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David Mankin paintings | 18 October 2019

These three David Mankin paintings that sold in his solo exhibition with Cornwall Contemporary, have been installed in their new home. They look absolutely wonderful in this stylish office space of the author and travel writer who acquired them.

Maggie Matthews painting in collectors home | 6 April 2019

“Hi Sarah, We love our new Maggie Matthews ‘Half Dreamt’ painting. It looks amazing in our lounge. Thank you for your help, Jane”

Antonio Lopez Reche | Bronze Sculpture | 23 September 2018

This very lovely couple (and lovely dog) came in to buy Antonio Lopez Reche’s “Nearly Time” bronze sculpture (on the left) but once we put it side by side with “Kitzune”, the only possible choice was to buy both as they make such a stunning pair. 

I know these pieces will be treasured for years to come and I was delighted to receive these images of the sculptures in their home, along with another sculpture by Antonio that they had previously bought from Cornwall Contemporary.

Our new video! | 21 March 2018

Over this winter, work began on filming activity at Cornwall Contemporary for a short film about the gallery and our artists. Funded by Creative Cultivator and filmed by Three S Films, filming focused on hanging Maggie Matthews’ paintings in the gallery, chatting to Alasdair Lindsay in his studio, watching Neil Pinkett painting outside on the cliffs at Cape Cornwall and Kristin Vestgard’s private view at the gallery.

Sarah Brittain-Mansbridge being filmed with Maggie Matthews in Cornwall Contemporary

Sarah Brittain-Mansbridge being filmed with Ken Spooner at Cornwall Contemporary

Chatting to Alasdair Lindsay in his studio

Mitch from Three S Films setting up a close-up shot of paintings and sculpture

Filming on the cliffs at Cape Cornwall with Neil Pinkett

we are all thrilled with the end result and you can see the film below –

Cornwall Life Magazine – Leading Ladies | 17 February 2017


Sarah Brittain-Mansbridge Cornwall Life Magazine


Kristin Vestgard ‘The Red String’ exhibition | 9 November 2016

We were delighted recently to stage an exhibition of paintings by Norwegian artist Kristin Vestgard.

Kristin Vestgard at her exhibition at Cornwall Contemporary art gallery in Penzance, Cornwall

It was a truly wonderful collection of portrait and still life paintings by the Falmouth College of Art graduate. Her oil paintings convey fragility and beauty, strength and delicacy, tenderness and emotion and a serenity that feels meditative and ethereal.

“I want my figures to be in a flux like moment. I keep painting until they have the right atmosphere, and it must be a gentle balance of both being here and not here – fleeting but with a nerve. To have a playfulness running in and out of the layers of oil paint, with a deep sincere essence holding it together.”

Kristin Vestgard exhibition at Cornwall Contemporary galleryPainting of a lady gardener holding pot plants by Kristin Vestgard Kristin Vestgard painting "No Words" at Cornwall Contemporary beautiful portrait painting by Kristin Vestgard of a young woman wearing a yellow dress with a colourful necklace















Kristin lived in Falmouth, Cornwall for ten years after graduating from art college and made many friends and established herself in the Cornish art scene as a highly collectable artist. Kristin flew over especially for the private view from Norway and we were thrilled to have her at the gallery where people were overjoyed to see her work back in Cornwall again. Throughout the duration of the show, we had a very high number of visitors, including two fans of her work who made the 800 mile round trip from West Yorkshire to Penzance, especially to see the exhibition:

“A privilege to see Kristin’s work in the flesh again after more than 10 years. A moving experience, I love these paintings so much. This is what art is about. 

Thank you Cornwall Contemporary for getting Kristin’s work over to the UK again. Totally worth our journey from West Yorkshire especially for this show. Blown away. Huge thanks from the bottom of my heart” Caroline and Julian 

The show was an enormous success and we had many sales and press reviews – 

a review in My Cornwall magazine of Kristin Vestgard's exhibition at Cornwall Contemporarykristin-review-page-2kristin-vestgard-newspaper-review-of-her-show-at-cornwall-contemporary-gallery-in-penzance“Their mix of fragility and strength, bound by that very same red string perhaps, lends her paintings a quality that defies description but is very special…”

You can see the paintings that featured in the exhibition here and we’re delighted to announce that there will be a second solo exhibition by Kristin at Cornwall Contemporary in 2017.


Sarah Brittain-Mansbridge

Director, Cornwall Contemporary

Gallery of the Month | 20 September 2016

Cornwall Contemporary Gallery of the Month

We recently enjoyed a lot of press relating to our tenth anniversary at the gallery and My Cornwall Magazine made us their Gallery of the Month:

“In the heart of Penzance, at the gateway of its charismatic Chapel Street, Cornwall Contemporary gallery has proudly stood as a pillar of the art community. Now as it reaches its tenth year, myCornwall speaks to its director, Sarah Brittain-Mansbridge, about the impressive and influential run this notable gallery has had on Cornwall.

“From the outside, Cornwall Contemporary’s size does it little justice, set across three floors, this spacious gallery housed inside listed premises, hosts a variety of evenly and beautifully spread artwork – every piece is different but all posses the Cornwall Contemporary feel.

