Galleries / Art Trails in Wales
- Oriel Ynys Mon, Anglesey
Anglesey’s premier purpose-built museum and art gallery. The art gallery has a dynamic and changing programme of exhibitions encompassing art, craft, drama, sculpture and social history. A permanent display includes the world’s largest collection of the works of famous local artist Sir Kyffin Williams. Free Admission.
- Royal Cambrian Academy, Conwy
A vibrant art gallery with nine temporary exhibitions per year. The exhibition programme is a mix of the best of contemporary Fine Art in Wales, historical shows and open exhibitions. Note: The gallery is closed for one week prior to each exhibition. Please check website for dates. Free admission.
- Oriel Mostyn Gallery, Llandudno
22 May 2010 saw the launch of the regenerated Mostyn Gallery situated in the heart of the elegant seaside resort of Llandudno. The gallery now includes a shop space and a restaurant. A truly 21st century gallery driven by a contemporary programme.
- Bodelwyddan Castle (home of the National Portrait Gallery in Wales)
A mid 19th century castle set in 260 acres of magnificent parkland which houses many wonderful portraits form the National Portrait Gallery, plus collections of furniture from the V&A and sculpture from the Royal Academy of Arts.
- Ruthin Craft Centre - The Centre for Applied Art
A stunning new zinc cast and stone building houses a gallery showcasing contemporary artists many of whom have studios on the premises. There are three galleries, six artist studios and a retail gallery. Talks, residencies and workshops are held throughout the year. Free admission.
- Galeri Betws-y-Coed
During the mid 19th century there was a thriving artists’ colony in Betws y Coed and the Conwy Valley, and that interest in the visual arts carries on today. The Snowdonia Arts Festival will which celebrates this artistic heritage and the artists currently working in the area will be held here this between 8th and 10th October this year. The Galeri Betws-y-Coed is an exciting new independent art gallery in the heart of the town exhibiting work by leading Welsh and Wales-based artists. Works for sales include original paintings, photographs and handmade crafts.
- Oriel Plas Glyn-y-Weddw, Llanbedrog, Nr. Pwllheli
Said to be Wales’s oldest art gallery, set in a superb Victorian Gothic mansion with breathtaking views of Cardigan Bay and the mountains of Snowdonia the ‘Gallery in the Vale of the Widow’ is a thriving arts centre with a collection of pictures, prints and an important display of Swansea and Nantgarw pottery. Exhibitions are held throughout the year.
- Museum of Modern Art (MOMA) Wales, Machynlleth
MOMA Wales flourishes in four beautiful galleries alongside Y Tabernacl, a former Wesleyan Chapel now used as a centre for the performing arts. Throughout the year a series of constantly changing exhibitions showcase modern Welsh art featuring Wales’s top artists. In July every year artists are invited to enter a new work in the Tabernacl Art Competition; expert judges then the public choose the winners. Funds are being raised to convert a nearby former tannery into a sculpture space. Free admission.
- Aberystwyth Arts Centre
This award winning centre is the largest in Wales and recognised as the ‘national flagship for the arts’. It has a wide ranging programme across all the art forms. In 2009 a £1.75 million development added a complex of artists and creative industries studios which acts as a base for a major artists in residence programme. At the heart of the Aberystwyth University campus the centre has stunning views over the town and the coastline of Cardigan Bay. Free admission.
- National Library of Wales, Aberystwyth
Much more than a library, the National Library of Wales contains a mountain of knowledge about Wales and the world – millions of books, thousands of manuscripts and archives, maps, pictures and photographs, films, music and electronic information. Visitors are welcome to tour the building, view the frequently changing exhibitions, watch films and enjoy lectures. Free guided tours lasting approximately one and a half hours are available on Mondays at 11.00 and Wednesdays at 14.15.; groups may arrange tours for other times. Free admission.
- Oriel Davies Gallery, Newtown
A contemporary gallery in the heart of Wales, Oriel Davies is the largest and most significant visual arts venue in the region showing ground-breaking national and international art and craft. Current exhibitions include ‘Fieldwork’ – film and photography inspired by the artist as a stranger, and ‘Fantasy is a place where it rains’ a multi media exhibition focusing on the lifecycles of the River Severn. Free admission.
- The Hay Makers, Hay-on-Wye
Situated in the world famous book town of Hay-on-Wye, the Hay Makers is a cooperative of professional design makers which has flourished since the 1980s. Visitors will find a broad range of work on display; throughout the year the gallery has exhibitions showing the work of some of the best contemporary British makers.
Whilst in Hay on Wye take the opportunity to visit the Bowie Gallery in Market Street which has a range of ceramics, jewellery, metalworrk and textiles.
