Spring Fair

Sun 24 April 12 - 4pm Outside at Oriel Davies

What's On | 24 April 2022 - 24 April 2022

A relaxed afternoon for everyone to celebrate springtime, new growth and renewal.

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Open Newtown and Oriel Davies Gallery are organising a Spring Fair for the whole community with workshops, stalls, music, storytelling and more.

Free entry. Bring a picnic!

Photo credit Layla Robinson

  • Gardening advice and activities with Cultivate and Newtown Gardening Club
  • An outdoor plant ID walk with Open Newtown’s Park Ranger Paul and a stall by Open Newtown
  • Some outdoor bushcraft activities with Montgomeryshire Wildlife Trust
  • Animals from Pentre Farm and an opportunity to create an animal inspired collagraph print with artist Chris Wallbank
  • Storytellers Jo Vagabondi and Milly Jackdaw who will also be putting on a parade and a tree dressing ceremony
  • Local plants and cut flowers stalls from Nic Knapton and Ash and Elm Horticulture
  • A dried floral headdress making workshop with Layla Robinson
  • Music from local woodwind band Ffonic and also Hafren Choir
  • Home-made cakes and pastries from the Kerry cake van
  • Hot drinks provided by Cambrian Coffee
  • Stalls by Clwyd-Powys Archaeological Trust, Powys Wellbeing and an activity by writers from the ‘Robert Owen 250’ project
  • Spring tunes played by DJ Chris of Creative Stuff Newtown from his disco horsebox
  • All captured by photographer Andrea Gilpin

Photo Credit Pentre Farm CIC

Most activities are free. There is a small charge for the Pentre Farm animal petting sessions and the floral head dress workshop. Booking on the headdress workshop is essential as places are limited.

Ash and Elm

Photo Credit Ash and Elm

Photo Credit The Badger Sett

The spring theme continues in the gallery with Rembrandts’ portrait of Saskia van Uylenburgh in Arcadian Costume on loan from the National Gallery, London as part of the gallerys’ Masterpiece Tour. In this portrait Saskia holds a bouquet of spring blooms. She wears a head dress and necklace of delicate flowers.

Rembrandt. Saskia van Uylenburgh in Arcadian Costume ©National Gallery, London

In response to the painting the gallery is showing an exhibition of contemporary portraits. A hanging forest of branches and flowers can be explored in gallery 2 along with the legend of Blodeuwydd told through moving image.

Photo credit Lewis Prosser

The Spring Fair is organised by Open Events as part of Open Newtown’s project to connect people to Newtown’s green and blue spaces.

Oriel Davies is proud to be a partner in this project funded through the Welsh Government Rural Development Programme. Open Events will run a series of cultural events in Newtown’s green spaces. This project will work in conjunction with 4 other projects, which together will become part of the driving force for change across Wales until Summer 2023.

Open Events aims to unite communities and provide an opportunity to celebrate Newtown’s green and blue assets.