‘News’ Category

17 Aug

VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITY Creating market hall artwork – Abergavenny Food Festival 2017

Bettina Reeves’ annual art project for the 2017 Abergavenny Food Festival starts on Tuesday 29 August and runs daily in Arts Alive Wales’ Crickhowell studio until Weds 13 September.  We are seeking volunteers aged 16 years + who can commit whole days to this enjoyable and rewarding project.   The artwork will be unveiled over the Food Festival weekend 16/17 September. Email info@artsalivewales.org.uk if you want to join in.  Bring scissors and lunch to share!

4 Jul

ARTIST OPPORTUNITY Horsebox Studio Commission – Peak/Copa & Abergavenny Food Festival

Horsebox Studio Commission.
Peak/Copa & Abergavenny Food Festival

August – September
Festival Weekend 16th & 17th September 2017






The Horsebox Studio Commission is a partnership project between Peak/Copa and the Abergavenny Food Festival. We are seeking a professional, Wales-based visual or applied artist of any discipline, to respond to the distinctive region of the Black Mountains and to the themes of the festival to produce new work in collaboration with the public, which will be created and presented in Peak’s Horsebox Studio on site during the festival weekend (16th and 17th September 2017).

Themes: growing, cooking, agriculture, sustainability, food culture, the politics and economics of food production, individual and collective memories of food, markets, small holdings
- The artist must be available during the preparation and delivery of the festival weekend (16th and 17th September).
- The artist is expected to spend a minimum of 8 days working on the research, preparation, delivery and evaluation of the commission (at least 4 days to be located in Abergavenny).
- The Artist Commission is supported through Arts Council of Wales funding.
• £2,500 artist fee inclusive of materials and production costs
• Up to £150 travel expenses
• Up to 4 x nights’ accommodation in Abergavenny (if required)



For full details of the commission please visit https://peakart.org.uk/

Or contact Rebecca Spooner, Creative Director rebecca@artsalivewales.org.uk / 01873 811579
The deadline for applications is 10am, Wednesday 19th July 2017.



Peak/Copa is an initiative devised and delivered by Arts Alive Wales, an arts education charity based in Crickhowell, Powys. Peak creates opportunities for contemporary art in the Black Mountains and Welsh Borders for the benefit of the region’s artists, communities and visitors.






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21 Jun

Computing at School Powys Hub Meeting

Computing at School Powys Hub Meeting


Arts Alive Wales and Computing at School (Powys hub) are teaming up to hold an event at the Arts Alive studio on Wednesday July 12, 2017 from 4:00PM to 6:00PM.

It will be a peer-to-peer session for teachers, artists and arts professionals working with digital and coding in schools/education to share best practice, ideas and experiences.
Alongside this, we will have a special guest speaker, artist Paul Granjon. Paul will demonstrate the BBC micro:bit when creating robots from e-waste at a primary school in Bridgend as part of the Arts Council of Wales’ Lead Creative Schools initiative – www.zprod.org

The rest of the session will be made up of a ‘hands-on’ workshop using the BBC micro:bit and learning how simple techniques can be applied to the classroom in practical ways.
This workshop is free to attend.

Booking details and the schedule of the day can be found online:

You can either book online by visiting the Eventbrite link above or email and reserve a space: rachel@artsalivewales.org.uk


12 Jun

Join the conversation…

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Join the conversation

This is an exciting time of change for Arts Alive Wales and we want you to be at the heart of it.

In 2016 we were delighted to be included in the Arts Council of Wales portfolio for the first time, which made an investment in our ambitious programme over the next three years. This Spring we welcomed two new members of staff to the team, Rachel Dunlop, Participation Manager and Gavin Johnson, Digital Manager. Our contemporary programme, Peak/Copa and our projects for young people, Caban and Portffolio, as well as our studio programme of creative courses have all grown and developed thanks to the support of the many people and project partners who have been involved.

Now, we’re reviewing how we communicate with you. What might Arts Alive Wales look like, sound like and feel like in the future?

We would be very grateful if you could complete a short survey (which should take no more than 10 minutes) that will help us to find out more about how and why people connect with us and how we can involve more people, of all ages and backgrounds in Arts Alive Wales.

Click here to start the survey.
If you would like this survey in Welsh or large print please contact us.

Deadline for feedback is 5pm Friday 30th June 2017.

Once you’ve completed the survey if you would like to offer additional feedback please email: info@artsalivewales.org.uk  / tel: 01873 811579. We would love to hear from you.

