Newport Museums and Art Galleries
(Newport, Gwent, South Wales, UK)
Newport has several extremely noteworthy art galleries available to please lovers of exhibitions and all things art related. With paintings, sculptures and pieces by many famous artists, both local and international, the highlights in the city's arts scene is without doubt the Newport Museum and Art Gallery at John Frost Square.
Nearby, the Riverfront Art Gallery is known for its changing exhibitions and has gained quite a reputation in the area as a popular exhibition space, while on the outskirts of the city, the Ffwrrwm Arts and Crafts Centre is a rather quirky gallery, boasting a sculpture garden and some unusual gift ideas.
A number of popular crafts events take place each year in the area, such as the Caerleon Arts Festival, which is always well attended. There is also a superb art trail around the very heart of Newport, known as the city's open-air museum, starting at John Frost Square and passing a number of award-winning sculptures along the way, such as the spectacular 'Steel Wave', which dominates much of the riverfront.
Newport Museum and Art Gallery
Address: John Frost Square, Newport, NP20 1PA, South Wales, UK
Tel: +44 (0)1633 414 701
The highly acclaimed Newport Museum and Art Gallery contains an impressive permanent collection of important paintings, watercolours and modern prints, together with ceramics and other art works by leading artists of their times, such as Stephen Conroy, James Flewitt Mullock and also L. S. Lowry. As the art gallery contains such a large and varied collection of paintings, only a relatively small percentage are on display at any one time and many of the pieces are swapped throughout the year, with temporary exhibitions adding a further level of interest.
Also housed within the Newport Museum are a host of Roman relics and archaeological treasures, natural history exhibits, and displays about the area's historic docklands, iron and coal industries.
Open hours: Monday to Thursday - 09:30 to 17:00, Friday - 09:00 to 16:30, Saturday - 09:30 to 16:00
Ffwrrwm Arts and Crafts Centre
Address: High Street, Caerleon, Gwent, NP18 1AJ, South Wales, UK
Tel: +44 (0)1633 430 777
A range of interesting sculptures and paintings are on display at the Ffwrrwm Arts and Crafts Centre in the neighbouring village of Caerleon, close to central Newport. Complete with an 18th-century walled sculpture garden and many works by prominent local Welsh artists, the centre also hosts a number of temporary exhibitions and other art-related events.
Open hours: daily
The Riverfront Art Gallery
Address: Bristol Packet Wharf, Newport, Gwent, NP20 1HG, South Wales, UK
Tel: +44 (0)1633 656 677
The Riverfront Art Gallery offers plenty of appealing works, with various changing exhibitions and public art displays. Although the exhibition space is fairly small, being part of the actual Riverfront Theatre, the gallery is free of charge and worth a visit, with a fairly comprehensive programme of exhibitions all through the year, including photography, contemporary paintings, workshops, lectures and more.
Open hours: Monday to Saturday - 10:30 to 19:30