Back Road East, St Ives, TR26 1NL
The Penwith Gallery was purchased by the Penwith Society of Arts in 1961 and the site was extended in the early 1970s. The complex now includes three public galleries, artists’ studios, a print workshop, a sculpture courtyard, shop and archive. The Society was founded in 1949 by Barbara Hepworth, Ben Nicholson, Peter Lanyon, Bernard Leach, Sven Berlin and Wilhelmina Barns-Graham, amongst others. This association with so many progressive and influential artists has given the Penwith Society a unique place in British art history. Today the Penwith Gallery offers a year-round programme of exhibitions by Society Members and Associates, as well as those by other artists from Cornwall and further afield. The Penwith continues to present contemporary work of outstanding quality, showing some of the most exciting and acclaimed artists working today.