The Art Factor – PORTFOLIO 2013/14

The Art Factor provides extra-curricular activities for artistically talented and able pupils to experience inspirational visual arts workshops. The experimental sessions facilitated by professional artists are aimed at developing the skills and confidence of students and encouraging the take up of arts based qualifications.

PORTFOLIO has been devised for 15-18 year olds. Over 50 students were nominated by schools across South Powys to take part in the project, with a maximum of 12 places available. Arts Alive Wales is delivering the project in South Powys while  Oriel Davies Gallery, Newtown are delivering in the north. The project will culminate in a publication and celebratory event in September 2014.

A total of 4 workshop sessions have run on Saturdays at Theatr Brycheiniog, Brecon, between December 2013 and March 2014, as well as an exhibition trip to the New Art Gallery Walsall. Optional studio sessions took place this summer. The project’s Lead Artist, Morag Colquhoun, introduced participants to a new artist at each workshop, exploring different ideas and approaches to making art.

Work by artist Jackie Chettur
Work by artist Jackie Chettur
Work by artist Jackie Chettur
Stefhan Caddick
Stefhan Caddick
Stefhan Caddick
Keith Bayliss
Keith Bayliss
Keith Bayliss
Laura Thomas
Laura Thomas
Laura Thomas
Keith Bayliss workshop
Jackie Chettur workshop
Jackie Chettur workshop
Jackie Chettur workshop
Keith Bayliss workshop
Stefhan Caddick workshop
Stefhan Caddick workshop
Stefhan Caddick workshop
Keith Bayliss workshop
Laura Thomas workshop
Laura Thomas workshop
Laura Thomas workshop
studio session with Penny Hallas
studio session with Penny Hallas
studio session with Penny Hallas

 

Jackie Chettur workshop1) First workshop on Saturday 7th December with artist Jackie Chettur, exploring colour through installation and photography.

“If I had to describe some qualities in my work I would say that it is: fragmentary; romantic; relating to narrative; lovingly crafted and often as colourful as I can make it. My work is drawn from popular culture, with my process to painstakingly craft objects, to produce new versions of the original. In the past I have worked with a variety of cultural artefacts including old colour prints in flower reference guides, model ships, and even classic films. Over the last couple of years I have been drawn to working with narrative structures and I have created photographic tableauxs to depict both real and imagined events; and I have also recently re-worked classic novels to create new books that display only fragments of the original story.” – Jackie Chettur Jackie Chettur was born in London and studied Ceramics at Camberwell College of Art and Design, then later an MA in Fine Art at University College Institute, Cardiff. Recent exhibitions include, Locws International, Swansea. ‘310’, G39 gallery Cardiff. ‘Recollect’ Wysing Arts Contemporary. Cambridge, ‘Still’ Transition Gallery. ‘There Will be Words’ G39 gallery Cardiff. Pilot festival Brightlingsea and Winter Garden, Sutton House London.

 

Stefhan Caddick workshop2) Second workshop on Saturday 25th Janaury  with artist Stefhan Caddick exploring ideas and electronics.

“My work is pretty eclectic, but if there are any consistent strands they’re probably to do with making work which disrupts an environment in some way (to give the viewer a different experience of something familiar); and an interest in protest and (very often pointless) rebellion – moments of friction in the social fabric. Several recent projects have involved the creation of DIY electronic devices which respond to ‘input’ – sound, wind, light, movement – and I thought this might be an interesting subject for this workshop. So my plan is to spend a bit of time looking at some ridiculous, sometimes silly and often pointless artworks which use simple electronics, then build some ourselves. You don’t need to know anything about electronics either – it’s the ideas that count!” - Stefhan Caddick Stefhan Caddick works from his studio in Crickhowell and teaches on the Creative Sound and Music course at University of Wales, Newport. He works in video, installation and performance and often presents his work as a one-off event, usually outside and frequently after dark. Many works are constructed with materials sourced from institutions, communities and individuals, an inherently collaborative process which challenges the idea of the artist as sole creator. Recent projects include Pickle Line for Outcasting Fourth Wall Film Festival, Ghost Parade for Adain Avion, part of the London 2012 Festival and The Nihilists, a night-time event on a mountain near Abergavenny.

