Following the closure of the Bleddfa village school in the late eighties, the village became quiet; parents no longer gathered to collect the children from school, or chatted in the little shop. The Bleddfa Trust founder James Roose-Evans took it upon himself to ensure that the School House was preserved as a public building, drawing people to the community, and proving a premises for the Bleddfa Trust (who at this point were running workshops, concerts, films, meditation days, guided walks and a counselling service from the church and Rectory. James wrote several hundred letters, saying he wanted to secure the school as the official premises for the Bleddfa Centre. He raised £5000, and the Trust acquired the old school at auction. More letters were written and more money was raised to convert it into the gallery, with office and a tea room. After its conversion the old school was formally opened as the official centre of the Bleddfa Centre for Caring and the Arts, by Lady Anglesey, then Chair of the Welsh Arts Council. Old School Gallery began to attract a wide audience, especially to major exhibitions such as that of The Brotherhood of Ruralists, Robin Tanner, and The Shakers.
The gallery is a light and airy space, used throughout the year for exhibitions, artist residences, workshops, retreats and the Christmas Fair. If you would like to use this space, please do get in touch. You can view our exhibiting guidelines and workshop guidelines here.
Welsh Sculptors at Work
Sculpture is often seen as a completed ‘work’; a beginning and end in itself. For most sculptors, however, this is but a stage on what is often a long journey of discovery, experiment and, not least, heartache. The sculptors work, therefore, is an endless process of thought, creation, analysis and a physical engagement with materials. This show aims to shed light on moments within a journey in the working lives of the sculptors of Sculpture Cymru.
Open every Friday, Saturday and Sunday between 6th July and 19th August, 11am - 5pm.
Café, Gift Shop and Gardens open.
Wilderland – the incredible wildlife and landscapes of the Shropshire Borders
Andrew Fusek Peters’ luminous Shropshire landscapes and stunning depictions of wildlife regularly grace the national papers and photo magazines. As a conservation photographer, he works under commission for the National Trust and Natural England. His books include Wilderland, the first National Trust Guidebook to the Long Mynd, and Upland. His images and books have been described as ‘stunning’ by Robert McFarlane, ‘inspiring’ by Amateur Photographer and ‘A delight’ by Outdoor Photographer. Jeremy Schrecker's sculpture reflects his engagement with the natural world.
Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays from 7th September to 14th October 2018, and every day during H.Art Week (8th - 16th September). Reading Room Café, Gardens and Gift Shop open also.
Tony Hall: Pottery, Wood, Film and 2D Work.
Details coming soon.
Altered States and God’s House
Antonia Spowers and Alex Ramsay
A joint exhibition of sculpture and photography in collaboration with the Presteigne Arts Festival. Sculptor Antonia Spowers explores the physical and mental states and the changes we go through in life. There is a strong focus on the physical nature of materials and their ability to embody and suggest ideas. Photographer Alex Ramsay exhibition takes an objective look at the material trappings and structures of the contemporary Church to see what we can deduce about its present nature.
A group exhibition by The Picturemakers, a self-funding collective of visual artists based in Mid-Wales. This group of artists come from diverse backgrounds and environments, with styles ranging from representational to abstract with much of their work rooted in the natural world.
Five on Fire
An eclectic group of five artists came together to exhibit drawings, paintings, print-making, ceramics and sculpture. Their works stimulate the imagination, excite the senses and bring a smile to your face, touching on the realms of reality and observation, fantasy and abstraction. Participating artists were painters and printmakers Brian Lammas, Mark Webster and Jeff Ogree, and sculptors and ceramicists Bob Teal and Rob Fountain.
A stimulating variety of work from the artists who formed the group in order to share their interest in abstraction. Some work is semi-abstract, taking a landscape, organic form or still life as the starting point, some is purely abstract. No image has only one meaning; the interest of abstraction is that each person has an individual interpretation and reaction.
This exhibition by painter and multi-media artist Kevin Street ranged across both urban and rural landscapes. Kevin seeks to demonstrate the way in which human life and history is embedded in the environment whether natural or man-made. Kevin ran an associated workshop entitled ‘Your Life, Your Landscape’ alongside the exhibition.
Thinking Outside The Box
This group of 25 sculptors working in Wales originated an exhibition of members’ responses to a set box format. Sculptors were presented with an anonymous box, empty and uniform. Members respond to this ‘box’ in a very varied way. Do we think within the box or without it? Each works in their own way; a joy to see.
All The Days
This Shropshire Hills Art Week exhibition comprised of drawings, prints and poetry responding to the experience of Alzheimer's, giving a sense of the ebb and flow of the condition, offering an experience which, whilst raw, is resonant.
Made in Knucklas
What is it about the magic of Knucklas, the Welsh village that is reputed to have been the childhood home of Arthur's Guinevere? Why are so many talented artists working there in various media? Knucklas artists showcased their work: Will O'Leary and Lottie O'Leary (stone carvers, sculptors and monumental masons), Tony Hall (potter and sculptor), Wendy Davies (painter), Nicholas de Serra and Celia de Serra (artists), Maggie Jones (painter), Robert M Wood (glass engraver) and Lois Hopwood (painter).
Nine artists from the borders of Wales showcased their work: paintings by Ciara Lewis, tin city models by Andy Hazel, collaged paper landscapes by Kathy Heinzelmann, landscape and still-life paintings by Karl Sylvester, spring-inspired work on paper by Brontë Woodruff, landscapes by Lindsay Davies, scenic paintings by Susannah Burton, prints by Gordon Yapp and paintings by Lesley Wootton.
If you are an artist and would like to exhibit at the Bleddfa Centre, please see the Exhibiting Guidelines here. If you require any further information, please contact the Gallery by emailing email@example.com or calling 01547 550377.
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