Sian Hughes – ‘Fragments in Time’

Sunday 20 September to Sunday 1 November. Fragments in Time celebrates the landscape before the Cob dried the Traeth Mawr in 1810. Sian captures fragmentary traces left by time. Working in the field, she presses porcelain clay and liquid latex directly into stone creating translucent artefacts that invite a reappraisal of that landscape. In so doing, new forms emerge, mapped into … Read More

Manon Awst – ‘ANGHYSBELL’

Sunday 2 August to Sunday 13 September This is a new exhibition by artist Manon Awst which explores the site of Brondanw architecturally, geologically and culturally. Following a residency period at Oriel Brondanw, Manon will create installations, film works and various other pieces which experiment with materials whilst responding to the specific character of the building and wonderful gardens. To … Read More

Hywel Livingstone – ‘Stainless Sculpture’

Sunday 14 June to Sunday 26 July Hywel will exhibit stainless steel sculptures created by him over the past five years as well as brand-new works created especially for Oriel Brondanw. The sculptures bring together key themes that have been stirring since the beginning of Hywel’s career on the west coast of Wales, and have developed over his time living … Read More

The Gregynog Experiment: R.A. Maynard – Print and Music 1922-31

Sunday 7 June to Sunday 2 August. Introducing the work of Robert Ashwin Maynard and others in the centenary year of Gregynog hall.The famous Gwasg Gregynog Press will celebrate its centenary in 2022. for more information:post@susanwilliamsellis.org01766 770 590

‘I can paint here!’ Sarah Nechamkin (1917-2017)

Sunday, 26 April to Sunday, 31 May Sarah Nechamkin met Susan Williams-Ellis in about 1935 whilst studying at the Chelsea Polytechnic, and they stayed lifelong friends. Oriel Brondanw has been bequeathed a substantial amount of Sarah’s work and this compact Library display will open the door on that work and the life of a Jewish-Russian artist from Ibiza. For more … Read More

Menna Angharad – ‘Looking at Things’

Sunday 26 April to Sunday 7 June What is the purpose of painting and pictures? To decorate? To glorify? To interpret? To learn? To communicate? For Menna, painting is a reason to look at things as a means of exploration; exploring what, Menna isn’t sure – something nameless that slips out of reach and disappears at first glimpse. for more … Read More

Susan Williams-Ellis – ‘Gold’

From Sunday 15 March This is a small display of some of Susan’s work which incorporates ‘gold’. It reflects her delight in opulence and luxury, and a penchant for shiny things. Collectors will delight in a couple of original paper designs for ‘Gold Six’. Also on display are four mid-19th century Tinsel Prints from Susan’s personal collection. for more information:post@susanwilliamsellis.org01766 770 … Read More

Peter Lord – ‘The Itinerant Life: Painters, Preachers, Poets’ CANCELLED

In a series of five talks, Peter Lord will discuss aspects of Welsh painting in the nineteenth and first half of the twentieth centuries. The talks are based on a sequence of essays to be published by Parthian Books in the summer of 2020, called Looking Out: Welsh painting, social class and international context. The subjects range from the work … Read More

Agored/Open 2020

Exhibition launch 2pm to 4pm: Sunday 15 March. CANCELLED Exhibition dates: Sunday 15 March to Sunday 19 April Due to the success of our first Agored/Open exhibition in 2019, we are happy to announce that this season of exhibitions will launch with Oriel Brondanw Agored/Open 2020. The caffi will open especially on this day from 11am to 4.30pm for more … Read More

Oriel Brondanw Open Exhibition 2020

Following the success of the Oriel Brondanw Open Exhibition in 2019 here is another chance for artists, in any medium, to exhibit their work in the gallery’s wonderful space.  The timetable’s tight but it’s a wonderful opportunity. Here are some key dates for you to note: Closing dates for applications: Sunday, 26 January 2020 Notify successful artists: 3 February 2020 … Read More

A selection of antique maps

The image shows Michael Drayton & William Hole’s Poly-Olbion, 1612 & 1622, The Isle of Anglesey, Carnarvan Shyre, Merioneth Shyre Poly-Olbion is a topographical poem, divided into thirty songs, describing England and Wales. The poem was written by Michael Drayton (1563–1631) and the eighteen maps were engraved by William Hole (fl. c. 1606–1646). The maps have little of the usual cartographic … Read More

Calling artists: Oriel Brondanw Open Exhibition 2020

We are placing the Oriel Brondanw Open 2020 exhibition at the beginning of our season to start it off in the best way possible. Based on our experience in 2019 there will be a few minor changes to the application procedure. Final details regarding applications and submission dates will released shortly.

