What's on offer at Mid Wales Arts.
Mid Wales Arts is situated close to the River Severn and offers the perfect base from which to explore this beautiful area. We’re just off the A470 between the villages of Caersws and Llandinam, with the larger Powys towns of Newtown and Llanidloes under 15 mins drive away. The village of Caersws, only a short walk away, with its train station on the Cambrian Coast line.
Barn Gallery & Cafe
Our newly refurbished Café Gallery provides the warm welcome to our visitors. The large light and airy space holds a programme if exhibitions displaying work by local and national artists, including new work by the artists we represent. All artworks are for sale at affordable prices and we pride ourselves on curating high quality work by artists at all stages of their career.
The Café Gallery provides a range of hot and cold drinks, home made cakes and food has gained a reputation locally for its quality and freshness, many of the ingredients are grown in our garden. The cafe is a spacious room situated in a converted barn that provides space for friends to meet while safely observing social distancing.
Our Art Shed is the home to our permanent collection of large scale enamel paintings and sculptures by Stefan Knapp, and sculptures by John Paddison. Two artists renowned and respected as innovators in their day. Situated in a large converted sheep shed, the hall is our largest space and houses regularly changing large scale installations by sculptors from Wales and beyond. We also use the hall to present our events programmefeaturing live music from local talented musicians and readings by the best of Wales’ poets and creative writers.
In 2021 the Art Shed was renovated, supported in part by a grant from the Arts Council of Wales. Following the renovation, we now have ground source heating installed allowing the Art Shed to be used year-round as a gallery and event space.
Our Art Studio is the home of our vibrant programme of workshops and arts classes for all ages and skill levels. Mid Wales Arts has been running pottery and sculpture clubs for 10 years. Some wonderful individual and group work regularly comes out of the kilns and students have gone on to win competitions and study sculpture at University. We now have an electric and a separate wood-burning kiln and 2 electric wheels.
Other regular classes include our hugely popular lino-cut printing workshops with Jeb Loy Nichols and, Sculpteen, our yearly summer sculpture programme for teenagers. Our new Artist in Residence programme for has brought a renewed excitement to our workshop programme with our resident artists leading workshops, sharing their ideas, inspirations and working methods.
Situated in the center of our buildings is our beautiful Sculpture Garden. Enjoy walking in beautiful scenery and discovering over 100 extraordinary and varied pieces of original sculpture from Wales and Zimbabwe. The national organisation of sculptors in Wales, Sculpture Cymru, opened an exciting test space and sculpture trail in 2015. Alison Lochhead of Sculpture Cymru and the former Gas Gallery said it was the beginning of an exciting period for Sculpture Cymru who have wanted a home where they could have a permanent exhibition space to exhibit, and exchange ideas.
The park extends to 18 acres and visitors are free to enjoy walking around it and using it as inspirational source material. The well-established private gardens are full of spectacular plants and our own home grown fruit and vegetables.
The main house of Mid Wales Arts Centre, know locally as Maesmawr, dates back to 1526. Originally built as a Welsh longhouse, the site grew into a successful farm. Much of the original structure of the house remains, with an imposing Georgian front added to the house in 1820.
The house is is the home of our Maesmawr Gallery, home to a collection permanent collection of smaller enamel of steel paintings and sculptures by Stefan Knapp, and a regularly changing exhibitions by local and national artists and makers.
Bed & Breakfast
We offer 4 star Bed and Breakfast accommodation on site in the beautiful heart of Mid Wales. We have a variety of rooms available in the Maesmawr Farmhouse and the Barn Gallery. Rooms in our farmhouse offer wonderful views of the Severn Valley and surrounding hills and all our rooms feature original artworks. All of our guest rooms are newly refurbished and equipped with WiFi and televisions. We can accommodate families and groups travelling together at reasonable prices.
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We (two families) spent 5 hours here with the friendly owners who entertained and fed us on a very rainy bank holiday Sunday. The sculpture trail was fun for the children and adults. The food in the cafe was excellent, cooked to order and catered for our finicky dietary requirements. To finish we played with Rosie (the owner’s dog) and played in the pottery workshop. We turned up not knowing why to expect and spent all day. (Jonathan C May 2018 via Trip Advisor)