Penpont Art exhibition

Over the weekend of May 24th, 25th and 26th Penpont will be hosting an Art exhibition and opening the gardens to visitors.

The weekend forms part of Powys Arts Month see for further details and participants. Entry to the exhibition is free, although we are asking for charitable donations in the car park which will go direct to L'Arche

Refreshments are being served in the Stables throughout the day.

Participant artists all live on the Penpont Estate, and this is an annual show of new work that has been developed for the weekend. A mix of paintings, sculpture, lnstallations, Land art, Photography, wood craft, and baskets will all be exhibited over the period.

For more information on the artists please follow the links:

Morag Colquhoun

David Eveleigh

Robert MacDonald

Robert Macdonald is a painter and printmaker who has lived for many years on the Penpont estate. Last year he became the first elected Chair of the Royal Watercolour Society of Wales and he is also a recent Chair of the Welsh Group, the senior association of professional artists in Wales. Born in Britain in 1935, he spent much of his early life in New Zealand where he trained as a journalist and began painting in his spare time. Originally self-taught, he spent periods in art schools on returning to Britain, and was accepted as a mature student in the Painting School of the postgraduate Royal College of Art at the age of 41; one of the few students admitted without a first degree.  He also took a diploma in advanced printmaking techniques at the London Central School of Art and is now a director of the Swansea Print Workshop. He exhibits widely and last year was one of eight printmakers from Wales whose work went on display in the European Parliament, Brussels, and was also shown in Amsterdam. Welsh story-tellers attended the Dutch gallery opening to relate to a Dutch audience the legend of Llyn-y-Fan Fach  - the subject of a number of Robert’s prints. This legend from a lake beneath Mynydd Du, the Black Mountain, has fascinated Robert for many years. He has been invited later this year to the St. Donats storytelling festival where he will work in front of an audience, cutting a linocut image of the lake myth while storyteller Guto Dafis recounts the legend with music and poetry.

          Last year he participated in a project organised by the Swansea Print Workshop to commemorate the Dylan Thomas centenary with a series of prints celebrating the poet’s work and relationship with Swansea. Robert focused his prints on the prose work for radio ‘Return Journey’, in which Dylan Thomas wrote of returning to Swansea after the Blitz and endeavouring to reconnect with his younger self among the city ruins. Robert himself experienced bombing as a boy. His family lost their home in Britain when he was seven and they went to New Zealand at the end of the War. He felt an affinity with this work by Dylan Thomas and created a series of prints in which the ghostly shapes of enemy aircraft form a pattern in the sky above the poet and his blitzed birthplace.  

Simon Royer  

Simon Royer is an artist with a love of natural history and the environment. Self taught he works in a variety of media, including oils, acrylic paints and sculpture.
 Liama Ozols has said of his work: From the earliest fine art paintings depicting accurately realistic representations of birds, to the ethereal, atmospheric quality of the beach scenes, all works depict the almost physical, tactile relationship we have with our world. More often than not Royer’s works contain a story, whether it be an illustration of the Darwinian concept of survival, a visual exploration of the behavioral habits of certain species or a critique of mankind’s depletion of the planet’s natural resources, his interest and concern with the environment is overriding. Royer’s intuitive portrayal of his subject matter and the striking vitality apparent in all his artworks has brought him many admirers and collectors.
 Royer has had solo exhibitions in London, Denver and Brighton and has works hanging in both private and corporate collections worldwide, including Cine Aqua-Aquarium Paris. In 2012, Royer exhibited work in both the Royal Society of Marine Artists (RSMA) and the Royal Society of Oil Painters (ROI) Annual Exhibitions at the Mall Galleries in London a finalist in the 2013 BBC Wildlife and prestigious 2014 David Shepherd wildlife art exhibition

Tessa Waite

The complex and subtle workings of relationships to self and others and the nature of transition and change; of what is manifest and what is unseen; are central themes for me. Responding intuitively, I am fascinated by the interplay of themes and choice of materials which offers a challenging dialogue between form and content that has led to key developments in my approach. 