 

Keith Bayliss workshop3) Third workshop on Saturday 22nd February with artist Keith Bayliss exploring drawing. “I am a visual artist. My work is figurative and I hope expressive. I work in a variety of mediums, pencil and ink on paper, oil on canvas, relief printing and in the last few years small mixed media constructions. In my painting I work on a large scale, with figures almost life size. They inhabit a simple setting, the curve of a hill, a moon. They are single or in pairs, sometimes interacting, sometimes moving in opposite directions. My most recent work consists of half life size figurative constructions in tissue.” - Keith Bayliss Keith was born in Swansea in 1954 and has had a varied career, working for many years in a psychiatric hospital, teaching, Community Arts Officer for the City of Swansea and since 1991, a free-lance artist and arts educator. Keith’s fine art drawings paintings and prints can be viewed on his website www.keithbayliss.webs.com

 

Laura Thomas workshop4) Fourth workshop on Saturday 22nd March with artist Laura Thomas exploring textiles and design. Laura Thomas is an award winning woven textile artist and designer specializing in producing striking textile artworks for contemporary spaces. Whether it be site-specific art, exhibition work or interior textile design, underpinning all of Laura’s work is a curiosity for weaving and a celebration of the beauty of yarns. Laura is particularly well known for her Resonate body of work, whereby delicate textile constructions are cast in acrylic resin resulting in a surprising juxtaposition between the hard edged acrylic and loose threads or openly woven cloth. Laura’s latest commission was to create the glass for a large canopy in Llanelli town centre. Taking inspiration from the towns’ famous industrial heritage, carbon fibre yarn, alongside steel and copper meshes were laminated into glass panels to dramatic effect. Born and brought up in Pembrokeshire, Laura studied woven textiles in the University of Central England, The Royal College of Art, and then on to become one of the founding Fellows of The Ann Sutton Foundation, a weave design research centre in Sussex. Laura established her textile art and design studio in South Wales, and has been dividing her time between commissions, exhibitions, curation, technical research and freelance design. www.laurathomas.co.uk

 

studio session with Penny HallasArtist Penny Hallas delivered a unique session at her studio in Llangattock for two of our students on Monday 28th July.

 

 

‘Drawing on the accidental: exploring gesture, expression and mark making’ “My work tends to revolve around different ways of imagining what it is to be human – and attempting to capture something of the way the world, art and the psyche interact and modify one another. I’m interested in the idea that we are in an endless state of flux and continually being transformed by unpredictable flows of emotion, will and fantasy. Drawing underpins many of the media and techniques I use. For me it feels like the most natural way of going about the challenge of finding ways of depicting these kinds of processes, whilst keeping something of the energy and surprise inherent in them. Risk is an important element in keeping energy and surprise. In this studio session we will look at how artists have sought ways of by-passing conscious control and have used accident and expressive mark making to achieve a degree of emotional intensity.” - Penny Hallas

Penny Hallas lives and works in Llangattock, Powys. Her practice includes drawing, painting, printmaking, sculpture and film-making. Recent projects include Boxing the Chimera - juxtaposing real and imagined contents of three museums: Cyfarthfa Castle, Newport and Swansea. She is currently preparing drawings for Elysium Gallery’s ‘From Here and There’ – an exchange between artists in Wales and Colorado. www.pennyhallas.co.uk

For more information about the project contact:

Rebecca Spooner, Arts Development Manager

E: info@artsalivewales.org.uk

T: 01873 811579

Morag Colquhoun – lead artist Morag’s art work includes video, sculpture, installation, text and performance and she is particularly interested in exploring the relationships between art, energy and ecology. Morag previously worked as an archaeologist and with her horse in forestry. She later studied art at Cardiff School of Art and Design, where she now teaches art and design degree students. Morag has worked on a range of art projects in a variety of places, including rivers, woods and half way up mountains. As well as exhibiting her own art, she has also curated exhibitions of art by other artists and has led art workshops and tours in galleries including the National Gallery of Wales in Cardiff. Morag enjoys teaching art to young people, adults and children and she enjoys encouraging all her students to develop their own interests and abilities in art.

Toril Brancher – photographer Originally from Oslo Norway, Toril Brancher lives and works in South Wales. She received an MA and BA(Hons) in documentary photography at University Wales Newport. Toril’s most recent Welsh commission is from the Glynn Vivian in Swansea; to make a portrait video installation of the painter Glenys Cour, to be shown at a retrospective show of Cour’s work in 2014. Current work with Arts Alive is to build on the experience with Glenys Cour and document The Art Factor – Portfolio sessions with a similar mixture of still and moving images, in an attempt to visually record the creative process as well as outcomes. The images will be included in the project’s publication and celebratory event in autumn 2014. Toril’s work is in the collections of the V&A London and National Museum and Galleries of Wales Cardiff as well as private collections.  www.torilbrancher.com

 

Workshop Images : photo credit Toril Brancher & Nathan Morgan PORTFOLIO is funded by the Arts Council of Wales and Powys County Council.

The Art Factor project is inspired by Raising the Bar – a project developed by Ruthin Craft Centre on behalf of Denbighshire CC, Portfolio – developed by Galeri and Criw Celf designed and delivered by Gwynedd County Council.

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