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5 Welsh Galleries that Art-Lovers Need to Visit

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5 Welsh Galleries that Art-Lovers Need to Visit

Did you know there are numerous art galleries to be discovered throughout Wales? Whether your tastes lean toward modern art, renaissance paintings, or sculpture, there is plenty for art-lovers to see in Wales. With art of all different genres right at your fingertips, here are our top five Welsh Art Galleries that you truly need to visit.

Ffin y Parc Gallery, North Wales

Featuring a range of 20th-century Welsh art, Oriel Ffin y Parc Gallery is known as one of the top commercial fine art galleries in Wales. Since opening in 2010, they now represent over forty artists and hold twelve exhibitions annually, showcasing some of the best contemporary Welsh artists. There’s also a great coffee shop and wine bar at this country house gallery!

Glynn Vivian Art Gallery, Swansea, South Wales

A 110 year-old art gallery with a collection spanning a century, the Glynn Vivian Art Gallery is a partner of the London Tate. Following a multi-million pound renovation, the gallery now features a growing collection of pieces with new artworks from contemporary artists added regularly. Artists of note within the collection include Impressionist Claude Monet, sculptor Barbara Hepworth, and Modernist Ceri Richards.

Oriel y Parc Gallery, St Davids, South Wales

This art gallery in Britain’s smallest city is a must-see if you love landscapes. Oriel y Parc is a great place to find out more about the local area, as well as hosting local artworks. The impressive Landscape Gallery also showcases works from the National Museum of Wales’ collection. This year a Land/Sea exhibition by local photographer Mike Perry is showing until January 2022. This artwork draws attention to the conflict between humans and the environment and is well worth a look!

National Museum of Art, Cardiff, South Wales

This Cardiff art gallery within the National Museum of Wales is home to five centuries of work by world-renowned British and European artists. Here you’ll find the Welsh national collection of fine and applied art, where you can learn all about the country’s history of art. Some of the best landscape paintings from the collection have even been used to create a Staff Haven facility for NHS workers. Plus, the museum doesn’t just house some of the best of Welsh art. You’ll also find French impressionism, ancient art and decorative Chinese porcelain here too.

MOMA Wales, Machynlleth, North Wales

The Tabernacle, home of MOMA Machynlleth, is made up of a converted chapel-come-concert hall, and seven beautiful art galleries. The aim is to promote Welsh and international arts and cultural events. Unsurprisingly, the Museum of Modern Art in North Wales features some of the best Welsh contemporary art. If you can’t abide by stuffy Georgian portraits, MOMA is the perfect place to view some gorgeous modern pieces instead.

For more places to visit for a touch of Welsh culture, why not check out six of the best museums in Wales? Or take a step back in time and explore the history of Wales through its vast collection of castles.

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