Heritage and Arts Centre welcomes back Ollie West

Following his previous sell-out concert at the Llanwrtyd & District Heritage and Arts Centre
we are delighted that Ollie has chosen the Centre to give an exclusive solo performance on
Saturday 30 th October.

Ollie West is a pianist, singer-songwriter and frontman of the 14 piece orchestral pop
ensemble “Ollie West & The Wildflowers”. The band first came to Llanwrtyd Wells in 2019
on their tour to promote their album “Time Stood Still” that had been released earlier that
year. With exciting new material being prepared for release and rehearsals with the
Wildflowers back underway, he now looks forward to his first solo performance of his
original music in over two years. 

Ollie will be supported at this concert by Lakshmi, another Manchester based singer-
songwriter and full time member of the Wildflowers, who, following the release of her self
titled EP in May 2020, has been featured on BBC 6 music and has been recognised as the
BBC Hereford and Worcester Introducing artist of the week. She will be performing music
from her EP and some newer material. 

The incredible talent of Ollie, complemented by that of Lakshmi, will provide a wonderful
evening of entertainment that will appeal to all ages.

The doors open at 7pm for a 7.30pm start and tickets, which must be purchased in advance
due to restrictions, cost £8 and are available from the Heritage Centre, Caffi Sosban in
Llanwrtyd Wells, or by emailing ldhac2016@gmail.com.

Heritage Centre welcomes its first musical guests since early 2020.

The Llanwrtyd and District Heritage and Arts Centre are delighted to resume their previously very successful concert programme with a performance by the Danielle Nicholls Band (DNB) on Saturday 25 th September at 7.30pm.

Danielle Nicholls band

With a voice that has been likened to many leading artists, including Karen Carpenter, Danielle has been singing and writing songs since she was fifteen, honing her craft by performing with various bands over the years and showcasing as a solo artist on national television and radio shows.

For the last fifteen years she has performed with Stefan Tomczyk and Steve Wilfred who bring a wide range of musical talent to the mix. They have produced several albums to date and with their different influences the result is a programme that includes crafted original tunes interspersed with innovative cover versions which will appeal to a wide audience.

Tickets which are £8 must be purchased in advance and are available from the Heritage Centre, Caffi Sosban in Llanwrtyd or by telephoning the Centre on 01591 610067 – there will be no admittance on the door.

Centre Re-opening Thursday 20th May 2021

After a frustrating year of closure and event cancellations the Heritage Centre will be re-opening it’s doors and welcoming visitors from Thursday 20th May 2021.

As well as the permanent displays there will be a photographic exhibition – Memories of Llanwrtyd and the gallery space will host ceramics from Wendy Chamberlain and glass works from Irene Funnell.

Wendy Chamberlain – Inward Koru Small
Irene Funnell Glassware

Although the Centre has been closed for some time work has been ongoing on providing a calendar of events for the summer and it is hoped that over time we will be able to welcome more artists to the Centre and re-commence a programme of concerts and talks.

Funding has been secured to provide a local Heritage Trail around the town which will compliment the permanent exhibitions and bring them to life.

The Centre is always looking for volunteers to help out as stewards or with displays so if you have always wanted to get involved or are new to the area why not pop in and have a word or telephone 01591 610647.

Covid-19 Closure

Unfortunately the ongoing situation with Coronavirus/Covid 19 has meant the Heritage & Arts Centre has not been able to open this season. This decision was not taken lightly but was done so in order to keep both visitors and staff safe during these uncertain times.

It is very much hoped that the Centre will be up and running again in Spring 2021 with a new selection of exhibitions, local arts and crafts, talks and events.

In the meantime we hope all our volunteers and staff stay safe and we look forward to greeting you again next year.

Five years on

Following a very successful year in 2019 the Llanwrtyd & District Heritage and Arts Centre opens for its fifth season at the beginning of April.

‘Our reputation is growing as a Centre providing not only a detailed insight into the heritage of the town and surrounding area with additional archive material available for research, but also as a venue to view a variety of art and enjoy a wide range of music’, explains Lynne Brookes, Centre Manager.

