The Art Shop & Chapel in Abergavenny hosts a variety of events including illustrated talks, book launches, story-telling, musical performances & more. We also run small, inspiring workshops for adults. These intense one-day classes in painting (oil, acrylic & watercolour), printmaking & book art are run by our exhibiting artists. On some Saturdays, half terms & holidays we hold fun, creative & instructive children’s workshops for all ages.

To reserve a place, book or for further information on any of our events please contact us on 01873 736430 / 852690
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Future Events

Abergavenny Chamber Music – Mavron Quartet

Upstairs at the Chapel

Friday 27th January 2017, 7.30pm


The first of our Spring series of Friday night concerts.

Recital will include Haydn Quartet op 76/2, Shostakovich Quartet no 8 and Borodin Quartet no 2.

Mavron Quartet was formed in September 2002 with Christiana Mavron – Violin,  Charlotte MacClure – Violin,  Niamh Aston – Viola,  Beatrice Newman – cello.

It is the first Ensemble in Residence at the National Concert Hall of Wales, St David’s Hall, Cardiff, following residency since 2005 at the Gate Arts Centre, Cardiff. In 2004 the Quartet members were appointed Junior Fellows in Chamber Music at the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama and since 2003, worked for the Cavatina Chamber Music Trust. In 2012 they were Young Artists in Residence at the Vale of Glamorgan Festival. Concerts have included the Mozart Clarinet Quintet with Michael Collins and they have been invited to play at venues including Windsor Castle and Buckingham Palace.


Concert tickets available from THE ART SHOP, the Chapel & Abergavenny Music

Tickets £12. Booking Essential

Abergavenny Chamber Music – Jaspa Brass Quintet

Upstairs at the Chapel

Friday 17th February 2017, 7.30pm

Programme will include the Suite Americana by Enrique Crespo and music from Grieg’s Peer Gynt.

Jaspa Brass is a brass quintet formed at the Royal Welsh College of Music & Drama in 2014 featuring Josh Barber, Angharad Grimwood, Sam Holburt, Amy Harding and Peter Greenwood. They are a versatile and energetic ensemble with a passion for chamber music. Their varied repertoire of classical and contemporary music makes them perfect to suit a variety of different events and occasions. They have performed at a number of different events including Cardiff Museum as well as Christmas Carol Services and college events all executing a wide variety of repertoire.

In 2015 they were selected as finalist for the Philip Jones Brass Ensemble Competition, one example of the numerous competitions and events that the quintet take part in. The ensemble have also received regular coaching from tutors such as Chris Mowat, Kevin Price and Nigel Seaman.


Concert tickets available from THE ART SHOP, the Chapel & Abergavenny Music.

Tickets £12. Booking Essential

Abergavenny Chamber Music – Sarah Newbold & Katherine Thomas

Upstairs at the Chapel

Friday 24th February 2017, 7.30pm


Programme will include the Alvor Ensemble recital of duos by Ibert, Faure, Godard and Haydn.

Sarah Newbold is a member of the Academy of St. Martin in-the-Fields and the New London Orchestra, and formerly of both Welsh National Opera and the London Philharmonic.As a freelance player she works with most of the orchestras in Great Britain and regularly with the Philharmonia and London Symphony Orchestra. She is able to work in a variety of musical styles ranging from opera, symphony and chamber orchestras, chamber music and recitals, to film sessions and period instrument work.

Teaching plays an important part in Sarah’s musical life and she has been a professor of flute at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama since 1989. In collaboration with Ian Clarke she redesigned the technical requirements for the woodwind at the Guildhall School, this has led to invitations to present workshops at the “Reflective Conservatoire” conference at the Barbican, London and also the “Professional Development” Seminar in Helsinki, Finland. Together with Zoe Smith, piano, she is director of the Llangenny Flute Summer School which is in its fourth highly successful year. Sarah is a regular coach for the National Youth Orchestra of Great Britain both for their open days and the main orchestra courses.

Sarah studied the flute with Atarah Ben Tovim and Alan Lockwood at Huddersfield Polytechnic and with Peter Lloyd at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama.  She completed her studies at the National Centre for Orchestral Studies.

Katherine Thomas is a harpist who has performed with artists varying from Bryn Terfel and Rolando Villazon to Katherine Jenkins and the Manic Street Preachers. She has toured extensively as a soloist and with orchestras, including the Orchestra of the Welsh National Opera (WNO) with whom she is Associate Principal Harp. A graduate of Guildhall School of Music & Drama, where she studied the harp with David Watkins, Katherine plays the traditional celtic and triple harps as well as the pedal harp.

Her recordings range from classical music, traditional Welsh music to contemporary recordings and she has featured on numerous broadcasts and recordings with WNO. Katherine has published several technical volumes for the harp (published by ALAW) and is a prolific arranger for the instrument.

She currently teaches the harp at Christ College Brecon.


Concert tickets available from THE ART SHOP, the Chapel & Abergavenny Music.

Tickets £12. Booking Essential

Embroidery workshop with jessie chorley

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Upstairs at the Chapel

Saturday 22nd April 2017, 10am-4pm


Jessie Chorley will be visiting The Art Shop & Chapel from her East London shop and studio. She will spend 3 days in Residence at The Art Shop starting on Wednesday 19th April, demonstrating her unique way of hand embroidering. To finish the residency, on Saturday 22nd April she will run an intense one-day embroidery workshop.

During her residency you will be able to see a collection of recent hand stitched illustrations. Jessie will demonstrate and talk about her working progress as an embroiderer, collector and story teller.

On the workshop day, join Jessie to create your own hand stitched illustrations, inspired by Jessie’s unique style. She will show you how she uses her needle and threads as her drawing tools to both illustrate with and also to incorporate and secure found items of interest.

‘I work with a limited colour palette and use simple found fabrics, usually cut from found items of clothing or everyday homeware, which adds to the narrative of my final pieces. I will provide you on the day with a simple kit that will include all you need to get started on your own embroidered illustration.’

£85 includes lunch, all refreshments throughout the day and majority of materials. Booking Essential as places are limited.

Selected Past Events

Late Night Shopping at The Art Shop & Chapel



Saturday 3rd December 2016


An evening of surprises and treats at The Art Shop & Chapel.

At The Art Shop… take delight in an exhibition of our favourite art works, paintings, drawings, printmaking, photography and paper art and of course we sell artists’ materials boxed, packaged and ready to go.

At the Chapel… our shelves and larder are stocked with bottled cordials and ketchups, alcohol infusions, preserves and quince jellies, boxes of membrillo, pastilles and honeycomb, chocolate almonds and Joyti’s Christmas biscuits, tarts and cakes galore. Christmas puddings in china basins made on a rare visit to the Chapel by Laura Jackson of Towpath, London (including gluten and dairy free).

From the soon to be opened Angel Bakery, Polly and Sophie have made small amounts of breads and pastries.

Live music and bar open at the Chapel for Rhodri’s cocktails, craft ales and Ben Llewelyn will be here for tasting and selling his biodynamic wines. Book a table maybe for a festive supper (kitchen is open all day and evening).

Jewellery, ceramics, textiles by designer makers. Inspiring books for everyone, particularly great cookery books. A children’s corner, with books to cherish. Very quirky cards, calendars and ideas for wrapping at both venues.

From the woods, stars and wreaths, balls of mistletoe, berry-laden holly and gilded apples.

Put in your order for Christmas collections or stock up now. Hope to see you.


