Art in Penallt 22 - 25 September 2016


Art in Penallt was conceived seven years ago when a small group of local artists and residents came together to organise an exhibition of eclectic art in the village of Penallt. The festival is now recognised by artists and visitors from far afield and this, our sixth year, promises to be even better than before.

Over the years we have attracted top artists and makers like the renowned potter, our patron, Walter Keeler, not only to show but to demonstrate as well.

The Art in Penallt team have already started work on this year’s art festival in the hillside village of Penallt. The event is now in its sixth year and will run from Thursday 22nd to Sunday 25th September. More than 500 people attended last year and we hope that 2016 will be even better.

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 in the process of sifting applications from potential exhibitors and developing a theme for the fine art show. The deadline for applications this year is April 30th.

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, which is transformed once a year from a luxury holiday home into an art gallery. Alongside is Babington Meadow, a novel ecological park in the middle of the village, which becomes a further area for display and demonstrations by artists and makers 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 on the evening of Thursday 22nd September with a free drinks reception in Capel Pentwyn where the public can meet the artists. On the Friday there is a special exhibition of students' work from the Monmouth Schools with the proceeds of sales split between the artists and this year’s charity – Bridges Community Centre in Monmouth. There will also be art courses in Pelham Hall run on the Friday, led by local artists and on the Saturday, Humble by Nature will also run a special course – last year this sold out very quickly so advance booking is essential.

The main exhibition in Capel Pentwyn runs all the way through to Sunday 25th 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 and 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.

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 secondary 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, Humble by Nature is at NP25 4RP and Pelham Hall is at NP25 4AH.

Click this link for an interactive map showing the location of Capel Pentwyn.

  • Click here for details of all previous events
  • A video of scenes shot in 2013 gives a good flavour of the Festival.
  • Click here if you wish to contact the organisers.

Please click here if you are interested in exhibiting at Art in Penallt 2016.