There’s a lot that’s creative in Newlyn.
The Newlyn School is one of the most important stories in Cornish art history. It was a colony of artists, including Stanhope Forbes, who, in the 1880s through to early 20th century, moved to Newlyn (and St Ives). They loved its incredible natural light quality, plus the never-dull life of the fishing community and drama of the sea as subject matter. Their impressionist works can be seen in the Penlee House Gallery & Museum in Penzance, and finding the locations featured in the most famous paintings is an art-lovers pastime that proves how little this town has changed.
And there’s still a strong art scene in Newlyn today.
There’s the public Newlyn Gallery – found in a stunning Passmore Edwards building on the green at the end of the Promenade. This is where you’ll be able to take in modern art by local, national, and international artists working in all media.
Then, there are Coddiwomple and Jupiter – two independent galleries that are always worth a visit, if you’re in the art collecting mood.
And if viewing art isn’t enough, The Newlyn School of Art offers courses and classes tutored by local working artists, including some of those geniuses working out of the legendary Porthmeor Studios, St Ives.
Championing art of another kind is the Newlyn Filmhouse. This is where to catch arthouse films, live theatre and opera broadcasts, and special releases.