‘A World in a Box’ Chris Clunn

Come and see Chris Clunn’s photographic exhibition ‘A World in a Box’. Five themes of photos made on film and paper.   Available at Oriel Brondanw: A rare opportunity to purchase signed prints by Chris Clunn from the exhibition ‘A World in a Box‘.Also available, the exhibition book ‘A World in a Box’ and the ‘Meirionnydd’ series book.

Artist in residence: Sian Hughes

More from Sian Hughes’ research and development project ‘FRAGMENTS in TIME’ Sian is interested in the landscape of Traeth Mawr, Porthmadog and the traces that remain before the Cob was built and the land drained. Sian’s fieldwork takes impressions directly from the environment: its  geology and industrial remains using clay and latex. You can follow Sian on: www.instagram.com/artsianhughescelforwww.sianhughes.net Sian’s project … Read More

Artist in residence: Sian Hughes

Sian is interested in the landscape of Traeth Mawr, Porthmadog and the traces that remain before the Cob was built and the land drained. Sian’s fieldwork takes impressions directly from the environment: its  geology and industrial remains using clay and latex. Sian’s project has been funded by a ‘Research and Development’ grant awarded by the following bodies:

Call for Artists! Closing date 18.7.19

Contact Oriel Brondanw for information on how to apply or click “Application Form” below and download the form. Application Form Agored/Open 2019

Call for Artists!

Call for Artists! The closing date for receiving applications is 4pm, 18 July 2019. Download the application form below. Application Form: Oriel Brondanw Agored/Open 2019

Susan Williams-Ellis, ‘An Eclectic’

Sunday, 10 March to Sunday, 14 April 2019 Susan Williams-Ellis is best known for her Portmeirion Pottery but there is more to her artistic life than the innovative ceramics. At different times in her career Susan found artistic expression in commissioned and non-commissioned illustration, in painting, in clothes, fabric and furniture design, and even in masks. She left a vast … Read More

Artist in Residence: Sian Hughes

From her base at Oriel Brondanw Sian Hughes this July and August will be doing field work for her project Fragments in Time. Sian works with porcelain clay rolling it paper thin and pressing it into the landscape. She is planning to use this process to make impressions from plants, geology, industrial remains and elements of the Traeth Mawr. When … Read More

‘Crossing the Sands’ – Maps in the Library

Sunday, 8 September to Sunday, 20 October This exhibition will be opened with a talk by Mike Parker, author of Map Addict, Mapping The Roads, On the Red Hill and more. The Traeth Mawr and Traeth Bach estuaries, either side of Plas Brondanw, were major topographical features on the earliest of maps, and major travel obstacles.  Although the Ogilby strip … Read More

Oriel Brondanw Agored/Open 2019

Launch 2pm until 4pm. Sunday 15 September. Exhibition dates: Sunday, 15 September to Sunday, 3 November. This year, 2019, will see the launch of Oriel Brondanw’s first Agored/Open exhibition. Artists working in any medium will, through a selection procedure, get the opportunity to exhibit their work at this unique location. For more information: post@susanwilliamsellis.org 01766 770 590

‘A World in a Box’ – Chris Clunn

Sunday, 28 July to Sunday,8 September The photographer Chris Clunn is Gwynedd based but international in outlook, and the themes of his exhibition will reflect this. To those who are not aware of Chris’ work this overview of his powerful, idiosyncratic and perceptive observations of people, mostly, will be memorable. For more information: post@susanwilliamsellis.org 01766 770 590

