Lectures and Poetry

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Glyndŵr Award with Clive Hicks-Jenkins
1pm Friday 23rd August

The welsh artist, Clive Hicks-Jenkins, is the recipient of this year’s Glyndŵr Award for an Outstanding contribution to the Arts in Wales. Having started his career as a stage director and choreographer, Clive turned to painting in the early 90s. His exploration of landscape, both inner and outer, has brought about a wealth of emotionally charged works that hold narrative at their core.

Clive will be awarded with the 2019 Glyndŵr Award before delivering a talk on his latest work, Hansel and Gretel,a collaboration with the new poet laureate Simon Armitage, re-imagining the Brothers Grimm tale with new contemporary interpretation and focus. Armitage’s extended narrative poem alongside Clive’s powerful illustrations create a ‘darker, glittering Hansel & Gretel fairy story for the 21st century’ in which ‘refugees, bombed villages, homelessness, [and] a landscape where nothing is quite as it seems’ gives rise to a story of ‘humanity, humour and hope’. The original illustrations for this collaboration will also be exhibited in our gallery throughout the Festival.

Clive has delivered his art through the medium of painting, drawing, printmaking, ceramics, maquettes, artist’s books, and animation, proffering a rich and varied body of work that he has since exhibited across the UK, with his works in multiple collections including our own Tabernacle Collection. Clive has been a member of The Welsh Group for almost twenty years and in 2011 his work was celebrated in a hugely successful retrospective at the National Library of Wales, Aberystwyth where he is an Honorary Fellow. Despite its varied incarnations, Clive’s work has often returned to depictions of welsh landscape, culture, and tradition, such as his early thematic collection The Mare’s Tale, depicting the experiences of his father as a small boy terrified by the Mari Lwyd, and his 2018 collection of screenprints tracing the story of Sir Gawain and the Green Knight. Clive has come to be known as one of the ‘most individual and complete artists of our time’, with Robert Macdonald hailing him as ‘one of the most powerful figurative painters in Wales today’.

Hallstatt Lecture – Professor Miranda Aldhouse-Green
1pm Wednesday 21st August

Dreams, Divination and Devotion:
Exploring the Ancient Druids of Britain and Gaul

For this year’s Hallstatt lecture we are pleased to be joined by the archaeologist and academic, Professor Aldhouse-Green, who will be delivering an illustrated talk exploring the role of the Druids in ancient Gallo-British society. The talk will focus particularly on the Druid’s principal function: using arcane ritual practices in order to act effectively as intermediaries between the earthly and spirit worlds.

Aldhouse-Green is a former President of The Prehistoric Society, an international learned society devoted to the study of the human past from the earliest times until the emergence of written history. Her research interests are largely based in Iron age, Romano-Celtic, and particularly Gallo-Roman iconography, and sacrificial activities. Universities UK cited Aldhouse-Green’s research into understanding the Celts as one of the ‘100 major discoveries, developments and inventions,’ by academics throughout the UK to have transformed the world in the last 50 years, and we are thrilled to be hosting her at this year’s Machynlleth Festival.

Machynlleth Festival’s Rising Stars

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The Machynlleth Festival has played host to many excellent musicians in its thirty-three years at the Tabernacle Centre, with the 2019 Festival being no exception. It brings us particular pleasure, however, that this year’s festival will be showcasing a number of brilliant young artists who have already proved themselves to be trailblazers.

Jess Gillam & Zeynep Özsuca

Notable among them is Jess Gillam, a phenomenal young saxophonist who has recently exploded onto the scene. Last year Gillam closed the 2018 BBC Proms with an exceptional performance of Milhaud’s Scaramouche to standing ovation, which, alongside her celebrated performance at the 2019 BAFTAs has aptly earned her a place on the New York WQXR’s ‘19 for 19′, their ‘annual list of the most exciting classical artists on the planet’. At only 20 years old, Gillam signed an exclusive recording deal with Decca Classics becoming the first saxophone player to join the historic label. In April of this year she released her sensational debut album ‘RISE’ to widespread critical acclaim, earning the No.1 spot of Official UK Classical Chart, and becoming the youngest ever saxophonist to reach No.1 in the classical charts. Gillam’s trailblazing does not stop at music, as through the launch of her new radio feature This Classical Life, she has also become BBC Radio 3’s youngest ever presenter. Having already conquered the charts and the airwaves, Gillam seems set for stardom, and we are thrilled to be hosting both herself and the accomplished concert pianist and chamber musician, Zeynep Özsuca at this year’s Machynlleth Festival. The Tabernacle’s new Managing Director Emily Bartlett has tipped this concert as this year’s Must See Event so make sure to join us for this vibrant programme of music on Thursday 22nd August for a Lunchtime concert at 1.00pm. £15.00

Pavel Kolesnikov

This year’s Festival will also play host to Russian pianist Pavel Kolesnikov who, despite his youth, has already been deemed a ‘poet of the keyboard’ by reviewers. Since becoming Prize Laureate of the Honens International Piano Competition in 2012, Kolesnikov has performed all around the world, his intelligent programming and outstanding pianism thrilling audiences internationally. Kolesnikov’s recordings have earned worldwide critical acclaim, with his current disc of the Chopin Mazurkas, released on the Hyperion label, winning a Diapason D’Or Award. Making his Machynlleth Festival debut this year, Kolesnikov will be joining us with a programme of Chopin, Beethoven, Schumann, Bartok and Debussy on Sunday 25th August for a Lunchtime concert at 1.00pm. £15.00

Masterclass with Dame Anne Evans

Besides these two rising stars, the Festival will also be hosting a Masterclass for young singers, currently studying at conservatoires around the country, and led by the great soprano Dame Anne Evans. The Masterclass will run for two sessions in the morning and afternoon, of Friday 23rd August, culminating in a concert performed by the students at 5pm. £8 or £5

Be sure to book your tickets in advance to secure a chance to catch these rising stars now!