- Oriel Elenydd Gallery, Tregaron
A contemporary art space which artists can hire to exhibit their works. Workshops are hosted by the artists in the gallery. The gallery is situated on the floors above the Welsh Gold Centre which since 1971 has produced handmade jewellery to designs inspired by the landscape of Wales and Celtic legends.
- artbeat Brecon
A group of businesses in the thriving market town of Brecon have got together to market the unique galleries and cultural enterprises in Brecon. The artbeat trail includes Brecknock Museum and Gallery and Theatr Brycheiniog plus some excellent private galleries.
- Andrew Logan Museum of Sculpture, Berriew, Nr Welshpool
The Andrew Logan Museum of Sculpture is dedicated to showcasing his highly individual and personal work which includes sculpture, mirrored portraits, water colours, jewellery and photos and staging events to share his vision.
- Porticus Gallery, Llandrindod Wells
Four rooms refurbished and decorated in the traditional style of the Arts and Crafts movement with a purpose-built area for exhibitions shown throughout the year. The gallery shows a selection of work by design makers including ceramics, glass jewellery and wood.
South West Wales
- Glyn Vivian Art Gallery, Swansea
Housed in a handsome classic Italian-style buiding, the permanent collection includes old masters as well as an international collection of porcelain and Swansea china. The 20th century is also well represented with pictures and sculpture by Hepworth, Nicolson and Nash alongside Welsh artists such as Ceri Richards and Gwen and Augustus John.
- Attic Gallery, Swansea
Wales' longest established private gallery founded in 1962 to highlight the work of contemporary artists working in Wales. It shows the work of some of the country's most important artists. It offers a full programme of solo exhibitions and group shows with changing displays of paintings, graphics and sculpture.
- Mission Gallery, Swansea
Located in the former St Nicholas Church in the Maritime Quarter, this unique space hosts a challenging programme for contemporary art and craft by emerging artists and those with a national and international reputation. The craft and design space features a changing display of contemporary glass, ceramics, jewellery and textiles by established and new craft makers.
- Ceri Richards Gallery, Swansea
The gallery is part of Swansea University's Taliesin Arts Centre. It hosts regular touring exhibitions.
- Fountain Fine Art, Llandeilo
Fountain Fine Art has earned a reputation for holding the finest work from some of Wales and the British Isles most highly respected artists. It has a comprehensive exhibition programme. The gallery is located at the centre of the picturesque town of Llandeilo which overlooks the beautiful Towy Valley.
- Oriel Myrddin, Carmarthen
The gallery presents an ever changing exhibition programme featuring contemporary art and design including lectures by the artists exhibiting there.
- King Street Gallery, Carmarthen
The gallery operates as an artists' run cooperative with lots of artists, ceramicists and printmakers as members. There are four exhibition rooms each with its own unique character which can be rented by artists to display their work. Visitors often have the opportunity to meet the artists.
- White Lion Street Art Gallery, Tenby
An independent art gallery exhibiting the work of artists with an international reputation as well as the best of local artists. www.artmatters.org.uk
- Oriel y Parc, St Davids
Dedictaed to the exploration of landscape, this stunning gallery, visitor and education centre in St Davids is set within a truly inspirational landscape - the Pembrokeshire Coast National Park. The galleries are exhibiting arts and artefacts from the National Museum of Wales collection, and work by the famous 20th century artist Graham Sutherland who was profoundly inflenced by the landscapes of Pembrokeshire. There is also an artists in residence studio, plus a shop selling books, cards, prints and local crafts.
- Harbour Lights Gallery, Porthgain
Set in the picturesque coastal village of Porthgain near St Davids, an area long beloved by artists because of the light and its unspoiled coastline, the gallery, which has evolved at their request, is an Aladdin's cave of work by thirty leading Welsh artists.
- Oriel Glan y Mor Gallery, Fishguard
A studio/art gallery run by Beth Robinson, situated in the charming town of Fishguard on the North Pembrokeshire Coast. As well as Beth's work there are exhibitions of work by other notable West Wales artists and craftspeople.
- Pendre Art, Cardigan
A modern well-represented gallery helping to suport the future of Welsh art in West Wales.
- Custom House, Cardigan
The gallery is located in the original Custom House and exhibits and ever-changing display of art, contemporary design, design-led furniture etc.
- Gwili Pottery, Pontarsais
Gwili has been creating domestic pottery for over 25 years and its strong designs and sheer quality - everything - is made by hand - make these both beautiful and practical works of art.
- Crafts Alive, Llandeilo
A shop run by, and on behalf of, the local craft community, whise 50 members make every last piece of the beautiful, original, local craft work on sale here.
- Peppers, Fishguard
This long-established gallery's neat trick is to combine work by established national and international artists, together with encouraging and promoting the work of up-and-coming talent.
