About us

About The Newlyn Society of Artists

Originally founded in 1896 by a group of painters to organize exhibitions at the Newlyn Art Gallery. The gallery, built by benefactor John Passmore Edwards on land donated by C.N. Le Grice, was given to the artists and in the following years the N.S.A became an intrinsic part of the arts in the South West. Artistic developments over the last century are reflected in the names of artists who have exhibited with or been members of the NSA including Stanhope Forbes, Norman Garstin, Walter Langley, Lamorna Birch, Dod Proctor, Laura Knight, Alfred Munnings, Peter Lanyon, Bernard Leach, Patrick Heron, John Wells, Wilhelmina Barns-Graham and Terry Frost.

The N.S.A Today

In it’s current form the N.S.A is a diverse group of approximately 85 professional contemporary artists working across all disciplines from painting and sculpture to performance, the moving image and more. All members are either living in or strongly connected to Cornwall’s extraordinarily active and vibrant contemporary art scene. The N.S.A is run by an annually elected committee promoting two yearly exhibitions in Tremenheere Gallery and beyond and continues to seek new opportunities for the membership. 2017 marks a new chapter in the history of the N.S.A including an exciting partnership with Tremeneere Sculpture Gardens in a new, purpose built, contemporary gallery space.


The current Chair is Yolande Armstrong.