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About The Penzance Convention

Building on the legacy of The Falmouth Convention, The Penzance Convention was a three-day conference in expanded form. It reflected on the theme of extraction, with reference both to the social and environmental narratives of Cornwall’s extractive industries – mining and fishing in particular – and to the processes by which artists draw meaning from history and site. Read More


The Penzance Convention was held at The Exchange in Princes Street, the former telephone exchange in Penzance transformed by MUMA (McInnes, Usher, McKnight Architects) and opened in the summer of 2007. Read More

Extraction: Projection

Framing The Penzance Convention, and deepening exploration of the theme, The Exchange presented an exhibition of projected image work in the weeks running up to the event, with support from the LUMA Foundation. Read More

Transformation of The Exchange

Abigail Reynolds worked with volunteers to transform the gallery space at The Exchange for The Penzance Convention and to construct the cinematic environment for the Extraction: Projection exhibition. Entitled Extraction/ Exchange, the installation referred to disparate sources, from picture palaces to modernist architecture, as well as bringing in local references such as Gwennap Pit and the Minack Theatre. Read More

Places to Eat and Drink

The following selection of cafés, restaurants and pubs in Penzance was compiled for visiting delegates. All are within walking distance of The Exchange and other Convention venues. Read More

Funders and Partners

Newlyn Gallery and The Exchange
Luma FoundationOutset

Support and help in-kind

Plymouth College of Arts University College Falmouth

Polish Cultural InstitutePlymouth Visual Arts ConsortiumThe Banff Centre