Monnow Valley Arts Centre opened in 2007 and became a registered charity in 2008. The centre is situated in an area of outstanding beauty on the border of England and Wales. The name comes from the River Monnow which forms the border between Herefordshire and Monmouthshire.

Pond Monnow Valley Arts



Gardens at Monnow Valley Arts Centre


Artists studio

Artists Studio at Monnow Valley Arts Centre



Art courses at Monnow Valley Arts Centre

opening times

Thursday & Friday 11 am - 5 pm

Saturday & Sunday 2 - 5 pm

Tuesday & Wednesday group visits

and educational activities

Closed Mondays and Bank Holidays.

Printable directions to Monnow Valley Arts

We also have catalogues, books and cards available to order, please visit the shop.

opening times

Thursday & Friday 11 am - 5 pm

Saturday & Sunday 2 - 5 pm

Tuesday & Wednesday group visits

and educational activities

Closed Mondays and Bank Holidays.

Printable directions to Monnow Valley Arts


forthcoming exhibitions

In the Gallery and Studio:

The Nicholas and Frances McDowall Collection of BRITISH NEO-ROMANTIC ART



In the Gardens:

Sculpture by Matthew Lane Sanderson and Rachel Wood.

Rachel Wood

4 July - 5 September 2015



An Evening with Matthew Lane Sanderson

Saturday 11 July at 7 for 7.30 pm

For one night only and to accompany the display of Matthew's work at Monnow Valley Arts we will host a pop-up restaurant.


Matthew will talk about his work, his craft and the art that has been comissioned from him all over the country, while you enjoy a meal sourced from the food grown at Middle Hunt House.


£20 per person, including supper and a glass of fizz.

Bring your own bottle.


Numbers limited, please reserve by calling

01873 860 529




opening exhibition 2015

Pacheco Sphinx

We will open the gardens and gallery for the 2015 season on 25 April with the exhibition: Ana Maria Pacheco - The Dorothy and Christopher Good Collection The exhibition runs until 21 June.

In the studio there will be an exhibition of the work of Julienne and Jason Brahom, of paintings by Julienne and pots by Jason.

Julienne Braham Jason Braham


programme 2015


Ana Maria Pacheco: The Christopher and Dorothy Good

25 April – 21 June 2015


The McDowall Collection of Neo-romantic Paintings,
Drawings and Prints

4 July – 5 September 2015


Border Lettering Festival during h'Art
12 - 20 September 2015

Note: special opening hours during the festival: daily from 11 am- 5 pm



Jason and Julienne Braham
25 April – 21 June 2015


The McDowall Collection of Neo-Romantic Paintings,
Drawings and Prints
4 July– 5 September 2015


Border Lettering Festival during h'Art
12 - 20 September 2015

Note: special opening hours during the festival: daily from 11 am- 5 pm



Open 25 April– 20 September 2015

Open to the public:
Thursday - Friday 11 am – 5 pm
Weekends 2 – 5 pm
Open for educational and other groups only on Tuesday and Wednesday, closed Monday and Bank Holidays.
Entrance to gallery exhibitions is free, but a donation is requested if not visiting the gardens.
Entrance to gardens, sculpture display and National Collection of Contemporary Memorial Arts is by donation of £4 per adult, no concessions, children under 14 free.


past exhibitions

Arnold Daghani (1909-1985): Stations of the Cross

12 April - 20 April 2014

Open exceptionally every weekday 11 - 5 pm and weekends 2-5 pm

The Rev. Nicolas Lowton will lead meditations on one of the stations on Monday 16, Tuesday 17 and Wednesday 18 April at 7.30 pm


