Art & Culture

Art & Culture

Cornwall is famous for its rich culture and well established contemporary art scene. With its range of fascinating galleries, exhibitions and crafty creations, there really is no end to its expanding creative culture. Below myCornwall has designed an exclusive guide which will aid you in discovering all the hidden gems of Cornwall’s unique and beautiful culture.

Atishoo Gallery

Situated in the World Heritage village of Charlestown in Cornwall, Atishoo Gallery celebrates ten years at this location in 2013. Atishoo is owned and run by artist couple Liz Hackney and Paul Clark along with their youngest member of staff, their little daughter Eileen. Liz founded Atishoo in 1997 as a studio to sell her own >> read more

  • Address 71 Charlestown Road, Charlestown, St. Austell, Cornwall
  • Postcode PL25 3NL
  • Website http://atishoodesigns.co.uk/
  • Type of Attraction Art Gallery

Beside the Wave Gallery

Beside The Wave gallery is one of Cornwall’s best known and well established contemporary art venues with an international following of collectors. Art works are predominantly rooted in the landscape; Cornwall’s rich coast, countryside, towns and villages providing the inspiration for much of the work shown. In addition, a number of the gallery’s artists focus on paintings of place in a wider sense, including interiors and still life. With over 30 artists represented and 750 original paintings to choose from as well as a fine collection of artist made ceramics and jewellery, the gallery offers a wide range of exceptional work.

  • Address 8-10 Arwenack Street, Falmouth Cornwall
  • Postcode TR11 3JA
  • Website www.beside-the-wave.co.uk
  • Email gallery@beside-the-wave.co.uk

Cornwall Contemporary Gallery

ornwall Contemporary Gallery is situated at the top of Chapel Street in Penzance and is within five minutes walking distance of both Penlee House Gallery and also The Exchange Gallery.

  • Address 1 Parade Street, Queens Square, (top of Chapel Street), Penzance, Cornwall
  • Postcode TR18 4BU
  • Website www.cornwallcontemporary.com/
  • Email sarah@cornwallcontemporary.com
  • Type of Attraction Art Gallery

Cornwall Crafts Association, Trelissick Gallery

For nearly thirty years the Cornwall Crafts Association has supported the craftmakers resident in Cornwall to encourage the highest standards of design and making. It also aims to reach a wider audience to promote a greater appreciation and understanding of contemporary design-led craftwork. The Association is a member-driven self-supporting charity and has, since its inception >> read more

  • Address Feock Truro Cornwall
  • Postcode TR3 6QL
  • Website http://www.cornwallcrafts.co.uk
  • Email elinor@cornwallcrafts.co.uk
  • Type of Attraction Art Gallery and Gardens
  • Entry Cost Free

Cornwall Crafts Association, Trelowarren Gallery

For nearly thirty years the Cornwall Crafts Association has supported the craftmakers resident in Cornwall to encourage the highest standards of design and making. It also aims to reach a wider audience to promote a greater appreciation and understanding of contemporary design-led craftwork. The Association is a member-driven self-supporting charity and has, since its inception >> read more

  • Address Trelowarren Mawgan-in-Meneage Helston Cornwall
  • Postcode TR12 6AF
  • Website http://www.cornwallcrafts.co.uk/home
  • Email elinor@cornwallcrafts.co.uk
  • Type of Attraction Art Gallery
  • Entry Cost Free

Falmouth Art Gallery

Our collection allows you to discover masterpieces by Thomas Gainsborough, Laura Knight, Alfred Munnings, John Singer Sargent, Henry Scott Tuke, Charles Napier Hemy and George Frederick Watts alongside pictures by contemporary artists such as Naomi Frears and Trevor Bell. The Art Gallery’s most famous painting is The Lady of Shalott by John William Waterhouse, which >> read more

  • Address Falmouth Art Gallery, Municipal Buildings, The Moor, Falmouth, Cornwall, UK
  • Postcode TR11 2RT
  • Website www.falmouthartgallery.com
  • Email info@falmouthartgallery.com
  • Type of Attraction Art Gallery
  • Entry Cost Free

Fernlea Gallery

The Fernlea Gallery in St Ives shows a vast eclectic range of both retro and modern works.

