2016 Festival Exhibitions

Presteigne Festival
Festival Exhibitions 2016

Sir Sidney Nolan: Works on Paper

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

Sidney Nolan, Head of a Soldier (Such Is Life), 1977,-oil crayon on paper, 135.5x104cm framed

Sidney Nolan, Head of a Soldier (Such Is Life), 1977, oil crayon on paper

As a poor young man struggling to establish himself as an artist
in Melbourne in the 1930s, Sidney Nolan worked on and with
anything that came to hand. The results were often remarkable but,
equally often, ephemeral. This exhibition, focusing on works on paper,
explores his 55-year long career during which Nolan constantly
experimented with new combinations of materials.


A stillness preoccupied: Paintings and Drawings from the Welsh Border Country
Simon Dorrell 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


Farmed landscapes in oil, and detailed ink and gouache studies of native trees and domestic and church interiors.

Simon Dorrell was born into a farming family in north Worcestershire and first exhibited at the age of eight. As art editor of the international gardening quarterly HORTUS his work is well known to more than 10,000 subscribers around the world.

He has exhibited paintings and drawings every year since 1986, with one-man shows in London, New York, Zurich and the provinces. Since 1998 he has exhibited regularly at Glyndebourne and in 2004 he was one of ten artists commissioned to produce a painting to celebrate the tenth anniversary of the new opera house.

He also works as a design consultant, and was responsible for the design of the gardens at Hampton Court, Herefordshire. Bryan’s Ground, his own garden near Presteigne, is regularly open to the public and was ranked among the ten best contemporary gardens in Britain by The Independent.


Pushing the Envelope

10am – 5pm* | Daily during the Festival period | Assembly Rooms, Presteigne LD8 2AD
10am – 5pm* | Bob dydd yn ystod cyfnod yr Ŵyl | Yr Ystafelloedd Cynnull, Llanandras LD8 2AD

Pushing the Envelope is a specially commissioned exhibition of decorated envelopes, designed to celebrate the 175th anniversary of the introduction of the first ever postage stamp – the Penny Black. This seminal moment in postal history began a relationship between stamps and illustration that continues to this day.

The exhibition, co-curated by Neil Hadfield of Hereford College of Arts and Katie Nairne of House of Illustration involves over 100 internationally acclaimed illustrators and seeks to remind us of the simple joys of sending and receiving personalised mail.

At Event 18, on Sunday 28 August at 5.00pm, Neil Hadfield talks about this witty and exhilarating exhibition and tells how its makers were inspired to contribute to the project.

*Please note that the Assembly Rooms are in use for events and rehearsals throughout the Festival. We will endeavour to allow comprehensive accessto this exhibition, but sadly cannot guarantee this. There will be no access during the afternoon of Monday 29 August.