Ken Stradling's Eye: Modern Design in Britain

A selection from the Ken Stradling Collection, curated by Dr Alan Powers

3 May - 29 June 2014


Edgar Holloway (1914-2008): The Art of a Lifetime

A centenary touring exhibition

5 July - 31 August 2014


Edward Ardizzone (1900-1979): The Creator of Little Tim and Friends

6 September - 2 November 2014



Border Ceramics & Other Applied Art

3 May - 29 June 2014


Eric Gill (1882-1940): Engravings

5 July - 31 August 2014


26 Words Touring Exhibition

A 26 Group and Letter Exchange touring exhibition

6 September - 2 November 2014





The DODO is Dead: Long Live the DODO, An Ecological Disaster Story

7 September - 27 October 2013

The sad story of the demise of the Dodo, told by items from the collection of Ralfe Whistler. Art, artifacts, memorabilia and Dodo bones tell the story of the Dodo and how it became extinct.

Accompanied by an illustrated catalogue £3 including postage. PDF preview of the catalogue.


Dodo cover


In the STUDIO:

Words Set Free: A Letter Exchange Touring Exhibition

7 September - 27 October 2013

The exhibition showcases works by members of Letter Exchange around the theme of Free Speach. In an ecclectic and exciting mix of material, the works on display present a cross section of all kinds of professional lettering artists, from typographers and font designers to calligraphers and laser cutters.

All works are made to a set size of 40 x 40 cm.

An exhibition catalogue is available: £10


Words set free


Opening on 6 July until 1 September 2013:

In the gallery: Richard Greatrex: Resistance Re-imagined

An exhibition of photographs based on Owen Sheer's novel Resistance. More information on the exhibition and the invitation card to be found here



In the Studio: Richard Bavin: Painting the Landscape

An exhibition of drawings, watercolours and paintings of our local landscape. More information on the exhibition and the invitation card to be found here




Material Words by Richard Kindersley

Richard Kindersley Artfence


Richard Kindersley Artword


Richard Kindersley Artword 2


Kindersley Art Word

and in the studio:

Illuminated Optimism by Tashi Mannox

Tashi Mannox


Tashi Mannox



Tashi Mannox






An Exhibition of works from the Methodist Church Collection of Modern Christian Art complemented
by the work of Contemporary Artists.


A fully illustrated catalogue of the 30 works in the exhibition is available from Monnow Valley Arts and at the exhibition venues price £10 post included


During Eastertide other exhibitions of Modern and Contemporary Christian Art (some from the
Methodist Modern Art Collection) will be held at various venues near Monnow Valley Arts. Full details to be found in this separate brochure.


Modern Christian Art from the Methodist Art Collection and other sources:
Craigie Aitchison
John Brokenshire
David Jones
Elisabeth Frink
Eric Gill
Patrick Heron
Roy De Maistre
Ceri Richards
William Roberts
Peter Rogers
Francis Newton Souza
Graham Sutherland

Contemporary artists:
Qassim Alseady
Richard Bavin
Mark Cazalet
Michael Chaitow
Marzia Colonna
John Cristoforou
Nigel Groom
Paul Hobbs
Nicola Hopwood
Hans Klein Hofmeijer
Helen McIldowie-Jenkins
Andrea McLean
Greg Tricker
Sam Wigan
Robert Wright


From 12 - 23 February Wolseley Fine Arts will be exhibiting at The Gallery in Cork Street, 28 Cork Street, London W1S 3NG

John Buckland Wright (1897-1954)

Heart's Desire, Drawings and engravings.

Open Monday - Friday 11 am - 6 pm

Saturdays 11 am - 3 pm

A fully illustrated catalogue is available at £10 including P&P or can be downloaded here:

Heart's Desire Catalogue


For more information and if you are interested in aquiring a work by John Buckland Wright, visit the Wolseley website or call 01873 860 525 or 07770234 889 during exhibition days.



Thursday, Friday and Saturday 11, 12 & 13 October

10 am - 4 pm


Come and join local artist Kate Raggett help to create the Monnow Valley Big Draw, a community effort for all ages to join in with and add ideas to.

It is free, lots of people, lots of ideas, one big drawing. We will use diverse materials such as wool, willow, conkers, apples, pine cones, lavender and anything you bring that you think would be useful to add in.


