Cardiff Art Galleries
(Cardiff, South Glamorgan, South Wales, UK)
There is no mistaking that Cardiff is a cultural city, and the numerous art galleries based here certainly reinforce that image. Several are especially noteworthy, with the best of the bunch including the Cardiff National Museum and Gallery
on King Edward VII Avenue, next to Cathays Park and close to the university.
The historical Norwegian Church is home to an interesting gallery and also boasts impressive views of Cardiff Bay, recently appearing in an episode of the BBC Television drama series 'Torchwood'. Another popular exhibition venue is the Chapter Arts Centre (Centre for the Contemporary Arts), which stands on Market Road, on the western side of the city.
A visit to St. David's Hall may also be of interest, with this contemporary concrete building featuring a series of galleries, whilst also serving as the Conference Centre of Wales and the National Concert Hall. Of note, it is here where the Cardiff Singer of the World contest is staged.
Address: 74b Albany Road, Cardiff, CF24 3RS, Wales, UK
Tel: +44 (0)29 2048 7158
The Albany Gallery is situated in the Roath district, close to Plasnewydd, and is popular commercial exhibition space. Home to many different exhibitions of art work each month, the Albany actively encourages local artists from the Glamorgan area.
Open hours: Monday to Saturday - 10:00 to 17:00
Oriel Canfas Gallery
Address: Glamorgan Street, Canton, Cardiff, CF5 1QS, Wales, UK
Tel: +44 (0)29 2038 8922
Located in the Canton area of the city, the Oriel Canfas stages many important exhibitions of paintings, sculptures, prints and contemporary pieces each year, providing a diverse platform for visual arts. Interestingly, the Oriel Canfas was founded in 1998 with help from the Arts Council of Wales Lottery Fund, being successfully managed by a co-operative of Welsh artists.
Open hours: Monday to Friday - 13:00 to 16:00, Saturday and Sunday - 11:00 to 16:00
Norwegian Church Arts Centre
Address: Harbour Drive, Cardiff Bay, Cardiff, CF10 5PA, Wales, UK
Tel: +44 (0)29 2045 4899
The Norwegian Church Arts Centre, in Cardiff Bay, is a thriving art centre with temporary exhibitions, meeting facilities, a café and large hall. This imposing church dates back to 1868, being constructed to serve the needs of religious sailors from Norway. Many visitors are surprised to learn that famed writer Roald Dahl, who was born in the city in 1916, was actually baptised in this very church.
Open hours: daily - 10:00 to 16:00
Martin Tinney Gallery
Address: 18 St. Andrew's Crescent, Cardiff, CF10 3DD, Wales, UK
Tel: +44 (0)29 2064 1411
The Martin Tinney resides within the city centre and is just a short stroll away from the National Museum of Wales. Established in 1989 and specialising in Welsh art, this has become a major commercial venue selling modern paintings and sculptures, and is regarded by many to be the best private commercial gallery in the whole of Wales.
Open hours: Monday to Friday - 10:00 to 18:00, Saturday - 10:00 to 17:00
Address: 123 Bute Street, Cardiff, CF10 5AE, Wales, UK
Tel: +44 (0)29 2048 8772
Situated close to the Music Theatre, the Doctor Who Exhibition and the Welsh National Opera House, the Safle is the result of a successful merger between the Open Art Gallery and the Arts and Regeneration Agency (CBAT). This exciting venue showcases a range of local works, whilst managing commissions for public art and collaborating with known artists.
Open hours: Monday to Friday - 12:00 to 17:00
Ffotogallery / Chapter Arts Centre (Centre for the Contemporary Arts)
Address: Market Road, Canton, Cardiff, CF5 1QE, Wales, UK
Tel: +44 (0)29 2030 4400
The Ffotogallery is situated in the Chapter Arts Centre, near to Thompson's Park and the Canton Branch Library, where it ranks amongst the very best photographic galleries in Wales. Also onsite at this complex are many exhibitions of paintings, theatrical productions and workshops.
Open hours: Tuesday to Saturday - 10:00 to 17:00
Oriel Makers Art Gallery
Address: 37 Pen-y-Lan Road, Roath Park, Cardiff, CF24 3PG, Wales, UK
Tel: +44 (0)29 2047 2595
Oriel Makers Art Gallery, in the Roath district, is a modern centre with many temporary exhibitions of contemporary works throughout the year. The Oriel Makers first opened its doors to the public in 1991 and since then has gradually gained a reputation for its commitment to high quality. Customers are often able to meet the resident artists and even commission their very own pieces.
Open hours: Tuesday to Saturday - 10:00 to 17:30
St. David's Hall Galleries
Address: The Hayes, St. David's Hall, Cardiff, CF10 1AH, Wales, UK
Tel: +44 (0)29 2087 8706
St. David's Hall Galleries, in the heart of the city centre, is home to a number of rotating exhibitions. Other attractions here include major concerts and festivals, which often draw large crowds. Nearby, visitors often choose to pay a visit to St. David's Shopping Centre, the Central Market and the Queen's Arcade.
Open hours: Monday to Saturday - 10:00 to 16:00
Trace Art Gallery
Address: 26 Moira Place, Adamsdown, Cardiff, CF24 0ET, Wales, UK
Tel: +44 (0)29 2040 7338
Located in the Adamsdown area of the city, the Trace Art Gallery is home to an array of modern forms, including video and dramatic installation pieces. Within walking distance is the Queen Street Railway Station, the Millennium Stadium and St. David's Centre.
Open hours: daily - 14:00 to 18:00