Oriel Ffin y Parc exhibits paintings and sculptures from contemporary Welsh artists. The exhibitions change every 3 to 4 weeks. If you don’t have much knowledge of this area it’s the perfect introduction to some of the art that is being produced today in Wales and perhaps an opportunity to add to or start your own collection?
Typical prices start from around £200 and go into the thousands or, if you're not ready to invest that much in the art, books featuring the artists’ works are also available. Even if you have no intention of buying anything the gallery is free to enter and an enjoyable way to pass some time and expand your knowledge of Welsh artists.
The gallery is based in a lovely old Georgian house with large, open rooms and hallways providing the perfect space for displaying artwork. Sympathetically furnished and decorated in a modern style within the fabric of the old building it has created a pleasing blend of old and new somehow complementing the contemporary art of Wales displayed on its walls.
I can personally recommend the café which serves a range of cakes, pastries and tarts between 10am and 5pm. Lunchtime sandwiches are available between 12am and 2:30pm. The cafe also has a licence to sell alcohol.
Easily accessible from the A470 between Llanrwst and Betws-y-Coed with plenty of parking available in the grounds of the house. The drive to the gallery takes in the beauty of the area passing along the wide flat valley floor with steep wooded hills and occasional cliffs either side.
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