Newlyn Art Garden and Outdoor Classroom at Newlyn Art Gallery

by Newlyn Art Gallery and The Exchange

About the project


Tipping Point £4,000
Soft Landscaping £4,500
Cycle Rack and Seating £5,000
tipping point
In-kind donations range from drinks to office supplies. We even accept homemade cakes. See what else we need!
tipping point
25 hrs
In-kind donations range from drinks to office supplies. We even accept homemade cakes. See what else we need!

More about the project

What is the social/environmental problem/issue that this project will address?
Consultation with our stakeholders (local residents, schools, visitors and volunteers) about the things we can do to make the gallery identified issues like physical access, safe outdoor space, outdoor learning, the poor state of the front area, the perceived inaccessibility of contemporary art, and the need for an ’open’ appearance to the gallery. We know from working with young single parents groups and groups like excluded students at the Pupil Referral Unit that while we have lots to interest and excite them inside, that first scary step through the door is a very big one to take. Newlyn itself, an old fishing port, is deficient in communal outdoor space that is not exposed to the extremes of a marine climate. It also lacks recreation space that is safe and near facilities like toilets and a cafe. The community suffers from low income and employment levels that accompany a declining industry. The local schools we work with, for example, display special educational needs that reflect their socially disadvantaged catchment area. The gallery itself is a major popular regional resource that brings in 25,000 visitors a year. There are sections of our community who are not taking advantage of the cultural and creative opportunities, the thrilling exhibitions, the learning offer and the warm social setting that we have, and we know from piloting work with groups like young parents that once they come in and become familiar, the gallery becomes a welcoming and entertaining place.
Can you give us some statistics on this problem?
The IMD 2010 statistics for the Newlyn area identify it as within the 8% most deprived in terms of employment and 9% most deprived for income in England. The Local Development Framework predicts future housing demand, proposing an additional 2,150 dwellings for Newlyn and Penzance, and an accompanying increase in population and demand for recreation space. Local authority maps show a lack of similar outside spaces in the area. The project supports the Council’s Connecting Cornwall 2030 strategy for improving cycling networks and disabled parking. Data from local industry events such as the Newlyn Fish Festival provide evidence of demand for more outside events space, as visitor numbers are increasing, at +11% in 2011 on the previous year.
What is your solution?
We are setting in place the physical changes, with design advice from the actual gallery users, that will create the environment where local people and visitors can feel welcome and a part of their own cultural resource. The community can then take better advantage of what the gallery has to offer in terms of social, recreational, educational and vocational benefits. We will also be better placed to respond to community demands, for instance in supporting local industry and community events such as the Newlyn Fish Festival and Newlyn Arts Festival.
How will you deliver this?
We will, using design input from a new regular art groups of young people and young parents, and visitors, begin a series of capital works in the spring 2013: hard and soft landscaping, the cycle rack, seating and disabled parking. As the year progresses, we will be working with the schools and other groups to shape the colour garden/art allotment with the help of a gardener tutor. Throughout the process we will invite feedback from our audience, plot our progress on our website, and mark landmarks with social events like a proposed wet auction, or a garden party. The project will be managed by our Operations Officer with input from our Education Officer, and financial supervision from the Finance Officer with the support of administration and development staff. All project budgets are further scrutinised by the Director and the Company Treasurer and Finance Group of the galleries’ board

Get involved

Here are some great ways to get involved with the project and help out. If you have...
  • 2 minutes
    Sign up as a Newlyn Art Gardener, befriend us on facebook, follow us on twitter, and read our blog.
  • 5 minutes
    Tell your friends about the Newlyn Art Garden, send them this link, tell them about the cycle rack, the colour garden, the shade garden and all the creativity breaking out in Newlyn.
  • 15 minutes
    If you can find some, lie on the grass in the sunshine and imagine the art groups spilling out onto the Art Garden, the under fives making mud pies, teenagers painting with plant dyes they’ve grown, older people enjoying the shade garden from the wave-form, steam-bent seating.
  • 30 minutes
    Come in and see us, and help shape the Art Garden – scribble on our plans what you’d like to see growing in the Newlyn Garden.
  • A few hours
    Sign up for a Gazing Workshop - meditative observation combined with free drawing - or Botanical Drawing , or Mud Sculpting in our lush and blooming summer garden next year.
  • Regular time commitment
    Join our volunteer team at Newlyn for a few hours a week, and take an active part in forming the garden, helping out on the art allotment or assisting the education team with art workshops in and out of the gallery.

