•   Many opportunities to see & do Art and Craft
  •   Hands on workshops

Art and Craft

Take a closer look at the arts and crafts around Bala

Bala and Penllyn has been an inspiration to artists and craftspeople for generations including Augustus John and James Dickson Innes.   There are proactive group of local artists who regularly exhibit their work in ‘Cantref Canolfan Y Plase – The Heritage Centre’ in Bala throughout the year.  There are opportunities to follow art or craft courses and to visit studios in the area.  In September each year artists from Bala & Penllyn take part in North Wales’ biggest Open Studio Event.  Its a great opportunity to see behind the scenes, speak to artists and see them working.  See the link to Helfa Gelf.

Tan yr Hall Gallery  Bala has original works of art to the smallest print.  The gallery aims to have something for everyone's taste and pocket.

illumin-arte is a small Stained Glass workshop in a beautiful location on the edge of Llyn Tegid (Bala Lake)., Situated on the outskirts of Bala Town by the Bala Lake Railway. 

The Glass Blobbery (Glanrafon near Bala) all sorts of handmade glass sculptures including glass animals, glass flowers, glass dragons and other glass sea creatures all bespoke and lovingly hand made at our studio.

Canolfan y Plase Plase Street, Bala:  Exhibitions of artistic and historical interest are regularly staged. Music, agriculture, education, culture, sports, famous people, bridges and roads, transport, old industries, religion and architecture.
Dinah Delchambre Fine Artist - Courses in "Learning to Draw".   Portraits, Teaching, (drawing/painting,). Permanent Exhibition at Cafe Tegid, Leisure Centre, Bala. Portrait commissions undertaken.  Falcon's View, 3 Bryn Tegid Cottages, Llanycil, Bala, Telephone: 01678 521523
Encaustic Art - Mel Williams' studio is just one mile out of Bala.  Here you can take part in an encaustic art workshop by prior arrangement.  Not suitable for children.  Encaustic means any painting method using pigment mixed with beeswax – it can be melted and applied using a small iron or using various hard or soft tools. You can paint onto different basic materials such as watercolour paper, card, canvas, special encaustic paper or wood.


Chris Ryder - Porcelain Painter and Teacher Llangower.  Private lessons by arrangement.

Capel Clay - High Street Bala  - Seth invites you to indulge your artistic side at Capel Clay paint your own pottery studio. Fun for all ages in all weather. Create a treasured memory & a unique piece of art.

Wild Art Wales - Local artist Rowenna believes in inspiring people of all ages and abilities to connect with their environment in a creative way.  Workshops, team building days and training courses are offered in the following fields;  Live willow sculptures, Hedgerow baskets, Personally made baskets, Wild sculptures, Nature arts and crafts, Recycle arts and crafts, Grow your own food organically and Foraging.

Pren - High Street Bala - Bala for Les Symonds' wide range of turned wooden items, both utilitarian and aesthetic, made from a range of both indigenous and exotic timbers

Iola Edwards - Local artist and illustrator Iola works from her studio in Llanuwchllyn.  Her work can be seen in Tan yr Hall Gallery.

Eluned Jones - is a Landscape Painter and Art Photographer.   She uses oil paints to depict the beautiful colours and sculptural shapes of the mountains around the Bala area, and uses her camera to produce an expression of social commentary by capturing the character and individual personalities of people in their own communities. 

Corris Craft Centre - At Corris Craft Centre you’ll find a great collection of shops, attractions and activities to keep the whole family entertained for hours.  The Centre boasts 8 individual Craft Studios – which are octagonal shaped pods bursting with creativity – where you can meet the talented designer-makers and buy their handmade items.

Ruthin Craft Centre has three galleries, six artist studios, retail gallery, education and residency workshops, tourist information gateway and café with courtyard terrace.

Information compiled by:  Melanie Williams Encaustician/Artist - Mel also offers Encaustic Art painting breaks.