Best wishes
Arts Alive Wales team

Ymunwch â’r sgwrs…

Mae hwn yn gyfnod cyffrous o newid ar gyfer Arts Alive Wales ac rydym am i chi fod wrth galon y peth.
Yn 2016 roeddem wrth ein bodd o gael ein cynnwys ym mhortffolio Cyngor Celfyddydau Cymru am y tro cyntaf, a gwnaeth hyn fuddsoddiad yn ein rhaglen uchelgeisiol dros y tair blynedd nesaf. Yn ystod y gwanwyn hwn rydym wedi croesawu dau aelod newydd at y staff, sef Rachel Dunlop, Rheolwr Cyfranogi a Gavin Johnson, Rheolwr Digidol. Mae ein rhaglen gyfoes, , Peak/Copa a’n prosiectau ar gyfer pobl ifanc, Caban a Portffolio, yn ogystal â’n rhaglen stiwdio o gyrsiau creadigol oll wedi tyfu a datblygu diolch i gefnogaeth y nifer o bobl a phartneriaid prosiect sydd wedi cymryd rhan.
Rydym ni bellach yn adolygu’r ffordd yr ydym yn cyfathrebu â chi. Pa fath o olwg, s?n a theimlad allai fod i Arts Alive Wales yn y dyfodol?

Buasem yn ddiolchgar iawn pe gallech gwblhau arolwg byr (ni fyddwch yn treulio mwy na 10 munud) a fydd yn ein helpu ni i ganfod rhagor am sut a pham mae pobl yn cysylltu â ni a sut y gallwn gynnwys rhagor o bobl, o bob oed a chefndir yn Arts Alive Wales.

Cliciwch yma i ddechrau’r arolwg.

Cysylltwch os ydych am gael yr arolwg hwn yn Gymraeg neu brint bras.

Dyddiad cau ar gyfer adborth yw 5pm dydd Gwener 30 Mehefin 2017.
Ar ôl i chi gwblhau’r arolwg gallwch e-bostio unrhyw adborth ychwanegol i: info@artsalivewales.org.uk / ffôn: 01873 811579. Byddem wrth ein bodd i glywed oddi wrthych.

Cofion gorau
Tîm Arts Alive Wales

2 May

Art in the outdoors – Twilight training session

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Twilight training session for those working with young people in the outdoors.

A selection of artists/writers representing Arts Alive will be using a variety of different techniques to create art in an outdoor environment.

Workshops with: Emma Beynon, Morag Colquhoun, Richard Harris, Matt Caines and Blue MacAskill.

Thursday 18th May
Sessions 4:30 – 6:30
Event to be held at Mount Street Infants, Rhosferig Road, Brecon LD3 7NG

Weather permitting, we will be making use of the outdoor surroundings.

This event is provided FREE OF CHARGE by the South Powys Outdoor Learning Wales Network Group
To book a space contact tim.bennett@nationaltrust.org.uk

19 Apr

Winner of the Creative Network mini fund

Curator and Producer, Ruth Holdsworth has been awarded £300 through the March Creative Network mini-fund.


Kings Cross

Ruth is based near Usk and works in contemporary performance and live art. She has started programming high quality dance, theatre and performance in Monmouthshire for a variety of small town and rural audiences.

Ruth will be using the mini fund to build on her programming in Monmouthshire and to develop links with local audiences, whilst establishing her new not-for-profit company, Break and Bell.

Ruth has programmed three works to date: Bambi by Tom Marshman at Bluebell farm and two dance works at Chepstow’s Drill Hall – An Invitation by Jo Fong and Da Da Darling by Impermanence Dance Theatre. At the Drill Hall on 30th April Ruth will bring The Tenant by Concert Theatre, a LGBT show Kings Cross (Remix) by Tom Marshman on 12th May and a more ambitious 5-day site-specific audio narrative called Woodland by artists French & Mottershead to Old Station Tintern in partnership with Wye Valley River Festival, Wye Valley AONB and Arts Alive Wales.

For more information visit the Break and Bell facebook page.

image: Kings Cross (Remix), credit Richard Lakos

The next deadline for the Creative Network mini fund is Friday 29th September.

14 Apr


You can now download our bilingual Summer 2017 programme, with details of all our projects, classes and events….


