Oriel Plas Glyn-y-Weddw

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Oriel Plas Glyn-y-Weddw is the oldest Art Gallery in Wales and is located in a Grade II Listed Victorian Gothic Mansion with views overlooking Cardigan Bay and the mountains of Snowdonia. The Gallery exhibits one of the best public displays of Nantgarw and Swansea porcelain.

Venue Type:


Opening hours

Feb-Dec 11.00-17.00

Closed: Tues during school term
Occasionally due to functions

Admission charges

Free Entry


  • Cadw: Welsh Historic Monuments

Additional info

Self-catering unit for up to twelve people.

Civil service wedding venue.

Collection details

Fine Art

Exhibition details are listed below, you may need to scroll down to see them all.

Rachel Lowe: A letter to an unknown person No. 5, 1996

  • 26 September — 13 December 2015 *on now

From a backseat of a moving car a camera views the artist's hand scribbling on the inside of the window with a black marker pen, trying to draw the landscape directly onto the transparent glass as she sees it in passing.

Of course the moving scene and her lines can't possibly match up and as Lowe acknowledges "It's about our desire to capture a moment in time and the fact that you never actually can".

Suitable for

  • Any age



Clare Woods: A Tree A Rock A Cloud

  • 26 September 2015 — 6 March 2016 *on now

A Tree A Rock A Cloud launched at Oriel Davies in September 2014 and featured a new body of work by acclaimed artist Clare Woods. The exhibition evolved out of an engagement with traditions of historic painting - portraiture, still life and landscape - from the collections of Amgueddfa Cymru. This tour across Wales presents additional new work by Woods in response to work by Graham Sutherland and John Piper held in the same collections.

Suitable for

  • Any age



John Piper: The Mountains of Wales

  • 10 October — 13 December 2015 *on now

This autumn Plas Glyn-y-Weddw is delighted to present an outstanding group of views in Snowdonia by John Piper from the collections of Amgueddfa Cymru - National Museum Wales.

One of the most versatile British artists of the 20th century, John Piper was sent by the War Artists Advisory Committee to record the interior of Manod Mawr quarry near Blaenau Ffestiniog in 1943 where artworks from the National Gallery were being stored during the Second World War. The commission was abandoned because the dark conditions were not suitable for painting or drawing but the visit gave Piper an opportunity explore north Wales and sparked an intense period where he captured the complex, semi-abstract forms and rich colours of the mountains of Snowdonia.

He rented a succession of cottages and spent considerable time there between 1945 and 1956
two of them, at Maes Caradog and Pentre, situated in the awe inspiring glacial valley of Nant Ffrancon. For Piper, the result of this relocation was a shift from picturing the landscape of the lowland countryside to that of the sublime Welsh mountains. The large drawings and paintings that he made in Snowdonia are amongst his strongest works and tell of Piper's close understanding of the landscape and his connection with the rock and sky surrounding him.

Suitable for

  • Any age



Oriel Plas Glyn-y-Weddw
LL53 7TT






01758 740763


01758 740232

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