Art galleries in Cardiff
The Martin Tinney Gallery is possibly the most prominent gallery that promotes Welsh art and artists. It is a private commercial art gallery that opened in 1992. The gallery is comprised of three floors: one of which hosts the monthly solo exhibition, while the other two host ever-changing exhibitions. It represents the most notable living Welsh artists and stocks the works of 20th century distinguished Welsh artists. The Martin Tinney Gallery’s clientele includes The Tate Gallery and The National Museum of Wales. As a gallery, it has presented at The London Art Fair, The 20/21 British Art Fair and Olympia.
It is located right next to Senghennydd Court and Senghennydd Hall, so if you are living in Senghennydd, you have no excuse not to visit this gallery (it is legit a 1 min. walk from the Seng. Court gate on Salisbury Road!) (Interesting fact: Martin Tinney was a doctor before forgoing his career in medicine and deciding to open his own gallery!)
Location: 18 St Andrew's Cres, Cardiff CF10 3DD
Opening times: Mon-Thu: 10 a.m. - 6 p.m., Fri-Sun: closed.
Phone: 029 2064 1411
The Kooywood Gallery is another premier art gallery that specialises in Welsh art. It showcases the work of famous and up-and-coming Welsh artists through both solo and group exhibitions. Its display includes new paintings, sculptures, ceramics and limited editions. It is just a 4-minute walk from the university’s main building, so maybe head over there for a quick change of mood or source of inspiration if you have a few hours between lectures? It is also a 3-minute walk from the Martin Tinney Gallery, so maybe dedicate half-a-day on a weekend when the weather is nice (or actually not nice) and visit both galleries to explore Welsh art?!
Location: 8 Museum Pl, Cardiff CF10 3BG
Opening times: Tue-Sat: 11:30 a.m. - 6 p.m.
Phone: 029 2023 5093
Off the Wall Art Gallery exhibits contemporary, modern art from all over the world to sell at affordable prices. It seems to be a welcoming place, open to everyone, from art connoisseurs to those with little knowledge of art who are just looking to buy a piece for their living room at home. Likewise, they have artworks from top, international, big-name artists as well as from artists who are yet to make a name for themselves. Yet, all their art is of the highest standard, and their on-site experts will be pleased to talk to you about the artists, their work as well as advise you as to which is the ideal piece for you.
Interestingly, the Old Probate Registry, the neo-Gothic building that houses the gallery, which is a work of art in and of itself, was designed by John Prichard in 1857, a diocesan architect from Llandaff, who also designed Nazareth House (on Colum Road between Talybont and the university’s main campus).
Location: The Old Probate Registry, 49 Cardiff Rd, Cardiff CF5 2DQ
Opening times: Tue-Fri: 9:30 a.m. - 5:30 p.m., Sat: 10 a.m. - 4 p.m., Sun & Mon: closed.
Phone: 029 2055 4469
What is unique about Oriel Makers Gallery is that it is actually run and managed by the same artist-makers who exhibit their work there. There are 50 or so artist-makers whose works are presented in the gallery (hence a wide variety of work), a few of whom share the managerial and organisational responsibilities of the gallery. The gallery itself was opened in 1991, and it is known for its contemporary art and craft work including ceramics, glass, paintings, textiles, wood, metalwork, leather, prints, jewellery and greetings cards (some of which are in Welsh)! What is also cool is that if you visit on any day, you will be greeted and shown around by one of the actual artist-makers! In addition to buying artwork, you can also commission a piece!
Location: 37 Pen-Y-Lan Rd, Cardiff CF24 3PG
Opening times: Wed-Sat: 10 a.m. - 5 p.m., Sun-Tue: closed.
Phone: 029 2047 2595
One of my personal favourites, Jian Chen only started painting in 2012, yet now owns a successful and popular store in Duke Street Arcade where she displays and sells her vibrant art. A recurring theme within Chen’s paintings is animals and wildlife. She paints them in such a colourful, vibrant and full-of-life way. She also has a vast array of paintings of Cardiff, which are also just as spectacular.
Location: 10-12 Duke Street Arcade, Cardiff CF10 1AZ
Opening times: Mon: 12 - 3 p.m., Tue-Fri: 12 - 4:30 p.m., Sat: 11 a.m. - 4:30 p.m., Sun: closed.
Phone: 07828 591478
Another artist owned and led gallery, BayArt Gallery is located at the end of Bute St, just before the Bay. The gallery aims to create a creative and inclusive space to nurture fine and contemporary art as well as aid emerging and mid-career artists from the locality and beyond to develop and flourish. They offer interpretation of the exhibitions they host through talks from the artists, seminars and workshops. Interestingly, a group of 16 artists, known as Butetown Artists, have their studios right above the gallery!
Location: 54 Bute St, Cardiff CF10 5AF
Opening times: Tue-Sat: 12 p.m. - 5 p.m., Sun & Mon: closed.
