Penlee House Gallery & Museum, Penzance
The artistic heart of West Cornwall's history
Image: Departure of the Fleet for the North
By Walter Langley (1852 - 1922)
Penlee House Gallery & Museum
 

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 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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CURRENT EXHIBITION:

Bringing Home the Catch: Art and 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.

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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.



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