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Art Galleries in Cardiff Be amazed by the wonder of fine art, contemporary paintings, photography, sculpture, and film with the huge selection of exquisite art galleries in Cardiff.

As the Welsh capital, Cardiff is home to the country’s National Museum and Art Gallery [map], which occupies the impressive civic building and is guarded by a statue of politician David Lloyd George. Here you can see a magnificent collection of impressionist art by the likes of Renoir, Monet and Van Gogh, as well as work by the first great Welsh artists, including Richard Wilson. The gallery also houses a fabulous sculpture collection, such as work by Goscombe John and Rodin, along with the famous Cardiff Cartoons, four monumental tapestries thought to be the work of Rubens.

For local art head to the Open Art Gallery run by the Cardiff Bay Arts Trust, which promotes free art for public areas within the bay area. This gallery was set up as a permanent showcase for some of the best artistic talent in the area and has helped to forge a strong sense of pride in the community.

Cardiff has a good range of contemporary art venues including St David’s Hall Galleries, Canfas Gallery and the Martin Tinney Gallery.

The city’s premier concert venue, St David's Hall [map], has several art galleries on different levels, which play host to temporary exhibitions of paintings, prints, textiles and sculpture. While situated just ten minutes from Cardiff’s main train station is the large commercial Martin Tinney Gallery [map], which exhibits 20th century and contemporary artwork over two floors. Past exhibitions here have included a display of 100 small paintings, none of them more than 10" by 10", and there are also regular displays by living Welsh artists.

Canfas Gallery is located in the Canton area of the city and hosts an exciting range of exhibitions by living artists, including prints and paintings, sculpture and media works.

For a taste of the unusual why not pay a visit to Washington Gallery [map], which used to be Penarth's largest cinema. Concentrating on Art Deco design, you can browse through a range of unusual and exciting artwork by living artists. Recent exhibitions have included work by Welsh artist Iwan Bala and Catalan artist Lluis Peneranda.

If it’s photography you’re looking for then head for the Ffotogallery [map] in the heart of the city centre, which is widely regarded as one of the best of its kind in Wales. The gallery displays a huge range of photographic exhibitions, including landscape and portraits, as well as offering courses in everything from basic photography to advanced darkroom techniques.

Also in the city centre you’ll find Trace, an exciting art gallery that shows off forms of experimental art, such as performance, video, sonic, interactive and installation. The gallery highlights one artist each month and featured artists have included Jessica Buege, Eve Dent, Lee Hassall, Dan McKerrigan and Kiro O'Rielly.

Other art centres worth a visit are the Chapter Arts Centre [map], which regularly organises exhibitions, workshops and dance productions, and Out of Africa on Castle Arcade, which brings African contemporary culture to Wales through its stone sculptures, wood carvings, jewellery and masks.

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