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The Oriel Gallery

The Oriel Gallery

Oriel Davies Gallery

Art Gallery, free entry


The Park,
SY16 2NZ

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Oriel Davies Gallery is a key public art gallery of Wales, based in Newtown, rural Powys presenting world-class, thought-provoking and challenging art by national and international artists in an environment that is welcoming, engaging, informative and free. The Gallery and exhibition spaces are family-friendly, physically accessible and ideal for experiencing contemporary art.

The Gallery originates and presents around ten exhibitions a year, across three gallery spaces. These range from major exhibitions selected from national collections, through to new work by established artists, and to more experimental work by emerging artists in Oriel Davies’ Test Bed space. As well as commissioning new work, Oriel Davies also produces artist films and a range of high quality publications.

Gallery facilities include a light, bright modern café, which serves delicious homemade specialities both inside and out on the café terrace. There is also a shop with a wide range of unique designer jewellery, ceramics and textiles by locally and nationally acclaimed makers, as well as art books and magazines, design-led giftware and stationery and children’s toys, books and games.

Alongside the exhibition programme, which often tours to other venues nationally, Oriel Davies also runs a broad mix of stimulating workshops, courses, talks and events. The Gallery is also widely known for its innovative offsite projects and outreach programmes for schools, colleges and the wider community.

Oriel Davies was formerly named Oriel 31. The gallery opened in 1982 in Welshpool and in 1985 moved to the Davies Memorial Gallery, Newtown. Designed in 1967, this pavilion-style structure was built with a legacy left by Gwendoline and Margaret Davies, renowned art collectors and benefactors of the arts in Wales.

Oriel Davies Gallery reopened in 2003 following an extensive refurbishment programme which upgraded the main exhibition space, provided a new gallery shop and foyer, and a beautiful glass and steel extension housing the gallery cafe. The refurbishment was completed in 2004, and provided an extended second gallery space, a new education room and public resource area, and a greatly enlarged foyer and gallery shop.

When the gallery reopened, its name was changed to Oriel Davies Gallery in recognition of the Davies Sisters

Baby changing facilitiesCredit cards accepted (no fee)Disabled accessDisabled toiletsEducation/study areaFacilities for groupsFacilities for educational visitsGift shopOn-site cateringOn-site light refreshmentsPicnic sitePublic toiletsRegional Tourist Board MemberAccepts groups

Children welcomeDisabled accessDogs not accepted (except guidedogs)Smoking not allowedFacilities for hearing impaired

Opening Details

Open all the time

Open Monday to Saturday 10am – 5pm
Open Bank holidays. Please contact the Gallery for Christmas & New Year opening times
Cafe closes at 4.30pm.


Free entry



Plan route to Oriel Davies Gallery using Google mapsPlan route using Google maps

Map reference: SO 106914  Lat: 52.51388 Long: -3.31735

The gallery is less than a mile from the main A483 and A489 roads which pass through the town.
It is in the centre of Newtown, adjacent to the bus station. Parking is available in the car park next to the gallery. The train station is a 10 minute walk through the town.

Cycle route NCN 81, Lon Cambria and Lon Teifi pass directly next to the gallery.

The Severn Way long distance footpath also passes next to the gallery.

Parking: with charge

Accessible by Public Transport: 1 mile from Newtown Station station


  • Baby changing facilitiesBaby changing facilities
  • Credit cards accepted (no fee)Credit cards accepted (no fee)
  • Disabled accessDisabled access
  • Disabled toiletsDisabled toilets
  • Education/study areaEducation/study area
  • Facilities for groupsFacilities for groups
  • Facilities for educational visitsFacilities for educational visits
  • Gift shopGift shop
  • On-site cateringOn-site catering
  • On-site light refreshmentsOn-site light refreshments
  • Picnic sitePicnic site
  • Public toiletsPublic toilets
  • Regional Tourist Board MemberRegional Tourist Board Member
  • Accepts groupsAccepts groups
  • Children welcomeChildren welcome
  • Disabled accessDisabled access
  • Dogs not accepted (except guidedogs)Dogs not accepted (except guidedogs)
  • Smoking not allowedSmoking not allowed
  • Facilities for hearing impairedFacilities for hearing impaired
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