Monday - Saturday (10am - 5pm)

The Exchange
Princes Street, Penzance, Cornwall, TR18 2NL
Call 01736 363715

The Exchange Gallery

Plastic Free PZ

The Exchange is a major contemporary art space in the centre of Penzance that opened in 2007 in conjunction with renovations to Newlyn Art Gallery. Together the galleries present contemporary work in all media by regional, national and international artists, with a supporting programme of events. Formerly the town’s telephone exchange, the huge space retains the industrial feel of the building and features a large t-shaped gallery and a striking glass facade that runs the entire length of the building. The Exchange is located off historic Chapel Street, within easy walking distance of the bus and train stations. There is a well-stocked book and gift shop plus a café serving snacks and light lunches.

Admission: £3.30 (incl Gift Aid donation) for a seven-day pass to both venues | Free entry for Supporters, U18s and Local Art Pass holders


Opening: Summer Hours (from 25 March 2019)

Open Mon – Sat, 10.00 – 17.00
Closed Sundays


Winter Hours (2 Oct 2018 – 23 March 2019)

Open Tues – Sat, 10.00 – 17.00
Closed Mondays and Sundays

Name: Simon Jaques, ops manager

Actions To Date:

  • Paper bags
  • Paper straws
  • Jute bags
  • No takeaway cutlery
  • Cake domes
  • No plastic drinks bottles
  • Coffee refills
  • Water refills
  • Compostable coffee cups
  • Refill coffee cup scheme
  • Refill cleaning products
  • Refill soap
  • Local suppliers to cut plastic packaging and product miles
  • Community Ally – building community composter for local businesses, support Plastic Free PZ events

Proposed action:

  • Purchasing a steam cleaner to cut cleaning products
  • Organising a community refill coffee cup scheme
  • Stopping using national drinks’ suppliers like Coca Cola

“It’s important to support the economy locally. Local companies tend to have a more eco-response; they tend to be organic and better quality, so the product for the consumer is better. It reduces miles, certainly there are no air miles, and they tend to be plastic free. It just makes more sense.

“The gallery has been here well over 100 years and is seated in the community, but the art we show isn’t always to everyone’s taste … so it’s good to do other things. The cafe has always been a community hub and we’ve got a strong focus in the shop on local makers. To work with the community and other businesses and restaurants just makes sense.”