Lady Maisery – Cycle

Upstairs at the Chapel

Saturday 19th November 2016, 8pm

Lady Maisery Promo

In an English folk scene currently bursting with bold and innovative folk music, vocal trio Lady Maisery shine brightly. With their unique approach to harmony singing and thoughtful, striking arrangements of both traditional repertoire and original compositions, Lady Maisery are skilful explorers of the power, beauty and vitality of folk song. Each member is also an accomplished instrumentalist, they expertly create a rich tapestry of fiddle, banjo, harp, concertina, accordion and foot percussion – Hannah James (Kerfuffle, duo with Sam Sweeney), Hazel Askew (The Askew Sisters, The Artisans) and Rowan Rheingans (Fidola). The trio are also one of the foremost English proponents of traditional mouth music, or “diddling”, a form of singing without words which is a perfect showcase for their sheer musicality.

Over the last five years, the trio have released two critically acclaimed albums (5 stars in the Financial Times, Album of the Week in The Independent) made many appearances on national radio and toured widely, performing sell-out shows across the UK and Europe. Lady Maisery’s hotly anticipated third album ‘Cycle’ is to be released in Autumn 2016.

‘The most exquisite, thrilling vocal harmony work in the English folk scene ★★★★’ THE GUARDIAN

‘Lady Maisery are women with ideas, purpose and urgency…powerful, enthralling work’ ★★★★★ SONGLINES

‘Three of the most vibrant, young talents of the new British Folk Wave’ MOJO


Nominated for the ‘Horizon’ BBC Folk Award 2012 and for ‘Best Debut’ at the Spiral Awards 2012.

Buy tickets online here

Tickets £14. Booking Essential

Drawing Workshop with Pam Wright & Claire Burgoyne

Upstairs at the Chapel

Wednesday 9th November 2016, 10am-4pm


Would you like to cross the boundaries of words, images and sounds through drawing to see where they may take you? Are you curious about what drawing could be for you?

Come to this two-day workshop which will help you discover your own visual language. Second date is on Wednesday 16th November.

What is the workshop about?

This workshop will offer an insight into how the process of drawing can be a platform from which to discover your own visual language. Through exploring different drawing approaches it will help you to further your awareness of the connection between what you see, feel and understand and the paradox that when we lose ourselves we find ourselves more fully. When working creatively we engage mind and heart.

 Who is the workshop for?

This workshop is for you if you are interested in communicating creatively. You may have little drawing experience or you may be an artist or designer who would like to stand back from your own practice.

Pam Wright and Claire Burgoyne met whilst both working at Hereford College of Arts. They have continued to work collaboratively exploring their interests in how to communicate ideas through drawing.

£60 for a two-day workshop. Booking Essential

Dance / Drama Drop-in Classes with Denni Dennis

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Upstairs at the Chapel

Saturday 5th November 2016, & Every Saturday 1-2.30pm

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Denni is back at the Chapel every Saturday afternoon for our Dance/Drama Drop-ins!

A unique experience, a first taste of acting through role-play, improvisation and storytelling. Working as part of a group, building confidence, tapping into their innate creativity, nurturing and guiding to produce inspiring performances. Denni worked with us last year, as one of 3 professional artists on A Winter Wildness, a series of creative workshops for children exploring art, movement and sound. These culminated in a magical evening performance on the Winter Solstice.

DENNI DENNIS – Studied at The Commedia School, Copenhagen, Denni has extensive training in the Jacques Lecoq style, Russian character clown and the Pochinko method (Native American spiritual clown). He combines clown, mask, dance, acting and improvisation to create unique and dynamic characters. His clown work has been featured in theatre, circus, dance performance and art installations.

All ages welcome.

£5. 5 classes for the price of 4

Yoga with Georgie Treasure-Evans

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Upstairs at the Chapel

Saturday 8th October 2016, 10am-12pm


My sessions include Kundalini Yoga through story-telling, songs, dance and movement not just the given yoga movements.
We sit and sing and bless our food and practice mindfulness eating by using silence and closing our eyes. There is always a lying down relaxation and sitting meditation with mantra or silence or both. For me yoga is a very spiritual practice, giving each child an opportunity to express themselves and to release what they may be holding in their bodies. It helps them to release anger and stress, develop emotional intelligence and their understanding and expression of who they truly are. Yoga is particularly helpful in addressing behavioural issues, stress or unmanageable temper tantrums.

After 10 years of practising many different schools of Yoga, Georgie trained as a Kundalini Yoga and Meditation Teacher and Healing Arts Therapy Practitioner in Cambodia in 2008.

All ages welcome.

£7. Refreshments provided.

Fabulous Feathers with Tamsin Thorne

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Upstairs at the Chapel

Saturday 1st October 2016, 10am-12.30pm

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Come and make some fabulous feathers from fabric.

Taking traditional costume from indigenous peoples such as Maori and rainforest peoples as our starting point, create fabric feathers using a range of techniques such as cutting, painting, appliqué, collage and stitching. Use your feathers to create a costume piece such as a feather headband, arm piece or necklace. You will leave the workshop with your own feathered creation to wear!

Tamsin trained in textile design at Loughborough College of Art and Design, and has worked as a costume designer and maker in film and TV. She runs her own collection of costume accessories for children called IWISHIWASA. Tamsin also teaches short courses in embellishment and customizing for clothing at Central St. Martins, London.

All ages welcome.

£17. All materials provided & refreshments.

Story Making & Creative Writing with Helen Jukes

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Upstairs at the Chapel

Thursday 25th August 2016, 10.30am-12pm

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The story of Pip Munroe, a swashbuckling sailor of the Seven Seas. A few of his possessions were lifted from the wreckage of his boat when it was discovered on a beach in Pembrokeshire last year.

Helen Jukes works with people of all ages and backgrounds to help them explore the world through writing. She has delivered creative writing workshops for the Idler Academy, Crisis and Freedom from Torture and regularly offers support and tuition on a one-to-one basis.

All ages welcome.

£17. All materials provided & refreshments.

‘The Timeless muse of the Welsh Landscape’- Eisteddfod Talk / Discussion

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Upstairs at the Chapel

Thursday 4th August 2016, 3-4pm


An opportunity to attend a talk chaired by Dr Peter Wakelin, featuring Owen Sheers, Paul Henry, Peter Lord and Dan Llywelyn Hall discussing the timeless muse of the Welsh landscape using R.S Thomas’ poetry as an introduction.

Later everyone is welcome to join us for drinks at The Art Shop at 6pm for the Private View of ‘Welsh Landscape – Tirlun Cymru’  Paintings, drawings and etchings by Dan Llywelyn Hall and supporting artists. The exhibition continues at the Chapel where the Cor Meibion Male Voice Choir will perform.

Buy tickets online here.

Tickets £5. Booking essential

Gwent Chamber Orchestra

Eisteddfod concert

Upstairs at the Chapel

Saturday 23rd July 2016, 7.30pm

During the lead up to the National Eisteddfod, Abergavenny and district have played host to many varied and talented performers, all keen to lend support to the cause and flag up the historic significance of the festival as it returns to Abergavenny after some 103 years.

The forthcoming Gwent Chamber Orchestra’s concert promises to be yet another jewel in the crown of fundraising activities planned by the local Eisteddfod committee.

The orchestra has strong associations with our area, having been formed in 1975 by David Gedge, then organist and choirmaster of Brecon Cathedral, with John Roberts as leader.They were based for many years at Ebbw Vale and provided the essential players for concerts in Brecon Cathedral and Monmouthshire-based choirs.

The concert will have an added poignancy, due to the recent passing of their founder, David Gedge – a legend in his own right.

Holst: St Paul’s Suite
JS Bach: Violin Concerto in A minor (soloist Julia Watkins)
Telemann: Don Quichotte Suite (narrator Bob Young)
Boyce: Symphony No 4
Handel: Concerto Grosso Opus 6 No 11
Mozart: Eine kleine Nachtmusik
Leader Julia Watkins, conductor Stephen Broom

Tickets £12. Students free. Booking essential

Carvetii Brewing Demo


Upstairs at the Chapel

Thursday 21st July 2016, 7.30pm

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Brewing coffee is very much a multi-sensory experience: the aromas, the sounds and the flavours all add to the enjoyment of the drink.

