ART and the display of artwork

Abergavenny abounds in artwork of every description, from beautifully crafted textiles made of locally sourced organic materials to the murals on the town walls.

The Melville is privileged to be able to provide artists the opportunity to display at least two-dimensional creations.

With the Stas system rails in place in the Café Bar and the Main Corridor since 2018 we’ve been able to hang quite large artworks in the Main Corridor and Café bar. They were up in time for the Abergavenny Art Festivals in 2018 and 2019 and people said our exhibitions brought the Melville Centre to life.

We have over 30 m of space, and suggestions for exhibitions are coming in. We’ve already lined up our treats for Abergavenny Art Festival 2021 and are looking forward to new works from our old friends in Papillon Art Group well before that. If you would like to exhibit, let us know.

Abergavenny Art Festivals alone have doubled our footfall and demonstrated how eager people are to come on-site, young and old, and   have a go at whatever’s on offer.

Last year the Stop and Sketch project was hugely successful with well over 200 pieces of sketchbook art submitted, and many larger pieces exhibited alongside in our bright barrel-vaulted meeting room with the vast mock-Tudor window. Three workshops were non-stop hits: Robi Thomas’ with her fabulous textile design, Fiona Marr’s: upcycling charity shop jewellery, and Francesca Kay’s, printing with her letterpress.

If the Melville is now a good place to hang Art, it’s also a good place to make art – and it’s a comfortable place to take time out to relax with like minds in the Café Bar too.

We look forward to extending our offer of art classes and individual workshops as lockdown restrictions lift. Don’t hesitate to talk to us if you’d like to run one.



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