Heseltine Gallery

Art Gallery in Cornwall - Heseltine Gallery

The Heseltine Gallery was built above the Truro School Chapel in 2011 and was named after the previous Head of Art, David Heseltine, who was instrumental in building up the schools own art collection.

Often shown at the gallery, the Truro School art collection focuses on post-war artistic activity in the county, and showcases the work produced by three main centres of excellence – St Ives, Newlyn and Falmouth. The collection contains work by ex students and established artists alike.

“I selected pieces for their educational, rather than commercial value,” said David Heseltine, who was head of art from 1976 to 2005, and who continues to curate and add to the collection.

“The works are exhibited in the school corridors and offer pupils an alternative way of seeing things. If they don’t encounter good art, they’ll never know how to recognise it. Just like the County Council School Art Collection which has been put together for the benefit of state schools, the Truro School collection is an invaluable teaching aid.”

The gallery itself is a beautiful open, light and airy space above the chapel perfect for shows of paintings, mixed media or sculpture. The gallery is also available for hire for functions, wedding receptions, book launches, private views or meetings. You can have a fully catered function for up to 120 in the gallery and the studio contains an AV system with screen and projector.

Exhibition policy

The Heseltine Gallery is a beautiful exhibition and working space located in the heart of the Truro School grounds above the original 18th century Chapel.

The Gallery usually offers a minimum of two curated exhibitions per year alongside a programme of student exhibitions and creative community events. We work with selected themes for which we invite artists, students and members of the creative community to respond.

Artists, Designers, Makers are invited to apply in writing via email; providing good quality digital imagery of recent work.  Exhibition work is considered and selected by The Heseltine Arts Guild Committee, a formation of experienced professionals all of whom have strong interests and expertise with in the Arts. We look for artists whose work encompasses ideas and work across a wide variety of disciplines, interests and media. We are interested in exhibiting work that enhances education in the arts and that is accessible for all age groups.

We will respond to expressions of interest and are happy for artists to arrange to view the space before applying.  Artists will be invited to deliver a workshop or talk on their work during the exhibition of their work.

If you have any queries regarding the Heseltine Gallery please contact Vicky on email: vjc@truroschool.com

Contact us to hire the Heseltine Gallery

Please contact Sarah Knowles, Events Manager on 01872 246059 or by email: events@truroschool.com if you are interested in exhibiting or hiring the gallery.