Join us for an evening of coffee brewing where we’ll explore the ritual of coffee making in more detail.

We’ll introduce you to some familiar (and possibly not so familiar) ways of brewing coffee: the humble yet effective cafetiere, the elegant looking coffee syphon, the ever popular V60 pourover and the modern-looking Aeropress will be some of the methods we’ll explore

Tickets £5. Booking essential

An evening with soprano, Elin Manahan Thomas

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Upstairs at the Chapel

Saturday 11th June 2016, 7.30pm


An evening with the internationally renowned Welsh soprano, Elin Manahan Thomas and an opportunity after the performance to have an informal chat with the artist.

With accompanist, Andrew Wilson-Dickson.  This is an Eisteddfod fundraising event.

The programme will include Purcell’s Bess of Bedlam together with Handel’s Lascia ch’io pianga (from Rinaldo) and Angels ever bright and fair (from Theodora).

Elin was born and bred in Swansea, and first studied Anglo-Saxon, Norse and Celtic at Clare College, Cambridge, before turning to the world of music, and to performing and presenting. She is known for both her interpretation of baroque repertoire and her performances of cutting edge new music, and made the world premiere recording of a newly-discovered Bach cantata in 2006 for Sir John Eliot Gardiner.

In 2012 Elin thrilled the world when she performed at the Paralympics Opening Ceremony in London before a global audience of one billion people. She is also a well-recognised presenter, and can be heard on Sunday nights on Radio 3’s Early Music Late. Radio and television performances include Classic FM’s 15th birthday concert, Songs of Praise’s ‘The Big Sing’, and she made her BBC Proms debut in 2013 in the Dr Who Prom, alongside Daleks! She was invited to perform in the Vatican on Easter Sunday, and has performed at the Edinburgh International Festival with the Royal Flanders Ballet.

Elin is an Artist in Residence of Bangor Music Festival where she recently gave a recital of new music and exciting premieres. She is an Honorary Fellow at the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama, Swansea University and Bangor University.

Tickets £15. Booking essential

Recorders Galore – Recorder Orchestra from Germany

Upstairs at the Chapel

Wednesday 18th May 2016, 7.30pm


An evening of music for recorder orchestra using all eight sizes of recorder from the tiny ‘Garkleinflötlein’ to the soprano, descant, treble, tenor and bass and then to the large contrabasses and great basses.

The orchestra is conducted by Sally Turner, who studied the recorder at the Music Academy in Stuttgart and has been conducting the orchestra for over 30 years. This is fifth time she has brought the orchestra to the UK and the players are especially looking forward to coming to Abergavenny again. The players vary in age from 17 to 85!

Musical Director: Sally Turner

Tickets £6. Booking essential

‘Fish’ Wood Block Printing Workshop with Julian Meredith


Upstairs at the Chapel

Saturday 14th May 2016, 10am-4pm


Complete a woodcut in one day.

To coincide with his exhibition, ‘FIN RIVER SWIFT’, upstairs at the Chapel, Julian will be running a wood block printing workshop suitable for beginners and more experienced printmakers. There will be an opportunity to work on a large scale, on a 3 meter ash plank, along with a selection of smaller blocks. These print processes can be used at home.

Basic tools, paper & ink will be supplied. There will be a small charge for extra materials. Resource matter will be provided, just bring your overall.

‘My printing processes are interesting and useful for other people to learn as I do not use much equipment. I use a hand burnishing technique.’

You are welcome to come along to the exhibition Private View on Friday 13th May, 7-8.30pm, and hear Julian talk about his processes and inspiration.

All materials provided. £65

Dance / Drama Drop-in classes with Denni Dennis

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Saturday 7th May 2016, 11am-1pm every Saturday

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There will be no workshops on Saturday 30th April & Saturday 14th May

A unique experience, a first taste of acting through role-play, improvisation and storytelling. Working as part of a group, building confidence, tapping into their innate creativity, nurturing and guiding to produce inspiring performances. Denni worked with us last year, as one of 3 professional artists on A Winter Wildness, a series of creative workshops for children exploring art, movement and sound. These culminated in a magical evening performance on the Winter Solstice.

DENNI DENNIS – Studied at The Commedia School, Copenhagen, Denni has extensive training in the Jacques Lecoq style, Russian character clown and the Pochinko method (Native American spiritual clown). He combines clown, mask, dance, acting and improvisation to create unique and dynamic characters. His clown work has been featured in theatre, circus, dance performance and art installations.

£5 per class

The Launch of Oricalcum – Linseed Oil Paint

Upstairs at the Chapel

Thursday 5th May 2016, 7.30pm

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We are launching a new paint product.

Join us at the Chapel, Market Street on Thursday 5th May at 7.30pm for a glass of wine and a presentaion talk by ‘Oricalcum’ managing director, Michiel Brouns.

Linseed oil paint can be applied to any surface. It protects from weather and wind, the ravages of time and the changing seasons. In Sweden there is a long tradition of painting buildings and interiors with this paint. The reason it has survived for 500 years is because it really does provide protection. Chatsworth use their highest quality Cobalt blue for all their exterior estate work. This blue will not break down and will still look just as blue in decades from now.

Painters’ Training Workshop  Thursday 5th May 9.30am – 12pm

Read more on our news page about the quality, longevity and great coverage of linseed oil paint.

Free event

Owen Parry – Antique Rugs & Textiles Exhibition

Upstairs at the Chapel

Friday 29th - Saturday 30th April 2016, 10am - 5pm. Private View, Thursday 28th 7 - 9pm



PRIVATE VIEW on Thursday 28th April, 7-9pm

Owen Parry is a dealer, buying and selling, restoring and conserving for collectors, decorators and dealers. He has a fine knowledge and love of the weaving traditions of nomadic tribes, enabling him to specialise in pieces of rarity and beauty which are fast disappearing from the open market. Owen started as a repairer at the respected Lannowe Restoration Studio. He had the rare opportunity to handle and work on some of the best examples of early classical pieces and top quality tribal material on the market.

Owen exhibits several times a year in London and San Francisco and is a regular exhibitor around the world: ACOR (American Conference of Oriental Rugs); ICOC (International Conference of Oriental Rugs); Hali Fair (London); Sartirana (Italy); KARMA (Kensington Rug Merchants Association, London); LARTA (London Antique Rug and Textile Arts); Arts (San Francisco). He has had several articles published in HALI magazine.

The textiles and rugs are for sale.

Image above – Peacocks on an 18th Century Ottoman silk embroidery fragment. Elegant yet whimsical drawing. Few examples now exist on the open market but some can be seen in the V & A Museum.


Free event

Bach to the future – Ystradivarius

Upstairs at the Chapel

Saturday 9th April 2016, 7.30pm


Ystradivarius are a group of five professional young musicians who specialise in early music and perform on period instruments –
Baroque flute, violin, viola, cello and organ continuo. They have studied at colleges such as Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama, Royal College of Music and Trinity College of Music and Drama.

A fascinating 18th Century musical journey between two of the greatest composers, Bach and Mozart, taking in works by all four of J.S. Bach’s composer sons (WF, CPE, JCF and JC). The Programme consists of Trio Sonatas, Flute Quartets and W.F. Bach’s haunting Adagio and Fugue in D minor.

Tickets £12. Booking essential

‘Cut it Out’ Lino Block Printing with Adrienne Craddock


Upstairs at the Chapel

Saturday 5th March 2016, 10am-3pm

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Learn the skills of relief printing using lino or Japanese vinyl. This workshop is suitable for experienced artists who would like to take their own work into print but also for students, studying art, to add to their port folio and for people who would like to learn new skills.