Juan Gorriti


MOMA Machynlleth has recently hosted an exhibition in the Sculpture Space and the Tannery Gallery by the Basque artist Juan Gorriti, his first in the UK. To commemorate this exciting collaboration, between Wales and the Basque Country, Celtic Neighbours and MOMA Machynlleth commissioned this mixed media artwork by Luned Rhys Parri as a gift to Gorriti. The little chair is a happy reminder of ‘Gorriti blue’.

Recent Acquisition


Malcolm Ryan
Two Children Sleeping

The Tabernacle Collection’s most recent acquisition, shortly to be shown in The Tannery Gallery in the ‘Gift of the Artist’ Exhibition. 18.02.17 – 22.04.17

Museum Achieves Accreditation

The Machynlleth TabernMOMA MACHYNLLETH LOGO (Green Background)acle Trust has been awarded accreditation, by the Museums, Archives and Libraries Division of the Welsh Government, for its Museum of Modern Art. It passed with flying colours.

As a result of its new status the museum will in future be known as MOMA Machynlleth. Andrew Lambert, the Founder of the Trust, is happy with this change of name as he believes it will further strengthen Machynlleth’s unique position in the culture and language of Wales.

The Accreditation Scheme sets nationally agreed standards for museums in the UK. There are currently just under 1,800 museums participating in the scheme, demonstrating their commitment to managing collections effectively for the enjoyment and benefit of users.

30th Anniversary Celebrations Concert



The 30th Anniversary Celebrations at The Tabernacle will reach a highpoint on Saturday 7th February 2015. Bryn Terfel is coming back!

He will sing with two local choirs Côr Gore Glas and Côr Aelwyd Bro Ddyfi, with their Conductor Magwen Pughe. Magwen is a retired teacher who works very hard within the Dyfi Valley with both these choirs and also with Ffermwyr Ifanc Bro Ddyfi (Young Farmers).

Bryn Terfel will be accompanied by the Musical Director of Côr Godre’r Aran, Eirian Owen, an official accompanist at the National and Llangollen Eisteddfodau. Eirian is an Honorary Life Member of the Friends of The Tabernacle.

Also performing will be Hannah Stone, Official Harpist to HRH The Prince of Wales.

Tickets will be available from 8am on Monday 1st December, at MOMA Wales or by phone (01654 703355).

Tickets: £25 – £30.

Recent Acquisitions


The Tabernacle Collection is the permanent collection of MOMA WALES. It contains more than 250 works of art created since 1900 with the emphasis on artists living in Wales. We are immensely grateful to those who have donated paintings and to the late Nora Gibbs, Mollie Winterburn and John Sylvanus Davies without whose legacies such a magnificent collection would not have been possible.


TC251 Peter Bishop - Snowdon from Llyn Nantlle

Peter Bishop
Snowdon from Llyn Nantlle
Acrylic & enamels on canvas


TC253 Judy Linnell - November Sea Pembrokeshire

Judy Linnell
November Sea – Pembrokeshire
Watercolour & gouache


TC252 Ian Jacob - JFK to LHR

Ian Jacob
Oil on canvas


TC254 Clyde Holmes - Winding River

Clyde Holmes
Winding River
Oil on board



Robert Bryce Muir

Study of a Straining Figure


From the private collection of Philip Ashton & Blair Wallace.

On loan to MOMA Wales for three years.

Latest Acquisition


Simon Pierse, Lecturer in Fine Art at Aberystwyth University School of Art, has donated From the roof, Tikse Gompa to The Tabernacle Collection. This pencil and watercolour work was a key piece in Simon’s Paintings of Ladakh exhibition held at MOMA WALES in 2000 and we are extremely grateful. It has been given a great welcome on its return.



Richard and Ann Mayou Fund Curatorship

The new Curator appointed to the Museum of Modern Art, Wales in Machynlleth will be Lucinda Middleton. Lucinda has extensive and highly relevant experience as Exhibition Project Manager at the Panacea Museum, Bedford, and as Curator of Fine & Decorative Arts at the Royal Cornwall Museum, Truro. In Bedford she was responsible for setting up a fascinating new museum of historic and newly researched artefacts connected with a local charitable and religious movement, and in Cornwall she worked with local and national artists on setting up new exhibitions and special projects. Lucinda will take up her post in May.

Supported by the Richard and Ann Mayou Fund, the curatorship at MOMA WALES is expected to generate exhibitions, forge new partnerships and mount touring exhibitions. The present Museum Director and Chairman of the Machynlleth Tabernacle Trust, Ruth Lambert says “we look forward to welcoming Lucinda to this exciting new post that Professor Mayou has created for us.”

New additions to the Tabernacle Collection


Following his recent exhibition at MOMA WALES, Gareth Nash kindly donated his work Eeny, Meeny, Miney, Mo to the permanent Collection.

2012 Glyndwr Award


Professor April McMahon, Vice-Chancellor of Aberystwyth University, with Dr David Russell Hulme, winner of the 2012 Glyndwr Award medal for An Outstanding Contribution to the Arts in Wales.