Detail from 'Long Mynd'.

H.Art Exhibition: Robert Cunning

‘Ultramarine’, literally meaning ‘beyond the sea’, is an exhibition of paintings by Robert Cunning. As part of the Herefordshire Art Week, the Bleddfa Centre will be the venue for this beautiful exhibition.

A common thread of Robert’s paintings is that they evoke a strong sense of place. Robert lives in the remote Shropshire countryside, and is inspired by the hidden enclosed valleys, the hill top panoramas, the contours of the deep rural hills and the open skies displaying the weather systems passing overhead. In addition to the Shropshire hills and the Welsh Marches, Robert also paints inner cityscapes, mountains and the sea.

His paintings observe the changing architectural spaces of our cities, the seasonal changes of the countryside, and the connections between the rural and urban way of life. His training as a gilder naturally inclined him towards the preparation of gesso for frames and panels, as well as other techniques including the use of egg­tempera.

The exhibition is open 11:00am – 4:30pm every Friday, Saturday and Sunday throughout September 2017, and every day during H.Art (9th – 17th September).

Our café (serving light snacks, hot drinks and home-made cake), reading room, and gift shop will also be open.

Image is detail from ‘Long Mynd’ by Robert Cunning

Soil, Soul and Society: A Lecture by Internationally Renowned Speaker Satish Kumar

On Saturday 7th October, we welcome internationally renowned speaker Satish Kumar to give a lecture titled ‘Soil, Soul & Society’.

Satish Kumar is a former monk and long-term environmental and peace activist, ecologist and editor of ‘Resurgence’. In 1962, he dedicated himself to undertaking an 8000 mile peace walk to the four capitals of the nuclear world. Starting in Pakistan and carrying no money, he travelled by foot to Moscow, Paris, London and Washington DC, carrying out a pilgrimage of peace.

Since then, Kumar has been the longest-serving editor of ‘Resurgence’ (a magazine dedicated to environmental and social change), undertaken another 2000 mile peace pilgrimage across Britain to celebrate ‘his love of life and nature’, has written numerous books, and continues his activist work promoting holistic and passionate living.

Kumar is a world renowned and highly sought-after speaker, and we are delighted to welcome him in October to our annual speaker event. His lecture will be an inspirational and educational not-to-be-missed talk on the human relationship with the natural world, the importance of caring for and reawakening our soul, and our role within the human community and the earth community.

The event takes place 11.30am-12.30pm on Saturday 7th October at the Bleddfa Centre (on the A488 halfway between Knighton and Pen Y  Bont, LD7 1PA). The event also includes drinks, book signing and an opportunity to meet the speaker.

Entry is by ticket only, which are available free of charge. Donations are welcomed; all proceeds will go towards the Resurgence Trust and the Bleddfa Trust.

You can book your free ticket by contacting the Bleddfa Centre on or 01547 550377. (Please leave a message if  the Centre is not open).

Festival Exhibition Now Open

Our joint Presteigne Festival exhibition of ‘Altered States’ by sculptor Antonia Spowers and ‘God’s House’ by Alex Ramsay opened last Friday.

We were bursting at the seams on Friday evening at the opening view, where visitors had a chance to meet the artists, get a first glimpse at the exhibition, purchase prints and enjoy a glass of wine and some nibbles.

Those who visited have responded positively to the lush, dense visual feast of this exhibition, with many planning a second visit to fully absorb the thought-provoking beauty on display. Comments include:

“Unsettling yet compelling images”

“Fantastic and atmospheric”

“What an amazing find, will return very soon, just love it”

“Beautiful photographs, very atmospheric. Superb compositors tool.”

Don’t miss this richly absorbing exhibition full of wit, beauty and complexity to feed the mind and replenish the soul. The Reading Room café will also be open to replenish the body.

The gallery is open Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays until 24th August; then every day during the Presteigne Festival 24th to 29th August.  Opening hours are 11:00am – 4:30pm.


4th – 29th August: Antonia Spowers & Alex Ramsay

We are pleased to announce a new exhibition in the School House Gallery at The Bleddfa Centre. Sculptor Antonia Spowers and photographer Alex Ramsay will be presenting a joint show of their work from the 4th to the 29th August, which is also a Festival Exhibition coinciding with the Presteigne Festival.

Altered States

Sculptor Antonia Spowers explores the physical and mental states and the changes we go through inlife. She also looks at the material and physical world and its constantly altering states, whether from acute weather conditions, climate change or human intervention to simple transformations, such as water into ice.

There is a strong focus on the physical nature of materials and their ability to embody and suggest ideas. Unlikely materials transform a prosaic subject into something transparent and other-worldly, or suggest a lingering presence and sense of history.

God’s House: an archaeology of belief

The Church has always been with us, and like other such ubiquitous organisations, it can become invisible. Alex Ramsay’s 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. The use of old and diverse picture frames is an experiment intended to create an initial sense of familiarity in sharp contrast to the surprising and unsettling nature of some of the images.

The exhibition will be open 11:00 – 4:30 on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays between 4th and 24th August, and then every day 10:00 – 4:00 for the duration of Presteigne Festival 24th to 29th August. The Reading Room cafe will be open also for drinks and light snacks.

For more information about the Presteigne Festival, you can visit their website at



4th August: Radnor Forest Ensemble Concert

The Radnor Forest Ensemble are performing choral and instrumental works of Henry Purcell and other composers of the 16th and 17th centuries, at St. Mary Magdalene’s Church (adjoining Bleddfa Centre), at 7.30pm on Friday 4th August 2017.

Admission is free, with a retiring collection where all proceeds will go towards the Church.

There will be drinks available during the interval at the Bleddfa Centre’s Hall Barn. Toilet facilities will also be available there.