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Creative Network newsletter – APRIL

This month’s newsletter is about collections, competitions and congratulations for one of our Creative Network members.


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 


imgres-1SHORTLIST – Saboteur Award 2017

Congratulations to Creative Network member Emma Van Woerkom, whose latest poetry collection, Found Me, has been shortlisted for the Saboteur Award for Best Poetry Pamphlet 2017. The awards ceremony will be in London next month.

Sabotage is representative of the hugely diverse amount of work actually being made and written in the ‘literary ecology’. We stand for inclusiveness and commitment to new voices in literature. 

Below is the website link for the Saboteur Awards, complete with the shortlists for other categories

The winners are determined by public vote, and if you would like to vote for Emma all you need do is click the link below and follow the online prompts.

Find out more about Emma and her work via the website.



low-res--Gillian-Ayres-Lure-1963-Arts-Council-Collection-Southbank-Centre-London-c-the-artistEXHIBITION – Gillian Ayres, National Museum of Wales, Cardiff

A collection of works by painter Gillian Ayres is currently on display in Cardiff. This major exhibition celebrates the bold and colourful work of one of Britain’s most important and internationally renowned abstract artists. Featuring major paintings from across the artist’s career, this is the largest exhibition of Ayres’s work ever seen in the UK.

In the 1950s, Ayres was a pioneer of abstract painting, making work on a vast scale. She explored colour and space by pouring, dripping and staining paint onto the canvas. She was a leading figure in a generation of British artists who were responding to the latest international developments in Paris and New York, including the work of American Abstract Expressionists.

The exhibition runs from 8 April until 3 September 2017, and includes talks that support the main show.

For more information, please see the Museum’s webpage.




COMPETITION – b.creative challenge

Launched by KEA European Affairs as part of the Creative Tracks project, the b.creative challenge is an international competition which seeks to reward young creative entrepreneurs using their skills to address social, cultural or environmental issues across the globe.

This competition is open to:


  • Artists or collectives of artists, cultural and creative entrepreneurs working in visual arts, advertising, architecture, crafts, design, fashion, film and video, gastronomy, music, publishing, radio and television, computer games or performing arts.
  • Projects addressing issues such as climate change, mental and physical well-being, new food and sustainable agriculture, transports and mobility, social cohesion, access to education and digital literacy, migration or inequality and poverty (non-exhaustive list)
  • Innovative collaborations combining creative and artistic skills with competences from other fields (e.g. from science, technology, manufacturing).
  • Projects reflecting international collaborations / seeking a transnational impact

Entries into the competition are accepted until the 28th April 2017. 

For more information about terms and prizes see Wales Arts International.



AWF_square-format_whiteout_web-1-517x480LITERATURE – Abergavenny Writing Festival

Kicking off the literary season before Hay gets under way it’s Abergavenny Writing Festival. This is the second year of the festival since its successful start in 2016.

The festival’s aim is to bring people of all ages and backgrounds together to get writing.

Taking place in the Kings Arms Hotel and Broadleaf Books in Abergavenny across three days and evenings 20 – 22 April 2017, writers and artists include Sarah Hill, Julia Gregson, Fergus Collins, Francesca Kay, Jude Rogers, Kizzy Crawford, Paul Henry and Rufus Mufasa.

You can buy tickets online via Eventbrite…/abergavenny-writing-festival/

Or at Borough Theatre, Abergavenny, in person or by phone:


imgresCOMPETITION – John Ruskin Prize 2017

The Big Draw with the Guild of St. George is pleased to announce the call for artists and makers open for The 4th John Ruskin Prize. It is open to artists and designers of all nationalities over the age of 18working or studying in the UK.


This year’s theme: Hand & Eye: Master of All Trades in The Age of Jack refers to the Artist as Polymath. Open to a range of interpretations and approaches, the theme is intended to lend itself to responses from artists and makers whose work celebrates the opportunity to marry diverse materials and disciplines.

The selection panel will be choosing 20 artists to appear in the exhibition ‘Hand & Eye: Master of All Trades in the Age of Jack’ which will be held in the Millennium Gallery in Sheffield 21 June – 8 October 2017.

The overall winners of the competition will receive a 1st Prize of £3000, 2nd £1000 and a Student Prize of £1000.

Entries must be submitted by Monday 24th April, 5pm.

For information on entry fees and submission requirements, please see the guidelines on the website.




thumbnail_Andrew Lamont inviteSPOTLIGHT ON: Gigi Jones

 Landscape painter Gigi Jones trained at the University of Aberystwyth and has exhibited widely throughout Wales, in solo and group shows, receiving commendations and awards including the Sir Ben Bowen Thomas Prize, for Painting and an individual award from Arts Council of Wales.


‘As a landscape painter, the transient effects of light in Nature are very alluring to me. The more I look and try to represent what I am experiencing, the more the landscape seems to become a symbol for other underlying stories.’

Before painting full-time, she worked as an Art & Design teacher in secondary schools, adult evening classes, and in the mental health sector. In addition to her painting practice, she sometimes works as a workshop leader, theatre set & costume designer, researcher for radio Arts programmes, and as an art director for TV.

Gigi works mainly in oil paint on canvas or board, and sometimes water-based media, concentrating on landscapes and still life subjects, working between her studio and ‘en plein air’.

Gigi currently divides her time between her studios at home in Wales and central France.

Her latest exhibition Being There is now showing at the Andrew Lamont Gallery in Theatr Brycheiniog, Brecon.


If you have a news item or Spotlight profile that you would like to feature in future newsletters, write to Rhoda at

– Rhoda Lane
Creative Network Co-ordinator

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