AAW Summer Programme 2017 (click to download)





10 Apr

cARTrefu ARTIST – Invitation to tender

Age Cymru is seeking twelve artists for the next phase of cARTrefu (2017-19) which will improve the quality and provision of art in care settings across Wales.


cARTrefu Artist – Invitation to tender

We’re looking for innovative artists in any art form who have a desire to create bold and original work with older people in residential care. This project is not about maintaining the norm; we want fresh, new thinkers who will really challenge and develop this area of work. We welcome work that is punchy, risky, rude, controversial – not safe, tried, tired and tested.

You will need to have experience of facilitating workshops using your art form, however experience of working with older people isn’t essential, as the programme is designed to support practitioners to develop their skills in this area. Those with some experience of working with older people are still encouraged to apply if they are keen to develop their skills further whilst working alongside an expert mentor.

Your role as cARTrefu Artist will be to develop your own artistic practice, assimilating your experiences of creating art with older people in residential care. You will complete five residencies over two years in five separate care homes around Wales. Each residency will last for 12 weeks, at the end of which you will be expected to showcase the work produced (by yourself and residents) at public end-of-residency exhibitions / showcases coordinated with Age Cymru.

cARTrefu Artists will be mentored through each residency by an Artist Mentor whose role will be to help each artist develop their creative ideas and professional workshop practice. The mentors will also work closely with care home staff, supporting them to deliver their own creative workshop by the end of the residency.

The total value of this tender is £8,550.

Project expenses such as travel and materials will be paid separately by Age Cymru. The deadline for bids is 21 April 2017 at 12:00pm.

For more information, please visit:


31 Mar

CARAD – Project Manager Job Vacancy

CARAD (Community Arts Rhayader & District) are looking for a Project Manager. The post will be a fixed term contract to manage their project, ‘Town and Country Shows’, Pont yr Elan, June 3rd ,Pant y Dwr, 19th August (TBC), Elan Valley Show on the 28th August and Nantmel 24th September, which seeks to record and celebrate four local agricultural shows and Rhayader’s summer Carnival 15th – 22nd July.

The successful applicant will have excellent communication and organisational skills and ideally have experience of working within the Arts and Heritage sector. Local knowledge preferable but not essential as we will help with initial contacts to relevant people. He or she is expected to show a commitment to equal opportunities and diversity and to the aims and objectives of CARAD.

To read more, see the News section on the CARAD website by clicking HERE

The rate of pay for the project is £5,000 fixed fee.

The contract is for an immediate start.

In the first instance please contact the office 01597 810561, all@carad.org.uk

Closing date: 21st April Interviews: 2nd May

7 Jan

OPPORTUNITY: Criw Celf Project Manager



Old School, Brecon Road, Crickhowell, Powys, NP8 1DG

Closing date Monday 23 January 2017 at 5pm

Arts Alive Wales wish to appoint a freelance Project Manager for Criw Celf South Powys to manage and evaluate 2017 provision.  The appointment is key to successful project delivery, and will ensure that we meet the project’s objectives to extend opportunity to Powys students aged 11 to 19 years with talent and interest in the visual arts.  The Project Manager will attend all Criw Celf South Powys sessions as well as undertaking the planning, coordination and evaluation of all activity. The successful applicant will be a creative and dynamic person, and a brilliant communicator with strong presentational skills, able to advocate successfully for the project and on behalf of Arts Alive Wales.

Rate of Pay – total Fee: £6,800

(Fee includes admin costs; contribution to travel costs in accordance with AAW policy for freelance staff)

Contract Date: 1 February 2017 to 30 September 2017.

We anticipate an average commitment of one day per week.  The project manager must attend all Criw Celf South Powys activity.  For confirmed dates, please see application pack.

Download an application pack: project-manager-criw-celf-application-pack

Or email info@artsalivewales.org.uk

To apply email a CV and Covering Letter, explaining why you are interested in the role and how you meet the requirements of the Person Specification: info@artsalivewales.org.uk


Only electronic applications will be accepted.

For more information or to discuss the post, contact Creative Director, Rebecca Spooner on 01873 811579.

The deadline for applications is 5pm on Monday 23 January 2017.  Applicants must be available for interview on Tuesday 31 January 2017, which will take place at Arts Alive Wales’ Crickhowell venue.





