MOMA, Wales

MOMA Wales and Y Tabernacl
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The Museum Of Modern Art, Wales (MOMA WALES) has grown up alongside The Tabernacle, a former Wesleyan chapel which in 1986 reopened as a centre for the performing arts. MOMA WALES has 7 beautiful exhibition spaces which present a diverse exhibition programme of modern art exhibitions throughout the year. Featuring leading artists from across Wales, the exhibitions offer a range of group and solo shows. Many pieces are for sale. Exhibitions from the growing Tabernacle Collection are also included in the new Tannery Gallery, opened in 2014.

The adjacent auditorium has perfect acoustics and pitch-pine pews to seat 300 people. It is ideal for chamber and choral music, drama, lectures and conferences. Translation booths, recording facilities and a cinema screen have been installed; the oak-beamed Foyer has a bar; and extensive access for disabled people is made possible by a lift, and a ramped approach.

The Machynlleth Festival takes place in the auditorium in late August every year. During the week eminent performers take part in events ranging from Welsh choirs and classical recitals to jazz. Support of all kinds is given by the Friends of The Tabernacle.

For the rest of the year the centre can be hired for performances, rehearsals and gatherings. A number of classes are held each week in the Green Room. Ty Llyfnant is equipped with music teaching rooms and an artists’ studio.

Venue Type:

Museum, Gallery, Festivals

Opening hours

Mon-Sat 1000-1600

Admission charges

Admission Free

Collection details

Decorative and Applied Art, Fine Art

Key artists and exhibits

  • Modern Welsh Art
  • The Brotherhood of Ruralists
  • Ann Arnold
  • Graham Arnold
  • Iwan Bala
  • John Boydell Rogers
  • Mike Briscoe
  • Cefyn Burgess
  • Hugh Byars
  • Sue Cave
  • Roger Cecil
  • George Chapman
  • Jill Cope
  • Joe Cornish
  • Alistair Crawford
  • Ogwyn Davies
  • Pete Davis
  • James Dickson Innes
  • Peter Dobson
  • Alun Evans
  • Cherryl Fountain
  • Donald Hamilton Fraser
  • Arthur Giardelli
  • Anthony Griffiths
  • Martin Howard Griffiths
  • Christopher Hall
  • Gerard Hastings
  • William Henderson
  • Josef Herman
  • Clyde Holmes
  • Neale Howells
  • Bert Isaac
  • Augustus John
  • Aneurin Jones
  • Mihangel Arfor Jones
  • Balraj Khanna
  • Michael Kidd
  • Clive King
  • Helen Kozich
  • Alun Leach-Jones
  • Mervyn Levy
  • Wyndham Lewis
  • Mary Lloyd Jones
  • Paul Martinez-Frias
  • Angus McBean
  • Bernard Mitchell
  • Liz Moore
  • John Morley
  • Geoff Ogden
  • Richard J. Oliver
  • Lluís Peñaranda
  • Laurie Plant
  • Peter Prendergast
  • Shani Rhys James
  • Dorie Schrecker
  • Colin See-Paynton
  • William Selwyn
  • Stanley Spencer
  • Ben Stammers
  • Michael Tomlinson
  • Gill Watkiss
  • Catrin Webster
  • Catrin Williams
  • Claudia Williams
  • Kyffin Williams
  • Edward Wolfe
  • David Woodford
Exhibition details are listed below, you may need to scroll down to see them all.
Shoreline by Louise Young

Louise Young: Natural Histories - The Art of Small Things

  • 2 April — 30 May 2015 *on now

An exhibition of work by Cardiff-based artist Louise Young. Louise uses highly traditional techniques, including watercolour on vellum, to produce exquisite paintings of natural and botanical subjects in a contemporary style.

Louise Young was born in Scotland but has lived and worked in Cardiff since arriving there in the late seventies to attend Cardiff College of Art. In 2004 she spent a year studying Botanical painting at the Chelsea Physic Garden in London.

Suitable for

  • Any age


On A Clear Day by Alun Evans

D Alun Evans: LandMarks

  • 18 April — 27 June 2015 *on now

This special exhibition of paintings, prints and drawings marks Alun Evans' 70th birthday in May 2015.

Alun is an artist printmaker originally from Pembrokeshire and resident in Cheshire. The natural and industrial landscapes of Wales and the Northwest of England are the focus of his creative work which includes collagraphs, monotypes, screen prints and linocuts as well as drawing and painting in a range of media.

Suitable for

  • Any age
Ruth's Coat by Jim Stallings

Jim Stallings: Bron Yr Aur

  • 25 April — 20 June 2015 *on now

Jim Stallings is from Macon, Georgia USA. He began painting in 1997 and the popularity of his work turned a hobby into a full time career. For many years, the home to many of Jim’s paintings has been Grits Cafe in Forsyth, Georgia. On March 19, 2012 Grits Café was destroyed by fire and Jim lost nearly 35 paintings. Grits Cafe re-built and opened again in February, 2013. Once again it is home to Jim’s most recent work.

Jim’s work is the first commissioned paintings of Bron Yr Aur. It was his love of Led Zeppelin that prompted Jim to reach out to Scott and Ruth Roe at Bron Yr Aur. What began as a simple request for the use of photographs quickly developed into “The Bron Yr Aur Project”. Scott described the whole thing as “organically coming together” and for the first time since Jimmy Page and Robert Plant’s famed visit to the cottage some 40 years ago, an effort is being made to honour the quiet little cottage hidden in the hills near Machynlleth.

Suitable for

  • Any age


Philip Huckin painting

Philip Huckin: Rural Narrative

  • 25 April — 20 June 2015 *on now

After working in education and senior management Philip has embarked on a second career as a full time artist, working in his studio in the beautiful Arth Valley and the West Wales landscape. It is this landscape that provides the inspiration for his work which includes views of the abandoned buildings at Cwm Ystwyth, considered the most historically important non-ferrous metal mining site in Wales. Within the site there is evidence for repeated mining activity from the Bronze Age, through the medieval period, the 1700s and the late 1800s, when activity peaked, and then declined in the early 1900s. It has been designated as a Scheduled Ancient Monument.

Suitable for

  • Any age
Macsen Wledig by Ivor Richards

Ivor Richards - Marking Time: Works in Slate

  • 16 May — 27 June 2015 *on now

Ivor Richards creates images in slate, sometimes wall reliefs, sometimes freestanding sculpture, always surprising and frequently counterintuitive as this solid medium appears impossibly to crumple or fold like a soft cloth. He lives and works in North Wales where slate is an integral part of the landscape. After working in stone and bronze he has come to regard slate as his main medium.

He studied Fine Art Sculpture at the Central School of Art and Design, London, in the 1970s. In 2005 he was elected to the Royal Cambrian Academy and an associate of Royal British Society of Sculptors. He has exhibited throughout Wales and beyond.

Suitable for

  • Any age


Events details are listed below. You may need to scroll down or click on headers to see them all. For events that don't have a specific date see the 'Resources' tab above.
Photo of Alun Evans

Meet the Artist - D Alun Evans

  • 17 June 2015 12-1pm

A talk by Alun Evans about his work and his exhibition "LandMarks".

Suitable for

  • Any age

MOMA, Wales
Y Tabernacl
Heol Penrallt
SY20 8AJ




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