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Creative Network newsletter – MARCH 2017

March is here and the arts and culture calendar is most definitely filling up, with opportunities for residencies, calls for artists and conferences aplenty.


Let us know if you have an event or opportunity that you would like us to publicise, either via the Creative Network blog or on our social media channels. 

Email the Creative Network Co-ordinator Rhoda Lane at 



Screen Shot 2017-03-01 at 11.18.26EXHIBITION – Sue Hiley Harris, Tower Gallery Crickhowell

Sculptor and weaver Sue Hiley Harris invites you to the private view of her exhibition of weaving, collage and drawing on 11th March at Tower Gallery in Crickhowell.

The exhibition opens on 8th March and runs until 6th May.

Other featured artists from the Usk Valley Artists’ Cooperative include: Hannah Firmin, Graeme Galvin, Michael Howard, Kay Leverton,Harriet Lloyd, Lesley Lillywhite, Robert Macdonald, Philippine Sowerby.

Tower Gallery is open from 10am until 5pm Wednesday to Saturday.

See Sue’s website for the full range of her works:





Barddoniaeth-Colled-700x400RESIDENCY – The Poetry of Loss: Brussels Literary Residency, May 2017


Literature Wales are inviting applications from Wales-based writers for a literary residency in Brussels this May. The project, called Poetry of Loss, commemorates the First World War through the programme Cymru’n Cofio Wales Remembers 1914-1918 (supported by the Welsh Government and the Government of Flanders).


Welsh poet Hedd Wyn was killed on the battlefield near Ypres on 31 July 1917, and this project has a particular emphasis on him and his work.

The residency will run from 8th May until 28th May at Passa Porta, the International House of Literature in central Brussels.

For more details and to apply, see the Literature Wales website.

Deadline for applications is Friday 10th March 2017.



9914438643_6b9275bd22_o-1500x630CALL FOR ENTRIES – Encounters Film Festival 2017


Filmmakers have the chance to enter their short films for the Encounters Film Festival. Encounters Festival is a qualifying festival for The Academy Awards®, and is also an official gateway to the world’s most prestigious awards; European Film Awards, Cartoon D’Or and BAFTA’s.


  • Films from  every genre are accepted
  • New categories for 2017 include VR/AR and 360 degree storytelling
  • Films must be no longer than 30 minutes including credits
  • Films you want to enter to Encounters 2017 must have been completed after January 1st 2016
  • Encounters does not require any premiere status
  • The main submission platform is Withoutabox.

Dates and Submission Fees:

  • The early bird deadline for applications with a reduced entry fee of £20is March 31st.
  • Regular deadline is May 23rdat £25 per film
  • Late extended deadline is June 2nd at £40 per film

For more details and to apply, see the website and follow Encounters on Twitter, Facebook and sign up for the newsletter.



imgres-1COMPETITION – Tabernacle Art Competition, MOMA Machynlleth


Arts practitioners are invited to apply for competition entry packs for the Tabernacle Art Competition by MOMA Machynlleth.

Adults are tasked with creating work around the theme of LEGEND, while entries by under 18s are free to choose their subject matter.


Entry Fee £10
Under 18 Entry Fee £3

The winners will receive the following prizes:

First Prize £1200
Second Prize £600
Third Prize £300
Under 18 Prize £100

Voted for by the public:
Ailsa Owen Memorial Prize £850
Under 18 Ailsa Owen Prize £100



imgresCOMPETITION – Open Art Compeition, Oriel CRiC, Crickhowell

Oriel CriC is calling for entries from professional, amateur and emerging artists to their Open Art Competition. This is the fourth year of the competition, which has proved popular with visitors to the area as well as the residents.
A maximum of three works can be submitted for free, and all must be available for sale. 5 prizes are on offer:

  • First prize – £500
  • Runner up – £250
  • Young Artist (under 25) – £250
  • Visitor’s Choice – £250
  • ‘Welsh Legends’ theme 2017 – £250

You can download information on the entry requirements directly from the website.

Shortlisted work will be exhibited at the Oriel CRiC Gallery from 26th May – 4th July 2017, including during the Crickhowell Open Studios Weekend. 





pastedgraphicpage001_random_rock_in_a_mountainEXHIBITION – Fay Goodwin, MOMA Machynlleth


MOMA in Machynlleth is exhibiting the work of the late British photographer and environmentalist Fay Goodwin (1931 – 2005). The Drovers’ Roads of Wales and Other Photographs are monochrome images of the rural landscape, ancient and sacred pilgrimages, charting the routes of drovers and their livestock.


You can read Michael Tomlinson’s review in the New Welsh Review issue 113 blog  and find more details on MOMA via their website.

