The Museum organises regular events which offer workshops and unqiue experiences to all – children, young people, families and older people.  Our hope is to engage people with their collections which are looked after at the Museum.  Organised events offer a unique opportunity to explore collections and get involved ‘behind the scenes’ at the Museum.

Memory Minute

Saturday 25th July

11.00 – 2.00

Gwynedd Museum & Art Gallery, Bangor

The Gwynedd Museum & Art Gallery will soon be moving across the road. Before we go, we’d love to capture some of your memories of the building and how the Museum and Gallery might have inspired, influenced, changed or helped you.  Did you meet new friends? Meet exciting artists? Are there particular exhibitions or objects that captured your imagination and stuck with you?

Why not drop in and share your memories? You can talk, write or capture your story on camera.  Staff and photographer Alan Whitfield will be on hand.  Your memories will form part of an artwork during the autumn period when we move to our new premises.

If you can’t make it on Saturday, July 25th we would be happy to arrange an alternative time to record your story, or you can share your story by e-mail.  If you have photographs too, we’d also like to record them. Please email us;

Stori Sydyn


25 July – 5  September, 2015

An exhibition by members of

Criw Celf

and by tutor artists

Jenny Fell; Jan Gardner; Rosie Green;

Rebecca F. Hardy; Maria Hayes; Sian Hughes;

Rhian Price; Pea Restall; Bill Swann;

Mai Thomas; Tess Urbanska; Abi Whitehouse;

Catrin Williams; Karen Williams.



Coleg Menai Fine Art Graduates

July 4-18

BA Fine Art, Coleg Menai. ‘substens’ A selection of work that is rich in ideas and materials by 11 graduating students.

Jeremy Cullimore

Bangor University Fine Art Graduates

June 13-27, 2015


The Degree Show 2015 features 9 graduating artists working in a wide range of different media and subject areas, issues of place, identity and environment are amongst the themes in this rich and varied degree exhibition.

The full exhibition was premiered in Llanberis 30 May – 7 June, highlights of which are shown in Gwynedd Museum & Art Gallery, Bangor June 13-27th. Launch on Friday 12th June, 6.30pm.

Summer Activities

Every Tuesday during the summer holidays (21 & 28th of July and 4,11,18 & 25th of August) there will be activities for families between 1pm and 3.30pm

Activities are free.  Donations welcome.


Open Art Exhibition 2015

March 7 – 18 April, 2015

open art

The annual Open Art exhibition at Gwynedd Museum & Art Gallery is now open to the public.  A very successful launch was held on Friday evening 6 March when the selectors’ prize was awarded to Timothy Pugh, environmental artist from Mancot, Flintshire.

Whatever your preference in art, with 116 works on show by 83 different artists, there will surely be something to suit all tastes at the annual open art exhibition.   This is the 20th consecutive open art exhibition to be held at the Gwynedd Museum & Art Gallery in Bangor which continues to be supported by a wide spectrum of artists from the surrounding area.

A panel of selectors decided on the final exhibition from a large number of entries. This year the selectors’ prize of £300 went to a pair of pencil and watercolour drawings by Timothy Pugh depicting industrial components of an ‘Extractor’ and ‘Spinner’.

Eleven other art works were awarded recognition of Highly Commended. They are ‘Arenig Fawr Dan Eira’ letter carved ash by Martin Wenham, ‘Ebb Tide’ a mixed media painting by Gareth Davies, ‘End Wall’ acrylic painting by Diana Davies, ‘Roses’ an impasto oil painting by Alan Knight, ’Toyshop’ acrylic painting by Mair Wyn Cratchley, ‘Life Dance’ gouache painting by Brigitte Kern, ‘High Moss’ a landscape in acrylic by Dorothy M.Williams, ‘Crocodile Skins’ illustration in ink by Jasper Dawson Clough, ‘Fragments’ a mixed media portrait by Alice Mayer, ‘Crow Study II’ an ink drawing by Aimee Louise Jones and a pair of photographs ‘Moving On’ and ‘On the Wild Side’ by John Clark.

