IN-CONVERSATION EVENT with Phyllida Barlow CBE RA and Cecile Johnson Soliz.

We are delighted to welcome Phyllida Barlow CBE RA who will be in conversation with Cecile Johnson Soliz. Booking and further information ... more >

Exhibition Opening | Twist - Cecile Johnson Soliz

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Life Drawing Classes

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Oriel Davies Gallery
The Park, Newtown
Powys SY16 2NZ
Telephone: +44 (0) 1686 625041
Fax: +44 (0) 1686 623633


Monday-Friday 10am-5pm
Saturday 10am-4pm



The Drawing Room

Make / Play / Share

22 October 2016 - 25 February 2017

Amy Sterly, The Drawing Room

Amy Sterly, The Drawing Room

A creative, social space, where art, performance, craft and film will be made, shared and inspired.

For full details about the project and all events please go to the project site

Working in collaboration with artists and the public, Oriel Davies Gallery is creating The Drawing Room, a curiously inviting room assembled from found, collected, customized and bespoke objects. Everyday items from sofas, cabinets and tables, to books, soft furnishings and ornaments will be created and redefined.

From 22 October to the 25 February 2017 The Drawing Room will be a multi-use space - an artist studio, boutique cinema, stage set, newsroom... A place for ideas, where discussion, learning, creativity and play will be encouraged. A space for hanging out and entertaining friends – Newtown’s living room in an art gallery.

Oriel Davies Gallery invites residents, schools, voluntary groups, established and emerging artists to get involved, contribute, make use of and experience The Drawing Room. The following opportunities will be promoted through open calls and online discussion in the lead up to opening in October:




  • Hold an event (e.g. scratch night, music recital…)
  • Create an interest or discussion group (e.g. crochet club, book group, script reading…)


Details for each opportunity will be posted here as they are made available. They will also be shared on The Drawing Room facebook group. Alternatively, and for further information or a discussion, please contact Amber Knipe, Project Co-ordinator at



Artist Call - NPCT - Deadline for entries Sunday 24 July 2016. click here...

Artist Residency Call - Deadline for entries Friday 05 August 2016. click here...

Seed Commission Proposal Call - Deadline for entries Friday 19 August 2016. click here...

Furniture Donations Call - Offer deadline 16 September 2016. click here...



Tales in the Drawing Room with Fiona Collins - Wednesday 26 October 2016. click here...

Feltmaking: Painting with fibres - Saturday 12 November 2016. click here...

Christmas Decorations Using Willow - Saturday 26 November 2016. click here...


The Drawing Room is part of Open Space, Oriel Davies Gallery’s two-year pilot project that runs from March 2016 to March 2018. In both years, Open Space will present a broad platform of cultural activity from October to January/February, which will run alongside the Gallery's existing exhibition and learning programmes.

Open Space is funded by Arts Council of Wales and Esmée Fairbairn Foundation.