Glynn Vivian Art Gallery, Swansea
A partner of London’s Tate gallery, the Glynn Viv as it is affectionately known, completed a multi-million pound renovation which has changed its fortunes. Founded in 1911 by the original bequest of Richard Glynn Vivian (1835-1910), the gallery belongs to the City and County of Swansea, and houses a distinctive collection formed over the last century, which continues to grow with new work from today's artists, supported by gifts, donations and the annual Wakelin Award.
Martin Tinney Gallery, Cardiff
Martin Tinney Gallery is a commercial gallery that features the work of Wales’ premier contemporary artists across three spacious floors of a converted 19th century townhouse. The gallery also exhibits work by the most recognised Welsh artists of the 20th century, including Kyffin Williams, Gwen and Augustus John, Josef Herman and Graham Sutherland. Tinney also owns Oriel Tegfryn in Anglesey.
Oriel Plas Glyn-y-Weddw, Pwllheli
This 19th century Gothic mansion situated on the dramatic Llŷn Peninsula was purpose built to accommodate the art collections of Jones-Parry family of the Madryn Estate. Worthy of a visit in its own right, Plas Glyn-y-Weddw hosts an A to Z of contemporary art from Wales and the rest of the world.
The Royal Cambrian Academy, Conwy
The Royal Cambrian Academy of Art (RCA) was established in 1881 when a group of British artists swapped the Grand Tour of Europe for the dramatic landscape of North Wales. They never looked back. The RCA hosts six exhibitions a year and counts Prince Charles, the Prince of Wales, among its patrons.
Oriel y Parc Gallery, St Davids
The picturesque St Davids is Britain’s smallest city, with a population under 2000 people. Oriel y Parc Gallery is a great place to combine a fact-finding visit to find out information about your stay in Pembrokeshire with an impressive Landscape Gallery featuring work taken from the National Museum of Wales’ collection.
Oriel Wrecsam is the premier venue for Contemporary Visual and Applied Arts in North East Wales. It currently occupies off-site locations, with the main site being on Chester Street, right in the centre of town.
Oriel MOSTYN Gallery, Llandudno
The National Library of Wales
The National Library of Wales houses a number of exhibition spaces, including the Gregynog Gallery, which can boast the accolade of being Wales’ largest gallery, and Hengwrt, a purpose built space to show pre-1800 items. These amazing spaces enable the Library to showcase the collections in a contemporary, relevant and imaginative way and to share the treasures with the audience. The Library hosts permanent and temporary exhibitions. Through displaying and interpreting a variety of items, the Library aims to reflect its collections and the cultural heritage of Wales.
Situated in a converted Wesleyan Chapel in the historic town that housed the Welsh Parliament of the 15th century, MOMA Machynlleth's impressive permanent collection features work by artists of the 20th century onwards.
Ffin y Parc Gallery
Oriel Ffin y Parc Gallery, near Llanrwst in North Wales is one of Wales’ best commercial fine art galleries. The gallery plays host to regular exhibitions by some of the finest artists currently working in Wales as well as a range of 20th Century Welsh Art. The space is also ideal not just for admiring the fine works of art on offer, but taking in the fine views of the Conwy valley from the gallery’s tempting coffee shop. Perfect for pausing and reflecting over a cuppa and a cake.
White Lion Street Gallery, Tenby
West Wales has a vibrant arts scene and there’s a strong sense of community to the White Lion Gallery, which features work by dozens of local artists, working in all media including ceramics and sculpture.
National Museum of Art, Cardiff
Five centuries of work by world renowned artists from all over the world is neatly categorised into three impressive galleries at the National Museum of Art – Impressionist and Modern Art, Historic Art and Applied Art.
The Albany Gallery, Cardiff
The Albany Gallery was established by Mary Yapp in 1965. It has been at the forefront of Welsh Contemporary Art and is committed to encouraging and promoting established and emerging artists. The monthly exhibition programme provides a showcase for both solo and group exhibitions showing original paintings alongside sculptures, ceramics and jewellery.
Participating artists include Ceri Auckland Davies, Tim Fudge, Nick Holly, Peter Kettle RCA FRSA, Gwyn Roberts, David Tress and many others. For 25 years Mary was the Welsh agent for Sir Kyffin Williams, Wales’ most important and celebrated artist. The gallery provides the opportunity to purchase work through Collectorplan, an interest free credit scheme organised by the Arts Council of Wales. Everyone is welcome to visit the gallery, which prides itself on its friendly and informal atmosphere.