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Creative Network newsletter – JANUARY 2017

Happy New Year to our Creative Network members! We are looking forward to discovering what 2017 holds and hope that you will join us for some rewarding workshops, events and professional development sessions in the months ahead.


The January newsletter contains a mix of international opportunities and local events that might interest you.  Please email the Creative Network Co-ordinator Rhoda Lane at to promote your news and activities


arteles-residency-2017RESIDENCY: Arteles Creative Residency Programme, Finland

The Arteles Creative Centre in Hämeenkyrö, Finland, hosts a residency programme for between 11-14 artists every month in order to help nurture their creativity, career development as well as physical and mental wellbeing.

There are studio spaces and communal areas within the tranquil and secluded landscape of the centre, and they encourage artists from all over the world, from a variety of disciplines, to experience the programme.

In particular, Arteles is seeking artists & creative professionals from the fields of:
Visual Arts | Photography | New Media | Sound Art | Music
Design | Performing Arts | Literature | Research

If you are interested in applying for a residency in July, August, September or October 2017, lasting either 1 or 2 months, you can apply via the website by Thursday 12th January, and also view a selection of artists and projects from past residencies.

Financial assistance is available for residents selected to join the program.
The financial support provided by Arteles is 50 % of the residency fee.



new-welsh-reviewNEW WELSH REVIEW: Readers’ Poll 2017

New Welsh Review are asking readers to nominate their all-time favourite memoir and novella in the English language in their Readers’ Poll for 2017. They want to draw up a longlist of 10 titles from writers living or dead, from any era (translations are permitted).


You can submit your nomination online via Twitter to @NewWelshReview and the Facebook page or write to by Monday 16th January. Once the longlist is announced on 25th January, the shortlisting will follow on 15th February, and the winning authors will be declared on 1st March.



Zoomorphic - Eleanor BartlemanEXHIBITION: Zoomorphic, Llantarnam Grange

 Llantarnam Grange Arts Centre is currently hosting Zoomorphic, a collection of artists’ work which explores the world of the human and animal. The hybrid figures, intricate and beautiful examples of craftsmanship, are inspired by fairytales, fantasy and  folklore from all over the world.


Featured artists include: Anthropomorphica, Eleanor Bartleman, Christie Brown, Adrian Higgins, Kerry Jameson, kealwork, Jackie Needham, Gladys Paulus, Zenna Tagney, Yannick Unfricht.

The pieces range from ceramics, textiles, video and digital print.

Entry to the exhibition is FREE and ends on 28th January, Monday to Friday 9.30am – 5pm, and Saturday 9.30am – 4pm.

Zoomorphic runs concurrently with the Textile Landscapes exhibition in the Oriel Cafe, featuring the work of Creative Network member Penny Turnbull, and with Remnant Black, featuring pieces from the Craft Showcase. Mixed-media jeweller Amanda Caines, also from the Creative Network, is displaying her jewellery made from found objects and inspired by the Welsh landscape.



 punk-forever-bannerEXHIBITION: Punk Forever, Redhouse

Redhouse in Merthyr will exhibit a collection of original artworks by Punk musicians Jamie Reid, James Cauty and Billy Childish, curated by Merthyr artist and collector Gerrion Jones.

The exhibition celebrates 40 years since Punk music was born in 1977, with a mixture of posters, paintings and other pieces that illustrate the musicians anarchic attitudes towards political and social change.

Entry is FREE from 21st January until 21st February, 8:30 am – 5:00 pm, but please contact Redhouse in advance to check that no meetings or events are planned in the exhibition space.



fest-film-2017-submissionsCALL FOR SUBMISSIONS: FEST – New Directors New Film Festival

Portugal-based FEST Film organises an annual festival of independent film, with the goal of allowing up-and-coming film-makers to promote their work, providing training opportunities and developing audiences.



FEST  is calling for feature film and short film submissions for its 13th edition of the festival which will take place in Espinho in June 2017. The entries should fall into one of two categories:

A) Fiction and Non-Fiction feature films (minimum length is 55 minutes) from directors who are on their first or second feature length project, regardless of age.

B) Fiction, Documentary, Animation and Experimental Short films (up to 54 minutes of duration) from directors up to the age of 30 (including) at the end of the production.

The final deadline for submissions is the 28th of February 2017, at midnight. For further details about how to enter, visit the website, or contact



bronze-casting-20160201-8-0001-copy_origCOURSES: Tim Rawlins Bronze Casting

Next Course March 2017

 Tim Rawlins, a ceramicist, sculptor and painter, delivers bronze casting courses from his base in Cusop Dingle, Hereford. He is holding bronze casting courses where you can design, sculpt and patinate your own bronze sculpture – no previous experience is needed.



Day 1 and 2: working with wax to create your sculpture for casting. Wax working techniques and help with design and development of ideas. You will also have additional time to work on your piece at home or here at Make Studios by arrangement.

Days 3 and 4: preparation and pouring, including spruing and mould making.

Day 5: Burning out moulds and pouring.

Day 6: Finishing and patination.

This course is held over 3 weekends: 11/12th, 18/19th, 25/26th   March 2017

Total Cost £395: Includes 6 days training, materials and your sculpture and two months membership of Make.

A 50% deposit is payable to secure your place. Student discounts are available on a limited number of places. (There are a limited number of places remaining on this course, as the last course we ran was oversubscribed.)

To secure your place or if you have any questions please contact Tim Rawlins on 01497 821663 or at    You can also check out Tim’s gallery of work on his website:



tree-copy-copy-580x419SPOTLIGHT ON: Sarah Rhys

Creative Network member Sarah Rhys is a multi-disciplinary artist based in rural Monmouthshire. Her work ranges from installations, print, drawing, artist books, photography and moving image, investigating the subjects of Memory, Place and the Liminal. Her work has been exhibited in Wales, Australia, the United States and in the Czech Republic, and she has also run school and gallery workshops in the UK, and France.


Her latest project, Coal Tree Salt Sea, brings together her research themes in the juxtaposition of natural forms and processes. This project evolved from her artist research and development residency Coal Tree, in partnership with the Josef Herman Art Foundation Cymru, drawing on the landscape, archaeology and mining heritage of the Ystradgynlais area, and culminating in a site-specific installation piece. Her recent visit to salt mines in Poland has extended the scope of the work, drawing parallels with the mining of coal in Wales, and including the alchemy of salt and its use in ritual processes.


Coal Tree Salt Sea will be exhibited in Abergavenny Museum from January 18th until March 1st, and will later move to Oriel Q in Narberth for  5th August until 3rd September. The exhibition is accompanied by a book, which is available to pre-order on Sarah’s online shop.



If you have a news item or Spotlight profile that you would like to feature in our February newsletter, write to me at by Monday 22nd January.


– Rhoda Lane
Creative Network Co-ordinator


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