‘Women Painted by Men – portraits 1736 -1955’ – Peter Lord

Sunday, 2 June to Sunday, 14 July Oriel Brondanw is delighted to be able to present another series of Library Mini-shows under Peter Lord’s curation. Each show will be formally opened by a Peter Lord talk; in 2018 these were sell-outs. The Mini-show themes this year will be: Henry Clarence Whaite: Snowdonia in the Victorian Age. (14/4 – 26/5/19) Women … Read More

‘Fabric of an Image’ – Josie Russell

Sunday, 9 June to Sunday, 21 July Josie brings her personal insight on landscape to Oriel Brondanw. Her exhibition of new work will present our land and surrounds through fascinating textile. Intriguing as ever, and ever popular. Don’t miss it. Image: ‘Criccieth’ 14 x 10in (35.5 x 25.5cm) unframed. Exhibited works by Josie will be for sale during the exhibition. For … Read More

‘Henry Clarence Whaite: Snowdonia in the Victorian Age’ – Peter Lord

Sunday, 14 April to Sunday, 26 May Oriel Brondanw is delighted to be able to present another series of Library Mini-shows under Peter Lord’s curation. Each show will be formally opened by a Peter Lord talk; in 2018 these were sell-outs. The Mini-show themes this year will be: Henry Clarence Whaite: Snowdonia in the Victorian Age. (14/4 – 26/5/19) We … Read More

‘Land and Sea’ – Catrin Williams

Sunday, 21 April to Sunday, 2 June Catrin’s art is instantly recognisable. Her paintings are known for being grounded in the experience of living in Wales. This exhibition, however, will showcase a new sea-life theme inspired by Susan Williams-Ellis’ work. Image: ‘Plas Brondanw’ 66 x 41.4cm Framed. Exhibited works by Catrin is for sale during this exhibition. For more information: … Read More

Susan Williams-Ellis, ‘An Eclectic’

Sunday, 10 March to Sunday, 14 April 2019 Susan Williams-Ellis is best known for her Portmeirion Pottery but there is more to her artistic life than the innovative ceramics. At different times in her career Susan found artistic expression in commissioned and non-commissioned illustration, in painting, in clothes, fabric and furniture design, and even in masks. She left a vast … Read More

Closed season office hours

Closing for the season in 2018 and Opening in 2019 From 7 November 2018 Oriel Brondanw will close its doors for the season to exhibitions and the public, and we will revert to a 9-5 Monday/Friday working week until 10 March 2019. But don’t be afraid to get in touch in the meantime. Thank you for your support.

Only a week left, then it’s curtains for this season…

In her centenary year we take a look at the varied and sometimes unexpected creations of Susan Williams-Ellis. Open Wednesday to Sunday 10.30 – 14.00 until 4 November 2018. Then the show will continue between 17 March 2019 until about 14 April 2019. Exact dates to be confirmed.

Two weeks until the end of our “Eclectic” season in 2018!

In her centenary year we take a look at the varied and sometimes unexpected creations of Susan Williams-Ellis. Open Wednesday to Sunday 10.30 – 14.00 until 4 November 2018. Then the show will continue between 17 March 2019 until about 14 April 2019. Exact dates to be confirmed.

A look at the varied creations of Susan Williams-Ellis

A look at the varied and sometimes unexpected creations of Susan Williams-Ellis in her centenary year. Open Wednesday to Sunday 10.30 – 14.00 until 4 November 2018. Then the show will continue between 17 March 2019 until about 14 April 2019. Exact dates to be confirmed.

Susan Williams-Ellis, ‘An Eclectic’

Sunday, 14 October to Sunday, 4 November 2018 Susan Williams-Ellis is best known for her Portmeirion Pottery but there is more to her artistic life than the innovative ceramics. At different times in her career Susan found artistic expression in commissioned and non-commissioned illustration, in painting, in clothes, fabric and furniture design, and even in masks. She left a vast … Read More

Successful book launch at Oriel Brondanw: ‘Celwydd Oll’ by Sian Northey

The launch of Celwydd Oll, a volume of short stories by Sian Northey was held at Oriel Brondanw on Wednesday evening, 12th of September 2018. The publishers are Gwasg y Bwthyn and the price is £8. Sian Northey was interviewed by Dylan Williams and songs were performed by Manon Steffan Ros. Oriel Brondanw wishes well to the author and to … Read More

