Oriel Mostyn Art Gallery

Mostyn Art Gallery
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Established in its current form in 1979, Oriel Mostyn Gallery is a leading gallery for contemporary art in Wales, offering access to the visual arts both for the immediate community and for the region as a whole. It has a strong profile nationally and internationally, and is able to attract artists and exhibitions of the highest standard. It has a dedicated education programme as well as a shop which stocks a variety of crafts, glassware, jewellery, books and magazines.

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Admission charges

Admission free

Additional info

Main gallery, craft shop and toilet accessible by wheel chair. We regret that the Education Gallery is currently not accessible to wheelchair users. Please contact us in advance to arrange any assistance that might be required. ‘Type-talk’ available.

Collection details

Fine Art

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

We've Got Mail II

  • 14 March — 1 November 2015 *on now

The fourth in a series that examines the MOSTYN building’s rich heritage, We’ve Got Mail II continues the gallery’s response to its former use as a postal sorting office.
In 2014 We’ve Got Mail I presented a history of the Royal Mail alongside artworks by contemporary artists. This second show looks specifically at the history of the postcard in the town of Llandudno and presents a selection of classic examples of the use of the postcard in the visual arts.

A full-colour publication has been produced to accompany the exhibition.

Suitable for

  • Any age



The Slate Sea

  • 1 May — 1 November 2015 *on now

Paul Henry, Owen Sheers, Menna Elfyn, Christopher Meredith, Alys Conlan, Samantha Wynne-Rhydderch.

Themes most associated with the North Wales economy - sea, farming and slate - are explored in this special project commissioned by the Camden Trust.

Featuring new writing from six of Wales's leading poets alongside Zed Nelson's sharply observed photographs, the exhibition will also include vintage fairground objects from the collection of Camden Trust founder, Bob Borzello.

Suitable for

  • Any age



Womens Art Society II

  • 18 July — 1 November 2015 *on now

MOSTYN, Wales UK is delighted to announce Women’s Art Society II, the fourth in a series of exhibitions reflecting on the rich heritage and history of the gallery building.

The show is a sequel to the first Women’s Art Society exhibition in October 2013, which took as its starting point the gallery’s founding in 1902 as the first gallery in the world built specifically as a home for the presentation of artwork by female artists, in this case the work of the Gwynedd Ladies’ Art Society.

Women’s Art Society II continues the spirit of the original Ladies’ Art Society, inviting nine internationally active female artists, to introduce work in the gallery space some 100 years on. In part, a survey of the discipline of painting today, the works display a range of approaches, styles and conceptual concerns, and point to painting’s continued relevance.

Suitable for

  • Any age



Camille Blatrix: No School

  • 18 July — 1 November 2015 *on now

MOSTYN is delighted to announce a collaborative exhibition by French artist Camille Blatrix, produced by MOSTYN in partnership with Fondation d'entreprise Ricard, Paris.

In 2014 Blatrix was awarded the prestigious Prix d’entreprise Ricard, which annually awards a monetary prize to an emerging French artist whose work has been exhibited at the Foundation’s space in Paris. Blatrix’s work was purchased by the Foundation, and then donated to the Centre Pompidou in Paris. For the 16th edition of the Prize, and for the first time in its history, the Foundation wished to honour the artist with, in addition to the award, a solo show outside France.

The exhibition, the first showing for Blatrix in the UK, presents entirely new work by the artist and responds, in part, to his visit to MOSTYN and the town of Llandudno in 2014. The trip reminded him of childhood memories and of returning from a large city to a smaller town to visit family and friends. For the show, Blatrix has invited his parents to present their own work (his mother is an ceramicist and his father is a former artist), which reflects the feelings that arose during his visit to MOSTYN. In so doing, the exhibition comes to discuss issues of biography, influence, upbringing and artistic career.

Suitable for

  • Any age



Thomas Goddard: Be More Brando

  • 18 July — 8 November 2015 *on now

Known for being deeply idiosyncratic and ambivalent toward fame, American actor, Marlon Brando made a point of rejecting his celebrity status, instead exploiting it on behalf of causes he believed in. Breaking the stereotypes of his peers, Brando’s curiosity for life and the world around him became even greater than his legendary appetites for women and food. In Be More Brando, Goddard uses his archive of compiled Brando impersonations to uncover the truth behind a global phenomenon. Highlighting the actor as a symbol of mythology, Goddard explores Brando’s current status as a misinterpreted and misunderstood god.

Comprising a film, wall piece, sculpture and text, Be More Brando also includes a limited edition print. This new work is part of Goddard’s research into the nature of truth. Exploring the differences between inhabiting and being, his work aims to question the use of power within the act, be it one of gaining or in fact draining. In the case of Brando, is the desire to impersonate about indulging in or becoming another self?

Suitable for

  • Any age



In-Sight 7

  • 15 September 2015 — 19 January 2016 *on now

A new collection of work by artists from North Wales in Caffi Celf at MOSTYN, in partnership with Helfa Gelf Art Trail.

Lisa Carter | Alana Tyson | David McBride | Neil Coombs | Michael Powell | Remy Dean | Rebecca F Hardy | Nathasha Brooks | Ronan Devlin | Gwen Vaughan

Suitable for

  • Any age



Oriel Mostyn Art Gallery
12 Vaughan Street
LL30 1AB






01492 879201

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