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Creative Network newsletter – NOVEMBER 2016

October was a productive month for Creative Network members and November will be just as busy. We encourage Creative Network members to take advantage of the many exhibitions, private views, conferences, classes and career development sessions on offer. Below is just a sample of what’s lined up.

Please check the website, Facebook page and Twitter feed for the latest updates on classes, events and Creative Network news.

Best wishes
Rhoda Lane
Creative Network Co-ordinator


danbysmith_limelightbm5hrEXHIBITION – PEAK/COPA
Limelight by Rob Smith & Charles Danby

As part of Cardiff Contemporary Festival which runs until 19th November, Peak’s project artists Rob Smith and Charles Danby are exhibiting their video piece recorded at the Llangattock limekilns and live-streamed to Cardiff on 22nd October (more on the Peak blog). You can view the video in Castle Arcade Tuesday – Saturday 11am-6pm, Sunday 11am-5pm.



Greenpoint – Gallery at Home, Usk

This Friday 4th November, 6pm – 8pm, there will be a private view of works by an eclectic mix of local artists, including Creative Network member Toril Brancher, at the Gallery at Home, located in Llancayo Farmhouse near Usk (NP15 1HY). The Greenpoint exhibition will run from 5th until 9th November, 10am – 3pm. Before your visit, please call the curator Sonia Pang to make an appointment on 01291 673558 or 07725830195.



sarah rhys OPEN STUDIO
Sarah Rhys

Artist Sarah Rhys invites you to a talk and Q&A session in her studio where she will be discussing her latest body of work ‘Coal Tree Salt Sea‘ in preparation of her forthcoming exhibition at Abergavenny Museum.

Thursday 10th November, 11am -1pm.
Please arrive in time for an 11am start. Refreshments served.
Mynydd Coch, Mamhilad nr. Pontypool, Monmouthshire

Places are strictly limited. To reserve a place please contact:
E: T: 07588 611669

See attached flyer for further details in English sarah-rhys-eng-1 and in Welsh sarah-rhys-cym-1.


City Stories

Mission Gallery in Swansea will exhibit City Stories, a collection of drawings, illustrations and paintings by selected artists which focus on the built environment and cityscapes. Among those artists is Creative Network member Philip Watkins, who enjoys depicting seaside resorts, industrial sites, estates and parks – “…anywhere where human activity comes up against nature.”

Other artists to feature in the exhibition include:

Tom Banks • Derek Bainton • Michelle Conway • Laura Edmunds • Catrin Llwyd
Rhiannon Lowe • Matthew Otten • Jonathan Powell • Jonathan Williams

Many of the works will be for sale, so this is a unique opportunity to own a contemporary piece, to support artists and contribute to the work of Mission Gallery.

City Stories runs from 26th November to 8th January. Find out more about the exhibition and the work of Mission Gallery on their website.


Doing it for Ourselves – ArtWorks Cymru

ArtWorks Cymru are holding a conference in Llandrindod Wells to take stock of participatory arts in Wales and to discuss what the future holds. The event will be held over two days (with tickets costing £50), though single day attendance is also available (priced at £35). There will be learning groups, workshops, discussions and networking opportunities for arts practitioners, too.
Tuesday 29th / Wednesday 30th November 2016, Llandrindod Wells
For more details and to book tickets, see the ArtWorks Cymru website.


Liz Steed – Andrew Lamont Gallery, Brecon

Merthyr Tydfil-based Creative Network member Liz Steed will be exhibiting in the Andrew Lamont Gallery from 6th January 2017. She will be showing pieces alongside 6 other Valleys artists. You can find a selection of her work on her blog.




Catherine Wynne Paton Eisteddfod

Catherine Wynne-Paton

Catherine Wynne-Paton has been awarded £300 through the Creative Network Mini-Fund to pursue a project as part of the Clydach Gorge Collaboration. This group was initiated by artist Allison Neal, who has written notes about the cultural, geological, scientific and engineering history of the area as the group’s starting point.

Catherine will use video, drawing and photography in her initial observations. She intends to extend these works by directly incorporating them in Saline-etched aluminium sheets.

This project is important to me because I have felt unconnected to the land I now live in for a long time. It is especially exciting to be working with others who will also be working freely and experimentally, working individually and collaborating and sharing ideas.”

Follow Catherine’s work on Twitter – @wynnepaton.


thumbnail_invite0ct16a5rast-2SPOTLIGHT ON: HANNAH FIRMIN

Hannah Firmin is a Creative Network member specialising in printmaking and illustrating. She is a graduate of Chelsea School of Art and the Royal College of Art.

She deploys a mixture of blockmaking, printing, collage and painting to create her work, and has taken commissions ranging from book covers (the entire series of Alexander McCall Smith’s ‘The No.1 Ladies’ Detective Agency),  to a large scale work for the National Trust in Dunster Castle. She has also contributed to ‘The Birthday Book’ (edited by Quentin Blake and Michael Morpurgo) to celebrate Prince Charles’s 60th Birthday.

She is currently exhibiting her latest works called ‘Usk Valley Impressions’, a collection of relief prints and other art works, at the Tower Gallery in Crickhowell until 3rd December. You can visit the exhibition on Wednesday – Saturday, 10am – 5pm. Works by members of the Usk Valley Artists’ Cooperative, namely Graeme Galvin, Michael Howard, Kay Leverton, Lesley Lillywhite, Harriet Lloyd, Robert Macdonald and Philippine Sowerby, are also on display.

You can find out more about Hannah’s work via her website, as well as the Tower Gallery and Usk Valley Artists’ Cooperative.


If you have a news item or Spotlight profile that you would like to feature in our December newsletter, write to by Monday 20th November.


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