Adrienne will bring plenty of images to inspire you but you can bring your own sketches and photos to work from.

Includes lunch, coffee and Tea. £70

‘Celtic Music & Beyond’ Concert with guitarist, Tony McManus

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Upstairs at the Chapel

Thursday 18th February 2016, 7.30pm

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Tony McManus is the best Celtic guitarist in the world’  John Renbourn

McManus’s playing is rave-worthy. Loaded with flawless ornamentations, most of which should only be attempted on a very well set-up fiddle, his playing is wild and delicate, passionate and tender’  Premier Guitar

Scots born and now Canada based, Tony McManus has come to be recognised throughout the world as the leading guitarist in Celtic Music. From early childhood his twin obsessions of traditional music and acoustic guitar have worked together to produce a startlingly original approach to this ancient art.

Through Tony’s hands the emotions of celtic music are transferred to the guitar and the listener is drawn into the driving energy of a reel or the timeless atmosphere of a lament – each finding an authentic voice through his interpretation. That emotional connection lifts McManus’s playing beyond mere virtuosity to a place where new listeners worldwide – from the Hebrides to Connemara and from Bogota to Tokyo – are won over to this music.

Whatever the context, Tony’s presence is unique and driven by a passion for the music. His engaging personality on stage has taken him to five continents, and his contribution was recently recognised with a Gold Medal, voted by the readers of Acoustic Guitar Magazine – fellow recipients were John Williams, Paco de Lucia and Tommy Emmanuel. Tony’s 2009 recording, The Makers Mark, won universal acclaim even in the rock guitar press, where jigs and reels would have been unheard of prior to its release.

Tony’s most recent album, Mysterious Boundaries, took a different path altogether, exploring the music of Bach, Couperin, Monteverdi, Satie and Granados.

Fellow guitarists were wowed! This music is beyond beautiful, it’s….PERFECT’ Tommy Emmanuel. ‘It’s a masterpiece. I’m reeling’ John Renbourn

Tickets £12. Booking Essential

‘Making an Impression’ Printmaking with Adrienne Craddock


Upstairs at the Chapel

Saturday 13th February 2016, 10am-3pm

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For art students and adults who want to explore printmaking or simply to try something new.

Working with experienced printmaker, Adrienne Craddock, create a drypoint etching by drawing into an acrylic plate with etching needles. Fine lines and tonal areas can be created on the plate which is then inked and printed onto dampened paper and sent through our vintage etching press.

The workshop is suitable for experienced artists who would like to take their own work into print but also for students, studying art, to add to their port folio and for people who would like to learn new skills.

Adrienne will bring plenty of images to inspire you but you can bring your own sketches and photos to work from.

Includes lunch, coffee and Tea. £70

Reading Music with Lionel Elton

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Upstairs at the Chapel

Thursday 11th February 2016, 7-8.45pm, for 6 sessions

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Learn to read music with Lionel Elton in 6 lessons (Thursdays). This enhanced musical awareness offers a life changing experience. No previous knowledge is necessary, everything is provided.

Lionel was principal clarinettist in the National Youth Orchestra of Wales before receiving a scholarship to the Royal Academy of Music. Later he was artistic director of the London Chamber Music Society (1986-2003). Prior to moving to Abergavenny, Lionel conducted and coached a male voice choir in Buckinghamshire and taught them all to read music in just 6 weeks.

In the near future Lionel will be offering ‘Music Appreciation’ evenings with insights into music and how to follow a score, along with music history.

£10 per session. Everything provided, booking essential

Private View & Exhibition

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Upstairs at the Chapel

Saturday 6th February 2016, 6pm

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Drawings, designs, paper costumes, masks, sets, sounds and the video of the final performance.

This exhibition follows a series of creative workshops for children, held every Saturday afternoon, between 14th November and 19th December, which culminated in a performance on the Winter Solstice, 22nd December 2015.

During a period of only six sessions, up to twelve children came together to explore the themes of a wild winter and the solstice. The workshops involved three artists with different disciplines: Clare Parry-Jones – costumes; Denni Dennis – movement; Leona Jones – sound. The children were therefore able to explore and focus upon their characters and the story that emerged, through visual, physical and auditory paths, engaging them in a deeply creative process.

Each artist facilitated the ideas that sprang from the imagination of each child. The artwork presented is a combination of their initial explorations and ideas for each character, their mask/face markings and costume. Clare made and painted each costume, based upon the drawings and ideas of each child, together with her own inspirations and the practicalities of the materials used: paper, muslin, leaves and plants. Denni created the choreography based upon each child’s unique movements and characterisation, bringing the story to life physically. The soundtrack ran throughout the performance and is primarily formed from the children’s voices, through stories and improvisations, woven together with additional material by Leona.

Exhibition continues until 13th February.

Free event

In Praise of Mid-Winter

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Friday 22nd January 2016, 7pm


Robert Evans (lyre & crwth), Mary-Anne Roberts (voice) & with Gillian Stevens (crwth)

In praise of mid-winter, with bold, ritual songs, ballads and medieval poetry and a magical Arthurian episode celebrating the holly and the ivy.

‘What winter confines, spring releases, summer heats and Autumn ripens’ Boethius 16th century

Bragod is the only musical ensemble dedicated to exploring the performance of medieval and renaissance Welsh music and poetry in an historically-informed way. They sing Welsh poetry ranging from stanzas of the Gododdin (6th century) to ritual and popular songs of the 18th and 19th century. They play the six-stringed lyre of 6th century Northern Europe and the crwth, the ancient lyre of Northern Europe modified by the addition of a fingerboard and the application of the bow.

Tickets £12. Booking essential

A Winter Wildness Gala Performance

At the Chapel

Tuesday 22nd December 2015, 6.30pm

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For the last 6 weeks we have held a very different kind of workshop to what we have ever done before. A small group of children of all ages have been designing, making and producing under the guidance of performance and theatre artists, Denni Dennis and Clare Parry-Jones, and sound artist, Leona Jones. The results have been truly inspiring.

Come to a Gala Performance of the culmination of all their hard work and creativity on Tuesday 22nd December. Children under 10years can come along free.


Tickets £6. Under 10's free. Booking essential

A Winter Wildness

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Upstairs at the Chapel

Saturday 12th December 2015, - next workshop, then every Saturday until 19th December, 2 - 4.30pm

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A unique opportunity to work with three professional artists and performers. A Winter Wildness is a series of creative workshops for children exploring art, movement and sound. These sessions will culminate in a magical evening performance of light and shadows, imagination and dreams celebrating the Winter Solstice.

The characters and elements of a wild winter will be brought to life through the creation of paper costumes, masks and sets, movement, words and sound. Children will have the opportunity to create each part of this process with guidance and facilitation from three artists, all supported by the Arts Council of Wales: Denni Dennis, Leona Jones and Clare Parry-Jones. They will be encouraged to explore their own imagination and ideas, as well as gleaning inspiration from established sources of material.


Denni Dennis – born in Denmark and now based in Wales. He trained at The Commedia School, Copenhagen. Denni has extensive training in the Jacques Lecoq style, Russian character clown and the Pochinko method (Native American spiritual clown). He combines clown, mask, dance, acting and improvisation to create unique and dynamic characters. His clown work has been featured in theatre, circus, dance performance and art installations.

Leona Jones – awarded Distinction for her Performance Writing MA from Dartington/Falmouth in 2012, and her work has been presented across Britain and Europe. Her most recent major project, The Baroque Cello Project (Part II), was successfully presented in The Chapel in June 2015, and means of developing it further are currently being explored. She is based in Cardiff. Leona explores the hardlyheard and underseen, the hidden and hiding, the conscious and the not-so-conscious in order to create events/performances and installations centred around language, sound and spatiality. Cross media collaboration is central to her practice.

