The Penwith is a society of exhibiting artists and has a unique complex of buildings,
including three public galleries, sculpture area, artist studios and archive.

Please note: the gallery will be closed for renovation between 8th January and 28th January

*Click here for Christmas opening times*

Latest Collection
Upcoming Exhibitions

The Penwith Gallery

The Penwith Gallery is the home of the
Penwith Society of Arts in Cornwall.

The gallery, formerly a pilchard packing factory, has a remarkable complex of buildings, including three public galleries, sculpture area and archive. This allows for a varied and interesting series of changing exhibitions throughout the year.

The society was founded in 1949 by Barbara Hepworth,
Ben Nicholson, Peter Lanyon, Bernard Leach, Sven Berlin and Wilhelmina Barns– Graham, amongst others. Later members have included Patrick Heron, Terry Frost and Henry Moore (honorary member). This association with so many progressive and influential artists has given the Penwith Society a unique place in
British art history.

Today the society continues to play a central role in the thriving and vibrant St. Ives art community, exhibiting contemporary art from Cornwall and beyond.

The New and Studio galleries are available for hire when our programme permits.

Upcoming Exhibitions

Studio Gallery: In a Silent Way
2nd February - 2nd March 2019

New Gallery: Associate Members’ Exhibition
2nd February - 2nd March 2019

Main Gallery: Members’ Exhibition
2nd February - 6th April 2019

Studio Gallery: Liz Cleves
9th March - 6th April 2019

New Gallery: St. Ives School of Painting: The Porthmeor Programme
9th March - 23rd March 2019