Artists and photographers have been inspired by the seascapes. lanscapes, wildlife and characters of Ceredigion. Take your own photos, find a short course to join, visit artists in their own studios, seek out a choir in concert or rehearsal - there's a buzzing arts scene across Ceredigion and you will always be welcome.
Art and photography
JMW Turner visited Ceredigion on his tours of Wales, and painted some of his iconic works at Cilgerran castle and sketched torrents at Devils’ Bridge. The image created of Soar y Mynydd chapel by Ogwyn Davies is one of the most recognised pictures by contemporary Ceredigion artists along with the paintings of Aneurin Jones of the county’s Welsh Cobs and farmers at market.
Today Ceredigion is home to contemporary artists who work in a range of media. Many open their studios or put on special exhibitions and events during the annual August Ceredigion Art Trail. There are changing exhibitions at the Aberystwyth Arts Centre and at a growing number of art galleries across Ceredigion.
Photography is celebrated in FfotoAber, a major feature of which is the popular photomarathon - the challenge is to take six images on six themes in six hours. There are collections of photographs from the earliest days of the artform to the contemporary at The National Library of Wales and the nearby Royal Commission on the Ancient and Historical Monuments of Wales. (RCAHMW)
Music is a way of life in Ceredigion, The town of Aberystwyth alone has a dozen choirs, and some of Wales’ most memorable hymns were written here too. Find a concert, and eisteddfod or a performance in unusual places on the events listings.
Ceredigion's traditional domestic buildings were often built with what was to hand - wood, clay and stone. Many have been saved and their whitewashed walls of 'clom', thatched roofs and wooden framed firehoods have been restored- spot some in the Aeron Valley. Other vernacular buildings to savour are the warehouses of Cardigan and the sailmakers lofts of New Quay. Aberystwyth is a classic Victorian resort with buildings along the seafront and around town retaining many of the original features. Take a walk around Aberystwyth town to discover hidden gems, including nonconformist chapels and their imposing facades.
The architect of London's Regent Street, John Nash, designed the attractive, clean lines of Llanerchaeron villa, and nearby Aberaeron is a rare example of a planned Regency harbour town. Cardigan's Guildhall is one of the first public buildings to follow Ruskin's philosophy on public architecture. Nearby is the Small World Theatre's sustainable building.
Aberystwyth hosts the Welsh Festival of Architecture whilst buildings of historic and architectural interest open their doors across Ceredigion each September for tours, talks and performances as part of the Open Doors Festival. Discover more about events and places to visit here.