Current Exhibitions

Art exhibition at Hay Castle

Portraits of Writers

Open daily 10am - 4pm

£3 entrance fee

Portraits of Writers brings together portraits of celebrated British individuals, who identify as writers. The selection of portraits reflects new forms of writing and growing diversity amongst writers today. At the same time, it captures fresh approaches to portraiture that have arisen to capture the stories, cultural contexts, and identities of these new voices.

The display is selected from the collection of the National Portrait Gallery by guest curator, author and journalist, Dylan Jones. The exhibition is part of the National Skills Sharing Partnership Programme, which sees the National Portrait Gallery work with colleagues at 12 museums and galleries across the UK, to create a learning network involving collaborative displays, exchanges, mentoring, seminars and internships. It is also being launched with the support and collaboration of Hay Festival, and is funded by The National Heritage Lottery Fund and The Art Fund.

Curator Dylan Jones said: "When I was asked to help curate this first exhibition at Hay Castle, an exhibition essentially recognising creativity, I thought that it would be invidious to focus on anyone and anything else but writers and writing. After all, Hay is not only globally recognised as the home of books - it is the second-hand book capital of the world - it is also home to one of the most influential and celebrated festivals in the world. So, as Hay is the home of writers, so is this exhibition."

Image Credit: Jan Morris by Arturo Di Stefano, 2004-2005 © National Portrait Gallery, London
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 ©