South East Wales
- National Museum Cardiff
At the heart of Cardiff’s elegant civic centre the National Museum’s art collection is one of Europe’s finest, one which includes paintings, drawings, sculpture, silver and ceramics from Wales and the world. Wales now has its own National Museum of Art, showcasing the full range of the nation’s world-class art collection under one roof at National Museum Cardiff. For the first time, the National Museum’s mix of fine and applied art, from the historic to the contemporary, is shown in a single series of integrated galleries, giving a new visibility to art in Wales and to the art of Wales. Free admission.
- Koywood Gallery
Just yards from the National Museum, this gallery showcases the best of established and emerging Welsh artists.
- Bay Art
More than a dozen artists work in this old docks building, and their creations, and those of other Welsh and international artists, are displayed in the airy ground floor gallery.
- Butetown History & Arts Centre
The former Tiger Bay was Britain's first multiracial community, and this museum/gallery both preserves its memories and celebrates its creativity through exhibitions and events.
- Craft in the Bay
Exquisitely beautiful objects, courtesy of The Makers Guild in Wales, can be found in every corner of this striking glass building in the heart of Cardiff Bay.
- The Albany Cardiff, Cardiff
One of the longest established private galleries in Wales, the monthly exhibition programme of leading Welsh and British artists provides a showcase for solo and mixed exhibitions in a variety of media.
- Martin Tinney Gallery, Cardiff
Established in 1989 the gallery now extends over three floors of a Georgian house plus purpose built extension this well established private commercial gallery specialises in Welsh and Wales based artists present and past. Monthly solo exhibitions are held in the main gallery and a constantly changing exhibition of paintings, print and sculpture on the other two floors. The gallery also has a large stock of work in store which can be viewed on request.
- Castle Galleries, Cardiff Bay
Castle Galleries specialise in limited edition and original art from the country’s most collectable artists.
- Oriel Washington Gallery, Penarth, Nr. Cardiff
The Washington Gallery, housed in a refurbished art deco cinema located in the centre of Penarth, has become a focal point in this Victorian coastal town. The Gallery strives to support and pro-actively promote Wales based contemporary art to all groups in the community through its constantly changing and stimulating free admission exhibitions. Committed to developing and promoting Welsh art and culture, the Washington mounts over 30 contemporary exhibitions each year, and has arranged sales for a diverse range of art by internationally renowned names alongside local artists and new emerging talents from all areas within Wales.
- Ffotogallery, Penarth, Nr. Cardiff
Built in 1888 Turner House houses Ffotogallery that is the national development agency for photography in Wales and the premier arts organisation dedicated to the promotion and presentation of photographic art in the country. The gallery looks at photographic practice in the broadest sense, and initiates exhibitions. Which focus on documentary as well as more expansive uses of photography which may involve the use of projection, digital and other lens-based forms. Free admission.
- St Donats Arts Centre, Llantwit Major
Set in the glorious seaside setting of St Donats Castle and Atlantic College the arts centre offers a varied programme of plays, concerts, cinema exhibitions and international festivals. The gallery frequently exhibits the work of local artists. Free admission to gallery.
- Kingfisher Gallery, Cowbridge
This is the largest of three galleries in upmarket Cowbridge, a town where you're far more likely to find a high-end boutique than an actual cow these days.
- Newport Museum & Art Gallery, Newport
The exhibitions of local art change regularly, but there's also a good permanent collection here, which is notably strong on cermaics (300 teapots, anyone?)
- New Leaf Gallery, Monmouth
A Medieval timber-framed building in the centre of Monmouth is home to a passionate young gallery staffed by knowledgeable fine-art graduates.
- The Art Shop, Abergavenny
This is something of a hub for artists in the Abergavenny area. Downstairs, it's artists' materials while the upstairs galleries show off the finished articles.
- Denise Yapp Contemporary Art, Whitebrook, Monmouth
Set in the heat of the Wye Valley Mill House is a gallery with a difference exhibiting works of art from over 35 of the best UK contemporary artists, including paintings, sculpture and glass.
Yr Helfa Gelf / Art Trail
Yr Helfa Gelf is North Wales’ biggest annual free open studio event where visitors can discover art treasures and take a look behind the scenes. Every weekend during September visitors can create their own art trail visiting painters, sculptors, photographers, jewellery makers, woodworkers, potters, textile workers, glass makers, basket weavers and printers – there’s over a hundred to choose from. The unique studio spaces are located in every kind of venue, from purpose-built studios and galleries to garden sheds and back rooms, in wild countryside and busy towns all over North Wales.
Yr Helfa Gelf work in partnership with Anglesey Arts Week which open their studios in Anglesey every April.