29th August 2018

Cornish Galleries | Top Picks For Autumn

Immerse yourself in Cornwall’s creative scene at the many inspiring visual art venues dotted around the county’s dramatic coastline.


Amazing Architecture | Tate | St Ives
This landmark seafront gallery, which turned St Ives into a year-round cultural destination, is a must-see this year on account of its striking new £20m extension completed a four-year project, unveiled last autumn, has doubled the amount of exhibition space and is built partly into the surrounding cliffside. Echoing the palette of Porthmeor Beach, which the gallery overlooks, it is clad in aquamarine ceramic tiles.


Family-friendly | Falmouth Art Gallery | Falmouth
Among this gallery’s sizeable collection are a number of contemporary automata. Kids and adults alike will enjoy operating these wittily constructed moving artworks within Falmouth Art Gallery, especially on a rainy afternoon.


A Visual Feast | Tremenheere Sculpture Gardens | Nr Penzance
Founded in 2012, in a valley overlooking Mount’s Bay, this 22-acre outdoor gallery combines subtropical planting with site-specific permanent artworks by renowned artists. Among the most powerful are Black Mound by David Nash and James Turrell’s Tewlwolow Kernow (Skyspace), an underground domed chamber designed for viewing the sky above. The Tremenheere Sculpture Gardens also includes plenty of wild space for children to run around in.


A Sense Of History | Penlee House Gallery & Museum | Penzance
Set in parkland in the centre of Penzance, Penlee House is the place to discover the work of the Newlyn School, famous for capturing local scenes en plein air from the late 19th to the early 20th century. Until 9 June, the exhibition Bringing Home the Catch: Art and Fishing in Newlyn will explore how the artists of the period depicted the nearby village as its fishing industry was expanding. Also included in Penlee House is a museum showcasing 6,000 years of West Cornish history, and the Orangery Café.


An Artists Vision | Jackson Foundation | St Just
This award-winning gallery was founded by leading contemporary artist Kurt Jackson and his wife Caroline. The Jackson Foundation is a unique, ambitious and award-winning art-space celebrating and championing arts and the natural world.


West Country Art and Crafs | Cotehele Gallery, Cotehele House | Nr Saltash
One of just a few galleries owned by the National Trust, Cotehele Gallery is in the east wing of Cotehele House – a fortified manor built mainly in Tudor times on the banks of the Tamar. It specialises in contemporary West Country art and craft, and has a selection of British clothing, handmade accessories and jewellery.


Studio Pottery | Leach Pottery | St Ives
Influential artist-potter Bernard Leach first founded his pottery in St Ives in 1920. Since re-opening in 2008, it has become a museum celebrating his life and work, while spotlighting modern-day potters from across the globe in its exhibition and gallery spaces. Be sure to watch the resident potters and apprentices at work during your visit.


Cutting Edge Creativity | Newlyn Art Gallery | Penzance
Stationed beside Newlyn’s fishing harbour, this gallery has been showing contemporary art for more than 120 years. In 2007 it also launched a sister site, The Exchange in Penzance.

Cool and Contemporary | Circle Contemporary | Nr Wadebridge
Established in 2013, Circle Contemporary is run by Lucy Thorman and John O’Carroll in a minimal-style space showing the work of abstract and figurative artists with an emphasis on the natural landscape. John himself is a visual artist and has a studio on site.


Natural Beauty | Yew Tree Gallery | Pendeen
This contemporary fine and applied art gallery lies on the coast road between St Ives and Lands End and faces the Atlantic across rugged moorland. ‘Artists are selected for the ingenuity and originality of their work – whether paintings, sculpture, original prints, ceramics or jewellery – in themed exhibitions, often reflecting our interdependence with the natural world,’ says owner/curator Gilly Wyatt-Smith.

With thanks Alex Reece & Coast Magazine.