Clare Parry-Jones – local artist and theatre practitioner. She performs and teaches internationally, most recently in Japan. She has also recently taught in Siberia (paper costumes and clown) and created performance land art in collaboration with sculptors and dancers in Buguldeika and Olkhon Island, Lake Baikal. Clare combines land art, performance, ritual and clown, all of which is informed by her shamanic practice and experience. She studied RADA, École Philippe Gaulier (Paris).

Gala performance Tuesday 22nd December 6.30pm, tickets £6

All materials provided. £20 each workshop

Owen Sheers in Conversation with Glyn Mathias

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Upstairs at the Chapel

Thursday 10th December 2015, 7pm Eisteddfod fundraising event


The local novelist, poet and playwright, Owen Sheers, will be in conversation with the political journalist, Glyn Mathias. Introduced by Eryl Sheers.

This is a fundraising event for the National Eisteddfod 2016.

Owen has just returned from 6 weeks in America and Canada publicising his new novel, ‘I Saw A Man’ published by Faber in June 2015. He is currently Professor in Creativity at Swansea University.

Owen’s parents left Abergavenny for Fiji where Owen was born and then returned to the same house in Llanddewi Rhydderch. His first poems were published when he was 16 and at 15 he won the Hay-on-Wye young writer award. Owen’s first novel, ‘Resistance’ was adapted into a film in 2011, and shot locally in the Ochon Valley. The landscape of the Abergavenny area have very much influenced his writing.

Glyn Mathias (ex Political Editor of ITN and BBC) lives in Brecon and his father was the poet, Roland Mathias. His autobiography called ‘Raising the Echo’ is a fascinating insight into TV political journalism.

Tickets £12. Booking essential

Materials Workshop with Michael Harding

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Upstairs at the Chapel

Thursday 3rd December 2015, 7pm

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Calling all artists…

Michael Harding, maker of handmade oil paints, is on a non-stop quest to meet artists directly and share his passion for quality art materials. This is a talk and demonstration geared for the artist who is interested in understanding why the quality of art materials used is important to the value of their painting, with discussions on pigments, oils, consistency, suggested uses, toxicity, safety, etc. or whatever questions you may wish to raise with Michael.

‘My paints are made by hand, using techniques which date back to the days of the Old Masters. There is a very simple reason for this painstaking process. As an artist and painter I wanted to create colours that were true and vibrant, and paint which was beautiful and durable. The greater the pigment content of a paint the greater the resistance it has to fading. Nearly all manufacturers use various fillers to extend the volume of the oil paint. It may increase profits but it compromises on quality. I totally refuse to do this. Why make something exceptional and then dilute it?’  Michael Harding

Michael has been making oil paint for nearly 35 years. Artists using his oil paint include Howard Hodgkin, ‘…this is incredible paint… the most beautiful Vermillion you can find.’ When given sap green he remarked, ‘Fantastic-it’s the same shade green as the menus they had in Paris in the 1940s…’ Clearly colours are about moments and memories for him. David Hockney describes the paint as, ‘…the first quality oil paint – excellent’ while Chris Ofili states, ‘Michael Harding’s oils are beautifully honest paints – for the beautifully honest act of painting’.


Free event. Booking essential

Talk ‘Banksy – Urban Calligrapher’ by Paul Gough

Upstairs at the Chapel

Wednesday 18th November 2015, 7pm


In the summer of 2009, Bristol saw a remarkable phenomenon that made international news. Over six weeks some 300,000 people queued for hours, often in pouring rain, for admission to the city’s museum & art gallery. They had been attracted by the media hype surrounding an exhibition ambiguously entitled ‘Banksy vs the Bristol Museum’. The subsequent show ‘Dismaland’ at a derelict lido in Weston-super-Mare in the summer of 2015 has attracted similar attention and caused worldwide headlines.

This illustrated talk by Paul Gough will raise a number of questions: Is Banksy a subversive influence or merely a bit of fun? Why is Banksy so important beyond the UK? Is the work important as art? What does Banksy bring to British culture as curator of international art?

After compiling a book on the impact of Banksy on the national scene, Paul Gough (Pro Vice-Chancellor and Vice-President RMIT University, Australia), has become a regular commentator on the global phenomenon of the world’s most famous unknown artist.

Tickets £10. Booking essential

Drawing workshop with Paul Handley

Upstairs at the Chapel

Wednesday 11th November 2015, 10am-4pm

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Basic drawing from observation with Paul Handley MA. The mechanics of looking and translating 3D into 2D and establishing a personal pictorial language. Aimed at the beginner and the student, particularly those who received no formal, traditional drawing training.

Paul is a figurative painter, who trained at Goldsmith University and Norwich School of Art, under amongst others, John Lessore. He has an MA in Art History.

Includes lunch, coffee and Tea. £70

Halloween Costumes with Tamsin Thorne

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Upstairs at the Chapel

Friday 30th October 2015, Morning 10am - 12.30pm, afternoon 1.30 - 4pm

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Come and make a spooky costume…. a fairy, ghost, witch, skeleton or evil creature for you to wear on Halloween, when you perform various antics for cake, apples, or money!

Tamsin trained in textile design at Loughborough College of Art and Design, and has worked as a costume designer and maker in film and TV. She runs her own collection of costume accessories for children called IWISHIWASA. Tamsin also teaches short courses in embellishment and customizing for clothing at Central St. Martins, London.

Age 5 +. Morning 10am – 12.30pm, afternoon 1.30 – 4pm

All materials provided and refreshments. £17 each workshop

Talk ‘Mysterious Monuments: the challenge of history in John Constable’s painting’

Dr Jonathan Clarkson
Upstairs at the Chapel

Wednesday 21st October 2015, 7pm

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Don’t miss this wonderful opportunity to hear an inspiring talk by Dr. Jonathan Clarkson, a leading international scholar on the painter John Constable. His critically acclaimed monograph ‘Constable’ was published by Phaidon in 2010, and was named by The Sunday Times and The Telegraph as one of the best art history books of the year. Dr. Clarkson examines this complex relationship Constable had with history, and explores how his thinking developed in his later paintings.

‘John Constable presents one of the great paradoxes of art history. In his time his approach to painting was so radical that his contemporaries were almost totally baffled by it… In the 20th century, however, he became so popular that his paintings came almost to epitomise the term chocolate box. To understand this paradox, and the full extraordinary complexity and originality of this, certainly for me, greatest of all English painters (and yes including Turner) you have only to turn to a new, luminously intelligent, totally authoritative, yet highly readable introduction to Constable by Jonathan Clarkson.’     Simon Wilson, RA Royal Society of Arts magazine, Autumn 2010

Tickets £10. Booking essential

Catherine King (Mezzo Soprano) & Frances Kelly (Triple Harp)

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Upstairs at the Chapel

Thursday 24th September 2015, 7pm

Le Cecchina

‘The Songbird’ – Exquisite songs of love, passion and devotion from the courts of 17th century Italy and Purcell’s London.

A delightful programme incorporating an astonishing variety of songs and harp solos by Purcell, Blow, Eccles, Banister, Monteverdi, Luzzaschi, Caccini (daughter and father) and Frescobaldi.

This stunning duo are internationally renowned, with many years’ experience of performing and recording in all genres, but particularly in the field of Early Music. Catherine and Frances have enjoyed performing together over many years in projects with, for instance, the New London Consort, The Taverner Consort, and in Italian repertoire with Musica Secreta. Their recital programmes include performances in the Radovljica Festival in Slovenia and locally in Crickhowell. With new pieces written for them by Tansy Davies, Larisa Vrhunc, Igor Majcen and John Woolrich.

