Welcome to Mid Wales Arts Centre
We are delighted to announce that we are now OPEN! As of Saturday 18th July, we are ready to welcome visitors. Our opening hours will be as normal: Thursday - Sunday, 10-4. Booking ahead is advisable but not essential: if we are busy, priority access to gallery spaces will be given to those who have booked.
The past months have been difficult for many people. We have been able to spend a lot of time outside and know what a fantastic safe, inspiring spaces we can offer to visitors. We have worked to make them more accessible, a place where you can meet friends, enjoy the gardens, sculpture and art while remaining socially distanced from other people. We have well spaced outdoor tables and have worked out a safe way of serving hot and cold drinks, our delicious homemade cakes, snacks and light lunches.
To ensure visitors and staff are safe, we have installed a one way system, with 2 metre distancing indications, hand washing and hand sanitizing stations.
We are able to reopen thanks to a Sustainability Grant awarded by the Arts Council of Wales and the National Lottery. This has enabled us to increase staffing, purchase necessary safety and hygiene equipment, reduce class sizes and improve our accessibility.
Our latest exhibition space -The Gallery - is the main venue for our regularly changing exhibition programme. With artists in residence spaces, a new cafe area and additional toilets, it is also available for hire.
Mid Wales Arts Centre is home to a unique permanent collection of large scale enamels and sculptures by international artist Stefan Knapp and stone carvings by the late John Paddison. The gallery and sculpture park, set within the characterful house and beautiful gardens, holds changing exhibitions and events that promote and provide opportunities to artists living and working in Wales. MWAC is the home of Sculpture Cymru, the national association of sculptors in Wales. MWA also has a collection of Tengenenge sculpture from Zimbabwe.
As well as exhibitions and workshops, MWAC can also host your meetings and events in a gallery setting. Stylish residential en-suite B&B rooms are available on site.
Courses are run by professional artists in a supportive and friendly environment.
Enjoy walking in beautiful scenery and discovering over 100 extraordinary and varied pieces of original sculpture from Wales and Zimbabwe.
'Angela Thorpe: A Retrospective': celebrating Angela's 80th year. Angela has been making limited edition lithographs for 60 years, her subject matter draws on her personal responses to treasured moments and reflections on life, nature and literature, conveyed with her special sense of colour, pattern, narrative, wit, mystery and warmth. Angela is a master of stone lithography. She uses limestone blocks and a Victorian Gothic Stone press, making small editions. This exhibition will show examples from each period of her development, include some original blocks and will attempt to explain the processes used.
Owen Thorpe, master potter will also be exhibiting a complementary collection of ceramics.
The Ffeisty Ffelters long awaited annual exhibition is also now open. This group of Shropshire and the borders Felters have surpassed themselves in their imaginative use of the medium in this wide ranging exhibition. It includes free hanging wall pieces, framed pictures, sculptures, clothing, objects and some beautiful examples of Shibori dyeing.
New venture! Alison Finnieston will be the first potter to take up residence in the new ceramic studio shop on Thursdays and Fridays where she has a wonderful display of work created during lockdown. You will be able to watch her working, ask questions and perhaps be tempted to try clay yourself.
Our second artist in in residence, Megan Elinor recently graduated from art school in Liverpool and has returned to Mid Wales Arts Centre to do an artist residency in our new textiles room . Visit the gallery on Thursday -- Sunday throughout August to meet Megan and gain an insight into the professional life of an artist. Meg will be sharing her creativity in the upcoming children's holiday workshops
Regular Workshops, Clubs & Courses