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Dyddiad cau dydd Llun 23 Ionawr 2017 am 5pm

Dymuna Arts Alive Wales benodi Rheolwr Prosiect ar gyfer Criw Celf De Powys i reoli a gwerthuso darpariaeth 2017. Mae’r penodiad yn allweddol i gyflenwi’r prosiect yn llwyddiannus, a sicrhau ein bod yn bodloni amcanion y prosiect i ehangu cyfle ym Mhowys i ddisgyblion rhwng 11 ac 19 oed sydd â thalent a diddordeb yn y celfyddydau gweledol. Bydd y Rheolwr Prosiect yn mynychu holl sesiynau Criw Celf De Powys, yn ogystal ag ymgymryd â chynllunio, cydlynu a gwerthuso’r holl weithgarwch. Bydd yr ymgeisydd llwyddiannus yn berson creadigol a deinamig, ac yn gyfathrebwr disglair â sgiliau cyflwyno cryf, sydd yn gallu eirioli’n llwyddiannus ar ran y prosiect ac ar ran Arts Alive Wales.

Cyfradd Tâl – cyfanswm Ffi: £6,800

(Mae’r ffi yn cynnwys costau gweinyddu; cyfraniad at gostau teithio yn unol â pholisi AAW ar gyfer staff sy’n gweithio ar eu liwt eu hun)

Dyddiad Contract: 1 Chwefror 2017 tan 30 Medi 2017.

Rhagwelwn ymrwymiad sy’n gyfartaledd o un diwrnod yr wythnos. Rhaid i’r rheolwr prosiect fynychu holl weithgareddau Criw Celf De Powys. Gweler y pecyn ymgeisio ar gyfer y dyddiadau sydd wedi eu cadarnhau.

Lawrlwythwch becyn ymgeisio o: project-manager-criw-celf-application-pack

neu e-bostiwch info@artsalivewales.org.uk

Er mwyn ymgeisio e-bostiwch CV a Llythyr Eglurhaol i esbonio pam fod diddordeb gennych yn y rôl a sut yr ydych yn diwallu gofynion Manyleb y Person: info@artsalivewales.org.uk


Dim ond ceisiadau electronig a gaiff eu derbyn.

Am ragor o wybodaeth neu i drafod y swydd, cysylltwch â’r Cyfarwyddwr Creadigol, Rebecca Spooner ar 01873 811579.

Y dyddiad cau ar gyfer ymgeisio yw 5pm ddydd Llun 23 Ionawr 2017. Rhaid i ymgeiswyr fod ar gael am gyfweliad ddydd Mawrth 31 Ionawr, a gynhelir yn lleoliad Crugywel, Arts Alive Wales.

13 Dec


You can now download our bilingual Spring 2017 programme, with details of all our projects, classes and events….


Click here: AAW spring-2017


8 Dec




Old School, Brecon Road, Crickhowell, Powys, NP8 1DG

Closing date Tuesday 3 January 2017 at 5pm

We are seeking an exceptional individual to join our staff team as Participation Manager.  The post is a strategic appointment to ensure that we extend creative opportunity to those who face the greatest barriers to arts participation within our rural region.   Our high-quality participation programme is central to the delivery of the organisation’s mission, objectives and artistic policy.  The successful applicant will be a creative and dynamic person, and a brilliant communicator. The post is supported by 3 years of funding from The Henry Smith Charity

28 hours per week – or 0.8
NJC scale 5.22 to 6.28 (£20,456 to £24,717 pro-rata 0.8)

Download an application pack:  participation-manager-pack

or email info@artsalivewales.org.uk

Only electronic applications will be accepted.

For more information or to discuss the post, contact Chief Executive, Justine Wheatley on 01873 811579.

The deadline for applications is 5pm on Tuesday 3 January 2017.  Applicants must be available for interview on Monday 9 January 2017, which will take place at Arts Alive Wales’ Crickhowell venue.



Old School, Brecon Road, Crickhowell, Powys, NP8 1DG

Closing date Tuesday 3 January 2017 at 5pm

We are seeking an exceptional individual to join our staff team as Digital Manager.  The post is a strategic appointment responsible for the development, funding, delivery and evaluation of the Arts Alive Wales Digital Strategy.  The successful applicant will be a creative, enthusiastic and dynamic person, and a brilliant communicator with a wide knowledge of digital technology and its potential for artists, individuals and communities. The post is offered for a fixed term of 2 years

21 hours per week – or 0.6
NJC scale 5.29 to 6.33 (£25,694 to £29,033 pro-rata 0.6)

Download an application pack: digital-manager-pack

or email info@artsalivewales.org.uk

Only electronic applications will be accepted.

For more information or to discuss the post, contact Chief Executive, Justine Wheatley on 01873 811579.

