Llantarnam Grange Arts Centre

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Llantarnam Grange Arts Centre
Family group sculpture.JPG
Family Group by David Horn, 1965 (photo 2011)
Address St. David’s Road (Welsh: Heol Tyddewi)
United Kingdom
Coordinates 51°39′N 3°01′W / 51.65°N 3.02°W / 51.65; -3.02
Owner Llantarnam Grange Arts Centre Ltd
Designation Arts centre
Type Arts centre

Llantarnam Grange Arts Centre (Welsh: Lleolir Canolfan Celfyddydau Llantarnam Grange) is located within a 19th-century Victorian manor house in Cwmbrân and is the regional centre for the applied arts in south-east Wales. It presents exhibitions promoting the applied arts and an extensive education and participation schemes of work to the local community.[1]

The Arts Centre is a registered charity governed via a voluntary Board of Trustees and is a revenue-funded client of the Arts Council of Wales and holds a Service Level Agreement with the local Torfaen County Borough Council. Additional funding comes from Monmouthshire County Council, Cwmbrân Community Council, Croesyceiliog & Llanyrafon Community Council and independent trusts and foundations.

The Main Gallery and Gallery 2[edit]

The Main Gallery and Gallery 2 feature six temporary exhibitions throughout the year (featuring sculpture, ceramics, jewellery, textiles, paintings, photography and printmaking). At various times exhibitions of work from the local community is also displayed.[2]

Family Group Sculpture[edit]

Located directly outside the centre is the Family Group sculpture by David Horn. The fibreglass sculpture representing a family group facing the stresses and strains of growth in a new community was presented to the people of Cwmbrân by the Cwmbrân Arts Trust. It was unveiled by Leo Abse MP on September 23, 1965. It was relocated outside the arts centre in 2001.

Originally, the sculpture stood on a cobble-stone base within a spiral walkway at the end of The Parade near the south-east corner of General Rees Square. Much unloved by the local population it is currently in a state of disrepair caused by vandalism to the fibreglass and graffiti.[3]

Nearby railway stations[edit]