The Sidney Nolan Trust was established at The Rodd near Presteigne in 1985, fulfilling Sidney Nolan’s long-held plans to create a place in a rural setting for his own paintings and for music; plans that had been inspired by his visits to his friend Benjamin Britten’s foundation at The Maltings in Suffolk. Sidney purchased Rodd Farm, the land surrounding The Rodd, in order to preserve the setting for his Trust and to enable the Trust to care for a precious piece of land for which he had developed a passion and great respect.
As Lady Nolan stated in June of 2009, “Monumental landscape gave Sidney a great sense of awe which he endlessly travelled the world to experience. There is no doubt that when he had his solitary moments, morning and evening, overlooking the Hindwell Valley he felt something of that same sense of wonder. The Welsh Black cattle with their deep blackness on green grass were a welcome part of the scene. Sidney wanted to preserve the essential qualities of The Rodd and the farm.”
The Trustees of the Sidney Nolan Trust are determined that, whilst striving to encourage artistic endeavour of the very highest international standard at The Rodd, they continue to reflect Sidney Nolan’s vision for this ancient place, his wide ranging passion for all aspects of creative artistic activity and his enduring concern and care for the natural environment. They hope that these guiding principles will serve to inspire all who visit The Rodd, no matter their background, culture or age,