Thursday, 13 January 2011

Llanover Hall Arts Centre, Cardiff

I did some pottery this morning at Llanover Hall Arts Centre, in Canton, Cardiff. It’s on the Romilly Road, opposite Thompson’s Park, and a 5-minute walk from Chapter Arts Centre.

The new kitchen has been fitted, and the café has just reopened for business - serving refreshments to art students, of all ages and abilities, and the professional artists who work there. Coffee and tea is served during class breaks, along with a range of other drinks, fruit, biscuits, chocolate, cakes and crisps. It's all reasonably priced.

Soup is the most popular order at lunchtime among the art centre’s community. Louise cooks a range of soups from scratch each day, including a very tasty spicy soup with butternut squash. Today it was leek and potato served with toast (£3), with bowls filled to the brim. Salads and other light snacks can be also ordered.

There are some new exhibitions (running to Feb 18th) that are well worth seeing. In the downstairs gallery are abstract paintings on ceramic tiles by Alison Graham, while in the galleries upstairs are new paintings by Caroline Smith and landscape drawings by Sue Roberts.

A wide range of courses and activities are hosted at Llanover Hall, including Life Drawing, Portraiture, Pottery, Drama, Fashion Design and Photography.

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