Art in North Wales
Fabulous Art and Sculpture in North Wales
Well-known for its coastal attractions and lush green countryside, Wales has so much to offer holidaymakers and daytrippers; but there are also countless hidden gems just waiting to be discovered! You don’t even need to search for an art gallery in Wales, there’s lots on offer if you know where to look!
Whether you’re into fine art, sculpture or modernism, you will be wowed by the masterpieces dotted around Conwy County, Flintshire, Denbighshire and beyond. North Wales has art in abundance; so much so, that we struggled to narrow it down to a top ten. Using the glorious landscape as its own exhibition centre, North Wales pays homage to its rich history across these beautiful pieces, immortalising its mining heritage, famous inhabitants and charming culture for generations to come.
If you’re looking for art in North Wales, this is the ultimate guide to free access to fabulous sculptures, complete with post codes so you can discover them for yourself.
1. Catch of The Day
Commissioned as part of the Colwyn in Bloom campaign, this large wicker structure highlights the vocational history of the local area. Standing proud on the promenade, you can enjoy the sea air whilst appreciating the intricacy of the design.
2. On the Beach
Absolutely mesmerising. For me, these seem to be a nod to Anthony Gormley’s Another Place but, dare I say, much less eerie than that; they reflect the resorts’ tourism link past and present with a delicate majesty.
Quirky and cute, Rebecca Newnham has created a beautiful piece from recycled glass which perfectly illustrates seaside life in North Wales. A sparkling reminder about doing our bit to save the planet.
4. Portrait Bench
Located near the Dragon Bridge (a masterpiece in its own right), these stunning figures each represent a well-known figure from the town. Famed for their contributions to football, the environment and music respectively, this stunning monument is a must-see.
5. The Knight’s Sculpture
Located on a busy thoroughfare, visitors should take care, but if you’re lucky enough to get stuck at the traffic lights here, you can enjoy Mike Owen’s beautiful sculpture which pays tribute the Rhuddlan’s medieval past and conjure an aura of times gone by.
6. Roman Helmet
Another nod to the Romans, this hidden gem is a striking reminder of Wales’ past. Take time to appreciate its vast size as well as detailed designs which adorn it. Whilst you’re here, head up the hill for fab views of the coast.
7. Talacre Beach Gateway
Ok, so I made the name of this up because I couldn’t find it, but it works. Part of a number of stainless steel art installations in the area, these beautiful columns look simplistic at first glance, but you’ll discover the most intricate detail when you take a closer look.
8. Pit Pony
This one requires a ten 10 minute walk, but as you can see, it’ll be worth it. The local area has an expansive and fascinating history of coal mining. Plus, on the way you’ll see even more little gems along this stretch of the coastal path.
If you’ve ever travelled to or from North Wales by train, you will have noticed Brian Fell’s eye-catching foot. With its cogs and chains representing the regions fantastic cycle routes, I think this piece is best admired from the footbridge (no pun intended) across the tracks.
10. The Spirit of the Quay
Nothing quite signifies Wales like the iconic Welsh Dragon; here it’s been fashioned from an old shopping trolley, rather fitting, since you’ll find this exquisite piece of art by the shopping precinct. Plus, if you take a closer look, you’ll note it’s not unlike a figurehead from a ship, surely a little tribute to the town’s history. (as noted by Councillor Peter MacFarlane).
I hope you’ve enjoyed my top ten sculptures in North Wales, this list is by no means exhaustive, I’ve just barely scratched the surface; get out there and see what you discover!