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About the Gallery

“At the top of Chapel Street is Cornwall Contemporary, a dazzling white space opened in 2006 by Sarah Brittain-Mansbridge, its collections are a glorious showcase for Cornish artistic talent”  The Independent 

Featured on the BBC, ITV and Sky Arts television and also in The Guardian, The Telegraph, Conde Nast and The Independent, Cornwall Contemporary has worked with prestigious clients and has placed works of art in venues such as The Dorchester and Gordon Ramsay Restaurant.

“It is truly a beautiful space, you’ll find all sorts of jewels from big names to new names. There’s something peaceful and tranquil about this gallery and I loved my time here. The Gallery Director, Sarah Brittain-Mansbridge clearly knows her stuff. She really is your expert on hand.” My Beautiful Cornwall

Gallery Director, Sarah Brittain-Mansbridge grew up in Cornwall and has worked in the arts since graduating from Falmouth College of Art in 1996. With 27 years experience, she is the author of numerous art books including ‘Behind the Canvas’ (hardback and paperback 2001) and ‘Daphne McClure – A Cornish Perspective’ 2020. In 2019 Sarah was selected as a trade ambassador by the Department of International Trade which has seen Cornwall Contemporary create strong links within the international art market and extend the gallery’s extensive worldwide list of clients.

“This much-loved gallery recently celebrated its 17th anniversary, with gallery director Sarah Brittain-Mansbridge at the helm, and it has developed a reputation for showcasing high quality, unique works and for spotting regional talent. Wander to the top of its three floors for marvellous rooftop views of Penzance. You’ll find a mix of established British artists beside promising just-out-of-art-school finds.” Maverick

Sarah and the Cornwall Contemporary team are passionate about the artists they represent and provide an excellent service for clients who wish to acquire a unique work of art. With a wealth of experience in placing art in residential and business locations, they are happy to advise first time buyers, as well as those wishing to add to their collection.

Nothing means more to the Cornwall Contemporary team than seeing a customer fall in love with a painting and helping them select the perfect piece of beautiful art for their home or place of work.

“Cornwall Contemporary is the jewel in Penzance’s artistic crown. This gorgeous gallery is always packed with surprises and the absolute best of Cornish Art. Stunning seascapes, still lives and contemporary sculptures sit alongside glowing ceramics, brilliant books and highly covetable jewellery pieces. The staff are passionate experts and more than happy to share their knowledge and insight into the works on display. Each exhibition is curated with the upmost care and style; demonstrating exactly why this is the go to gallery for international and local clients and creators alike. Make sure you explore all the way to the top rooms where there are always some gems! I love all the pieces I have purchased here and look forward to every show with anticipation.”  Sarah Ashley

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Are dogs allowed in the gallery?

We love well behaved dogs on our ground floor, we just ask that they’re not taken up to our other floors for their own safety. Resident dog Fidget is sometimes in the gallery so please make sure your dog is happy to meet a fellow four legged friend.

Is there wheelchair access?

Yes, access is available on the ground floor galleries.

Can I park close by?

There are a number of car parks around Penzance and a bay in front of the gallery that can be used for loading and unloading.

Do you deliver paintings?

Yes, we offer a worldwide courier service. We use environmentally friendly packaging where possible, repurposing cardboard packaging for smaller items. Everything is shipped by a tracked service and usually delivered within one week or at a timescale to suit you.

Can I pay in installments?

Yes we are an Own Art gallery where artworks can be purchased in interest-free installments, making purchases more affordable.

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Are you an artist wishing to submit your work for consideration?

We are approached by a high number of artists and only represent a core selection, as we aim to represent a few to the very best of our ability. Therefore we don’t take on very many new artists. Submissions are only accepted via email – (maximum of 6 images). Please be patient for our reply and we thank you for your interest in the gallery.

Want to buy a painting?

Use the contact form next to the painting you wish to enquire about, or email us at and we will be in touch or give us a call at the gallery on 01736 874749. Paintings with a red dot next to them have been sold, all paintings with a price and without a red dot are available for sale.

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