Weekly Life Drawing

Upstairs at the Chapel

Thursday 24th September 2015, Every Thursday 10am - 4pm

No tutor and very affordable, this weekly class will enable the artist to develop their practice. There will be a nude model as well as the opportunity to draw from a circus/performance trained model with costume. Perfect for Paul’s drawing students.

£15 per day. Booking essential

Abergavenny Food Festival 2015 weekend celebrations at the Chapel…

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Upstairs at the Chapel

Saturday 19th - Sunday 20th September 2015, 2pm & 4pm Sat, 11am Sun

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Join us for a theatrical performance of a 19th Century Russian tea ceremony. You will learn all about the merchant wives’ rituals of tea drinking, enjoy a cup of ‘Good Mood Tea’ and taste the most delicious Pastila, a traditional apple conserve handmade to the original medieval recipe. Come and savour the taste of history.

Tickets £7.50. Booking essential

Saturday & Sunday all day

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Outside on the Chapel balcony

Gelati and Sorbetti by Jack’s Gelato. Expertly crafted ice cream and sorbet by award winning chef. Handmade, best ingredients, organic, fair trade sugarBronte’s pistachios, Valrhona chocolate, foraged damsons, elderflowers, quinces and sloes, Calabrian liquorice and manuka honey.

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Book signing and seasonal produce by biodynamic growers, Jane Scotter & Harry Astley from Fern Verrow, a 16 acre farm at the foothills of the Black Mountains.

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Poetry at your table with award winning poet, Rosie Shepperd, reading from her new collection, The Man at the Corner Table’. Exploring love, loss and betrayal, using sensual metaphors of food, the flavours we make and those which make us.

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Our in house roasters, Carvetii will be serving coffees all weekend and…

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Taith Duo (Gill Stevens & Dylan Fowler) & Olion Byw (Lucy Rivers & Dan Lawrence)

Eisteddfod concert

Upstairs at the Chapel

Tuesday 8th September 2015, 7.30pm

Internationally known but locally grown. Two very special duos will play and sing music from around the world as part of the Eisteddfod 2016 fundraising for Monmouthsire.

Taith Duo, Gillian Stevens and Dylan Fowler have come from very different musical backgrounds; Dylan as a jazz musician and Gillian as a performer of early music and a composer. They have found common ground in their desire to ignore musical categories and draw on both the traditional music of their home country, Wales, and their own original and creative approach. The inspiration gained from travelling and working with musicians from many other cultures adds a further layer of richness to their performance. Using a range of instruments including guitar, mandocello, drums, clarinet, viola da gamba, treble viol and the ancient Welsh crwth they create a magical and spell-binding atmosphere.

Over the years they have performed as a duo in festivals in Greece, Italy, Belgium and Bulgaria. Together they have taken part in several international collaborations, such as with Norwegian singer, Asne Valland-Nordli, in the Bath Festival and Nicolai Ivanov in the Salon des Arts Festival in Sofia. They have also performed regularly with Finnish kantele player Timo Väänänen, as the Taith Trio.

Olion Byw are Cardiff based duo, Lucy Rivers and Dan Lawrence. They combine fiddle, guitar, mandolin and voice. Their fresh and exciting arrangements of traditional Welsh tunes and songs are interspersed with original compositions, all drawing on their love of roots, folk and world music. They bought out their second album last year Mudo/ Migrating to great critical acclaim and as well as performing around Wales, last year they toured to West Bengal to play in a Fakir Festival. They also had an official showcase in Folk Alliance in Kansas City. Olion Byw means Living Traces – rediscovering, reinventing.

‘The intoxicating vocal and intense fiddle of Lucy Rivers and the hypnotic guitar/ mandolin of Dan Lawrence… With its elegant melodies and its poetic songs of longing and yearning, there’s more than a trace of the courtly troubadour tradition in the heart of this music: It makes for deeply soulful, romantic listening.’ Review of Mudo/ Migrating by Paul Matheson, fRoots May 2014.

Tickets £12. Booking essential

The Secrets Of Sewing Lingerie

with Katherine Sheers. Upstairs at the Chapel.

Saturday 25th July 2015, 10am - 4pm

The Secrets Of Sewing Lingerie

Learn to sew a beautiful pair of knickers, with international lingerie designer and co-author of The Secrets of Sewing Lingerie, Katherine Sheers.

This fun and informative workshop will give you a foundation of lingerie-making skills, leading you through each step in the process from measuring yourself and cutting out a pattern, to sewing French seams and attaching lingerie elastic. You’ll take away a finished pair of knickers in your size, a printed pattern and the know-how to make as many pairs as you want. Only basic sewing skills are required; as long as you feel comfortable sewing a straight stitch and a zigzag stitch on a sewing machine, everything else will be taught on the day.

You’ll be provided with a pretty, printed cotton fabric to make your knickers in the workshop, as well as gusset fabric, lingerie elastic, ribbons, thread and sewing notions. These knickers are infinitely versatile however, so once you’ve built your confidence sewing the first pair, there’ll be an inspiring selection of luxury fabrics, French lace trims and silk ribbons available for purchase at the end of the workshop.


All you’ll need to bring is a basic sewing machine (which can sew a straight stitch and a zigzag stitch) and a pair of fabric sheers (scissors). If you don’t have access to either of these, please let us know at the time of booking.


If you’d like to make these knickers for someone else, please advise us at the time of booking so we can send you instructions on how to measure your friend or family member. Alternatively, if you’d like to buy this workshop as a gift, let us know and we’ll send you a special gift voucher.

Katherine Sheers was raised in Abergavenny and studied Textile Design at Chelsea College of Art and the Fashion Institute of Technology, NYC, before going on to complete a first class degree in Contour Fashion at De Montfort University. She’s lived and worked as a lingerie and trim designer in London, Sri Lanka, Hong Kong, China and most recently, NYC, where she was designing for a supplier to Victoria’s Secret. Her debut, co-authored, book The Secrets of Sewing Lingerie was published last October. She lives in The Black Mountains with her husband and daughter.

Threads and fabrics provided. Lunch, coffee and Tea. £70

To reserve a place or book for any of our events, please contact us on 01873 736430 or email

Printmaking Workshop. Gardens & Earthly Delights

with Adrienne Craddock. Upstairs at the Chapel.

Wednesday 15th July 2015, 10am - 4pm

The Art Shop Rollers

Explore the process of drypoint etching using clear acrylic sheets. By drawing, scratching and inking up you can create fine sensitive lines and dynamic tonal ranges. Processes that can be used on your kitchen table. Adrienne will bring images to inspire you or you can bring your own sketch books and drawings to work from.

Adrienne is a highly experienced artist printmaker and educator.

Materials provided. Lunch, coffee and Tea. £70

To reserve a place or book for any of our events, please contact us on 01873 736430 or email

Coffee Cupping

with Carvetii Coffee & Rhodri Thomas. Downstairs at the Chapel

Thursday 9th July 2015, 7 - 8.30pm

The Chapel’s first ‘cupping’ or tasting event. Coffee connoisseurs and the coffee curious alike come and increase your knowledge of the subtle nuances and flavour profiles of individual beans from around the globe, testing your taste sensation and aroma identification skills. Our expert roasters from Carvetii coffee will be here to share their experience with you.

£5. Booking essential

To reserve a place or book for any of our events, please contact us on 01873 736430 or email

In Audible – The Baroque Project (Part II)

Upstairs at the Chapel

Tuesday 30th - Saturday 4th July 2015, 10am - 5pm

Take time to listen. Deeply listen. To the hidden, the undernoticed, the disregarded. Step out of the chaotic world as the Chapel becomes a liminal space of immersive shapesoundings. An experimental multi-layered site-specific sound installation with performance centred on a newly crafted baroque cello and the sounds of its making – a collaboration between artist Leona Jones, baroque cellist Siôn Dafydd Dawson, and contemporary dancer Laura Moy.

