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Exhibitions at The Turner House


Exhibitions at The Turner House

The Turner House is set to bring another year of quality art exhibitions to the heart of Penarth.

Featuring a range of international and local artists, The Turner House has a wide and varied programme to suit all tastes. Admission to exhibitions is always free, and everyone is welcome. The Turner house is open Thursday – Sunday 10:00 – 16.30.

The gallery and programme at The Turner House are curated By Penarth Town Council in partnership with Amgueddfa Cymru for the social, cultural, environmental, and economic well-being of Penarth.

We are so thankful to everyone who has supported The Turner House over our first 2 years of programming. We are very excited about the exhibitions we have selected for 2023 and hope that there is something for everyone to enjoy, because after all, art is for everyone.”  - Cultural Development Officer, Penarth Town Council

Here is a taster of what to expect for spring 2023…

Claude Cahun: Beneath this Mask

4 March – 2 April 2023

The exhibition contains 42 giclee prints made of Cahun’s original photographic self-portraits.

Born Lucy Schwob, she adopted the pseudonym in 1917 to free herself from the narrow confines of gender. At the beginning of her career, she was aligned to the Surrealist movement and was friends with André Breton; however she distanced herself both politically and physically after fleeing France on the eve of Nazi occupation. 

Cahun settled in Jersey where she embarked upon her defining photographic series, in which the subversion of traditional portraiture and the constructed nature of identity and gender are pressing concerns. In these now famous images, Cahun anticipated the performative work of contemporary artists such as Cindy Sherman.

This Hayward Touring exhibition is in collaboration with Jersey Heritage and was first presented at the Women of the World Festival 2015, Southbank Centre. 

Plastic Beach

13th April – 4th June

Taking Sisley’s painting ‘'The Cliff at Penarth, evening, low tide’ (1897) as a starting point, Ebb &Flow invites responses from contemporary artists to consider what the ecological crisis means in terms of our changing coastline, ocean pollution and not only how this affects us here in south Wales, but it’s greater impact on people in the global south who feel the effects of the climate crisis much more severely.

This environmental conversation is the crux of the Ebb &Flow project, which will include a people-centred education programme, performance, and film screenings - all in the view to support and give context to the legacy of Sisley’s visit to Penarth, and how artists are carrying this torch forward

This exhibition has been curated for The Turner House by Bob Gelsthorpe, a curator and artist from Blackpool, based in Cardiff.


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