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Cornwall Contemporary on Escape to the Country | 15 March 2022


We were delighted to welcome the BBC to film in Cornwall Contemporary for the television programme Escape to the Country. Gallery Director Sarah Brittain-Mansbridge talked about the art scene in Penzance to an art loving couple who wanted to move to the area and the episode was aired on BBC1 in February 2022. Filming coincided with Alasdair Lindsay’s solo exhibition Waterfront, and his paintings were on display in the programme.

Cornwall Contemporary gallery director, Sarah Brittain-Mansbridge being filmed by the BBC for the television programme Escape to the Country

Sarah Brittain-Mansbridge being filmed by the BBC in Cornwall Contemporary gallery in Penzance

BBC film crew at Cornwall Contemporary gallery in Penzance filming for BBC1 Escape to the Country with Alasdair Lindsay paintings in an exhibition

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, solo exhibition and virtual 3d tour | 7 October 2020

The eagerly anticipated solo exhibition of Daphne McClure’s paintings was an enormous success at Cornwall Contemporary in October 2020. Showcasing works from across the career of this extraordinary Cornish born painter, the virtual 3d tour of the show was viewed by art collectors around the world. Click on the image above to see the virtual 3d tour of this wonderful exhibition by one of Cornwall’s best loved painters.

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 South Africa | 7 May 2020


‘Breaking the Silence’ by David Mankin looks wonderful in this architects home office in South Africa. Thankyou so much to the new owner for sharing this image with us.

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.”

David Mankin and Neil Pinkett paintings | 13 December 2019

“Hi Sarah Thank you so much for checking. It arrived yesterday. We love it! Here it is, just south of Mister Pinkett, waiting to be hung!”

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.”

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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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