Cornwall is an inspiration for many artists, especially those who are inspired by the light, the landscape and the people. Nowadays theses artists’ work are known internationally, however, you can still view their art in many galleries around Cornwall. So for the budding artist, or for those who love visiting galleries in their spare time, we’ve collated a list of our favourite art galleries in Cornwall to visit.
With abstract artists and a diverse range of artwork influenced by modern British painting from the 1960s onwards, fall in love with the Tate. The featured exhibition: Haegue Yang’s Strange Attractors brings together new and existing works spanning installation, sculpture, drawing, collage and painting. Haegue Yang is renowned for creating immersive environments from a diverse range of materials. This exhibition can be viewed until May 2021.
Newlyn Art Gallery
For 125 years Newlyn Art Gallery has been bringing the best in contemporary art to audiences in the south west.
The gallery was redeveloped in 2007 and in addition, they opened a second venue, The Exchange. With two venues, the art galleries are able to offer an internationally recognised contemporary art programme in the far west of the UK.
With over 2000 artworks that range from Pre-Raphaelite and British Impressionist paintings to contemporary prints, photography and a children’s illustration archive, Falmouth Art Gallery offers a vibrant exhibition programme, so there is always something new and exciting for all ages to see.
Here you’ll find a beautiful sheltered valley, overlooking St Michael’s Mount. With woods and a stream, the gallery is interwoven with an evolving programme of contemporary artwork. You can follow the paths and immerse yourselves in sculptures created by artists such as James Turrell, David Nash, Richard Long, Tim Shaw and Peter Randall-Page.
Penwith Gallery, hidden amongst the winding cobbled streets of St Ives, has been entwined with the lives of some of the most highly regarded British artists of the last 70 years.
The Penwith Society of Arts Cornwall was founded in 1949 by Barbara Hepworth, as well as Ben Nicholson, Peter Lanyon, Bernard Leach, Sven Berlin and Wilhelmina Barns-Graham. With so many influential artists, Penwith Society offers a unique place in British art history. Even more so, the society continues to play a central role in the vibrant art community. There is a varied programme of changing exhibitions shown throughout the year.