Maesmawr Farm to become an Arts Centre

Maesmawr Farm, a longtime Kinsey family residence, has recently been recently sold by members of the Kinsey family and been converted into an arts centre. Cathy Knapp, the new owner, bought the farm in March 2008.

News of the new use for the farm was outlined in the 24 October 2008 edition of the County Times.

Visual feast as new gallery is opened near Caersws

An exciting new art gallery has been opened at Maesmawr near Caersws.

The gallery has been set up by artist and art teacher, Cathy Knapp, who moved into Maesmawr earlier this year.

The official opening took place on Saturday, October 18, hosting 'Harvesting The Arts' and launching the initiative, 'A Chance to Create', which is sponsored by the Powys Arts Forum.

More than 50 delegates attended the launch and took part in open debates about art and the public. Lunch was provided by Lavinia Vaughan and the guests were treated to a visual feast on the walls, stairs and in the grounds of the beautiful old building, previously owned by the Kinsey family.

Cathy said she saw the potential of Maesmawr's spacious rooms to display not only her own collection of work but to 'encourage a local community of extremely talented young artists to come together and exhibit regularly'. She said the result is an 'exciting, colourful show which stimulates the imagination and fills us with inquiry'.

Nearly 100 pieces of art from different disciplines make up the exhibition and the artists who have contributed include: Sara Philpott from Newtown with paintings and monotypes; Gemma Hughes from Welshpool with three variations on an oval form; Andrew Baldwin from Trefeglwys with etchings; Angharad Whitfield from Brecon stained glass; David Millward from Llangyniew with paintings and silkscreen prints; Judith Crawford from Aberaeiron with paintings and monoprints; John Lavrin from Pontrobert with paintings and sculpture; Jenny Jones from Garth Mill with oil and water-colour paintings.

Lucinda Graves, an ex-student of Cathy's now studying painting at the Slade School of Art, has also contributed paintings along with Cathy and her son Ivan Knapp who is studying for an MA in fine art and art history at Edinburgh University.

There is also a strong body of paintings, sculptures and enamelled murals by her late husband, Stefan Knapp, an international artist who evolved the process of enamelling on steel.

Cathy moved into Maesmawr in March this year and she said she hopes to use the outbuildings to develop a thriving art centre that will 'encourage the young and young at heart to discover the artist within themselves'.

Cathy also revealed plans to set up a children's art club in the future. For further information email Cathy on or telephone 01686 688369.

The exhibition will be open on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays, from 10am until 4.30pm up until December 20.

The Caersws, Montgomeryshire, Wales farm should not be confused with the neighbouring hotel, Maesmawr Hall.


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