‘We have an exciting programme arranged for this coming season which will see new and returning artists displaying paintings, ceramics, textiles and glass and a continuation of talks on a variety of topics and concerts providing music to suit all tastes which have taken place throughout the year. In addition we have an art competition, open to all artists in Wales, taking place in June and additional temporary exhibitions throughout the season are also planned.’

The galleries open for 2020 with work from two artists who had successful exhibitions last year.

Richie Dean is a well renowned local artist who originally worked in Watercolour and Acrylic. However, more recently he has embraced the advancements in modern technology and finds that using digital medium provides him with the freedom to be more creative resulting in some stunning pictures. Having lived and travelled throughout Wales for forty years Richie gets his inspiration from the diverse beauty of the region and through his love of music.

A place to ponder – Richie Dean

Irene Funnell captures the beauty of the hills and coasts of Wales in her stunning glassware gaining her inspiration not only from the landscape but also more recently the patterns found in textiles. The colours and textures of rocks, sand, sea and sky are suggested by the juxtaposition of glasses of different composition which react together to create the effect of subtle shading and fusing, whilst the elements of the countryside; trees, woodland creatures and the four seasons are created using a variety of methods including cutting, fusing and painting. In addition her interest in textiles has resulted in the exploration of a new technique which results in more delicate and sculptural forms with work having a textured, printed, fabric-like quality using images from nature and abstract patterns.

Irene Funnel

The Centre is open Thursday to Sunday, 10am to 4pm and on bank holidays and admission is free although donations are welcome.

Give a Heritage Centre Calendar for Christmas

Stuck for a present for friends & family this Christmas? Why not get them a 2020 Heritage Centre Calendar.

Brighten up any home and also help support Llanwrtyd & District Heritage and Arts Centre.

Calendar Cover

Each month shows Llanwrtyd and the surrounding area at it’s best throughout the year.

Image for March 2020

The Calendar is available from the Heritage Centre (open Saturday & Sunday 10 til 4) or why not pick one up at Llanwrtyd Craft Fair in Bromsgrove Hall on 1st December 2019 between 2 and 4 pm.

BBC 2 Folk Award Finalists to perform at the Heritage Centre

A music event not to be missed

Lllanwrtyd & District Heritage and Arts Centre are very pleased to welocome Cup O’Joe to the centre on 14th January 2020.

Cup O’Joe is a family trio who have been playing together from their early teens.  Former BBC Radio 2 Young Folk Award Finalists, they blend the intricate tones of bluegrass, folk and jazz tones to create their own progressive acoustic sound with strong harmonies that blend together like only sibling harmonies can.

Cup O’Joe

Visiting the Heritage Centre as part of a nationwide tour Cup O’Joe will also perform some of the songs which are included on a new album of new and traditional music set to be released in January ,some numbers featuring special guest musicians including David Benedict and Niall Murphy.

The concert at the Llanwrtyd & District Heritage and Arts Centre takes place on Tuesday 14 th January at 7.30pm.

Tickets are £8 and available from the Centre (can be ordered by post – please send cheque made out to Llanwrtyd & District Heritage & Arts Centre) or from Caffi
Sosban in Llanwrtyd Wells.

Christmas Comes to the Heritage Centre

From 1st November we have a new exhibition entitled – “A Victorian Christmas”.

In addition to images of Christmas from past times and information about how our modern day Christmas evolved, we have re-created a Victorian sitting room at Christmas within the Heritage Centre.

This display will culminate in our Christmas Drop-In on SATURDAY 7th DECEMBER – 10am – 4pm when Victorian festivities will include activities for children and appropriate Christmas fayre. Please feel free to come dressed in Victorian outfits to enhance the atmosphere.



Llanwrtyd & District Heritage and Arts Centre Open Art Competition 2020

The Gallery will be hosting its first ever Art Competition in 2020 under the theme “Peace Amongst Beauty”. This is an exciting opportunity for local and visiting artists to have their work displayed in this small gallery with a growing reputation.

A panel of judges will award three prizes:

  • £500 for the winning entry
  • £250 for the second placed entry
  • £100 Visitors Choice prize awarded by public vote

This is an open entry competition providing submitted artworks have been produced in the last three years.

The closing date for entries is 4th April 2020 so there’s plenty of time to find that award winning piece or even create something specifically for the event.

If you would like any more details please visit our Art Competition 2020 Page  where you will find all the Competition Guidelines and entry form.