Opening: Helfa Gelf yn Oriel Brondanw 2018

You are welcome to be part of the opening of Helfa Gelf yn Oriel Brondanw between 14.00 and 16.00 on Sunday, 9 September 2018. For more information email post@susanwilliamsellis.org or phone 01766 770590

Opening ‘Borrowed Light’ by Annie Morgan Suganami

Annie Morgan Suganami ‘Borrowed Light’ Annie’s work is her response to the state of the planet, the effects of global warming, both environmentally and politically. This constant backdrop to her life intensifies her need to live as fully and as kindly as possible. Annie’s small sculptures, her work in fragile paper and her pieces about the landscape directly relate to … Read More

A talk by Peter Lord: ‘Work’, Sunday 22 July 2018

Peter Lord – Library Mini-shows ‘Work’ – the third of three shows Over the summer, Oriel Brondanw will present three small themed exhibitions of historic Welsh paintings from the Peter Lord Collection. To open each of the exhibitions, Peter will give a talk about the paintings. John Cyrlas Williams, The Colarossi Studio, Paris, 1926–7 Coal:  15.4 – 3.6.18  /  Hugh Hughes:  10.6 … Read More

CALL FOR ARTISTS Open Exhibition – Oriel Brondanw 2018

Open Exhibition – Oriel Brondanw 2018 CALL FOR ARTISTS Deadline for emailed submission is Friday 27th July 2018. Artists are invited to submit works for exhibition at Oriel Brondanw, in September 2018. Up to three pieces may be submitted. Please email images (no larger than 1mb) of the work you are submitting along with title, size and medium. Emails must … Read More

A talk by Peter Lord: ‘Hugh Hughes’, Sunday 10 June 2018

Peter Lord – Library Mini-shows ‘Hugh Hughes’ – the second of three shows Over the summer, Oriel Brondanw will present three small themed exhibitions of historic Welsh paintings from the Peter Lord Collection. To open each of the exhibitions, Peter will give a talk about the paintings. Hugh Hughes, A Mother and Her Two Daughters, 1848 Coal:  15.4 – 3.6.18  /  Hugh … Read More

Resident Artist

Welcome Annie Morgan Suganami, our resident artist. The emphasis of Oriel Brondanw’s residency is to encourage the artist to try to develop a visual language different from the usual. Annie, who is recognized for portraits and figurative work will in Oriel Brondanw be putting an emphasis on 3D work, in a variety of media. Come back to see how her … Read More

A talk by Peter Lord: ‘Coal’, Sunday 15 April 2018

Peter Lord – Library Mini-shows ‘Coal’ – the first of three shows Over the summer, Oriel Brondanw will present three small themed exhibitions of historic Welsh paintings from the Peter Lord Collection. To open each of the exhibitions, Peter will give a talk about the paintings. Archie Griffiths, Ar y Domen Lo / On The Coal Tips, 1928-32 Coal:  15.4 – … Read More

Pick of the Week: ‘Moel Ddu VI’, Eleanor Brooks

Pick of the Week ‘Moel Ddu VI’, watercolour c. 33cm x 24cm: Moel Ddu towers above the Traeth Mawr, opposite Oriel Brondanw. This subtle depiction shows once again Eleanor Brooks’ mastery of yet another technique. [For sale.] ‘Tirluniau/Landscapes 1954-2014’, Eleanor Brooks. Until 7/5/18

Connexion 2017

Saturday, 9 December 2017 Luggage Art. International art and real-time web transmission. POP-UP exhibition.

Helfa Gelf – Art Trail

Wednesday, 6 September to Sunday, 24 September 2017 Helfa Gelf’s first collaboration with Oriel Brondanw. Twenty-three artists exhibit 52 pieces of art in assorted media.

Curious Travellers

Sunday, 21 May to Sunday, 25 June 2017 Thirteen contemporary artists react to Thomas Pennant’s 18th century travels. Landscape, Movement, Art.