Following the closure of the Bleddfa village school in the late eighties, the village became quiet; parents no longer gathered to collect the children from school, or chatted in the little shop. The Bleddfa Trust founder James Roose-Evans took it upon himself to ensure that the School House was preserved as a public building, drawing people to the community, and proving a premises for the Bleddfa Trust (who at this point were running workshops, concerts, films, meditation days, guided walks and a counselling service from the church and Rectory. James wrote several hundred letters, saying he wanted to secure the school as the official premises for the Bleddfa Centre. He raised £5000, and the Trust acquired the old school at auction. More letters were written and more money was raised to convert it into the gallery, with office and a tea room. After its conversion the old school was formally opened as the official centre of the Bleddfa Centre for Caring and the Arts, by Lady Anglesey, then Chair of the Welsh Arts Council. Old School Gallery began to attract a wide audience, especially to major exhibitions such as that of The Brotherhood of Ruralists, Robin Tanner, and The Shakers.

The gallery is a light and airy space, used throughout the year for exhibitions, artist residences, workshops, retreats and the Christmas Fair. If you would like to use this space, please do get in touch. You can view our exhibiting guidelines and workshop guidelines here.

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Presteigne Festival Children’s Exhibition

The Bleddfa Centre throws its doors open for its spring opening on March 30th with a remarkable of children’s art. It’s the culmination of a creative writing and art project run by Presteigne Festival, with funding from the Foyle Foundation and Hanfod Cymru, and local supporter Radnor Hills.

During October 2017, 120 children from Knighton Presteigne School and Radnor Valley Primary Schools, worked with storyteller Michael Harvey to create stories at the Bleddfa Centre and to follow up with work in school. Local artist Lois Hopwood also worked with the children to create visuals to illustrate the stories, making storyboards, sets and filming video animations.

Presteigne Festival Producer Alison Giles says, ‘We wanted to give every child involved a high quality experience leading to them sharing their work with families and the public, in a gallery exhibition space. We’re going to be displaying the artwork they made during the project, framed by Lois Hopwood’s inspiring work, and we’ll be showing the films the children have made throughout the exhibition period.’

Open over the Easter weekend, Friday March 30th to Monday April 2nd, then Friday April 6th to Sunday 8th, 11am to 5pm. The Reading Room Café will be open also.


Spring Quartet

Two popular and talented local ceramicists/potters Robert Fountain and Bas Titford, will be exhibiting alongside painter Brian Lammas and artist/sculptor David Howerth.

Open Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays from 13th April to 20th May, 11am – 5pm. Reading Room Café and Gift Shop open also.

The Private Collection of Anthony Collier

Details to be confirmed.

Wilderland – the incredible wildlife and landscapes of the Shropshire Borders

Andrew’s luminous Shropshire landscapes and stunning depictions of wildlife regularly grace the national papers and photo magazines. As a conservation photographer, he works under commission for the National Trust and Natural England. His books include Wilderland, the first National Trust Guidebook to the Long Mynd, and Upland. His images and books have been described as ‘stunning’ by Robert McFarlane, ‘inspiring’ by Amateur Photographer and ‘A delight’ by Outdoor Photographer. Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays from 7th September to 14th October 2018, and every day during H.Art Week. Reading Room Café and Gift Shop open also.

Open Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays from 13th April to 20th May, 11am – 5pm. Reading Room Café and Gift Shop open also.



Altered States and God’s House

Antonia Spowers and Alex Ramsay

A joint exhibition of sculpture and photography in collaboration with the Presteigne Arts Festival. Sculptor Antonia Spowers explores the physical and mental states and the changes we go through in life. There is a strong focus on the physical nature of materials and their ability to embody and suggest ideas. Photographer Alex Ramsay 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.


Summer Exhibition

The Picturemakers

A group exhibition by The Picturemakers, a self-funding collective of visual artists based in Mid-Wales. This group of artists come from diverse backgrounds and environments, with styles ranging from representational to abstract with much of their work rooted in the natural world.


Five on Fire

Group Exhibition

An eclectic group of five artists came together to exhibit drawings, paintings, print-making, ceramics and sculpture. Their works stimulate the imagination, excite the senses and bring a smile to your face, touching on the realms of reality and observation, fantasy and abstraction. Participating artists were painters and printmakers Brian Lammas, Mark Webster and Jeff Ogree, and sculptors and ceramicists Bob Teal and Rob Fountain.


Abstract Edge

Group Exhibition

A stimulating variety of work from the artists who formed the group in order to share their interest in abstraction. Some work is semi-abstract, taking a landscape, organic form or still life as the starting point, some is purely abstract. No image has only one meaning; the interest of abstraction is that each person has an individual interpretation and reaction.


Landscapes Revealed

Kevin Street

This exhibition by painter and multi-media artist Kevin Street ranged across both urban and rural landscapes. Kevin seeks to demonstrate the way in which human life and history is embedded in the environment whether natural or man-made. Kevin ran an associated workshop entitled ‘Your Life, Your Landscape’ alongside the exhibition.


Thinking Outside The Box

Sculpture Cymru

This group of 25 sculptors working in Wales originated an exhibition of members’ responses to a set box format. Sculptors were presented with an anonymous box, empty and uniform. Members respond to this ‘box’ in a very varied way. Do we think within the box or without it? Each works in their own way; a joy to see.


All The Days

Russell Morris

This Shropshire Hills Art Week exhibition comprised of drawings, prints and poetry responding to the experience of Alzheimer's, giving a sense of the ebb and flow of the condition, offering an experience which, whilst raw, is resonant.


Made in Knucklas

Group Exhibition

What is it about the magic of Knucklas, the Welsh village that is reputed to have been the childhood home of Arthur's Guinevere? Why are so many talented artists working there in various media? Knucklas artists showcased their work: Will O'Leary and Lottie O'Leary (stone carvers, sculptors and monumental masons), Tony Hall (potter and sculptor), Wendy Davies (painter), Nicholas de Serra and Celia de Serra (artists), Maggie Jones (painter), Robert M Wood (glass engraver) and Lois Hopwood (painter).


Spring Open

Group Exhibition

Nine artists from the borders of Wales showcased their work: paintings by Ciara Lewis, tin city models by Andy Hazel, collaged paper landscapes by Kathy Heinzelmann, landscape and still-life paintings by Karl Sylvester, spring-inspired work on paper by Brontë Woodruff, landscapes by Lindsay Davies, scenic paintings by Susannah Burton, prints by Gordon Yapp and paintings by Lesley Wootton.


If you are an artist and would like to exhibit at the Bleddfa Centre, please see the Exhibiting Guidelines here. If you require any further information, please contact the Gallery by emailing or calling 01547 550377.

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