Creative Network

The Creative Network supports arts practitioners through opportunities for collaboration, discussion, promotion and training.


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The Creative Network is focused (although not exclusively) on the Black Mountains and surrounding  areas of Brecon, Crickhowell, Hay on Wye, Abergavenny, Monmouth and Heads of the Valleys.

The Network currently has over 100 members working across the visual, applied, literary and performing arts and creative industries. 


For £18 a year members of the Creative Network enjoy the following benefits:

  • Discounted entry to events with inspiring guest speakers
  • Opportunity to apply for a £300 ‘mini-fund’ to produce new work.
  • Discounted booking for training workshops
  • Discounted booking for selected Arts Alive Wales creative courses
  • Promotional opportunities via the Arts Alive Wales website, blog and social media
  • Updates from the Creative Network blog
  • The opportunity to network and collaborate with a diverse group of creative people


Please contact Rebecca Spooner, Creative Director
email :  or tel: 01873 811579.


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Susan Adams - Artist working with painting, printmaking, video and painted woodcarving, based near Brecon

Gillian Allard – Writer of fiction and poetry, based in Abergavenny

Victoria Arnold – Artist, painter of landscapes and seascapes, based in Brecon

Catherine Baker – Artist, painter, based in Llanellen, Abergavenny

Emma Balch – Specialises in PR, design and creative projects, Project Assistant for Creative Network

Oliver Balch – Journalist, writer and researcher based in Clyro

Holly Barker – Art therapist and mixed media artist, based in Llandrindod Wells

Ann Beardwood – Glass maker and jeweller, based in Ruardean

Jane Bennett – Artist, painter based in Llangattock

Emma Bevan – textile artist and tutor, specialising in wool and feltmaking,  based in Crickhowell

Wayland Boulanger – Poet, storyteller and performer based near Hereford

Toril Brancher – Artist, Photographer, tutor, based in Abergavenny

Liz Buckler – Creative educator and trainer, based in Rowlestone

Peter Burgess - Landscape Photographer, based in Clyro

Stefhan Caddick – Artist, multi-media  installation, film, archives, based in Crickhowell

Amanda Caines – Mixed media jeweller, based in Abergavenny

Matt Caines – Artist, sculptor and stone carver, based in Abergavenny

Maria Carreras – Filmmaker, speacialising in travel videos, editor, writer and actor, based in Hay-on-Wye

David Chamberlain – Painter and printmaker, Arts Development Manager, based in Tredegar

John Clarke - Theatre Practitioner, Co- Director of Rareseed Theatre, based in Abergavenny

Morag Colquhoun - Artist specialising in installation, film, sculpture, based in Brecon

Justine Cook – Artist working with installation, film and sculpture, based in Presteigne

Barbara Crow – Painter and printmaker, based in Abergavenny

Sean Crawford – Landscape Photographer, based in Brecon

Jane Davies – interest in the visual arts, based in Brecon

Liz Davies – Glass artist, based in Raglan

Lyndon Davies – writer, poet, reviewer, essayist, based in Llangattock

Denni Dennis – clown, dancer, performer, based in Crickhowell

Jacky Edwards – Fused and slump glass maker, and mixed media artist based in Longtown

Mary Edwards - Artist, painter of figurative rural scenes, based in St Briavels

Anabelle Elletson – Artist, painter, based in Crickhowell

Fiona Evans - Textile designer and knitter, using traditional and contemporary techniques, based in Builth Wells

Amanda Fancourt – Artistic Director and Founder of Poppet Puppets, based in Gower, Swansea

Hannah Firmin – Printmaker, Illustrator based in Llangynidr

Allen Fisher – Poet and painter, based in Hereford

Mari Fforde – Photographer, designer, film maker, based in Clyro

Ursula Frank – Mixed media visual artist and arts therapist, based near Crickhowell

Lizzie Godden – Textile artist and Community artist, based in Cinderford

Chris Gray – Textile artist based in Tredegar

Frances Green – Painter and Botanical Illustrator, based in Monmouth

Penny Hallas – Artist, specialising in drawing, painting, installation, based in Llangattock

Mark Harrell – Artist, writer and tutor in creative writing and painting, based in Langors

Sue Harries – Artist, painter and arts educator based in Abergavenny

Richard Harris – Artist, site-specific sculpture and installation, based in Rhosgoch

Sue Hiley Harris – Sculptor weaver, based in Brecon

Helen Higgins - Designer maker, ceramicist and teacher, based in Merthyr Tydfil

Gillian Hipp – Performer and dance lecturer at Hereford College of Arts

Ruth Holdsworth – Producer and curator, based near Usk

Kate Inglis – Artist and arts therapist, based in Llangattock

Kathryn Jarman  – Textile designer and maker, specialising in traditional Welsh quilting, based in Crickhowell

Elsa Jones – interest in art history and visual arts, based in Crickhowell

Gigi Jones – Artist, painter based in Ystrad Mynach

Francesca Kay – poet and letterpress printmaker, based near Hay on Wye

Gaynor Kavanagh – Emeritus Professor, academic writer and researcher, former Dean of Cardiff School of Art & Design, based near Abergavenny