The deadline for applications is 5pm on Tuesday 3 January 2017.  Applicants must be available for interview on Wednesday 11th January 2017, which will take place at Arts Alive Wales’ Crickhowell venue.



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7 Oct

Rebecca Loncraine, 1974-2016

We are very sad to report that writer Rebecca Loncraine died at her parents’ home in Cwmdu on Saturday 17 September after a long illness.  Rebecca was a dear friend, a valued colleague and a key member of our artistic team who brought passion, sensitivity and energy to her work.  Her Creative Writing for Wellbeing workshops and projects had a tangible and lasting impact on those who she taught and worked with and she will be very greatly missed.

Rebecca played a key role in developing Caban Sgriblio, a wellbeing project for young people, and this project has recently secured Children in Need funding for the next 3 years.  We are so grateful for this lasting contribution to our work and in the New Year, we plan to hold an event to acknowledge her legacy.

We will post again when we have more details and in the meantime, we’ve illustrated Rebecca’s impact on our work through some examples of her work with young people.  Here are extracts from a short publication of poetry by girls who took part in Caban Sgriblio with Rebecca in 2014.


Time can slip away

 Time can slip away

Memories can fade

Days just turn into nights.


Doors can close

Thoughts become clouded

Dark can turn into light.


Sad days can bring you down

While others may not

But a journey is always in sight.


You feel you’re getting worse

You’re sinking at first

But things might not


If you hold your head up high

Have someone by your side

And things will just become right.



What The River Usk Hears

The River Usk hears birds singing up in the trees
and planes flying across the bright blue sky.
It hears rocks tumbling from the eroding soil,

And summer wind.

It hears the slow crashing of waves,
and friendships being created and broken.
It hears cameras clicking,

a rugby match being played,

the rain bouncing off leaves
and squirrels dashing from one branch to the next.
It hears the stuttering engines of cars leaving town
and the splash as the Heron catches its food.
It hears the vague pitter-patter of rain.
It hears the secrets people tell.
It hears crashing along the river banks,

the howling of the wind at night,

the cold wind whistle
and moonlight arriving.
It hears the rustle of the birds dancing in the trees
and a work of art being painted on the riverbank.

Group poem

7 Oct


We are delighted that Caban Sgriblio has secured three years of funding support from Children in Need to work with young people in schools and in the community during 2016-19.
Together we have been creating a real buzz for South Powys, Monmouthshire and Blaenau Gwent creating videos, poetry and art, having fun and sharing ideas through a variety of workshops with professional writers and artists.

To find out more go to http://artsalivewales.org.uk/wp/current-projects/caban/

If you would like to join us please contact Emma Beynon

Tel: 01873 811 579 or email: emma@artsalivewales.org.uk

30 Sep

Creative Network newsletter – OCTOBER 2016

Autumn is here in the Black Mountains and Creative Network members are busy with exhibitions, events and training. We’ve selected just a handful of activities below to pique your interest…

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

best wishes
Rhoda Lane
Creative Network Co-ordinator




Matias Serra Delmar – Land Scape

An exhibition of landscape works by Herefordshire-based Matias Serra Delmar will open at Monow Valley Arts Centre in Walterstone from 28th September to 2nd October. Entry is by donation from 2pm to 6pm, and a private view will be on 29th September at 6pm, where works are available for sale.

On 1st October, Matias will give a painting and light observation workshop from 11am to 1pm, where light refreshments will be provided.

Places are limited and cost £10 to book (basic materials are included in the price).
Contact matiasserradelmar@gmail.com or phone 07752288819.

You can find out more about Matias and his work at www.matiasserradelmar.co.uk



Oliver Balch in Conversation with Ben Rawlence

On Saturday 1st October at 6pm, travel writer Oliver Balch will be at Arts Alive Wales HQ to discuss his latest book called Under the Tump: Sketches of Rural Life on the Welsh Borders. Inspired by the Victorian diarist Francis Kilvert, Balch chronicles the gentler pace of life in his new home town of Hay-on-Wye – a far cry from the bustling cities of London and Buenos Aires where he previously lived.

Oliver Balch is a UK freelance journalist specialising in business and world affairs, with work appearing in a wide range of international publications. His first book, Viva South America! was shortlisted as ‘Book of the Year’ at the UK Travel Press Awards.

Tickets cost £7 and can be bought from the Crickhowell Literary Festival event webpage.