This is a free event.

Insect And Butterfly Wing Making

with costume designer, Tamsin Thorne. Upstairs at the Chapel.

Saturday 27th June 2015

Insect And Butterfly Wing Making with costume designer, Tamsin Thorne

Morning age 5+/ Afternoon age 10+.

Come and create a pair of insect wings based on wildlife found in Britain’s gardens and woodlands. Make a wire skeleton wing frame on which to stretch fabric or paper. Then collage, paint, decorate, embellish, stitch and applique.

Tamsin trained in textile design at Loughborough College of Art and Design, and has worked as a costume designer and maker in film and TV. She runs her own collection of costume accessories for children called IWISHIWASA. Tamsin also teaches short courses in embellishment and customizing for clothing at Central St. Martins, London.

All materials provided and refreshments. £17 each workshop

Michael Kevin Jones – Cello & Agustin Maruri – Guitar

at The Chapel, Market Street, Abergavenny. Tickets £12 (with a glass of wine) from The Art Shop

Thursday 2nd April 2015, 7.30pm

Chapel Cello 2015 Event

The Chapel is nearly open, the garden has one more planting to go and the kitchen is being installed next week…

Although we will not have officially opened, we didn’t want to miss this rare opportunity of hearing two great musicians in concert, so we are holding this event in the main chapel space. Come and join us for an inspiring evening, our first musical event at The Chapel.

‘…a well thought out exciting programme of fairly little known music that covers a broad spectrum of styles and musical periods. Surely it makes for a not to miss concert!’ (Cellist, Sion Dawson)

Spanish classical guitarist Agustin Maruri and British cellist Michael Kevin Jones will play in a special concert to be held at the Chapel.

The Jones Maruri duo is the only established cello guitar duo in the world. Formed in Madrid in 1990, they have since played in concerts at venues such as the Lincoln Centre, Metropolitan Museum of Art and the Hancock Centre.

Agustin Maruri has received scholarships and awards towards his work as a musicologist, discovering many lost or forgotten works in the Biblioteca Nacional de Madrid, the Munich Library and the British Museum. In 1999 he started a collaboration with the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York and the first of a series of recordings was ‘The Charm of Spain’; a collection of Spanish romantic melodies from the 19th century performing on instruments from the museum’s exclusive collection.

Cellist Michael Jones studied at Dartington College before going on to the Royal College of Music. Whilst in London he won prizes for solo and chamber music playing and was awarded a scholarship from the German Government to study cello under the great teacher Johannes Goritzki. In 2002 he recorded the complete Bach Suites for Solo Cello on a 1667 Stradivarius Violoncello for the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York.

Tickets £12 (with a glass of wine) from The Art Shop

To reserve a place or book for any of our events, please contact us on 01873 852690 or email

Abergavenny Food Festival 2014

Saturday 20th - Sunday 21st September 2014

Food festival 2014 Event

Another year has passed and once again it’s Food Festival time in Abergavenny. The Food Festival is the biggest in this country and won Best Event in Wales 2013. An abundance of events, demonstrations, talks, tasting tours and pop-up restaurants. Some of the stars of the show will be Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall, Valentine Warner, Claudia Roden and Sam & Sam Clark of ‘Moro’ to name a few.

Food festival 2014 Event

Ceramics (above) by Dan Hides, Dylan Bowen, James & Tilla Waters, Winchcombe Pottery and Clementina van der Walt.
Also showing this year will be work by Andrew Ludick, Daniel Smith & Arthouse.

Abergavenny Food Festival 2013

Come and join our Pop Up Culinary Show

Saturday 21st - Sunday 22nd September 2013

Our ingredients this year for a delicious spread of surprises include culinary artists’ wrappings, cards, mugs and tea-cloths. Amusing foody colouring books for both children and adults.

Upstairs in the gallery & kitchen…

Piled high on our table are bowls, platters, plates and jugs by international ceramic makers. Showcasing works inspired by the colours and patterns of the urban and rural South African landscape by one of our favourite makers, Clementina van der Walt.

Running alongside is a first solo exhibition by Philippa Robbins ‘Magical Thinking’ which runs until 26th October

Outside on the street…

A Pop-Up Culinary Show

Saturday and Sunday The Art Shop presents… artists, Matt and Amanda Caines with a Pop-up Puppet Theatre. They will be selling, making, and demonstrating their puppet-making skills. Come and join in the fun and make your own puppet.
Hairpin Bend will be here on Saturday to entertain us playing traditional Irish and Welsh jigs, reels and old, old songs.

We are open all festival weekend

Saturday 9.15am-5pm / Sunday 10am-4pm

Embroidered Objects

Two day workshop with Jessie Chorley

Saturday 27th - Sunday 28th April 2013

Embroidered 2013 Event

This workshop concentrates on story-telling and creating a simple narrative through stitch, collage and appliqué. You will be using the needle both as your drawing tool and to secure found objects in place. Jessie will show each participant individually and as a group how to construct a simple 3-dimensional object from rags and found fabrics.

During the workshop you will explore your own narrative/starting points, finding ways to allow your story to unravel into the materials and object you create, this may be a wearable piece such as a brooch or equally a piece for the Wall at home.

Embroidered 2013 Event

“I was so fascinated by how we all started with a simple little fabric scrap that Jessie provided us with, and then we all went home at the end of this workshop with something so unique to each of us” Libby Soil London 2012

Jessie studied textiles at Goldsmith College University, London

Individual and group tuition. Lunches and refreshments provided throughout the weekend. £150

To reserve a place or book for any of our events, please contact us on 01873 852690 or email

Run away with the circus!

Children’s workshops with Tamsin Thorne

Saturday 24th November 2012

Circus 2012 Event

Morning Age 4 plus/ Afternoon 7 plus

Create a circus inspired headpiece or a Buffalo Bill Wild West Show inspired headdress with costume designer and maker Tamsin Thorne, using the gallery’s current exhibition ‘Where the Wonderful Happens’ as inspiration. Working with fabric, stitch and embellishment you will leave the workshop with your own handmade headpiece ready to wear!

Tamsin trained in textile design at Loughborough College of Art and Design, and has worked as a costume designer and maker in film and TV. She runs her own collection of costume accessories for children called IWISHIWASA. Tamsin also teaches short courses in embellishment and customizing for clothing at Central St. Martins, London.

All materials provided. Refreshments included. £17 each workshop.

To reserve a place or book for any of our events, please contact us on 01873 852690 or email

Abergavenny Food Festival 2012

Saturday 15th - Sunday 16th September 2012

Food festival 2012 Event

Abergavenny closes its streets to traffic and fills them to the brim with wonderful, eclectic food stalls, entertainers, music, cafes and shops spilling out onto the street. Come and enjoy the weekend.

Our festival starts on Saturday 15th outside in our pop-up painting studio with Kumar Saraff, who will be painting and drawing from a still-life table of delicious foods. Come and observe a Royal Academy Schools trained artist at work.

At 1pm there will be live music by Carmina, “a superb mix of jazz, folk and celtic crossover music – taking the audience on a bewitching journey full of melodic grace and inventiveness – a brilliant band superbly fronted by vocalist Pippa Marland and guitarist Rob King” (Jack McGouran, Guinness Jazz Festival).

Inside our Food Festival Exhibitions this year are…

A Theatre of Plates – an exhibition of artist decorated vintage ceramics

Food festival 2012 Event

A Dinner Set for an Imaginary Banquet – A small exhibition of works on paper by Cornelia O’Donovan RCA

Beautiful and Damned – photographs by Camilla Broadbent.

