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.
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.
New Gallery: St. Ives School of Painting: Young Artists
29th March - 6th April 2019
New Gallery: Abstract 7
13th April - 11th May 2019
Studio Gallery: Michael Carter – The Face In The Studio
13th April - 24th April 2019
Main Gallery: Members’ Spring Exhibition
13th April - 15th June 2019
Studio Gallery: Saul Cathcart – Considered Intuition
26th April - 11th May 2019