Heartlands

Heartlands is a new FREE visitor attraction and World Heritage Site Gateway in Cornwall. Nestled just off the A30 in Pool, near Redruth in the former mining heart of Cornwall, there are 19 acres of eclectic fun to explore. State-of-the-art exhibitions, climb-on sculptures, gardens of epic diversity, a giant adventure playscape for kids, art and >> read more

  • Address Heartlands Robinson's Shaft Dudnance Lane, Pool Redruth, Cornwall, UK
  • Postcode TR15 3QY
  • Website www.heartlandscornwall.com
  • Email info@heartlandscornwall.co.uk
  • Type of Attraction Garden, park, cafe
  • Entry Cost Free
  • Average meal cost £5-£10

Jane Adams Gallery

The Jane Adams Gallery has a reputation for being a showcase for Jane’s handmade, humorous and quirky animals, which she makes in her ceramics studio in the garden behind the gallery. The gallery itself is housed in a 200-year-old granite building, which is flooded with light, on the main road into St Just. The gallery is known for its wonderful selection of greetings cards and a fantastic array of contemporary work.

  • Address 41 Fore Street, St Just, Penzance, Cornwall TR19 7LJ
  • Postcode TR19 7LJ
  • Website www.janeadamsceramics.co.uk
  • Type of Attraction Art Gallery, Shop

Jo Downs – Handmade Glass

Jo Downs is one of the world’s most respected fused glass designers. Working from her Cornwall studio, Jo’s work draws inspiration from the beautiful coastal landscape while her advanced fusion techniques allow for the creation of abstract designs of great individuality and depth. Along with her popular range of handmade giftware and statement interior pieces >> read more

  • Address Jo Downs, 24 Middle Street, Padstow, Cornwall.
  • Postcode PL28 8AP
  • Website http://jodowns.com/
  • Email sales@jodowns.com
  • Type of Attraction Handmade Glass Gallery

Jo Downs Glass

Jo Downs is one of the world’s most prominent fused glass designers. Her advanced fusion techniques allow for the creation of abstract designs of great individuality and depth. Based in Cornwall, Jo Downs’ art draws inspiration from the natural world around her. Cornwall has a unique light that gently bathes the environment and has inspired >> read more

Kestle Barton

Kestle Barton is an ancient Cornish farmstead situated above the Helford River. Over the last five years we have carefully restored the farmhouse and converted the barns into a gallery and holiday cottages. The core purpose of the project is to provide a centre for the arts in this beautiful rural setting, finding a new >> read more

  • Address Kestle Barton, Manaccan, Helston, Cornwall, UK
  • Postcode TR12 6HU
  • Website www.kestlebarton.co.uk
  • Email info@kestlebarton.co.uk
  • Type of Attraction Art Gallery and Gardens
  • Entry Cost Free
  • Average meal cost Tea and Coffee on site

Kestle Barton Gallery

Kestle Barton is an ancient Cornish farmstead situated above the Helford River. Having undergone an award winning conservation and conversion project, old barns were converted into a gallery and garden. The gallery has a changing programme of exhibitions, events and workshops, as well as a wild garden and tea hut.

  • Address Manaccan, Helston, Cornwall
  • Postcode TR12 6HU
  • Website www.kestlebarton.co.uk
  • Type of Attraction Art Gallery

Leach Pottery St Ives

The Leach Pottery, founded in 1920 by Bernard Leach and Shoji Hamada, is among the most respected and influential studio potteries in the world. Over the last hundred years scores of potters, students and apprentices from across the world have come to the Leach Pottery to work and train, creating a uniquely international environment on the Cornish coast.
The recently restored Leach Pottery site includes a museum which celebrates the life and work of Bernard Leach and visitors can see the original pottery workshop built in 1920, including the first Japanese climbing kiln in the western world.

  • Address The Leach Pottery, Higher Stennack, St Ives
  • Postcode TR26 2HE
  • Website www.leachpottery.com
  • Type of Attraction Art Gallery, Museum, Shop

Lemon Street Gallery

Lemon Street Gallery is one of the country’s leading contemporary galleries. Situated on Lemon Street, Truro, it has an enviable reputation for offering a vibrant eclectic programme of exhibitions and quality publications. The gallery features a wide range of up-and-coming and established British artists.

Lemon Street Gallery

Now in its fifteenth year Lemon Street Gallery is one of the country’s leading contemporary galleries. It occupies a classical, elegant and spacious building within Truro’s prestigious Lemon Street and has an enviable reputation for offering a vibrant eclectic programme of exhibitions and quality publications. The gallery features a wide range of up and coming >> read more

  • Address Lemon Street Gallery, 13 Lemon Street, Truro, Cornwall
  • Postcode TR1 2LS
  • Website http://www.lemonstreetgallery.co.uk/
  • Email info@lemonstreetgallery.co.uk
  • Type of Attraction Art Gallery
  • Entry Cost Free entry.

