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

It includes 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!

Arts Abergavenny

The Abergavenny Arts Festival is being facilitated by the voluntary group Arts Abergavenny. It 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.

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.

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. Always for the most up-to-date details of the programme  it is best to check the Arts Festival website.

The Venues

There are over 20 venues that are holding events of the festival weekend.  They include: Get Together, Market Hall, The Grofield, Hen and Chicks, Castle Grounds, Abergavenny Museum, Trinity Church Hall, The Auberge, Linda Vista gardens, Methodist Chapel Hall, Waterstones, Chesters, Coffee Pot, The Angel's Ballroom, Melville Centre, Wool Croft, Broadleaf Books, Emeline's, Abergavenny Community Centre, Jacobi, Chrys Blanchard studio, Martin the Framer, Gt Western Hotel.


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.

If you are planning to participate please let us know by contacting:

Download the Programme

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For an up-to-date version go to the Festival's website.

Contacting the Organisers

To contact  the Arts Festival organisers  e-mail:

The Festival's Website

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Bridge 75
Canal view
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Beach sunset

Interpreting 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.