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Art in Penallt 2012

Three years ago a group of like-minded residents from Penallt and Tregagle started talking. Before long Art in Penallt was born.

  • We decided to create something that had the warmth and welcome of a village fair and the quality and professionalism of an art gallery. 
  • We wanted to hold an annual event with a difference, organised and run by the people of Penallt, that would bring in visitors from far and wide.
  • We decided our profits would be split between chosen charities and towards financing the event in future years.

For the second year the village of Penallt buzzed with activity over the weekend of  5th, 6th and 7th October. As last year Art in Penallt was a tremendous success, attracting visitors from as far afield as Australia.

The theme this year was Art in Nature, Nature in Art. With this in mind we applied for a grant from AONB and were pleasantly surprised by their generosity. The weekend started on the Friday evening with a delicious 3-course meal at the Penallt Inn and a stimulating talk by Simon Trapnell, Director of Nature in Art, Twigworth, Gloucester.   

On Saturday morning we woke to sunshine. The doors of Capel Pentwyn were opened to reveal an amazing exhibition of Art from over 40 artists. The theme of Art in Nature was represented in many different ways, from  delicate paintings and prints of insects, plants and animals to tactile bronzes, sculptures, turned wood and carvings. We would like to extend our thanks to Simon Trapnell who helped us adhere to the theme by recommending a number of artists to us.

On Sunday the exhibition was joined by a selection of stall-holders who set up camp in the Marquees on the surrounding Babington Meadow, selling their own work and also artwork re-discovered in attics, cellars and garages.

Over the weekend one of our four Artists in Residence, David Cheshire, took numerous photographs of the event. You will be able to see them on this website. On Sunday - Mary Cousins and Steve Hozelitz shared their skills on the pottery wheel. This attracted much interest from both children and adults. In the Marquee, Sue Brown demonstrated the fascinating art of Collograph printing. Sue also runs courses for anyone interested in learning her art.

There were forty two Artists exhibiting in Capel Pentwyn this year, half of whom sold some of their work. 

Total sales came to £2,377.58

After expenses donations will be made to the Gwent Wildlife Trust, Babington Meadow and seed-funding Art in Penallt 2013.

Plans for Art in Penallt 2013 are already underway.


  • Full details of the 2012 event are here.
  • Details of participating artists are here.
  • Archived details of 2011 are available here.

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