Plas Brondanw is currently the home of Oriel Brondanw, an art gallery run by Ymddiriedolaeth Susan Williams-Ellis Foundation (YSWEF).
Susan was the daughter of Clough and Amabel Williams-Ellis, and co-founder of Portmeirion Potteries, along with her husband Euan Cooper Willis. YSWEF exists to preserve and promote her artistic legacy, to exhibit the works of local contermporary artists and foster the arts more generally in the local area.
Follow the link to the YSWEF website for more information and updates on exhibitions etc.
Plas Brondanw is known not only as the home of the illustrious architect of Portmeirion but also for his creation of the captivating Grade I listed gardens. The house and gardens are now held in trust.
Oriel Brondanw, the artistic space within Plas Brondanw, is run by a separate foundation that promotes art as a means to celebrate the artistic life of Susan Williams-Ellis, the instigator of Portmeirion Pottery. She was the daughter of Clough Williams-Ellis and of the author Amabel Williams-Ellis, née Strachey. Plas Brondanw was Susan’s family home.
With its intimate rooms, human dimensions, access to natural light and borrowed landscape the Plas is a wonderful, idiosyncratic space for a gallery. Some of this may be attributed to the rebuilding of the 17th century wing after the calamitous fire of 1951, but also to the buttress rooms that Clough added to the old house in the 1930s as an elegant way of dealing with subsidence.