The Penallt Art Festival was conceived eight years ago when a small group of local artists and residents in the village of Penallt came together to organise an exhibition of eclectic art. The festival is now recognised by artists and visitors from far afield and this, our seventh year, promises to be even better than before.
We continue to attract top artists and makers like the renowned portrait artist Richard Wills, not only to show but to demonstrate as well.
Each year, numbers attending grow and the organising team make great efforts to ensure adequate parking management and also that all parts of the site are accessible by those with mobility problems.
Over 100 leading local and international artists and makers have showcased their work over the four days of the festival and sales are consistently high. Curator Ann Bradley is now completing the process of sifting applications from invited exhibitors and hard at work developing a contemporary theme for this year’s fine art show.
Selecting exhibitors is never an easy task and to ensure that each year the show brings in exciting new blood the team normally does not select exhibitors for more than two consecutive years. This makes sometimes for tough choices.
The festival is centred on Capel Pentwyn, an imaginatively converted Arts and Crafts period church, a small but light building with excellent wall space. The church is transformed each year from a luxury holiday home into an art gallery. Alongside Capel Pentwyn, in the middle of the village, is Babington Meadow, a novel ecological village park. This becomes a further area for display and demonstrations by artists and makers, all set under large marquees. The two adjacent sites complement each other, the chapel being a calm, quiet space full of interesting, original artwork whilst the Meadow is an animated centre of action and creativity.
The show will open in Capel Pentwyn on the evening of Thursday August 31st with a free drinks reception where the public can meet the artists. There will also be art courses in Pelham Hall over the weekend, led by local artists.
The main exhibition in Capel Pentwyn runs from Friday 1st to Sunday 3rd September and is open from 10 to 4. Demonstrations and further exhibits will be on show in Babington Meadow on both the Saturday and the Sunday when there will be a refreshment terrace serving delicious locally prepared snacks and drinks. Of course, the highly regarded Inn at Penallt is just around the corner for those making a day of it and the Michelin starred The Whitebrook is a 5 minute drive down the Whitebrook valley.
Art in Penallt is a not for profit organisation whose aim is to organise an annual art festival in the village of Penallt. The festival organisers are all local volunteers and work in partnership with Babington Meadow, a registered charity, and have also developed a close association with Made in Monmouthshire and local schools. The purpose is to stimulate interest and enthusiasm amongst all age groups in the artistic process of creating a broad range of art and craft forms and to sell a wide variety of high quality artwork.
Details of the full programme are here.
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How to find us: Penallt is four miles south of Monmouth. The exhibition areas at Capel Pentwyn and Babington Meadow are in the centre of the village of Penallt at NP25 4SE, Pelham Hall is short distance away at NP25 4AH.
Click this link for an interactive map showing the location of Capel Pentwyn.