The public get the chance to vote for their favourite artwork during the exhibition with a prize of £100, awarded by the Friends of the Museum and Art Gallery and presented to the winner at the end of the exhibition.


March 7 – 18 April

An exciting mixed annual exhibition decided by a panel of selectors with a selector’s prize awarded. A wide variety of paintings, drawings, photography and sculpture are displayed.  At the end of the exhibition, following a public vote, a People’s Prize is also awarded.

Submission dates for work;

Thursday 12th February, 12.30-4.30

Friday 13th February, 12.30-4.30

Official opening;

Friday 6th March, 7-8.30pm

A second showing of selected works will be at Oriel Pendeitsh, Caernarfon

April 24 – 14 June

Opening hours: 9.30-4.30

Family Activities

17 February – Hands On Activities, between 1-3pm

28 March – St David’s Celebration – Welsh hat making and other craft based activities, 11.30am-3.30pm

31 March and 7th April – Easter Activities, between 1.00-3.30pm

Free, but donations welcomed.


Held Friday lunchtimes, 12.45-1.30 on the following Fridays;

13th February – Margaret Dunn, Dendrochonology Project – The Bishop’s Palace; Bangor’s Oldest House

20th February – George Smith, The Archaeology of the Cathedral Close and Palace

27th February – David Price, The other Bishops’ Palaces

6 March – Guided tour of the Bishop’s Palace as it undergoes renovation.

Free for members of the Friends.  Donations encouraged from non-members.


Bangor University’s Confucius Institute presents:

Chinese New Year Calligraphy Workshop 中国春节书法体验活动 Saturday 21 February, 12.30-3pm Gwynedd Museum & Art Gallery, Bangor Free of charge, suitable for all ages and abilities

Visit the gallery for an afternoon of Chinese culture to celebrate Chinese New Year, with a special calligraphy workshop*, Chinese music and finger food served from 12.30pm, courtesy of Bangor’s Garden Hotel.

*The traditional inks used can stain, so please wear suitable clothing (a limited number of aprons will be available).

Calligraphy Workshop

Calligraphy Workshop

JOHN WICKENS photographer (1864 – 1936)

17 January – 28 February, 2015

A small selection of the work of Bangor photographer, John Wickens.

John Wickens is listed in the Suttons Directory of North Wales (1889) as one of four photographers working in Bangor. He had taken over his father-in-law’s business at Upper Bangor and later opened a new studio called the Retina Studio at 2 College Road, Upper Bangor. By 1903 he was also the owner of the Photographic Studio at 43 High Street, Bangor.  John Wickens was commissioned to take a number of official photographs as well as portraits of local dignitaries such as David Lloyd George.  He also took many photographs that reflect local people’s everyday working and social lives as well as local landscapes.  Seen in the exhibition are some views of the city of Bangor and surrounding area along with official photographs of representatives of the Celtic Congress when they met at Caernarfon in 1904.  He died in 1936 aged seventy one and local newspapers paid tribute to him as a “famed photographer”.

The photographs and original glass slides are part of Gwynedd Archive Service’s photographic collection.

John Wickens o flaen y Retina Studio, Ffordd y Coleg / Retina Studio, College Road

John Wickens o flaen y Retina Studio, Ffordd y Coleg / Retina Studio, College Road



Many makers grow up surrounded by materials and sewing paraphernalia, taught by their mothers and grandmothers to sew, knit, embroider, quilt and crochet. Techniques learnt on their mother’s knee give these makers a unique identity and a shared past. Their pieces speak of women’s work and domestic heritage as well as friendship, love and joy. Artists include: Kirsty Anderson, Julie Arkell, Jessie Chorley, Louise Francis Evans, Caren Garfen, Kate Jenkins, Lynn Setterington, Ruth Singer.

A Llantarnam Grange Arts Centre touring exhibition

Ar Lin Mam / On My Mother's Knee