The Brockweir and Hewelsfield Village Shop celebrates ten years serving its community


Opened in 2004 by HRH Prince Charles and now an established award winning community project

Art Exhibitions

In the café area we host exhibitions of local artists' work.

The work is on show for 6 weeks and sometimes begins with a private view.

Paintings and photographs are for sale and the shop take a small percentage of any pictures sold.

Our art committee consists of three local people (two artists and one member of the Village Shop Committee), who are very keen to maintain a reasonably high standard of work, so the artists are asked to send some reproductions of their work and a summary of any exhibitions they have been a part of.

As well as the permanent art exhibition, there are often various locally produced craft items for sale in the shop.


The new Brockweir & Hewelsfield Village Shop 2017 Calendar
is now on sale at the shop


Great as a Christmas stocking filler for all those distant (or not so distant) relatives. Hurry up and get one before they all get snapped up.

Notes for Exhibitors:

If you are interested in exhibiting in 2016/2017, you can download an application form and print it out and send it, with a selection of photographs of your work, to the shop. Full instructions can be found in the application form. If you are unable to download or print the form, they can be obtained by emailing or visiting the Brockweir Village Shop.

Download the Arts and Photography application form here



Permanently on show is the splendid wall hanging created by a talented number of local residents.  This wonderful work shows the local area and attractions rendered in a mix of fabrics and textiles.




On the café walls


19th June to 31st July


You will all think I am a couch potato but I have been watching some interesting programmes on the box in the corner again. I seem to get a lot of my art education from the TV these days. Two that come to mind are a programme on Japan presented by Dr James Fox, (by the way does he only have one suit?) called “The Art of Japanese Life”. Not your usual art programme, more of how the landscape and religion influenced the Japanese artists. What surprised me was how modern some of the 14th and 15th century brush painting work was as compared with what was happening in Europe at the same time. I got quite interested in Zen once upon a time and had a go at Japanese brush painting, not with much success though. Caused great consternation in Merthyr library when I asked if they could get me a copy of D T Suzuki’s Manual of Zen Buddhism.


The other programme I watched was on the Cote d’Azur with Richard E Grant (he of Withnail and I fame) presenting, unlikely as it may seem. Again it was about the influence of the landscape and location on the many artists that gravitated to the South of France, in the 19th and 20th centuries. Cezanne, Sgnac, Matisse, Dufy and Picasso, to name just a few. If you missed it it’s well worth a look at on catchup.


The Forest also seems to attract quite a variety of the artistically inclined but it’s not as warm, the sky, if you can see it through the trees is not quite as blue, and for me it’s often a little bit on the cold side. Oh and no sea. I don’t count the Severn, far too muddy. On the other hand we do have the Village Shop and Cafe where you can catch up with the latest in art and have a Cappuccino at the same time. Which brings me to the next exhibition.


The artist with a show in the cafe over July is Margaret Slaughter. Margaret lives just outside Monmouth. She began painting seriously after retirement when she undertook an A Level Art Course at the local comprehensive school. She usually works in watercolour although she does use oils and on occasions, enjoys making textile pieces.


Margaret is a member of The Wye Valley Art Society as well as being an active member of several other local art groups. Her work has appeared in group as well as solo exhibitions over the past few years and has always been very well received. Margaret says that she paints in a quirky “naive” style reflecting her own very personal view of the world around her. Her work has been purchased by people from all across Britain and have even found their way as far as Scandinavia.


I hope you’ll all enjoy the show and perhaps raid your piggy banks to buy a few examples of Margaret’s personal vision. . Colin Molyneux.  

Colin Molyneux