Our Selway Room was created in July 2022 to showcase the work of Welsh artist, John Selway. This space will have a changing programme, bringing different pieces and configurations of work together.


Over the last 20 years Llantarnam Grange has exhibited John’s work many times, in both collaborative and solo shows. In 2015 we exhibited ‘Trans Iberia’ an exceptional body of work, reflecting, as John put it ‘the rather haphazard nature of my many journeys over the years and my different responses’.


John sadly passed away in 2017. Since then, Llantarnam Grange has continued to collaborate with his family, to find ways to continue to show his work to the public.



Born to Welsh parents in the small south Yorkshire colliery town of Askern, near Doncaster in 1938, John lived and worked in Abertillery ever since his parents returned home to Wales in 1940.


He attended Newport College of Art from 1953 – 57 and was taught by Tom Rathmell. In 1957 he began his two years of National Service. From 1959-62 he studied at the Royal College of Art, London before being awarded a University of London Boise Travelling Scholarship to paint in Portugal. The first of a lifelong love of the peninsular, which inspired ‘Trans Iberia’.


On return to Wales he taught at Newport College of Art for many years. He has also been a visiting lecturer at Carmarthenshire College of Art. He has exhibited extensively both nationally and internationally. His work is represented in many public and private collections including the National Museum and Galleries Wales.



Join us at Llantarnam Grange for the opening of the Selway Room on Saturday 13 August, 12-2pm.


The Selway Room is located on our first floor. Unfortunately, we do not have disabled access to this floor, however, the exhibited work will be available to view in our Digital Collection.


As the Selway Room is used for a variety of educational and community projects, there may be times when the work is not viewable to the general public. Please feel free to call or email in advance if you are making a special trip to visit this work. We will do our best to accommodate your visit, within our opening hours. The majority of work on show in the Selway Room will be for sale.


Our Digital Collection is coming soon.