y Gaer – Opening hours and Inaugural exhibition

Opening hours

Powys County Council has announced the following opening hours for y Gaer after it opens to the public on Thursday 5th December.  Click here to see the full announcement on the Powys County Council’s website News pages.

  • Monday – closed
  • Tuesday – 9.30am – 6.30pm
  • Wednesday – closed
  • Thursday – 9.30am – 5.00pm
  • Friday – 9.30am – 5.00pm
  • Saturday – 10.00am – 4.00pm
  • Sunday – closed

Powys County Council state that ‘Opening hours and usage patterns will be reviewed during 2020, to make sure that they meet community needs as far as possible within existing budgets.’  The Society and other representative bodies on the y Gaer Stakeholder Group have emphasised the importance and benefits to both the local community and visitors of opening more days a week, particularly Sunday.  We are hopeful that the case for this can be agreed following the initial opening period, when Powys CC staff and y Gaer volunteers settled in and the overall operational budget is clearer.

y Gaer will be closed over the Christmas period from 25th December and will re-open on 2nd January 2020.

Inaugural exhibition

y Gaer will feature a number of temporary exhibitions every year in its Sir John Lloyd Gallery.  The first exhibition will run from 5th December until 29th February 2020 and will be presented by the Royal Watercolour Society of Wales.  Entrance will be free although donations will of course be welcomed.

The exhibition has been in Reykjavik’s prestigious Nordic House and attracted great interest in the Nordic countries.  The Welsh society sought an equally impressive venue in Wales for a return exhibition and it was agreed that y Gaer would be a suitable host, and that this exhibition would be y Gaer’s opening event.  It will feature works by some of the best-known painters from the Nordic countries as well as distinguished artists from Wales, including HRH The Prince of Wales.   Paintings on display will cover an intriguing diversity of subject matter and different techniques of watercolour.  Click here for more details.