y Gaer – Opening hours and Inaugural exhibition

Opening hours

Powys County Council opened y Gaer to the public on Thursday 5th December 2019.  Click here to see the full announcement on the Powys County Council’s website News pages.  The following opening hours are currently in operation (updated July 2021)

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

Powys County Council introduced Sunday opening with support from Brecon Town Council and y Gaer volunteers in July 2021 to help meet community and visitor needs as far as possible.  The Society and other representative bodies on the y Gaer Champions Group had also emphasised the importance and benefits to both the local community and visitors of opening more days a week, particularly Sunday.

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.

Updated – 23.07.21