Art in Penallt was formed nine years ago when a small group of local artists and residents in the village of Penallt came together to organise an exhibition of high quality, contemporary art. The event is now recognised by artists, makers and visitors from far afield and this, our 8th year, promises to be even better than before as we continue to attract top artists and makers like the potter Walter Keeler (our Patron) and the portrait artist Richard Wills, not only to show but to demonstrate as well.
Over 130 leading local and international artists and makers have showcased their work and sales are consistently high. Curator Ann Bradley and her team carry out the process of sifting applications from interested exhibitors and from January onwards are hard at work developing each year’s fine art show. Selecting exhibitors from many applicants is never an easy task and to ensure that the show brings in exciting new blood the team normally does not select exhibitors for more than two consecutive years. This sometimes makes for tough choices.
The event is centred on Capel Pentwyn, an imaginatively converted Arts and Crafts period church, a small but light building with excellent wall space. The church is transformed each year from a luxury holiday home into an art gallery. Alongside Capel Pentwyn, in the middle of the village, is Babington Meadow, a novel ecological village recreation area. This becomes a further display area and also demonstrations by artists and makers, all set under large marquees. The two adjacent sites complement each other, the chapel being a calm, quiet space full of interesting, original artwork whilst the Meadow is an animated centre of creative activity.
The show will open in Capel Pentwyn on the evening of Thursday August 30th with a free drinks reception where the public can meet the artists. There will also be an art course in Pelham Hall over the weekend.
The main exhibition in Capel Pentwyn runs from Friday 31st August to Sunday 2nd September and is open from 10 to 4. Demonstrations and further exhibits will be on show in Babington Meadow on both the Saturday and the Sunday when delicious, locally prepared snacks and drinks will be served on the chapel terrace. Of course, the highly regarded Inn at Penallt is just around the corner for those making a day of it and the Michelin starred The Whitebrook is a 5 minute drive down the Whitebrook valley. The Boat Inn, a famous real ale pub on the banks of the Wye also provides excellent bar meals. The Inn at Penallt has a rolling display of artists’ work from the exhibition throughout the year.
We have facilities to take payments by debit and credit cards, cheques or cash and all purchases may be taken away when paid for.
Art in Penallt is a not for profit organisation whose aim is to organise an annual art exhibition in the hilltop village of Penallt. The organisers are all local volunteers and work in partnership with Babington Meadow, a registered charity, and have also developed a close association with Made in Monmouthshire and local schools. The purpose is to stimulate interest and enthusiasm amongst all age groups in the artistic process of creating a broad range of art and craft forms and to sell a wide variety of high quality artwork.
Each year, numbers attending grow and the organising team make great efforts to ensure there is adequate parking management and also that all parts of the site are accessible by those with mobility problems.
How to find us: Penallt is four miles south of Monmouth, off the Trelleck – Chepstow Road. The exhibition areas at Capel Pentwyn and Babington Meadow are in the centre of the village of Penallt at NP25 4SE, Pelham Hall is short distance away at NP25 4AH.
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