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.
Creative Network Co-ordinator
EXHIBITION & WORKSHOP
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 email@example.com or phone 07752288819.
You can find out more about Matias and his work at www.matiasserradelmar.co.uk
CRICKHOWELL LITERARY FESTIVAL
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.
GRANTS 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 firstname.lastname@example.org, 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 email@example.com.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
ORIEL DAVIES GALLERY EXHIBITION
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.
CLYDACH GORGE COLLABORATION
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 (email@example.com ) for notes to begin your adventure.
CLASSES AT ARTS ALIVE WALES
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: firstname.lastname@example.org
MISSION GALLERY EXHIBITION
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.
SPOTLIGHT ON: KATHRYN JARMAN
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 email@example.com.
If you have a news item or Spotlight profile that you would like to feature in our November newsletter, write to firstname.lastname@example.org by Monday 24th October.