“The ground floor is primarily for changing exhibitions, whilst the gallery artists along with special capsule installations use the upper two floors. Opened in 2006 by artist and art distributor Sarah Brittain-Mansbridge, Cornwall Contemporary has had a place in Penzance for the last decade, an achievement few galleries have rarely accomplished.

“Many of Sarah’s artists are firm friends formed over a decade of hard work to get Cornwall Contemporary where it is today…. When it comes to selecting new artists to work with, Sarah is meticulous about her selection – “There are no rules to follow, it’s just if I really like it” explains Sarah, “I never think ‘my customers are going to like this’ or ‘I’m definitely going to sell this’ it is about ‘would I have this on my wall? Does this say something to me personally? You have to be very clear about what you like and for me it’s never been about the financial side, coming from an artistic background myself, I don’t approach anything with a business head, and I think that’s why Cornwall Contemporary has done so well.’

“It’s safe to say that Cornwall Contemporary has become a notable part of the face of Penzance and Cornwall’s art scene, having a strong influence, not just due to its impressive history, but also in the deliberation and consideration of its exhibiting and collaborating artists.”

MyCornwall Magazine, August/ September 2016

Our 10th Anniversary! | 29 August 2016

We have officially been open for 10 years here at Cornwall Contemporary and we have been busy celebrating!

private view at Cornwall Contemporary

Cornwall Contemporary opened on 1st September 2006. Taking on a run down listed building in the heart of Penzance, it was my intention to turn it into a venue to showcase and highlight the quality of art in Cornwall. Over the last ten years we have staged 136 exhibitions in the gallery plus numerous art fairs and pop ups in London and around the UK, working with hundreds of artists.

private view

Our grand opening of Cornwall Contemporary on 1st September 2006.

The paintings, sculpture, printmaking, ceramics and jewellery that we have shown over the years are all a testament to the thriving art scene of Cornwall and beyond. It’s been a joy to run Cornwall Contemporary and establish a name for the gallery. I like to hope that I’ve staged an eclectic mix of vibrant and interesting shows over the years with artists exhibiting from as far and wide as the USA and Norway. I am still full of ideas for future exhibitions and there are many artists that I now consider to be close friends, which has been the best part of the job. me-and-ken  

Cornwall Contemporary art gallery was featured in the Saturday Guardian newspaper in the Get Togethers section featuring a dinner party at Sarah Brittain-Mansbridge's house. The guests included artists Neil pinkett, Daphne McClure, Emma McClure, Janet Lynch and Maggie Matthews. The photographer was Guardian photographer Jim Wileman.Maggie Fiona Sarah Emma fpr printSarah Brittain-Mansbridge and Neil Pinkett with Alasdair Lindsay at the opening of Cornwall Contemporary's exhibition in Shoreditch in 2012for webele and al














Our opening night of the 10th Anniversary show had a party atmosphere with plenty of bubbles and we even had a resident gallery mermaid in tow! 

Sarah Brittain-Mansbridge at Cornwall Contemporary

Sarah Brittain-Mansbridge and her mermaid friend celebrating 10 years at Cornwall Contemporary!The exhibition has so far been an enormous success with numerous sales of paintings and sculpture already in the first couple of weeks.





Work in the exhibition can be seen here and the show runs until 10th September – don’t miss the chance to come along and see the very best in painting and sculpture in Cornwall.

And I’d also like to take this opportunity to again thank all of the artists who have exhibited at Cornwall Contemporary over the last 10 years – here’s to the next!


Sarah Brittain-Mansbridge

Director, Cornwall Contemporary


Our upstairs galleries | 28 June 2016

We are lucky to have of 3 floors of exhibition space here in our listed building at Cornwall Contemporary and often first time visitors to the gallery are astounded at our tardis-like proportions.

The upstairs gallery at Cornwall Contemporary art gallery in PenzanceJessica Cooper paintings on displayin Pen at Cornwall Contemporary


The downstairs gallery hosts the monthly programme of exhibitions but we also have 2 staircases that lead to a further 2 floors of gallery space where we show an ever changing mix of work by our gallery artists. We also use the Attic Gallery to host one-off, pop up shows and installations. Our Attic Gallery also has a wonderful view over the rooftops of Penzance and we often see images of it popping up on facebook and instagram by people who have been taken with the view – it’s also a good place for seagull spotting as many nest among the rooftops.

One of the exhibition spaces at Cornwall Contemporary, the modern art gallery in PenzanceA private view at Cornwall Contemporary attended by film critic Mark Kermodea view from the desk area in Cornwall ContemporaryThe fireplace in Cornwall Contemporarysam lock paintings above chest of drawers at Cornwall Contemporary galleryIMG_2396











So the stairs are well worth a climb as a wonderful mix of paintings, ceramics, sculpture, installations and seagulls await you at the top!

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Cornwall Contemporary
1 Parade Street
Queens Square
TR18 4BU

Telephone: 01736 874749

opening times:
monday - Saturday  10 - 5

Gallery Director:
Sarah Brittain-Mansbridge

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