Hunting down the best local art, crafts and gifts
The landscapes of the Brecon Beacons National Park are a gift to painters, and there is a rich culture of traditional and contemporary craftsmanship here, too.
Most of our galleries and independent craft shops focus on the work of painters, sculptors, wood turners, glass blowers, soap makers, jewellers and textile artists from the immediate area. Some are run by cooperatives of artists who take turns to man the exhibition space and are always happy to chat about the work on display. For something very Welsh, look out for hand-turned wooden lovespoons, woven blankets, paintings and pottery.
You'll also find crafts and gifts for sale at visitor information centres and tourist offices, and at the craft fairs which take place regularly throughout the year. Keep an eye on our Events page for news of forthcoming events.
Several galleries, organisations and individuals run art and craft workshops and courses – see our Art and craft courses, workshops and events page for details.
The best independent galleries in the Brecon Beacons National Park
Erwood, Llandeilo Graban, Nr Builth Wells LD2 3SJ tel 01982 56-674
The best paintings, crafts and sculpture, set within a station & three train carriages! Erwood is also a known beauty spot by the River Wye and well loved for its scenery and birds, and refreshments available in the cafe. Open daily 10.30am-4.30pm
The Lion Street Gallery
6 High Street, Hay on Wye, HR3 5AA tel 01497 822900,
Recently rated as one of the bets galleries in Wales and mainly promoting artists who work in Wales & the Borders. Art-friendly dogs are welcome. Open Mon–Sat 10.30am–5pm
Oriel CRiC Gallery
Crickhowell Resource and Information Centre, Beaufort Street, Crickhowell, Wales, tel 01873 811970, www.visitcrickhowell.co.uk
This gallery is gaining a reputation as a venue for Welsh art and craft of exceptional quality. Holds an annual programme of exhibitions by local and visiting artists, inspired by the landscape of the Brecon Beacons. CRiC also offers tourist information, internet access, room hire and a small coffee bar. Open Mon–Sat 10am–5pm, Sun 10am–1.30pm.