Current Exhibitions

Fernand Léger painting

The Printed Line

Oct 8th - Jan 8th 2023 10-4pm


This exhibition considers how artists have used a variety of printmaking techniques to exploit the potential of the printed line: from the thick, velvety lines of drypoint and intense cross-hatching of etching to delicate wood engravings and boldly-coloured screenprints.

Spanning the 20th century and up to the present day, the prints include Sickert’s masterly etching The Old Middlesex, a bold etching by Eduardo Chillida and one of Matisse’s pared-down lithographs. The use of colour is explored in screenprints by Bridget Riley and Kenneth Martin, as well as Simon Patterson's witty lithograph reworking the lines of the London tube map.

The Arts Council Collection is primarily a collection of modern and contemporary British art, but early on in its history it also acquired prints by major 20th-century European artists alongside British artists, forming an outstanding collection of more than 1,500 printed works by over 500 artists. For more information click HERE

Image Credit: Fernand Léger | Composition with Profile | 1948 Arts Council Collection © ADAGP, Paris and DACS, London 2022
Public tour of the grounds of Hay Castle

Café Gallery

Open daily 10-5pm


Our cafe on the ground floor has a selection of works on display. This exhibition will enable us to show works that are for sale, as compared to the Gallery on the 2nd floor where we will have loans and travelling exhibitions.

From May 2022 the cafe will have black and white photographs of the renovation project taken on film by Jasper Fforde. These photographs are a small selection of more than three thousand photographs that Jasper has taken since before the renovation building work began in 2018. Jasper lives locally and has documented the project using both medium and large format cameras including a Mamiya 6 and a Rolleiflex. The photographs capture the ethereal beauty of Hay Castle during this exciting period in its history. There are also some larger prints on display in the great hall to give an idea of the works that have taken place since the project began.

The framed prints are available for sale through our shop next to cafe. Please enquire for details.

Image Credit: Hay Castle by Jasper Fforde, 2020 ©