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Tamsin Young 11 October 2012 - 13:46

Patrick Gale, Cornish writer and friend of the gallery had this to say about us yesterday:
If you love art, Newlyn, gardening or simply the principle of public parks, do please lend your support to the Newlyn Art Garden project, which aims to reclaim a bit of muddy nothing by Newlyn Art Gallery into something rather special, including an outdoor classroom.Crowdfunding, so even a little bit helps provided we all give a little and all spread the word! So please visit the site, and then, pretty please, pass this on...

Tamsin Young 08 October 2012 - 10:15

The Newlyn Arts Festival opening at the gallery on Friday brought a full house, with lots of positive comments and support for the Garden Project. It was a wet night, and the benefits of paving the front entrance were abundantly clear!

Anna Horton 28 September 2012 - 11:17

Good luck with the project, Tamsin! The project page reads realy well.

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About the organisation

Vision and mission

The key aims and objectives of the organisation are: • To implement an exhibition programme that reflects the quality and diversity of national, regional and international contemporary art practice. • To work strategically within the community to initiate an innovative and challenging approach to learning and outreach work integrated with the exhibitions programme. To provide interpretive, practical and theoretical education for the widest possible cross section of the community. • To maximise the gallery’s audience for exhibitions, education and events, attracting attendance from the local, regional and visiting communities, developing and consolidating its key role as a major cultural resource for Cornwall. • To develop and widen the audience for contemporary art, particularly among audiences who do not regularly visit galleries, promoting its relevance, worth and capacity to promote thought.

Geographical coverage

Within local community (including local council)

Our track record

Newlyn Art Gallery and The Exchange, Penzance exist because of a unique history of contemporary art making in the far west of Cornwall and we have celebrated contemporary visual art and supported the artists that produce it, for over 100 years. Newlyn Art Gallery, which opened in 1895, was renovated and extended in 2007. This coincided with the launch of The Exchange. From our two venues we support the research, development and presentation of contemporary work by national and international artists, including those from our region, and seek to encourage the direct participation of our visitors in our programmes.

Who do we help?

We are committed to working with our community by offering the best of regional and international contemporary visual art supported by innovative learning, a social and recreational offer, and an economic benefit to the area. This includes providing a local schools programme, targeting groups underrepresented in our audience, and giving a platform to groups who might not otherwise have expression. We support creative development throughout all stages of a career from regular art classes for children, work experience, curatorial exhibition opportunities to students, to commissioning work from emerging regional artists. We provide a venue and support to community initiatives, we are about to host the annual Newlyn Arts Festival exhibition for instance. We are also a social and recreational space for informal groups like craft clubs, young mums and older people.

How do we deliver this?

We deliver this through a year round, free to enter exhibitions programme that is vibrant and engaging, and a supporting education programme that is ambitious and all inclusive, It includes committed vocational training and practical experience for all ages, informal learning promoting social inclusion, for instance to elderly learners and young parents, and a broad school offer that supports the curriculum and aims to create a gateway into the visual arts, an important economic and social driver in the southwest. We also offer a gallery, shop picture room and cafe that are a hub of social activity and an opportunity for local artists and craftspeople to show and sell their work.

Awards And Recognitions

Newlyn Art Gallery and The Exchange is an Arts Award Welcome centre. We are authorised to deliver arts award training to gold level, and we are working with schools in supplementing their Art and Design curriculum.