With the bank holiday this weekend, here's our selection of the best exhibitions open across Cornwall, as galleries showcase their artists for summer audiences.

We can recommend the food at Porthminster Café in St Ives, and the Gurnard's Head near Zennor if you need somewhere to stay. If you're over on the Penzance side, Trereife House is looking fabulous following the success of its recent feature on Country House Rescue and the unassuming beach cafe in the car park in Marazion offers a huge selection of Roskilly's Cornish ice cream (orange and mascarpone is a favourite), plus homemade pasties and freshly ground coffee, all with a magnificent view of the beach and St Michael's Mount.

It's just one region from our national listing and if you're looking instead for London, Cardiff, Edinburgh or Leeds, please click here for our full list.

We are updating our gallery resource and inviting everyone to make sure they're happy with their listing. If you have a favourite gallery, please let us know. We check out every entry to ensure we recommend only the best, but there's such a high quality selection we are confident there's something for everyone.

Have a lovely bank holiday weekend, wherever you are! / exedEditoria3gl@imWsendyouthis.coILm

artexhibition: cornwall highlights
Alex Katz - Give Me Tomorrow

Tate St Ives

Until 23/09/2012
Open daily: 10am–5.20pm, last admission 5pm.

Katz brings together over 30 canvases plus collages and cut-outs that span the full breadth of his career from the 1950s to now. Given the gallery’s location on the beach and the nature of the summer season in St Ives, the exhibition places a special emphasis on Katz’s seascapes and beach scenes, as well as images of family holidays and friends, painted in his own seaside retreat of Lincolnville, Maine, where he continues to spend his summers.
To accompany the show Katz has made a personal selection of works from the Tate collection. Drawn from British, European and American artists, he brings together an illuminating cross-generational selection of artists for this one-room display.

Dame Laura Knight RA - In the Open Air

Penlee House
Penzance TR18 4HE

Until 08/09/2012
Mon - Sat: 10.30 am - 4.30 pm; (closed Sundays)

This summer Penlee House is staging a major exhibition of Laura Knight’s paintings. In the Open Air looks at the paintings she executed in the landscape, including her iconic views of women on the Cornish coast through to the wide and beautiful panoramas of English farmland spread out below the Malvern Hills. Sponsored by Messum’s and curated by Elizabeth Knowles, with assistance from the artist’s great nephew John Croft, the show will tour to the Djanogly Art Gallery, Nottingham, and Worcester City Art Gallery.

Jessica Cooper - in the Picture Room

Newlyn Art Gallery
Penzance TR18 5PZ

Until 29/09/2012
Tues - Sat: 10am-5pm;  Bank Holidays:  11am-4pm

A new series of dry point prints made especially for Newlyn Art Gallery detailing its architecture and interiors. All works are for sale.
Jessica Cooper lives and works in the isolation of West Penwith’s spare and weather worn landscape. She studied at Falmouth College and Goldsmith’s, London and is a member of the NSA and an RWA.
Cooper teaches Still Life Essence of Form at Newlyn Art School (her next course is in October).

Maggie Matthews - Up Close

Cornwall Contemporary
Penzance TR18 4BU

Until 10/09/2012
Open Mon - Sat: 10am - 5pm

Born in Wales, Maggie Matthews moved to West Penwith in 1988 and has since gained recognition as one of Cornwall’s leading abstract painters. Inspired by aerial views of the shore and the landscape, she can often be found walking the cliffs, sketchbook in hand, noting and sketching the shapes and patterns below her, which are then translated into paintings in the studio. Her work has been exhibited widely throughout Cornwall and the UK.

Mixed Summer Show

Stoneman Gallery
Penzance TR18 4AE

Until 08/09/2012
Open Monday - Saturday: 10.30 - 5pm

Prints by: David Hockney; Damien Hirst; Alex Katz.
Paintings by: Jessica Cooper; Karen Wade; Jason Walker; Sonya Walters; Hannah Woodman; Amanda Vyvyan

Multiple - New Craftsman 50th Anniversary Exhibition

New Craftsman Gallery
St Ives TR26 1HE

Until 09/11/2012
Mon - Sat: 10am - 5.30 pm, plus Sundays during August 10am to 4pm

To mark their 50th year, New Craftsman's celebratory exhibition features work by artists who have exhibited at the gallery over the last 50 years: a huge catalogue of saleable works as well as a handful of works on loan from private collections.
The exhibition runs from mid August and throughout the St Ives September Festival until the beginning of November.

Richard Nott - Unearthed

St.Ives TR26 2DS

24/08/2012 to 18/09/2012
Open Monday - Saturday: 10am - 5pm

Richard Nott’s paintings are built: they are made out of paint and resin and bitumen and various other substances fused together, gouged, scratched, compressed and even burnt. They are the result of a protracted physical process.

Soaring Spirits

Falmouth Art Gallery
Falmouth TR11 2RT

Until 08/09/2012
Open Monday to Saturday 10am - 5pm including spring and summer bank holidays.

Staged to coincide with the Olympics & Paralympics, this exhibition shows how challenge can lead to great artistic achievements.
All of the artists on display have attained new levels in art as a result of overcoming their own personal challenges. Indeed, they are the catalyst for their genius, enriching and energising their work.
The exhibition looks at inspiring examples from the 18th century through to the present day and will feature works including Henri Matisse, Anne Killigrew, Thomas Luny, Nerys Johnson, Tom Early, Bryan Pearce, Patrick Woodroffe and Edward Lear.

Summer selection

Wills Lane Gallery
St.Ives TR26 1AF
Weds - Sat: 10.30-5.30; Sun: 11-4pm

Currently showing a changing display of work by gallery artists including Maggi Hambling, paintings, Stephen Chambers, prints and paintings, Anthony Bryant, wood, Sutton Taylor, lustreware, Mick Arnold, ceramics, Janice Tchalenko, ceramics, Kelvin Birk, jewellery, Nicola Bealing, paintings, Richard Cook, paintings, Michael Porter, paintings.

Wilhelmina Barns-Graham - An Artist in St Ives

Belgrave Gallery St. Ives

COMING SOON: 01/09/2012 to 24/09/2012
Open 10.30 - 5pm

Born in St. Andrews 1912, Wilhelmina Barns-Graham CBE arrived in St. Ives in 1940 and her development as a progressive artist is bound up with the town where she lived and worked up to her death. Coinciding with centenary celebrations, this exhibition concentrates on drawings and paintings made in St Ives in the 1940s, along with later works.

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