Taking inspiration from the history of the building, The Turner House is a space for everyone to come together and make Penarth a great place to visit. More than just a gallery, The Turner House is a space for learning, making and getting inspired by arts and heritage.
A family friendly gallery located in a beautiful Grade I listed building in the heart of Penarth The Turner House is managed and run by Penarth Town Council in partnership with Amgueddfa Cymru, National Museum Wales. All exhibitions are free to enter, Ground floor access.
The Turner House was opened in 1888 to exhibit the collection of Penarth flour merchant, James Pyke Thompson. Artworks in this collection included drawings, etchings, and ceramics, by artists including Rembrandt, Dante Rossetti and J. M. W. Turner, after which the gallery was named. Pyke Thompson wanted to share his art collection as he believed that looking at art improved our wellbeing. He also felt that people should visit galleries and museums on Sunday at a time when only churches and chapels were open. So Pyke Thompson deliberately arranged for the Turner House to open every Sunday.
Turner House Gallery was subsequently acquired by the National Museum of Wales in 1921 and used to display the museum's secondary public art collection until 2003 when Ffotogallery took up residence as a base for contemporary photographic exhibitions until their departure in 2016
As the present custodians of the venue, Penarth Town Council are committed to ensuring Turner House Gallery remains a central space in the provision of the arts for Penarth and beyond.
We love to hear from you, If you want to know more about The Turner House or if have an idea for an event or exhibition you can let us know via:
Tel: (0) 7959926885
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