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Alasdair Lindsay & Maggie Matthews paintings in new homes | 6 July 2021

Alasdair Lindsay ‘Clifftop House with Pool’ seen with Maggie Matthews’ ‘Buttercup Meadow’

Alasdair Lindsay ‘Morning Sun, Tower Bridge’ – “Still can’t believe it’s ours! Thank you so much for all your help”

Happy customer receives her Philip Lyons painting | 18 May 2021

“Delivered! And wow wow wow – absolutely fantastic! And what a fab surprise for Nicky – we even had tears!!! Thanks so much again”

Gallery of the Month | 7 March 2021



A very big thank you to My Cornwall magazine for selecting us as their Gallery of the Month for February/ March 2021 – “Since 2006, Cornwall Contemporary has held a prominent place in Penzance’s artistic community, and whilst it may be welcoming its 15th year in unusual circumstances, this renowned gallery is still providing leading, contemporary art worldwide from its West Cornwall hub… The gallery’s reputation over the last fifteen years has grown into one that champions some of Cornwall’s leading contemporary artists on a national level, with a broad variety of subjects ranging from landscape and still life to abstract and portraiture. In 2019, Sarah was selected as a trade ambassador by the Department for Trade, which saw Cornwall Contemporary reach international recognition amongst the creative industry…”

Daphne McClure ‘ A Cornish Perspective’ book | 7 September 2020

The new Daphne McClure book, written by Cornwall Contemporary Director, Sarah Brittain-Mansbridge, with a beautiful foreword by Daphne’s daughter Emma McClure was published in September 2020 to coincide with the solo exhibition of Daphne’s paintings.
Published by Sansom and Company publishers, the book was a long time in the making. Daphne told Sarah Brittain-Mansbridge in 2012 that she would like to record her memories and she subsequently sat with her on many occasions as she spoke about her life, her inspirations, her family and of her love for Cornwall.
‘A Cornish Perspective’ is the result and the book was launched on 17th October, when the very special solo exhibition of Daphne’s paintings was launched.
The book is available to purchase through Cornwall Contemporary for £24 inc p&p by emailing

David Mankin painting in its new home | 12 January 2020

“Hi Sarah, Just to let you know that we have hung David Mankin’s painting, Spanning the Dark Sea today. It is beautiful! We have an armchair directly opposite the painting to enjoy getting lost in it, a view we’ll never tire of.”

Daphne McClure painting in Australia | 29 November 2019

“Just to let you know it arrived this morning at 11.00 am. I have never been so overjoyed! it will be celebrated in style with champagne. Thank you so much for your most excellent packing and patience. Thanks again, it looks at home and will bring me many happy memories of Cornwall. She has captured the essence.”

Alasdair Lindsay painting in collector’s home | 6 November 2019

“Sarah, thank you. It is awesome! I put it up today and it’s perfect. Thank you so much, I look forward to the next painting!

David Mankin painting in Paris | 6 November 2019

A number of paintings by David Mankin were sold for an office space in Paris. Here is ‘Daffodil Sky’ by David, looking rather wonderful in its new Parisian home. I’m sure it will bring a lot of enjoyment to the people who work there.

Maggie Matthews – 4 page feature in Cornwall Today Magazine | 11 July 2018

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.

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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


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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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