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Albany Gallery celebrates 50 years

Albany Gallery is celebrating its 50th birthday with an exhibition that features more than 70 artists.

Their anniversary roster includes artists new and old – some of whom had their debuts on those very walls.

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The respected two-storey gallery is packed with paintings, sculptures and ceramics from local artists

Albany Gallery has become the cornerstone of contemporary art in Cardiff since its opening in 1965, promoting fresh talent and providing a platform for the burgeoning art scene in Wales.

In fact, its owner Mary Yapp was agent for Sir Kyffin Williams, who went on to become a defining Welsh artist of the 20th century. “Little did I know when I opened the gallery in Albany Road that it would still be here 50 years later,” says Yapp.

Caroline, who works at the gallery, says they strive to create a welcoming atmosphere that isn’t stuffy or stuck up, as some art galleries may be

Caroline, who works at the gallery, says they strive to create a welcoming atmosphere that isn’t stuffy or stuck up, as some art galleries may be

Visitors can go home with a masterpiece from David Tress or William Selwyn, or buy one from the many promising newcomers the gallery handpicks and nurtures.

“We will continue to promote the best Welsh art, from well-established artists to exciting newcomers,” Yapp adds.

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Owner Yapp travels all over England and Wales to discover new artists, even recruiting promising young artists in art schools

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