NEWS – The Gallery Re-Opened on Monday June 22nd. We have distancing and hygiene measures in place, and can admit up to 4 people at the same time. We look forward to welcoming you again, and are delighted to be able to exhibit Andrew McCutcheon’s new works, as well as our regular artists.
We hope you are staying safe in these challenging times, so we are constantly updating our newly upgraded Art-To-Buy pages, to enable you to enjoy browsing new Art from the comfort of your home.
We are now providing a safe home delivery service for any items purchased, and will leave Art works in a safe place of your choice, or post it out to you, or we can store any Art for you until the time comes when we re-open again, thank you.
The Gallery Yr Oriel
We are situated in the pretty coastal town of Newport Pembrokeshire. The exhibition space has been created with a minimalist look, for a modern, clean feel to the gallery. Many well known and established artists show at the gallery, including sculptors, ceramicists and gold/silver smiths, exhibiting premier Art collections in this beautiful North Pembrokeshire setting. Originally opening on East Street in Newport in 2014, the gallery moved to larger premises on Bridge Street in 2019, where we are today.
All of the works exhibited are contemporary original works, and we also have a browser with limited edition prints from several of the artists. All the work is carefully selected to showcase and promote Welsh Art as well as International Collections from several European artists.
In addition, we are also selling books from the Library of Wales Collection published by Parthian Books of Cardigan, and we are delighted to be working together with them, and hosting book launches at the gallery every year. Parthian marked twenty-five years of publishing in 2018/19 with several award-winning books, in addition to launching two collaborative translation projects and bringing its classic Library of Wales list to fifty titles.
The Gallery opened a St Davids Day exhibition at Brand Exchange in the city of London in 2015, which we entitled Welsh Art Week, and was very successful, attracting over 200 visitors to the exhibition over 7 days of events. All of the artist’s whose work was shown in London, exhibit at the gallery throughout the season. We have subsequently held six Welsh Art Week Exhibitions to date, and this year we were in Mall Galleries for 2020.
Below are some video’s of previous Welsh Art Week exhibitions;
click here to watch video 2020 London
click here to watch video 2019 Newport
click here to watch video 2018 Newport
click here to watch video 2017 London
click here to watch video 2016 London 1
click here to watch video 2016 London 2
click here to watch video 2015/16 London 3
The gallery ethos is to make art as inclusive as possible for everyone, and we encourage people to come in to the gallery to browse the artwork we exhibit, in a calm atmosphere, and to leave feeling uplifted and wanting to return. With this in mind, we have also organised art competitions over the last six years to encourage creativity, the first was in 2016. Running alongside the continuous exhibition at the gallery, young artists from West Wales were invited to submit themed art work as part of a project to encourage and inspire them to show their work in a gallery. The competition received many entries from schools and colleges in the area, followed by the top six artists having an exhibition/show at the Newport gallery in December. Subsequently we held a Schools Competition in 2017 with nearly 300 entries, and an All Age Art Competition in 2018, in conjunction with Fishguard High School / Ysgol Bro Gwaun. The top six winners loaned their work to the school for a three year period to inspire students and staff alike.
We thank everyone for their contribution in all of these competitions, they were inspiring and wonderful, and a great set of judges who were extremely hard pressed adjudicating the winners.
We hope you will enjoy visiting the gallery, and look forward to seeing you again in the near future, please do check our ‘Whats On’ page for up and coming events. Thank you.