Phone: 029 2065 0016
Situated in the small village of Rhiwbina in the north of Cardiff, the Victoria Fearn Gallery specialises in original artworks and contemporary British crafts. These artworks and crafts include paintings, ceramics, jewellery, hand blown glass, leather accessories, textiles, sculptures, books and much more. The gallery claims to exhibit the works of top Welsh artists, including Lynne Cartlidge, David Knight and Chris Neale and top British designers. As the selection is on exhibit to sell, the gallery space is constantly evolving with items being sold and new items being introduced.
Location: 6b Heol-Y-Deri, South Glamorgan, Cardiff CF14 6HF
Opening times: Mon-Sat: 10 a.m. - 2 p.m., Sun: 10 a.m. - 4 p.m.
Phone: 029 2052 0884
Like few other spaces in the whole of the UK, the Boiler House in Canton is an actual warehouse that has turned into a graffiti art gallery where “the walls themselves are the canvas”, as stated on their website. They aim to legitimatise graffiti as an art and means of expressing creativity. One way they try to do the former is by offering graffiti workshop sessions. Bryce Davies, a graffiti artist who works under the name Peaceful Progress, and a pioneer of Cardiff’s graffiti scene, is based at the Boiler House. You can also commission the artists at the Boiler House’s studio to do some graffiti for you on a wall or vehicle – they specialise in Aerosol Art!
Location: Unit D, Papermill Road, Cardiff CF11 8DH
Phone: 07738 092524
M.A.D.E stands for makers, artists and designers. It is an art gallery located in the beautiful Roath of Cardiff with the goal of creating an imaginative and progressive space for emerging and established artists to connect, collaborate, present and share their work. In addition to the three galleries, there is also a shop and café.
Location: 41 Lochaber St, Cardiff CF24 3LS
Opening times: Wed-Sat: 12 – 4 p.m., Sun-Tue: closed.
Phone: 029 2047 3373
Since opening its doors in 1965, the Albany Gallery, a privately-owned commercial art gallery, has been a pioneer of the art scene in Wales. They host monthly exhibitions where they present the work of top Welsh and British artists in a multitude of artistic media.
Location: 74b Albany Rd, Cardiff CF24 3RS (located on the first and second floors – no wheelchair access)
Opening times: Mon-Sat: 10 a.m. - 5 p.m., Sun and bank holidays: 11 a.m. - 4 p.m.
Phone: 029 2048 7158
G39 is different from other art galleries. While it still is a gallery in the sense that it displays the works of artists for the public to see and enjoy, it also places particular emphasis on providing artists, especially local ones, with the space and resources to train and develop. G39 also hosts major exhibitions, talks, formal symposia and sometimes runs experimental projects as well as social events.
Location: Oxford St, Cardiff CF24 3DT
Opening times: Wed-Sat: 11 a.m. - 5 p.m., Sun-Tue: closed.
Phone: 029 2047 3633
Oriel Canfas, also located in the Canton in Cardiff, is a small contemporary art gallery showcasing art from a range of disciplines. It is run by artists whose works are available to buy at affordable prices.
Location: 44A Glamorgan St, Cardiff CF5 1QS
Opening times: Tue-Fri: 1 p.m. - 4:30 p.m., Sat: 11 a.m. - 4:30 p.m., Sun & Mon: closed.
Phone: 029 2066 6455
Are you dreading going shopping with a friend? That is alright. Tell them you are going with them then pop into this contemporary art gallery that is nestled inside St David’s Dewi Saint!
Location: St Davids Way, St Davids Centre, Cardiff CF10 2ER
Opening times: 11 a.m. - 5 p.m. daily.
Phone: 029 2213 0100
Whitewall Galleries is a network of more than 40 contemporary and fine art galleries spread across the United Kingdom. They offer paintings, collectable editions and sculptures from national and international acclaimed and rising talents.
Location: 24-26 Town Wall, St Davids Centre, Cardiff CF10 2EW
Opening times: Mon-Sat: 10 a.m. - 6 p.m., Sun: 11 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Phone: 029 2037 3407, Customer service: 01543 624990
A unique gallery in more than one sense, Boundary Art is “a combined gallery and tea garden”. Its core ideas are based on the notion that the arts are capable of traversing boundaries set in place between different cultures. The gallery aims to create and promote communication and collaboration between Western and Chinese cultures. To a Western audience, it introduces aspects of Chinese culture such as calligraphy, ink painting and tea ceremonies. While to a Chinese audience, it presents them with examples of modern Western art. So, go on to Boundary Art, take a look at what artworks they have on display and enjoy an authentic Chinese tea experience
Location: 3 Sovereign Quay, Havannah St, Cardiff CF10 5SF
Opening times: Wed-Sun: 11 a.m. - 6 p.m., Mon & Tue: closed.
Phone: 029 2048 9869
Blackwater Gallery platforms modern and contemporary art. It has a modern design and is located by the Bay.
Location: Pendeen House, Cardiff CF11 0AW
Opening times: Mon-Fri: 10 a.m. - 6 p.m., Sat & Sun: closed.
Phone: 029 2034 9819
Location: 143 Donald St, Roath, Cardiff CF24 4TP
Opening times: 11 a.m. - 6 p.m. dailyPhone: 029 2060 0495
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