This exhibition runs until 1 April at MOMA Machynlleth, 10.00am to 16.00pm, Monday to Saturday in the Ruralist & Pulpit Rooms.



imgres-2CONFERENCE – Art & Older People, Royal Welsh College of Music & Drama

Organised by Age Cymru and Arts Council of Wales with support from the Baring Foundation, the Art & Older People conference will be held on Thursday 6th April at the Royal Welsh College of Music & Drama in Cardiff, and seeks to explore the following questions:

How can arts activities support the creation of age friendly communities?

How can creativity help older people to live well and enjoy later life?

This interactive and engaging session will examine the role of the arts in creating age friendly communities and the contribution of creative activity in supporting older people to maintain their independence.

  • Policy makers with responsibility for healthy and active ageing programmes
  • People and organisations working within local authority Ageing Well plans
  • Health and social care professionals working with older people
  • People working in arts and culture interested in working with older people
  • Older people and community groups who want to share their voices and experiences relating to Age Friendly and arts programmes

Participants can choose two of four possible breakout sessions and listen to panel discussions led by Paul Cann, former Chief of Age UK Oxfordshire and founding member of the Campaign to End Loneliness. Ken Skates AM, Cabinet Secretary for Economy and Infrastructure, is one of the named speakers at the conference.

To book your place, go to Eventbrite via the Arts Council of Wales website.



imgres-2PHILOSOPHY – The Greatest Adventure: Love in the Time of Tinder


The first speakers have been announced for the event The Greatest Adventure: Love in the Time of Tinder, taking place in 29th – 30th April at The Globe in Hay-on-Wye. The philosophy event will explore the intricacies of love and relationships in the digital age through debates, talks and workshops. The event is organised by The Institute of Art and Ideas and will be produced in association with partners Relate and Philosophy Now.

With the rise of dating apps and new technologies, connecting with others has never been easier. But whilst Tinder reached 50 million users last year, studies show that we are lonelier than ever. Once, the study of love was deemed of vital importance, considered by Plato the greatest of all subjects. But modern philosophy has seen discourse on love fall largely by the wayside—our event seeks to change that.
The first speakers include:

Martha Fiennes, award-winning director best known for her BAFTA nominated debut Onegin, an adaptation of Alexander Pushkin’s work on life and love

Christopher Hamilton, Kings College London philosopher and author of How to Deal with Adversity

Helen Croydon, Journalist, broadcaster and author of Screw The Fairytale

Chris Sherwood, CEO of Relate, the UK’s largest relationship counselling service

Anders Sandberg, neuroscientist and senior fellow at the Oxford Future of Humanity Institute

Susan Quilliam, School of Life relationship coach and Dating Expert of the Year 2015.

For tickets, see the link:




4631333192_198x198RESIDENCIES – Celf O Gwmpas & Disability Arts Wales

Llandrindod Wells-based Celf O Gwmpas is offering four 1-Month in partnership with Disability Arts Cymru in order to support Wales-based disabled artists to develop new work and reflect on their practice.


The successful applicants will form part of a national and international residency project supporting disabled artists working in a wide variety of art forms.

Residencies will be taking place in October, November, December 2017 and January 2018: dates tbc.

The residency opportunity is supported by Arts Council Wales.

The package includes:

  • £1,000 each to cover artist fees, travel and subsistence costs
  • Accessible self-contained accommodation
  • Shared studio facilities at Centre Celf
  • Opportunity to show work in progress
  • Advice and guidance on future opportunities, including consideration for Celf o Gwmpas exhibition programme.

Closing date for applications: Tuesday 13th June 5pm, 2017
For further details, consult the webpage.



Frontpage-coursesSPOTLIGHT ON: Pearl Taylor

Pearl Taylor is a Herefordshire-based feltmaker and member of the International Feltmakers Association. She trained at Herefordshire College of Art, and previously received a prize for a live brief from Chelsea College of Art. Through her business Duckshed Felt she takes on commercial commissions, making textiles for home furnishings and clothing, and exhibits her pieces in wearable art shows.


Stitch and people who have stitched fascinate me. At present, the thousands of moments and memories captured in Welsh Wholecloths in precise, neat marks fascinate me. My current wet felted shawls have stitch moments attached as an acknowledgement of those who have gone before and those who will wear and use now and later. As a full time carer the concept of memory and locking in moments of constructive being are emotive, vital for survival and inform my work.
Pearl runs tailor-made courses in feltmaking from her home at Upper Newton Farmhouse in the Welsh Marches. Most tutors come from all over the globe and are affiliated with the International Feltmakers Association. Courses and workshops are suitable for all abilities range in duration, and it is possible to stay at Upper Newton Farmhouse while you learn.
Pearl is currently busy working on commissions and working towards gaining a qualification on the City and Guilds Level 3 machine embroidery course. She has just returned from a fact-finding trip to Japan and will soon be exhibiting work as part of the Shropshire Arts Trail and in Kingsland, Herefordshire as part of H.Art.
To make an enquiry about courses and Pearl’s work, see the website.


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

– Rhoda Lane
Creative Network Co-ordinator

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