The main house of Mid Wales Arts Centre, originally named Maesmawr, was a sucessful farm dating back to 1526. Much of the original structure remains of the Welsh longhouse, but in 1820 an imposing Georgian front was added.
With a background in art and arts education, Cathy Knapp saw that the spacious interior and grounds had potential for a gallery and sculpture park, as well as a centre for learning and nurturing interest and talent within the arts.
Her late husband, Stefan Knapp, an internationally renowned enamellist and sculptor, left a unique collection of paintings and sculpture which are on display in the house and grounds.
Mid Wales Arts Centre has grown as a result of an initiative by Powys Arts Forum's 'Harvesting the Arts' programme which encouraged artists' collaboration.
This area of Mid Wales has fostered a wealth of artists, who have been able to find the space they need for their work and recognised the magical beauty of the area.
Artists are involved in the direction of the centre, offer workshops and are available for commissions.