arts festival

The Arts Festival

Abergavenny Arts Festival will celebrate the arts in their broadest sense and aims to be as inspiring, inclusive and affordable as possible. The Festival will showcase amateur and professional artists from the vibrant local arts scene as well as inviting some exciting talent and interest from further afield.

It is hoped that local residents, community groups, schools, businesses and visitors of all ages and artistic tastes will join in the fun at the Festival. Whether you don’t usually like to get involved in ‘arty events’ or if you regularly support the arts, we’re pretty sure there will be something going on for you to enjoy.

The Theme

Abergavenny is at the heart of a beautiful area, surrounded by hills and rivers. The artistic theme for the 2018 Festival will be ‘Water’ which complements the Welsh tourism theme ‘2018 Year of the Sea’. This will be interpreted by the various artists as loosely or literally as they wish.

The programme is currently being created but it will include painting, dance, drawing, sculpture, jewellery, collage, felting, theatre, photography, performance, film, poetry, pottery, procession, ceramics, music and comedy as well as site-responsive art, singing, street art, knitting and some experimental art work. We’ll also be displaying the results of several competitions. There may be some surprises too!

Abergavenny Arts Festival is supported by a growing network of artists, community groups, volunteers, businesses, sponsors and friends who are passionate about public education and participation in, and appreciation of, the arts in this area.

All proceeds will be reinvested in the next Festival and other arts-related activities and events throughout the year. The frequency of such activities and events will be decided by Arts Abergavenny with the support of the network.

As well as exhibitions and performances, there will be plenty of opportunities to ‘have a go’ with workshops and short ‘make it/take it’ sessions. To keep us all fed and watered, there are lots of excellent cafes, pubs and restaurants to visit and we hope also to feature some delicious street food.

Where is it ?

For those who don’t know Abergavenny and are thinking of coming along, this welcoming and bustling market town is at the edge of the Brecon Beacons National Park. There’s very good local accommodation and shopping, a wide range of heritage attractions and outdoor activities, and easy access both by public transport and the major roads network.

Arts Abergavenny

The Abergavenny Arts Festival is being facilitated by Arts Abergavenny which is in the process of applying for charitable status. It is supported by a growing network of artists, community groups, businesses, sponsors and friends who are passionate about the arts. All proceeds will be reinvested in the next Festival and other related activities.

Put it in your diary

If you’d like to come along to the Festival, why not put the date in your diary now and bookmark this site. We’ll be issuing further details on the programme early in 2018.

If you’d like to get involved creatively but haven’t yet made contact with us, please send details of any work or event you’d like to be considered for the programme to including ‘Creative’ in the subject line.

We are very grateful for the financial and practical support being offered by Festival Friends and Sponsors. If you are interested in supporting the Festival in this way, please contact with ‘Friends and Sponsors’ in the subject line.

The Art Group is participating in the Festival on the Sunday 1st July when the group will have stall in the Abergavenny Market Hall.

Members work will be on display for sale to the public.  Original work, together with prints and cards will be displayed.

Members are requested to prepare for this market event by painting to the theme of "Water" interpreted in whatever way they wish and in any medium.  Some ideas are given to the right.

The space on the stalls is limited but we hope to be able to display everybody's work.

Contacting us

contactTo contact  the Arts Festival organisers  e-mail:

How to get there ?

waterInterpreting the Theme ?  Water or of the Sea

Here are some thoughts on how you might interpret "water" or "of the Sea":

Any seascape.

A landscape with rivers, streams, mills, sea, waterfalls etc.

Fish in water, ponds, rivers etc.

People in water, ponds, sea or rivers, etc.

Creatures of the sea, rivers, lakes, streams etc.

A still life of vessels containing water.

Myths and legends relating to the sea, lakes or water.