Back Road West, St Ives, TR26 1NL
T: 01736 795579
The Penwith Society was founded in 1949 by a group of artists in St. Ives, under the direction of Ben Nicholson, Barbara Hepworth and Bernard Leach. For the first ten years of its life the gallery could be found in a rented property on Fore Street, then in 1960 it moved to a former pilchard-packing factory on Back Street West. It offers a year-round programme of exhibitions by Members and Associates of the society, as well as exhibitions by other artists both local and national and (depending on availability) gallery hire.
When you walk through the front door you’re greeted by a spacious white gallery space lit by sunshine flooding in through the skylights; it’s not hard to feel a sense of history here and it truly is a beautiful space to exhibit in. On at the time were Transience (Mary Taylor and Martin Grimshaw | Studio Gallery), the Associates Members February Exhibition (New Gallery), the Members February Exhibition (New Gallery) and an exhibition featuring original works by Wilhelmina Barns-Graham, Sir Terry Frost, Borlase Smart and Bryan Wynter.
It’s well worth a visit, but make sure to locate it on a map first if you aren’t familiar with the area, as even though it’s only just off the harbour front it’s quite tucked away and it may take you a little while to find unaided.
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Members February Exhibition • 03 February – 24 March 2018
Porthmeor Programme Final Show • 10 March – 17 March 2018
Alan Hampson: Close To The Edge • 10 March – 07 April 2018
Members Spring Exhibition • 31 March – 12 May 2018