Ruthin Craft Centre

The Arts Council of Wales Lottery funded transformation of Ruthin Craft Centre is now complete.

This amazing re-development designed by Sergison Bates architects is located on the existing site in its own landscape and is a dynamic zinc and cast stone building with undulating roofs to echo the surrounding Clwydian hills.

With three galleries, six artist studios, retail gallery, education and residency workshops, tourist information gateway and café with courtyard terrace.

Venue Type:

Gallery, Artist studio or collective

Opening hours

Mon–Sat 10:00–17:00

Closed: Sundays

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

David Jones: Angels on Washing Lines

  • 6 February — 17 April 2016 *on now

Enter the world of David Jones’s imagination, beautifully crafted and brilliantly coloured. Angels hang on washing lines, Zigzags are ‘characters and places in search of a story’ and flying fish have human heads. Strange dreamlike contraptions compete in the Whacky Races Revisited. Will the Cyclist Powered by a Tiger beat the Flying Shed or The Husband and Wife in Bed?

There are prints, sculptures and installations to explore and feel free to turn the pages of his wonderful sketchbooks which document his travels and show ideas for his artwork.

David Jones’ exhibition represents a lifetime of observing detail and the rhythm of life and the music he enjoys – he plays Soprano saxophone. The whimsy of his imagination knows no bounds.


Mandy Coates

  • 6 February — 17 April 2016 *on now

Mandy Coates works within a noble tradition of basketmaking, rooted in time, place, and function. Even her most decorative pieces have their origin in traditional forms which have evolved to be the optimum shape and size for particular uses. Her work ranges from wholesomely sturdy rectangular log baskets, shopping baskets, apple trays and trugs, to more recent forms which incorporate non-functional decorative features.

For Mandy, the process of making baskets is deeply grounded in environment, lifestyle and worldview, an holistic practice rooted in the landscape which surrounds her, and which provides her with colour, structure, material and inspiration. Making is now not a pastime, not even a vocation; it is an entirely immersive way of life.


Ruthin Craft Centre
2 Well Street
LL15 1AH




01824 704774

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