Gregynog Gallery, National Library of Wales
National Library of Wales
The Gregynog Gallery on the first floor of the National Library of Wales has held exhibitions by some of Wales' most prominent artists including Kyffin Williams, Claudia Williams and Will Roberts and is one of the country's prime exhibition spaces.
The Gregynog Gallery is an elegant and beautiful gallery. It is a vast, light space which is an excellent background for displaying art of all kind throughout the year. Sometimes the exhibition will be of original works of art or photographs from the Library’s own collections. At other times, they will be exhibitions which are touring Wales. There will always be some kind of connection with Wales.
Why is it called the Gregynog Gallery?
The name ‘Gregynog’ is an important name in Welsh history.
It is the name of a mansion near Newtown, in Powys.
Two sisters lived there, around the beginning of the 20th century. They were called Margaret and Gwendoline Davies, and they were the grand-daughters of David Davies, a pacifist, and a man who made his fortune building the docks at Barry, South Wales to export coal across the world. The two sisters enjoyed supporting the arts. They collected pictures, especially paintings by the French Impressionists.
They supported the National Library (and the National Museum) very generously through their donations of important pictures to the collections. There was a printing press at Gregynog too, and the name Gregynog Press became associated with finely printed and bound books.
Mon - Sat 10.00-17.00
Visitors are welcome here all year round to see the exhibitions which are free of charge. You do not need to arrange beforehand, unless your group is large.
Dot Dot Dash: Communicating in Wales
Can you remember life without Facebook and Twitter? Where were you on the night that S4C was first launched 30 years ago? Did you listen to Saunders Lewis's famous speech on the radio in 1962? Do you remember listening to the wireless for important news from the front line during the Second World War?
Dot Dot Dash:Communicating in Wales will be delving through The National Screen and Sound Archive of Wales collections and displaying iconic audio and visual clips from each decade of the last century. Take a look at the milestones in the history of communication in Wales that have changed the way we live our lives today.
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