Lighthouse Gallery

Now occupying a unique Georgian building, with its vaulted domed ceiling providing an incredible pool of natural light, the gallery offers one of the largest exhibition areas in the county. Over two floors, the clean lines and simple layout provide a fresh, bright space in which to appreciate the work of Cornwall’s leading and talented >> read more

Market House Gallery

The gallery originally opened as Sims Gallery, in 1998, specializing in traditional Newlyn and Modern British. In 2001, the gallery became known as Market House under the auspices of Jonathan Grimble, who brought many modern and contemporary artists to further prominance. 2005 saw Kevin Dickenson take over the reins. He in particular, promoted many contemporary >> read more

Mid Cornwall Galleries

Mid Cornwall Galleries is open throughout the year and located on the A390 east of St Austell, just a stone’s throw away from The Eden Project, Charlestown and Fowey. Housed in a former Victorian school, the space has proved perfect for their regularly changing exhibitions. The work for sale is chosen for its quality and originality and even after all this time (they opened in 1980) they never cease to be amazed and delighted at the shows, resulting from the incredible diversity of work by nationally and internationally renowned artists, craftsmen and women.

Millennium Gallery

Established in 1996, The Millennium Gallery, based in St Ives, showcases a unique collection of modern fine art and ceramics. Their aim has been to develop a strong non-urban space that can provide much needed representation of an alternative viewpoint.

Minack Theatre

The Minack Theatre is the most famous cliffside open-air theatre in Britain, possibly in the world; from above it looks as though some wandering Greeks, two thousand years ago, had carved a theatre into the granite cliffs of Porthcurno, Cornwall. In fact, it was just under eighty years ago that there was nothing there except >> read more

  • Address The Minack Theatre, Porthcurno, Penzance, Cornwall, UK
  • Postcode TR19 6JU
  • Website http://www.minack.com/
  • Type of Attraction Theatre

Miracle Theatre

Miracle Theatre Company tours productions of classic works and new writing; funny, highly visual and intensely dramatic. It is one of Britain’s foremost outdoor theatre companies with a reputation for entertaining, intelligent, very funny and often startlingly original theatre that builds instant rapport with audiences. In summer, the company visits spectacular ancient sites, gardens, parks >> read more

  • Address Krowji, The Old Grammar School, West Park, Redruth, Cornwall
  • Postcode TR15 3AJ
  • Website http://www.miracletheatre.co.uk
  • Email info@miracletheatre.co.uk
  • Entry Cost £8-£20

Morvah Schoolhouse Gallery

Set in an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty Morvah Schoolhouse is a unique gallery, craft centre and café. Originally a chapel, built in 1744 and visited by Charles Wesley, the building was then used as a Sunday School for the children of Morvah. The building fell into dilapidation but in 1999 was converted into a >> read more

  • Address Morvah Schoolhouse, Morvah, Pendeen, Penzance, Cornwall.
  • Postcode TR20 8YT
  • Website http://morvah.com
  • Email info@morvah.com
  • Type of Attraction Gallery

New Craftsman Gallery

The New Craftsman Gallery is the oldest gallery in St Ives and was originally established by Janet Leach, wife of Bernard Leach. The gallery has gained an international reputation amongst artists and showcases contemporary art as well as original paintings by emerging Cornish artists. It also displays a selection of fine pottery and sculptures.

Newlyn Art Gallery

For almost 120 years, Newlyn Art Gallery has been bringing the best in contemporary art to audiences in the south west. The focus at Newlyn Art Gallery is on painting and drawing. Artists working in other areas continue to be a part of the programme on occasions, but the majority of work on display is two-dimensional.

  • Address Newlyn Art Gallery, New Road, Newlyn, Penzance
  • Postcode TR18 5PZ
  • Website www.newlynartgallery.co.uk
  • Type of Attraction Art Gallery

Penlee House Gallery and Museum

Penlee House, Penzance, is the only Cornish public gallery specialising in the Newlyn School artists (c.1880 – c.1940) including Stanhope and Elizabeth Forbes, Frank Bramley, Walter Langley and Laura Knight.  Set in an elegant Victorian house and park, Penlee House also covers West Cornwall’s archaeology and social history, and offers an excellent café and shop. As well as >> read more

  • Address Morrab Road, Penzance, Cornwall, UK
  • Postcode TR18 4HE
  • Website www.penleehouse.org.uk
  • Email info@penleehouse.org.uk
  • Type of Attraction Art Gallery and Gardens
  • Entry Cost £3-£4.50 Free on Saturdays
  • Average meal cost £5-£15

Penlee House Gallery and Museum

The award-winning Penlee House Gallery & Museum, Penzance, is the only Cornish public gallery specialising in the world famous Newlyn School artists (c.1880 – 1940) including Stanhope and Elizabeth Forbes, Walter Langley, Harold Harvey and Laura Knight. Set in an elegant Victorian house and park, Penlee House also covers West Cornwall’s archaeology and social history, and offers an excellent café and shop, with full wheelchair access throughout.