We want as many community groups as possible to come and help. Everyone from toddlesr to OAP's. There is access for cars and mini buses direct to the field for the hard of walking and wheelchair users.


After the drawing has been finished, Kate will go up in a helicopter and photograph the finished art work, which will be over 20 metres wide. We will send an image f the drawing to all those who joined in.


Opening on 1 September is the last exhibition of this season:

IMAGE & WORD: The Julian Francis Collection of Prints and Illustrated Books.


Francis invite


In the studio there is a selling exhibition of British Original Book Illustrations. A list of available works is here: Print List


In the gardens we have an exhibition of ceramics, as well as two new water sculpture by William Pye: Meniscus by William Pye


Information and a printable booking form for the Monnow Valley Academy events for 2012 can be found here


We are participating in H-art, Hereford Art Week, from 8 - 16 September and are open every day from 11 am - 5 pm during this period.


Apart from the exhibitions in the gallery and studio, there is sculpture, carved lettering and ceramics in the gardens and Flora Fremantle has created a Labyrinth in the memory field, especially for H-art, so please come and walk it! Flora will be available to ask questions and talk about her work at the weekends.


On the 30 of June we opened the exhibition of works by Ben Nicholson: Ben Nicholson (1894 - 1982) Defining Structure and Space by Line. The exhibition will run till 26 August.

Nicholson St Ives Rooftops

Most works in the exhibition come from private collections and originally from the Helen Sutherland collection. Helen Sutherland met Nicholson in 1925 and became his most important patron. Her insight into the nature of Nicholson's art was immediate at a time when few understood it. She saw Nicholson's work as spiritual and not materialistic. Over 40 years Helen Sutherland purchased more than 40 works from Nicholson.

We are most grateful for the loan of these works, many unseen since the Helen Sutherland collection was exhibited by the Arts Council in 1970/1.


A 20 page illustrated catalogue with a foreword by David Prentice and an introduction by Rupert Otten accompanies the exhibition. The Sutherland collection has been supplemented with some additional works by Ben Nicholson, which will be for sale.You can either order a copy (£5 + £1.50 p&p) by phone or e-mail or download it for free here: Nicholson catalogue.

Nicholson Pricelist


A printable invitation to the event can be found here


In the studio, to coincide with the Nicholson exhibition, we will have works on show by Modern British and European masters such as Henry Moore, David Jones, John Piper, Graham Sutherland, Pierre Bonnard, Henri Hayden, Paul Serusier and Edouard Vuillard.

A complete illustrated list can be found here.


Peter Brookes - Political Cartoons

Peter Brookes


David Prentice: 75th Birthday Celebration in the Gallery

David Prentice - On Broad Down

In the Artists Studio :

Charles MacCarthy - Landscapes of the Monnow Valley

Bridget Drakeford - Ceramics

Bridget Drakeford & Charles Maccarthy exhibitions


The Romantic Landscape in Wales: John Piper, Graham Sutherland & Ralph Maynard Smith in the Gallery

Ralph Maynard Smith Farm in Wales

Reg Boulton Images of Herefordshire in the Artists Studio

Reg Boulton Kilpeck



In association with Wolseley Fine Arts: PRINTS 2011 and Selected Drawings: works by Edward Ardizzone, Edgar Holloway, David Jones, John Piper, Graham Sutherland, Samuel Palmer, Rembrandt van Rijn, Leon Underwood, Reg Boulton, John Buckland Wright, Edward Gordon Craig, Albert garrett, Eric Gill, Dennis Tegetmeier and Sir Kyffin Williams. 2 - 14 April. Opening times: Thursday & Friday 11 am - 5 pm, Saturday & Sunday 2 - 5 pm.

Exhibition catalogue

Kyffin Williams

Wolseley Fine Arts will be exhibiting works by Monnow Valley artist Reg Boulton at the London Original Print Fair at the Royal Academy, London from 18 - 21 April.