Gareth Irwin

Amanda Rayner

Wyldwoodwillow is a small weaving business that was set up in 2000. Run by Amanda Rayner using a variety of coloured willows to make any thing from willow baskets and coffins to artistic sculptures and living garden structures. Amanda also regularly runs workshops at her studio at Craft Renaissance Gallery and at Humble by Nature among others in many aspects of weaving.
The passing on of these traditional skills is something that Amanda feels passionately about and more of her life these days is dedicated to sharing the knowledge and techniques. Many objects can be made from willow and commissions for the weird and wonderful are often undertaken.  In her spare time Amanda loves to weave with vibrant colours and wild hedgerow materials and make interesting shaped baskets like vases and vessels.

Gavin Hogg (no website ) 

I am an enthusiastic traveller and over recent years have been fortunate enough to visit a number of sub Saharan African countries. I am also a passionate photographer and love being able to record and capture scenes, people, and landscapes as they unfold in front of me. I endeavour to balance the taking of photos with the ability to put down the camera and live in the present moment, without always travelling with my eye glued behind the lens, thereby experiencing the true emotions of the scene. I work digitally and present my pictures as naturally as I can.

These pictures are a selection taken from tours to Kenya, Madagascar, and Ethiopia, in 2012.

In Kenya I have been involved with working for the Milgis Trust who oversee a number of conservation and humanitarian projects in Samaburuland. The Samburu tribe are pastoral nomads who farm cattle and goats within the harsh environment of Northern Kenya. They live a life that has changed little over the past 10,000 years, in symbiotic harmony with the land they pass over, and the wild animals that live within it. This lifestyle is under threat now, from oil prospecting and development, and the Trust is working hard to preserve these peoples and their way of life. I recorded a CD of their traditional songs, which is now being sold. To date over $40,000 has been raised.

My eldest son, Forrest, worked for two years in Madagascar for a charity –Azafady, based in the South East. I visited this remarkable country twice during his stay. The charity is involved in the conservation of land, animals and the welfare of the local people, who fall under the threat from a foreign mining corporation.

In Ethiopia I travelled as part of a group who were researching the growing industry of Kat, (a herb that is chewed for mild hallucinogenic effects), and how it was beginning to overtake the established Coffee industry. This took us to some remote regions in the east of the country including the city of Harar - known as the fourth most significant settlement within the Muslim religion.

My dilemma has been to limit the selection of pictures that is presented here in this exhibition. Should a photo have a story? Stir emotions? Be educational? Or could it be that the picture is something beautiful that can adorn the wall of an admirer. I believe that it can be one and all of those, and it is down to us as individuals to view them with our own personal feelings.



The cafe is being run by students from Crickhowell high school to raise funds for a very special adventure, please read on.....

Students from Crickhowell High School have embarked upon an 18 month Personal Development journey that will lead them from a picturesque Welsh Village in the heart of the Brecon Beacons to Nancholi, a village close to the bustling township of Blantyre, in southern Malawi, East Africa 12,000 Kms away!

In November 2013 they took part in a 2 day Personal Development Workshop run by The Touchstone Foundation. The workshop is designed for 16 – 18 year olds to explore self-perceptions, perceptions of others, personal impact and to start to look at what is important to them.

Following the workshop the students were offered the opportunity to travel to Nancholi, in the summer 2015. While there, they will be immersed in the local life style and culture and work with the Girls Voice Trust, part of the Nancholi Youth Organisation (NAYO). Girls Voice Trust works to raise the profile of young women within the local culture. This is achieved by creating small business initiatives which will enable women to support their families, their communities and themselves through education. During their stay, the Crickhowell students will also be involved with working with the NAYO whose activities offer support to the most disadvantaged members of the community, helping with healthcare, education, orphan care, feeding programmes, home-based care for those suffering with HIV/AIDS, youth awareness…

To take part in this amazing opportunity, each student (and the leaders) have to raise £2000. This will be achieved by working and sponsored events.

This is another great opportunity to learn and, for most, the first steps towards entrepreneurship.

Davina and Gavin Hogg have kindly offered us the cafe at the Penpont Art Exhibition in May and we will be eager to fill you with teas & cakes and wholesome snacks. If you would like to know more about our team, please come along for a chat. If you would like to know more about The Touchstone Foundation, here is their web address or we’ll see you at Penpont.


Dogs on leads will be permitted into the gardens. Please bring suitable footware.

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