Mostyn gallery, Llandudno

Mostyn is a small contemporary gallery and visual arts centre in Wales. Originally built in 1901 for Lady Augusta Mostyn, as a space to house female artists and the Gwynedd Ladies Art Society, after being denied membership elsewhere because of their gender. The gallery reopened in May 2010 after a £5 million refurbishment, working with award winning architect Ellis Williams Architects.

There are now six gallery spaces, currently holding Open 21 – a curation of ’30 artists working in disciplines including textiles, photography, painting, sculpture, installation and film and video’ all hoping to win the Mostyn Open £10,000 Award and the £10,000 Exhibition Award.

Despite the local controversy surrounding the changing name of Mostyn, the reopening seems to have been successful – regenerating the area and creating a community hub with the cafe, shop and free admission. Mostyn has a lively and varied public program, with creative workshops for adults such as paper cutting and Bulrush basket weaving with local artist Rosie Farey, as well as hosting events such as the North Wales Print Fair in March of next year.

Finding Mostyn in an the quaint and unassuming town of Llandudno was an unexpected joy to visit and I’m already planning my next visit next summer!

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