We still have some places left on two workshops at the Minerva Arts Centre in Llanidloes, which is currently a very blustery place as Storm Doris passes through but will undoubtedly be bathed in sunshine when the workshops take place!!

The first workshop opportunity is a two-day event led by Linda Paris on 31st March and 4th April.  Called Print and Stitch, the workshop will (on day one) give you techniques for successful printing with Thermofax screens.  On day two you will work with your printed fabric to produce a finished item.

The second workshop is on Saturday May 6th with Rosie James, is called Photo:Stitch and during the day you will learn to make a stitched drawing from a photograph – great fun which could turn into a family heirloom!


Full details of both on our Workshops page.

For more information about Linda Paris click here

For more information about Rosie James click here 


Our first gathering of the year will be on Saturday 11th March, when the Minerva Arts Centre hosts the Powys Area Day for the Quilters Guild.

Our own curator and trustee, Doreen Gough, is the speaker and she will be showing some of the Quilt Association’s collection of vintage quilts and some new acquisitions.Tea, coffee and cake will be available. Bring a packed lunch and your latest project for show and tell. For admission costs and timings, see our Exhibitions and Events page

There will also be entry to A Quiet Gathering, our forthcoming exhibition which runs from 11th – 19th March.  In a change to our advertised programme we are delighted to be the venue for this exhibition by a small but talented group of artists from Mid Wales.  Although most of our exhibitions and events are textile based, it’s really nice to see the work of other creative people in our area and to be a hub for like-minded people.  A friend told me the other day that ‘back in the day’ Minerva Arts Centre was used for music gigs and was a very popular venue!  The exhibition features the work of the following very talented artists:


Peter Jenkins – A quiet way of gathering: a photo essay of a local shepherd who gathers his sheep on horseback.



Jeb Nichols – Winter Light. A series of lino cuts.







Krysia Bass – textile artist.




Marian Partington – All my relations: embroideries.




Cath Allen – textile artist.




The exhibition also features a collection of work by Barbara Richter – Drawing my life: life drawings.

This exhibition is the first in a series we have planned for 2017 and we do hope to see you there.

Ruth Singer at The Quilt Association

We were absolutely delighted to welcome textile artist Ruth Singer to Llanidloes yesterday. Ruth, winner of the Fine Art Masters at the Festival of Quilts 2016, was visiting us to do preparatory work for our Summer Exhibition at which she will be displaying some of her wonderful work and tutoring a three-day Summer School on Experimental Quilting Techniques.


Our trustees were on hand to bring the quilts out of the storeroom and then refold and replace them after Ruth had finished her research.  Ruth photographed and made notes on the quilts and fragments and it was fascinating to work with her and listen to what she had to say about each one.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                You can see what a long day it was by the number of boxes we got out in the picture below but from our point of view it was so rewarding to see our collection being used and appreciated by a leading textile artist.  Thank you so much for coming Ruth.  We’re so looking forward to seeing your work hanging in our gallery and to your Summer School in August.

If you want to find out more about the Exhibition and Summer School click onto the relevant areas of our website.

To find out more about Ruth Singer go to her website