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Peruse paintings, catch a play or indulge in some retail therapy. There’s a packed programme on Anglesey for culture Gorgeous galleries You’ll find plenty of awesome arts and crafts at Oriel Ynys Môn in Llangefni. Alongside permanent exhibitions from Anglesey artists Sir Kyffin Williams and Charles Tunnicliffe (see ‘The full picture’ for more on them) there’s a shifting programme of temporary shows covering everything from watercolours to ceramics. While you’re there, why not pick up some crafty souvenirs in the Jac Do gift shop, or recharge your batteries with homecooked food in Café Blas Mwy? There’s more arty goodness at Oriel Tegfryn in Menai Bridge. Established in 1963, it’s one of the oldest galleries in Wales and features exhibitions from a who’s-who of North Wales artists including William Selwyn, Gwilym Pritchard and (of course) the late, Sir Kyffin Williams. Centre stage If you’re interested in the performing arts, look no further than the Ucheldre Centre in Holyhead, which offers a varied bill of live music, theatre and literary events. There’s also Theatr Fach in Llangefni, an intimate little venue staging a regular programme of pantomimes, local drama productions and plays by up-and-coming Welsh writers. Hot shops There are plenty of options for some retail therapy on our little island. The towns of Beaumaris, Holyhead and Llangefni are all home to plenty of big high street names, plus a huge range of independent stores and boutiques. And no shopper’s visit to Anglesey would be complete without a trip to James Pringle Weavers in Llanfair PG. Bursting with top brands and one-ofa kind Welsh souvenirs, it’s the ideal place to pick up some gifts (or just treat yourself). While you’re there, grab a free memento with a pic of the mighty 58-letter sign at Llanfair PG station. The full picture For an artistic view of Anglesey, check out the work of Sir Kyffin Williams. Born in Llangefni in 1918, Williams spent a lifetime drawing inspiration from the island’s spectacular landscapes, creating striking images of the place and its people. His works are instantly recognisable, with bold canvasses of oils thickly applied with a pallet knife depicting vivid and unmistakeably Welsh scenes. Little wonder he was hailed as one of the defining artists of Wales during the 20th century. See for yourself by visiting Oriel Ynys Môn, which houses a permanent exhibition of his work. vultures and shopaholics alike.


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