Victoria Keeble - Designer, Maker, Printmaker based in Glasbury

Linda Keift – Ceramicist, based in Cwmcarn

Jou-el King – Digital and fine art illustrator and artist, based in Pembrokeshire

Jamie Lake – Artist, multi-media printmaking, drawing, photography based in London/ Black Mountains

Rhoda Lane – Creative Producer, based in Abertillery

Barbara Laws – Artist, surface design and mosaic, based in Llangynidr

Amanda Lloyd – Musician, Poet, Songwriter, Singer, based in Clyro

Ann Marsh - Artist specialising in glass painting, drawing and conservation, based in Rhifawr

Sally Matthews - Artist, producing animal sculpture and drawing, based in Rhosgoch

Alastair McDougall - Painter, oil landscapes, based in Cwmbran

Jenny McLean – Textile artist and seamstress, based in Blaenavon

Karin Mear – Painter, photographer and digital artist based in Brecon

Susan Milne – Artist, landscape based, mixed media practice, based in Talgarth

Rob Morgan – Artist using photographic and printmaking techniques, based in Chepstow

Glenn Morris – Sculptor and stone carver, environmentalist and teacher, based in Builth Wells

Toose Morton – Mixed media artist, working from the human form and life studies, based in Brecon

Chris Nurse – Painter and printmaker based near Brecon

Lucie Parkin – Marketing Consultant and founder of Abergavenny Writing Festival, based in Abergavenny

Clare Parry-Jones – Theatre  maker, actor, clown, paper costume maker and land artist, based in Crickhowell

Mel Perry – Writer or poetry and short stories, based in Llansteffan

Jon Phillips – Photographer and Video-maker based near Talylln, Brecon

Sarah Powell – Jewellery Designer, Maker, based in Crickhowell

Elizabeth Prior – Painter, printmaker and works with textiles, based in Llechfaen, Brecon

Kate Ragett - Artist, land art and earthwork drawings, based near Longtown

Tim Rawlins – Ceramicist, sculptor and painter, delivers bronze casting courses, based in Cusop Dingle, Hereford

Kerrie Reading – Theatre and performance practitioner specialising in site-specific work, based in Llangorse, Brecon

Bettina Reeves – Theatre Designer, based in Abergavenny

Amanda Renwick – photography student, based in Brecon

Sarah Rhys – Interdisciplinary artist, projects, installation, artist books, print, studio work, based in Mamhilad

Paula Rimmer – Homeware and surface pattern designer, based in Shirenewton

Dunja Roberts – Hand weaver and spinner, textile maker and tutor, based in Cwmdu

James Roberts – Poet, Playwright, Essayist, based in Clyro

Minerva Rodriguez – Painter, printmaker and tutor – based in Cheshire

Simon Royer - Painter of natural history subjects, based near Brecon

Claire Scawn - Jeweller and Ceramicist, based in Gilwern

Gemma Schiebe – Painter, based in Brecon

Katherine Sheers – Textile Artist, Maker and Designer, based near Talgarth

Gaye Sheridan – Enthusiastic supporter of the arts, based in Abergavenny

Matias Serra Delmar – Painter and sculptor, based in Dorstone, Herefordshire

Miranda Seymour-Smith – Painter, baesd in Llanellen

Rebecca Spooner – Creative Director for Arts Alive Wales

Antonia Spowers – Artist, specialising in sculpture, installation, drawing, based in Clyro

Liz Steed - BA Fine Art student, painting and printmaking, based in Merthyr Tydfil

Kate Strudwick – Creative Project Manager, musician and composer, based in Aberbeeg, Blaenau Gwent

Pearl Taylor – Feltmaker, based in Herefordshire

Elin Thomas – Textile and Visual artist, based in Blaenavon

Vaughan Thomas – BTEC Foundation student specialising in textiles, painting and drawing, based in Llangattock

Penny Turnbull - Textile and Print artist, based in Abergavenny

Christopher Twigg – Painter, based in Talgarth

Emma van Woerkom – Poet and writer, based in Hay-on-Wye

Tessa Waite – Artist, specialising in drawing, printmaking and installation, based in Brecon

Helen Watkins - Textile Artist and Assoc’ Senior Lecturer at Cardiff School of Art & Design, based in Hereford

Mark Westbrook – Printmaker, based in Blackwood

Justine Wheatley - Arts professional and historian specialising in art and cultural history, based in Abergavenny

Lyn Webster Wilde – Writer and filmmaker based in Llandefalle, Brecon

Emily Wilkinson – Artist,  mixed-media textiles and writing, based in Shropshire

Martine Wills – Artist, ceramicist and ceramic sculptor, based in Crickhowell

Sarah Windrum – Textile deisgner specilising in canvaswork tapestry, based in Llangibby, Usk

Kira Withers-Jones – Textile Artist, based in Pontyclun

Deborah Woodley - Artist, Photographer, based in Chepstow

Jessica Woodrow - Artist, specialising in painting and drawing, based in Talgarth

Pip Woolf – Artist, specialising in drawing,  socially engaged practice, based in Llangynidr

Catherine Wynne-Paton - Artist working with paint and text, based in Abergavenny


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