2017 Festival Exhibitions

Presteigne Festival
Festival Exhibitions 2017

Sir Sidney Nolan OM AC RA (1917-1992)

11am – 5pm | Daily during the Festival period | Sidney Nolan Trust, The Rodd, Presteigne, Powys LD8 2LL
11am – 5pm | Bob dydd yn ystod cyfnod yr Ŵyl | Ymddiriedoleath Sidney Nolan, The Rodd, Llanandras, Powys LD8 2LL

Throughout 2017, the Sidney Nolan Trust is celebrating the centenary of Sidney Nolan’s birth with a nationwide programme of major exhibitions, special events and important publications.

Sidney Nolan ‘Cherries in a bowl’, 1978

His last studio, housed in one of the ancient barns at The Rodd near Presteigne, has been undisturbed since his death in 1992. Contained within are the artist’s materials that he used at The Rodd and those from an earlier period when he lived in London; tables groan under the weight of a multitude of cans of the spray paint that he reverted to late in life and dusty boxes of tubes of oil paint bear testament, in the labels of famous shipping lines, to his worldwide travels.


The Trust opens Sidney’s studio to the public for the first time in May 2017, allowing visitors to gain an understanding of his working methods and materials. A leading conservation expert from the Art Gallery of New South Wales undertakes a residency at The Rodd during 2017 and further preservation and conservation of this valuable resource is ongoing.

In the Sidney Nolan Trust Gallery there is an exhibition of paintings by Nolan that span his career. Drawn from the Trust’s own collection, bequeathed by Nolan to the charity he founded, each work hints (be it through subject matter or technique) at Nolan’s preoccupation at the moment it was painted. Also displayed are a collection of artefacts including notebooks, sketchbooks, diaries, letters and numerous items of interest that he collected over years and which appear from time to time in his paintings.

Presented in association with the Sidney Nolan Trust  | www.sidneynolantrust.org


Angela Gladwell at The Workhouse

10am – 4pm | Daily during the Festival period | The Workhouse Gallery, Industrial Estate, Presteigne LD8 2UF
10am – 4pm | Bob dydd yn ystod cyfnod yr Ŵyl | The Workhouse Gallery, Ystad Ddiwydiannol Llanandras LD8 2UF


Angela Gladwell ‘Pink seaweed and lichens pool’, watercolour

Angela Gladwell (MA Royal College of Art) has lived near the English/Welsh border for seventeen years. She has painted all her life, covering many themes. Aspects of both the natural and man-made world continue to inspire her.

This exhibition showcases a selection from a continually growing series of watercolours and oil paintings of rock pools from around the British coast, and some of the paintings inspired by ‘The End’, a shop of natural history specimens and other curiosities in Hay-on-Wye.

Angela is very interested in natural history, finding that beaches offer colour, movement, texture, and often the possibility of finding what appear to be non-figurative images which are in fact completely representational.

She has work in public and private collections, has undertaken commissions, and her work is featured in various publications.



Antonia Spowers and Alex Ramsay
at The Bleddfa Centre Gallery

10am – 4pm | Daily during the Festival period | Bleddfa Centre Gallery, Bleddfa, Knighton LD7 1PA
10am – 4pm | Bob dydd yn ystod cyfnod yr Ŵyl | Bleddfa Centre Gallery, Bleddfa, Tref-y-clawdd LD7 1PA

Altered States

Antonia Spowers ‘Invisible Cities Mostyn’

Antonia Spowers interprets this title in the broadest sense, exploring physical and mental states and the changes we go through as we make our paths through life. She also looks at the material and physical world and its constantly altering states, whether from acute weather conditions, climate change or human intervention to simple transformations, like that of water into ice.

There is a strong focus in the work on the physical nature of materials and also their ability to embody and suggest ideas. Unlikely materials can transform a prosaic subject into something transparent and other-worldly or suggest a lingering presence and sense of history.

God’s House

Alex Ramsey ‘Madonna’

Alex Ramsay has spent most of his career photographing architectural interiors for publication in books and magazines. From time to time he has undertaken commissioned work in churches throughout Britain, either for charities or at the request of a particular diocese.

The pictures in this exhibition are drawn from this work covering a period from 2004 to the present day, and include a mixture of purely architectural images and occasional views ‘backstage’.

The Bleddfa Centre Gallery is delighted to be showing the work of these artists in an exhibition to coincide with the Presteigne Festival.


Radnorshire Arts and Crafts Foundation
Artists and Makers working in Radnorshire

10.30am – 6.30pm | Daily during the Festival period | The Old School House, Whitton LD7 1NP
10.30am – 6.30pm | Bob dydd yn ystod cyfnod yr Ŵyl | The Old School House, Llanddewi-yn-Hwytyn LD7 1NP

From Cottage Industry to Mill
An exhibition charting the history of Welsh textiles

Following the process from fleece to fibre, through spinning, dyeing and weaving on to exploring the regional costumes of Wales. With original pieces and faithful reconstructions on display in the School Room, and with a selection of antique, vintage and new pieces available to purchase in the Museum Shop.





Seven Artists
A selection of work on sale from local artists
Jason Braham
Julienne Braham
Michael J Hancock
Bronte Woodruff
David Critchley
Rhiannon Hooson
Rosamund Black

Salt glaze pottery, watercolours and oil paintings, prints. silver and semi-precious stone jewellery, furniture, shibori dyed silk and linen, hand embroidered and richly embellished leather jewellery.

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