Mounts Bay Arts and Heritage
Could there possibly be a more inspiring setting than this beautiful coast, dotted with old harbours and gold-coloured beaches? Artists, writers and musicians have been drawn to Mount’s Bay for centuries, creating a vibrant artistic culture as well as some incredible artworks. The history of West Penwith is just as captivating as its landscape, as you’ll find out as you get to know Mount’s Bay.
If you want to find out more about the history and art of this area, start with a visit to Penlee House Gallery & Museum, located in a lovely park towards the west of the town. As well as a programme of fascinating exhibitions, Penlee has a permanent collection from the Newlyn School artists, such as Lamorna Birch, Laura Knight and Walter Langley. There are also exhibitions about prehistoric Penwith and Penzance social history. Don’t miss the cafe…
Newlyn Art Gallery & The Exchange
These two places move us forward from Penlee’s collection, into modern Cornwall’s thriving art scene. The two spaces, one in Newlyn and the other in the centre of Penzance, hold exhibitions of contemporary Cornish art, and both also operate as community hubs. Look out for workshops as well as exhibitions.
Tremenheere Sculpture Gardens
Here’s a different approach to appreciating art: a collection of contemporary sculptures displayed among the subtropical planting of this unique Penzance garden. Walk along its paths and meadows, enjoying the views across Mount’s Bay and the surprising encounters with art installations. Tremenheere Sculpture Gardens is one of the Bay’s most unique attractions, and is home to a gallery, cafe and succulents’ nursery as well as the gardens themselves.
Independent galleries in Mount’s Bay
If you love pottering around smaller, independent galleries, you’re in for a treat in Mount’s Bay. Look out for the Summerhouse Gallery, Out of the Blue and Market House Gallery in Marazion, and Cornwall Contemporary, Chapel Street Gallery and Lighthouse Gallery in Penzance. In Newlyn, don’t miss Coddiwomple and the Riverbank Gallery, or the Tyler Gallery in Mousehole. This is just a selection: everyone finds their own favourite galleries in West Cornwall.
Mount’s Bay heritage
Smugglers, pirates, invading armies, shipwrecks… Yes, Mount’s Bay’s history really does feature all these adventure-book events. One of the best ways to learn about the local history is to take the Penzance Heritage Trail, a self-guided tour around some of the town’s most significant spots. Of course, a visit to St Michael’s Mount will also give you some real insights into the lives of people from the Bay, as will a trip to Penlee House.
As we always suggest, the best way to discover a place is simply to walk around it, looking out for quirky details, and finding your own Mount’s Bay.
Chapel Street Gallery
Chapel Street Gallery, Chapel Street, Penzance, UK
coddiwomple, Strand, Newlyn, Penzance, UK
Cornwall Contemporary, Parade Street, Penzance, UK
Lighthouse Gallery, Causewayhead, Penzance, UK
Marazion Museum, Market Place, Marazion, UK
Newlyn Art Gallery
Newlyn Art Gallery, New Road, Newlyn, Penzance, UK
Out of the Blue
Out Of The Blue, The Square, Marazion, UK
Penlee House Gallery & Museum
Penlee House Gallery & Museum, Morrab Road, Penzance, UK
Riverbank Gallery, Strand, Newlyn, Penzance, UK
The Exchange, Princes Street, Penzance, UK
The Summerhouse Gallery
The Summerhouse Gallery, Market Place, Marazion, UK
Tremenheere Sculpture Gardens
Tremenheere Sculpture Gardens, Nr Gulval, Penzance, UK