Heseltine Gallery

A beautiful exhibition and working space located in the heart of Truro School

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. Offering a light and airy space, the Heseltine Gallery provides a uniquely inspirational space from which students can learn and experience original works of art first-hand.

The Heseltine Gallery was built in 2011 and was named after the previous Head of Art, David Heseltine, who was instrumental in building up the schools own art collection. The Gallery attracts a wide-range of local and national artists and often exhibits their work alongside the Truro School Art Collection, which 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.

Current and Upcoming Exhibitions

The Heseltine Gallery is open for public viewings on Saturday 10:00 – 15:00 and Wednesday 17:00 – 20:00

If you have any queries regarding the Heseltine Gallery please email: heseltinegallery@truroschool.com

Friday 18 October 6-8.00pm
If I Were A Blackbird I’d Whistle And Sing – Bernard Irwin

Bold colour, striking abstraction and a commanding presence typify the paintings of Bernard Irwin. They invite us into an abstract world convincingly evoked through colour and line. Much of their power lies in the finely balanced relationship between the spaces of the often very brightly lit flat colours, which lend an artificial feel to foregrounded shapes, and the endless spaces they occupy – fluid, airy spaces created with multiple washed layers of paint. These unexpected images surprise and delight, they are lyrical, quirky, sometimes humorous, with influences that range across the poetry of Rilke and William Carlos Williams, music [especially piano], gardens and Greek myth.

Depiction- the human form

Heseltine Gallery, Truro is inviting expressions of interest from Artists and Sculptors to respond to the theme of Depiction – the human form.  This is a figurative open art exhibition at Heseltine Gallery in Spring 2020, with submissions being selected by the Heseltine Guild and invited guest artist. Artists may interpret the theme in any medium. The Heseltine Gallery is set within the heart of Truro School and offers a large and commanding space with a vaulted ceiling and beautiful stained glass windows to allow work to be viewed at a distance and intimately.

We wish to encourage emerging and established artists to apply from across Cornwall and beyond.  Work selected for this show will be hung alongside some of the figurative pieces from the Truro School Art Collection assembled over 40 years; a prestigious selection of works in many mediums created by Cornish Artists or artists with links to Cornwall, including works by Peter Lanyon, Eileen Cooper, Sir Terry Frost, Bernard Leach, Tom Cross, Elizabeth Hunter and Wilhelmina Barns-Graham.


How to Submit

Artists can submit up to two works.

Submissions should be JPEGS, ideally 1- 2MB and high resolution of 300dpi.

Images must not be smaller than 250KB nor larger than 2MB.

  • Fill as much as possible of the image with the work
  • Avoid any distortion in the image, e.g. take the photo directly in front of the work
  • Do not include watermarks or copyright on the work
  • Please include title, size of piece (framed and unframed), medium, weight of sculpture and year of making.
  • Works need to have been made within the last two years
  • Links to your website and maximum of 100 word statement on your artistic practice and response to Depiction.

There will be an administration fee of £30 for each selected artist. The exhibition will open in February 2020 and run for six weeks.

The Private View will be held on the evening of Friday 14th February.

 Please email your submissions to heseltinegallery@truroschool.com by Wednesday 11th December.

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: heseltinegallery@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.