The gardens currently extend to 4 acres. The gardens are designed for the display of sculpture and carved lettering. In the pareterre or sensory garden there is usually a sculpture installation on view which changes annually and in the memory field there is a permanent display of carved lettering on loan from the Lettering and Commemorative Arts Trust. Throughout the gardens you find a display of pieces

of sculpture and carved lettering by

different artists.


Prairie planting & Hatterall Hill

The Lettering and Commemorative Arts Trust is the only charity in the UK with the specific brief of fostering contemporary memorial art. Since 1998 they have directed their energies to addressing gaps in letter-carving training, running an apprenticeship scheme and letter carving workshops throughout the UK, engaging with trade monumental masons and others to influence standards and raise public awareness and appreciation of memorial arts relevant to the 21st century.

The purpose of the Art & Memory Collection, shown at six sites across the UK, is to show how beautiful and varied contemporary memorial art can be while providing an inspiration for those wishing to erect a memorial.

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Chris Elsey - Rock of Ages Photo copyright Charles Hawes Panico Theodosiou - Fish

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The gardens will be open to the public on the last weekends of June, July, August (for NGS) and September 2-5 pm. Other times by appointment. Entrance £5

Teas will be available




Quiet Garden Days

Please contact us for details of any events




Sculpture byMatthew Lane Sanderson and Rachel Wood.

An outdoor display and maquettes and smaller works upstairs in the Studio.

Matt and Rachel live in Herefodshire and have forged a reputation for stylish large scale sculpture, mainly in metal.

Matthew Lane Sanderson

During the exhibition:


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


festival of border lettering

during h'Art: 12 - 20 September 2015


Monnow Valley Arts has had a long interest in the lettering arts and in this event, practitioners of the art of lettering from along the Border will showcase their art through demonstrations, displays, talks and practical courses.
Some 20 lettercutters, calligraphers and graphic designers involved with letter forms will showcase their work. Demonstrations by some of those participating will take place on the weekend of 12/13 and 19/20 September.
Details of courses, talks and events for children will be posted here soon.
Exceptionally the Centre will be open daily from 11 am - 5 pm.




Sculpture display

During 2015 Matthew Lane Sanderson and Rachel Wood will display some of his recent works at the centre.


Lane Sanderson


Matthew Lane Sanderson and Rachel Wood will display some of their recent works at the centre beween 4 July – 5 September 2015.

Sanderson is a commissioned artist who works nationally on public art projects usually in civic spaces. He is based just a few miles along the border from Monnow Valley Arts with his partner Rachel, who is also a sculptor, and their young family. He is inspired to create both static and kinetic works of art that describe natural forms, movement and human form. With
some 50 public projects to his name, and many private ones, from very small to very large scale, he is an all-round ideas man with a particular passion for metal craft that started with training in jewellery and has now been supercharged by both the challenging commissions he seeks and his boundless passion to explore, make and entertain.


William Pye

William Pye has kindly allowed us to keep his wonderful water sculpture meniscus that has been the focal point for the parterre gardens for the last three years, for one more season! This work has been kindly loaned to us by the artist. You will also find a permanent water sculpture by William Pye in the fountain court.

Meniscus by William Pye

Pye quad


Memory Gardens:

The 2010 season saw the opening of the Memory Gardens, which are especially landscaped to house the collection of Memorial Art on permanent loan from the Memorial Arts Charity.


We are planning to add pieces to this collection each year.

Memory Gardens








Memory Gardens










previous exhibitions

We will open the gardens for the season on 28 April with a season long display of ceramics for the garden. Works range from traditional terracotta planters to large scale outdoor ceramics, ceramic sculpture and installations.

There are stunning pots by Jenifer Jones, Tony Hall, Brigitte Reuter and Gwynneth Rixon. Beautiful birdbaths by Sarah Walton and large cereamic heads by well known sculptor Pat Volk as well as an installation by Michel Francois.

In the gallery are smaller pieces by Phil Rogers, Jason Braham, Bridget Drakeford, Kate Schuricht and others.

Have a look at Tony Hall throwing a large terracotta pot: http://vimeo.com/40181876


Jenifer Jones


Garden Benches: A contemporary interpretation

7 May – 30 October 2011
in the Ardizzone Sensory and Sculpture Garden and surrounding areas.
Open Thursdays and Fridays 11 am–5 pm and weekends 2–5 pm. Tuesdays and Wednesdays by appointment and for groups. Entrance by donation.


Twenty artist-craftsmen have been asked to design and create benches for gardens. Most gardens still rely on traditional Victorian and Edwardian designs for seating. The artist contributing to this display are showing
new and imaginative ideas in wood, stone and metal.

Oldfield - Mayan Bench


Garden Benches Parterre overview


Ed Brooks - Chaise Longue

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