

Photographic exhibition: Ground floor galleries. A selection of Newlyn School paintings on view upstairs in Gallery 5

Newlyn School Interiors 21 March- 6 June 2020

Image: 'The Jubilee Hat', 1887, Frank Wright Bourdillon, Private Collection, On loan to Penlee House Gallery & Museum. 
The Newlyn School artists are famous for painting outdoors, 'en plein air'. The Cornish light and landscape attracted painters to Newlyn, but once here, they found inspiration not just outside, but also within local homes, sail lofts and schools. 
Bringing together a fine selection of Newlyn School interiors, including works by Walter Langley, Stanhope Forbes, Elizabeth Forbes and Frank Bramley, the exhibition will give an insight into the living conditions of Victorian Newlyn. 
Ground floor galleries. 

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 2019 dates

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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