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Penarth's Turner gallery to reopen in 2021


Penarth's Turner House Gallery is set to open again in 2021, following two years of discussions with Amgueddfa Cymru - National Museum Wales.

The discussions have focused on how to transform the gallery, with Penarth Town Council stating that it will be turned into a new multi-purpose cultural venue.

Turner House Galleries target reopening is January 24th 2021.

Revealing the news, a spokesperson for the town Council said “With some fantastic exhibitions planned, The Turner House Gallery is likely to become one of the top cultural destinations in the Vale.

“Exhibitions will be free, with a changing programme that showcases the best national touring shows alongside local artists and makers.”

The first exhibition is a new Hayward Gallery Touring show of screen-prints by Eduardo Paolozzi opening on the 24th of Jan 2021*.

Sir Eduardo Paolozzi (1924–2005) was one of the pioneers of the pop art movement in the UK. His vibrant prints and collages highlight the importance of visual culture in times of crisis.


For history lovers, the Town Council are also curating a permanent display which showcases the building’s heritage, including an interactive touchscreen loaded with the original collection.

Exhibitions of work by Henri Matisse, Quentin Blake, and Melin Tregwynt are scheduled for later in 2021.  Of particular interest will be the annual Penarth Open Exhibition which will invite local artists of all ages to exhibit their artworks in the gallery. Details on how to submit your work will be announced later this year.

The Gallery was first opened in 1888 to exhibit the personal collection of local flour merchant, James Pyke-Thompson. He believed that seeing art improved wellbeing he made sure everyone could visit the gallery by opening on Sundays. After Pyke-Thompson’s death the building was gifted to Amuegeddfa Cymru. Many will also recall Ffotogallery, who took up residence in 2003 as the Welsh centre for photography until their departure in 2016. Penarth Town Council are very grateful to Amuegeddfa Cymru for their partnership in reopening The Turner House.

The annual Penarth Open Exhibition will return, inviting local artists of all ages to exhibit their artwork, with details on how to submit work to be announced later this year.

Further details can be found via @tyturnerpenarth on Instagram and Facebook.

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