Alchemy of the Imagination

Celebrate the Abergavenny Christmas Food & Drink Fair with us at The Art Shop & visit our Pop-Up display in the market hall

Sunday 11th December 2011

Alchemy 2011 Event

Friends and customers come and join us at The Art Shop between 11-12am for a glass of mulled wine and hot, minced tarts. Visit our Mixed Winter Show and be entertained by Byrde, a lively, eclectic and utterly original group of musicians…

…Take 3 women, 12 recorders, 1 shawm, some Irish whistles and a bagpipe, a few bells and a string drum…add some new music, wild medieval dances and renaissance love songs and you have encountered BYRDE.

Abergavenny is celebrating a small winter festival with tutored tastings, master classes, celebrities and musicians. Come and fill your cupboards for Christmas – fresh and cured meats, poultry and game, cheese and chocolates, cakes and desserts, wines and liqueurs, ales, wines and more…

For more information on our Mixed Winter Show visit our exhibitions page online.

Two day embroidered pages & book workshop

With Jessie Chorley

Saturday 22nd - Sunday 23rd October 2011

Jessie 2011 Event

The simple techniques of hand embroidery and applique will be used with fragments of fabric, paper and found materials to create embroidered ’pages’. Each page will be worked on as a whole, with the possibility of binding them into a book, or for producing a series of small wall pieces that depict your own story. These may be later framed.

All basic materials are provided and Jessie will also provide a materials list of essential items for you to bring ie personal items of interest, fabric scraps, poems and sources of inspiration to help you create something unique to you.

Jessie studied textile at Goldsmith College University, London.

Individual and group tuition. Lunches and refreshments provided throughout the weekend. £150

To reserve a place or book for any of our events, please contact us on 01873 852690 or email

Abergavenny Food Festival 2011

Come and join in The Art Shop’s Festival Fete in celebration of the Abergavenny Food Festival…

Saturday 17th - Sunday 18th September 2011

Food festival 2011 Event

Buy hand printed Kitchen Utensil wrapping papers, thick linen aprons, big recipe scrap-books and textiles for your table by Jessie Chorley and Cornelia O’Donovan RCA., alongside tableware by new makers.

Listen to a blend of folk, jazz and Irish music – a live performance by acclaimed musicians Pippa Marland and Rob King ‘Carmina’. All spilling out onto the street outside our shop…

Our Festival Fete continues inside with an exhibition by Graphic designer, David Meldrum, one of the guest speakers at the Abergavenny Food Festival, who will be showing work from ‘The Food Illustrator Project’, a culinary journey he undertook last year.

See our exhibitions page for more information.

This is a free event

Children’s Costume Making Workshops

With Tamsin Thorne

Saturday 16th July 2011

Tamsin Thorne Workshop

Morning. Age 8 plus. Calling all ’Eco Warriors, prepare for battle! Make your own set of decorative body armour using cardboard, paper and recycled packaging. Design your own personal crest or emblem and create a set of body armour embellished with 3D decoupage using collage, scraffito and paint techniques. Are you inspired by the ruthless romans, the groovy greeks, or the viscious vikings? This workshop is not just for boys, also calling out to all budding Boudiccas…

Afternoon. Age 5 plus. Junior ’Eco Warriors’ can join Tamsin in the afternoon to decorate and embellish a sword and shield set using paper, card, recycled packaging, collage and paint.

Tamsin trained in textile design at Loughborough College of Art and Design, and has worked as a costume designer and maker in film and TV. She recently launched her own collection of costume accessories for children. Tamsin also teaches short courses in embellishment and customizing for clothing at Central St. Martins, London.

Look out for ‘Wings and Petals’- another summer workshop to follow with Tamsin Thorne

All materials provided. Refreshments included. £17 each workshop

To reserve a place or book for any of our events, please contact us on 01873 852690 or email

One-day Watercolour workshops

A series of 3, with Kumar Saraff

Friday 8th July 2011

Having recently exhibited here with his show ‘Personal Encounters’ (26th March – 14th May), Royal Academy Schools trained painter, Kumar Saraff, will run a series of intensive one-day workshops.

The first workshop is primarily for beginners and those with a little experience. You will learn how to select a basic palette of colours and brushes, gain an understanding of watercolour surfaces, and acquire enough techniques to build up confidence, enabling you to continue on your own.

The second workshop is for the more proficient painter. This will extend your current working practice, to push outside your comfort zone and embrace more complex techniques.

The final workshop in the series will be a Masterclass in watercolour, for those with a more thorough knowledge of the medium. A one-to-one tutorial, with an analysis and critique of your folio will be offered, which will enable you to improve your professional practice.

Individual and group tuition. Lunches (vegetarian) and refreshments provided throughout the day. £75

To reserve a place or book for any of our events, please contact us on 01873 852690 or email

‘A Celebration of Summer’

Illustrated talk by award winning garden designer, Arne Maynard

The ballroom, The Angel Hotel, Abergavenny. Tickets £7 from The Art Shop

Friday 1st July 2011

Arne 2011 Event

‘The heady excitement of a garden in full bloom deserves to be celebrated, so award winning garden designer Arne Maynard will give a slide show and talk that revels in all the glories of this time of year. Ranging from the sumptuous planting of herbaceous borders, roses that tumble out of trees, wild flowers and grasses to the clipped contrasts of lawns and topiary in amongst all the full–blown abundance.’

Arne writes a regular column in Gardens Illustrated magazine.

Stone Carving 3 day course

With Matt Caines

Friday 24th - Sunday 26th June 2011

Matt 2011 Event

A chance to learn the ancient and beautiful craft of stone carving with sculptor Matt Caines. You will create your own limestone relief sculpture and Matt will guide you through each stage of designing, making a clay model and the carving process itself. He will show you examples of his own pieces and discuss the work of the Eric Gill commune at Capel-y-ffin, with an introduction to the principles and techniques of lettering and stonecarving.

An intensely creative experience, Matt believes that because there are no ‘short cuts’ with carving, it brings out a very deep expression of one’s innermost self and has seen the revelatory effect it has had on students in his 11 years of teaching.

On the Friday you will spend the first half of the day modelling up ideas in clay, then transfer them to the stone in the afternoon. Saturday will cover roughing out and fine carving, and Sunday will see the completion of the carvings including sanding and polishing.

Matt Caines studied Architectural Ornament at City & Guilds School of Art, London, following a first degree in Fine Art. Recent work includes designing & carving a plaque in beech, unveiled by H.R.H The Prince of Wales; workshops at the Museum of London based on Roman artifacts and at the Sir John Soane Museum; and the restoration of Sam Wanamaker’s stone at the Globe Theatre.

Individual and group tuition, all materials inclusive. Lunches (vegetarian) and refreshments provided throughout the weekend. £250
To reserve a place or book for any of our events, please contact us on 01873 852690 or email

Dovetail by Jeremy Hughes

A subtly daring format and an easy hypnotic style, at once tense and uncommon.

John Ballam, Oxford University

Join Jeremy Hughes at The Art Shop

to celebrate the launch of his exciting first novel Dovetail, published by Alcemi.

Come and have a glass of wine and enjoy a reading with Jeremy…

Tuesday 17th May 2011

A psychological thriller, set in Spain and south-east Wales, on obsession and the far-reaching evils of perfectionism.

Tim is emasculated by a gang of bullies at the age of fifteen and devotes his life to revenge. He plans to build a machine which will kill each member of the gang one by one. Each death must be aesthetically beautiful, and so Tim apprentices himself to a brilliant craftsmen to acquire all the skills he needs. Then he begins to practice the perfect murder.

Jeremy Hughes was one of the first students to study for the Master’s in writing at Oxford University, from which he graduated with distinction. He was awarded first prize in the Poetry Wales competition and his poetry was shortlisted for an Eric Gregory Award.

He has published two pamphlets- Breathing For All My Birds (2000) and The Women Opposite (2004)- and has widely published poetry, short fiction and reviews in British and American periodicals.

Free event but please book as space is limited.