About Oriel Davies Gallery
Formally the Davies Memorial Gallery which was built in 1967 with a legacy left by Gwendoline and Margaret Davies, renowned art collectors and benefactors of the arts in Wales, The Oriel Davies Gallery opended in 1985 and named in recognition of the Davies sisters.
Today the gallery is a key public art gallery of Mid Wales based in Newtown; presenting world-class, thought-provoking and challenging art by national and international artists in an environment that is welcoming, engaging, informative and free.
The Gallery originates and presents around ten exhibitions a year, across three gallery spaces. These range from major exhibitions selected from national collections, through to new work by established artists, and to more experimental work by emerging artists in Oriel Davies’ Test Bed space. As well as commissioning new work, Oriel Davies also produces artist films and a range of high quality publications.
THE GALLERY SHOP
The Gallery Shop offers a range of unique designer jewellery, ceramics and textiles by locally and nationally acclaimed makers, as well as art books and magazines, design-led giftware and stationery and children’s toys, books and games.
WORKSHOPS & EXHIBITIONS
Alongside the exhibition programme, which often tours to other venues nationally, Oriel Davies also runs a broad mix of stimulating workshops, courses, talks and events. The Gallery is also widely known for its innovative offsite projects and outreach programmes for schools, colleges and the wider community.
THE RELISH CAFE
The Relish Cafe is a light, bright modern Café at Oriel Davies is a great place to eat, drink and meet friends. During the Summer months, the Café extends onto the terrace, allowing visitors to eat al fresco.
The menus offers a wide variety of dishes for all tastes, from delicious homemade soups and sandwiches through to daily specials such as butternut squash, spinach & ricotta lasagne or Moroccan tagine. The homemade cakes and biscuits are sumptuous and the barista standard coffee is roasted especially for the café. Vegetarian, vegan and gluten-free options are always available.
MEETING ROOM HIRE
The ODG Lecture and Meeting Room is hired out to groups from across Wales and beyond who take advantage of the Gallery's central location, clean and modern facilities and excellent catering.