The Festival runs 1 – 9 October in various locations across the town. Check out the website for further details on other events.



Blackwood Miners InstituteGRANTS ADVICE SESSION
Blackwood Miners’ Institute

A Grants Advice Session will be held on 13th October at Blackwood Miners Institute. If you are an artist or organisation and would like guidance from an Arts Council of Wales officer about your eligibility for a grant, book an appointment via email at information@arts.wales, or call on 0845 8734 900.

Each appointment lasts 40 minutes.

Before your session can be confirmed you need to complete a form (which can be downloaded from the webpage). Indicate the nature of your project and what kind of funding or assistance you are looking for, then email the form to information@arts.wales.



Dancing Floor Film

Gillian Hipp and Lyn Webster Wilde are working on the dance which will be the climax of The Dancing Floor film (www.dancingfloorfilm.com). They are running workshops for anyone who would like to be involved (aged 16 upwards). You can come to one or all of them.

The next sessions will take place at the Parish Hall in Lion Street in Hay-on-Wye from 10 am onwards:

Saturday October 15
Saturday November 19

They will be exploring, experimenting with sound and movement, investigating ideas and sequences for the final dance. There will be several different types of dance involved, but no prior experience is necessary – just an open mind. More on the nature of the dance in Lyn’s blog here.

Some time after Christmas they will start rehearsing for the live performances and the film.

For more info, email Lyn at dancingfloorfilm@gmail.com



Binocular: disturbance

Creative Network member Penny Hallas has been collaborating with Suffolk-based Caroline Wright on Binocular: disturbance.

The work, focusing on the Skirrid Mountain area, is an investigation into what it means to be familiar and unfamiliar with a place, being an insider and an outsider at the same time. What results is a collection of drawings, an exchange and display of objects, parallel walking, mapping of locations and other works.

The project is supported by Test Bed, Oriel Davies Gallery’s special programme which showcases new and experimental works. The exhibition runs from 22nd October until 25 February 2017 at Oriel Davies Gallery, Swansea.



Open to Creative Network Members

A collaborative group are gathering for the first time on Sunday 30th October in Abergavenny to begin sharing ideas around the Clydach Gorge.

Allison Neal has initiated the collaboration with notes on the culture, history, engineering, geology and nature of the Gorge. Artists willing to work freely and experimentally, to collaborate and share ideas are welcome to join in the discoveries we make. There will be a joint exhibition along the way.

Want to know more?  Email Catherine Wynne-Paton (wynnepaton@outlook.com ) for notes to begin your adventure.




Poetry with Lyndon Davies

During these relaxed and friendly evening classes poet Lyndon Davies will introduce four great French poets in translation, including Francois Villon, Pierre de Ronsard, Rimbaud and Guillaume Apollinaire.

Lyndon will give a short lecture about each poet and an overview of the context and history within which they worked as well as commenting on the translation of their work from French to English.

All participants are encouraged to read aloud in the informal atmosphere of the studio, ask questions and contribute to round table discussions. You’ll deepen your knowledge and critical appreciation of poetry along the way.
Suitable for all abilities.
2nd – 23rd November, 7pm – 8:30pm
£30 for 4 weeks

Book online or tel: 01873 811579 / email: info@artsalivewales.org.uk



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.




Kathryn Jarman is a Creative Network member specialising in textile art.

I am a fully qualified teacher but now work full time on my business. I initially did traditional Welsh quilting out of Welsh flannel and made other products but have now progressed to being more arts focused.

I am in the process of making a range of figurines in Traditional Welsh costume from the 1800’s onwards, with regional variations. Each county in Wales has their own interpretation of Traditional Welsh Costume and my figurines will display this. Some of them are on my Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/kathrynjarmantextiles/?fref=ts.   I have had a couple of my figurines exhibited at the Oriel Gallery in Crickhowell and am sourcing new venues to be able to display my work. 

I am passionate about teaching sewing in schools and have been working on writing a scheme of work to correlate with the current Welsh Education reforms due to be implemented in 2018 under the ‘Curriculum for Wales, Curriculum for Life’ remit. Some many children don’t have the opportunity to learn these basic skills anymore and I would like to do something about it!

You can get in touch with Kathryn via bopeepquilts@yahoo.co.uk.


If you have a news item or Spotlight profile that you would like to feature in our November newsletter, write to creative@artsalivewales.org.uk by Monday 24th October.




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Tue 29

2017 Food Festival Art Project

August 29 @ 9:30 am - 5:30 pm