  • Address Penlee House Gallery & Museum, Morrab Road, Penzance
  • Postcode TR18 4HE
  • Website www.penleehouse.org.uk
  • Type of Attraction Art Gallery, Museum, Cafe, Shop

Porthilly Gallery

Porthilly Gallery is a new and exciting art gallery near Rock, Cornwall which is also the studio of Jethro Jackson. Jethro is a landscape painter and potter who was born and raised on the Cornish North Coast. This gives him an affinity and empathy with this most special of all coastlines and has allowed Jethro >> read more

Rogue Theatre

Rogue Theatre creates daring high quality theatre, events and immersive experiences that are widely accessible and deeply engaging. Our work mixes rich atmosphere and a highly visual style with instinct, energy and a passion for celebration and the macabre. We produce a range of projects including late night cabaret shows, festival projects, music events, young >> read more

Summerhouse Gallery

Situated just a stone’s throw away from the sea in the ancient charter town of Marazion, The Summerhouse Gallery is a thriving, beautiful space that exhibits a diverse collection of paintings, sculpture, jewellery and glass. The Summerhouse features both established and up and coming painters. The gallery prides itself on being an inviting and friendly space that is both child and dog friendly and looks forward to welcoming you to Marazion.

Tate, St Ives

No trip to Cornwall would be the same for the discerning art lover without a visit to the Tate St Ives. The gallery exhibits British and international modern and contemporary art. The Tate also manages the Barbara Hepworth Museum and Sculpture Garden.

  • Address Porthmeor Beach, St Ives, TR26 1TG
  • Postcode TR26 1TG
  • Website www.tate.org.uk
  • Type of Attraction Art Gallery, Cafe

The Exchange

The Exchange is a major contemporary art space that opened in 2007 in conjunction with renovations to Newlyn Art Gallery.

The huge space retains the industrial feel of the original telephone exchange and features a large T-shaped gallery showing national and international contemporary art, plus work by some of the best local artists.
The gallery is also used as a project space, where artists and curators can test new ideas and run workshops, film screenings, live performances and community events.

The Lander Gallery

The Lander Gallery in Truro exhibits fine art from across four centuries with rich Cornish flavour and it also boasts a licensed café. Living artists are selected for the quality of their work and they regularly show both popular favourites and artists who are exhibiting for the first time. The gallery café is fully licensed and serves cooked breakfasts and lunches. It also sells tasty cakes and scones to have with your tea or coffee.

  • Address Lemon Street Market, Lemon Mews Rd, Truro
  • Postcode TR1 2PN
  • Website www.landergallery.co.uk
  • Email info@landergallery.co.uk
  • Type of Attraction Art Gallery, Cafe

The Lifeboat Art Studio

The Studio is available for hire throughout the year by individual artists, art schools/groups, educational centres and other organisations on a daily or weekly basis. Built in 1894, the old Lifeboat House commands a magnificent location on the outer harbour with uninterrupted views out to sea. The open plan studio is equipped with trestle tables, chairs, heat >> read more

The National Maritime Museum Cornwall

We want to share with you the story of the people who use small boats and to explore the lives of one community for whom the sea has been an essential lifeline and source of food: the people of Cornwall.Hence our mission: To inspire people with stories of the Sea, Boats and Cornwall.Like other Museums, >> read more

  • Address Falmouth, Cornwall, UK
  • Postcode TR11 3QY
  • Website http://www.nmmc.co.uk
  • Email info@nmmc.co.uk
  • Type of Attraction Museum
  • Entry Cost £6.80+
  • Average meal cost £5-£10

Wayside Museum and Trewey Watermill

An evocative and unique collection of over 5000 artefacts established over 77 years ago, set within the garden and buildings of a 16th century Miller’s cottage and watermill. Trewey Mill is a rare example and one of only two watermills in Cornwall producing flour today. The museum is a ‘magical’ Cornish treasure trove detailing the >> read more

Yew Tree Gallery

This newly built art gallery is situated in beautiful and historic Cornwall, in the far South-West of England. The gallery opened here in November 2001 (after 30 years ‘upcountry’) with ‘EYE OF THE SOUL’, a retrospective exhibition of Lorna Graves’ paintings and ceramic sculpture and Kirsten Glasbrook’s colourful woven tapestries. OUCHING THE EDGE’ followed in May 2002 >> read more

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