Posts Tagged ‘art’

31 Mar
2017

POTTERY – summer school

pottery-2Our popular five-day summer schools enable students to develop their own projects and interests, with the support of a professional tutor in the Arts Alive Wales studio.

 

 

Concentrating on the making process this practical summer school introduces the fundamental techniques used in hand-built ceramics. Martin Craddock, our trained potter and tutor will guide you through coiling, slabbing and press-moulded dish making. Suitable for beginners as well as those with some experience.

 
Sat 29th July – Weds 2nd Aug, 10am-3pm
£175 for 5 days

Includes materials, firing and access to specialist equipment

Scroll down the page to book online or tel: 01873 811579 / email: info@artsalivewales.org.uk

5 Apr
2017

Woodland

French & Mottershead

A love poem to the forest and body

Woodland

Cushioned by soil and surrounded by leaf litter and new growth, Woodland by artist duo French & Mottershead is a meditative and deeply affecting audio work that creates a self-portrait of the body after death. Using spoken narrative with insights from forensic anthropologists and ecologists, Woodland is a gentle confrontation of mortality and an invitation to imagine our body’s return to the earth over an epic length of time.

Thursday 25th – Monday 29th May, 10:30am – 4:30pm
Late opening Saturday 27th May with an artist talk at 7pm
The Old Station, Tintern, nr Chepstow, Monmouthshire, NP16 7NX

Suggested donation: £4 per person
Drop-in or to book a place contact: info@artsalivewales.org.uk

Woodland is an outdoor piece. Please wear appropriate clothing and sensible shoes.
This works contains sensitive material. Recommended 14+, or by parental guidance.
The audio experience lasts 45 minutes to 1 hour.

Co-presented with independent curator and producer Ruth Holdsworth and supported by Wye Valley River Festival and Wye Valley AONB.

www.frenchmottershead.com

Photo credit: Paul Blakemore

5 Apr
2017

Night Walking

Simon Whitehead

An evening walk in the Black Mountains beginning at dusk and moving into the darkness.

Night Walk

This nocturnal walk is an opportunity to experience the landscape together with our capacities for night adaptation, whilst sensing the ways that darkness transforms our environment and reveals our perceptual awareness.

Friday 12th May, 8pm – 9:30pm
Starting from Arts Alive Wales, The Old School, Brecon Road, Crickhowell
FREE to attend. Suggested donation: £3 per person

Places are limited. To book a place contact: info@artsalivewales.org.uk

Children are welcome and must be accompanied by an adult.

Movement Artist, Simon Whitehead works from both his base in the Teifi Valley in rural west Wales and internationally. Since 2000 he has developed a body of work from walking; his works are place-sensitive and he often invites members of the public to collaborate in devising live performance.

www.may-nard.org

 

31 Mar
2017

DRAWING & PAINTING – summer term

drawing & paintingJoin professional artist Susan Milne for our Wednesday morning art class. You’ll be introduced to a variety of art materials, practical techniques and processes alongside relevant art history examples. Over eight weeks students will develop their visual art skills and confidence as part of a supportive group in our light and airy studio.

 

All classes are suitable for beginners as well as those with some experience.

Please bring a sketchbook with you. This course includes materials.

WEDNESDAYS,10am – 1pm
3 – 24 May (break for half term) & 7 – 28 June
£70 for 4 weeks / £130 for 8 weeks

 

Scroll down to book a place or tel: 01873 811579 / email: info@artsalivewales.org.uk

31 Mar
2017

POTTERY – summer term

potteryConcentrating on the making process this practical course introduces the fundamental techniques used in hand-built ceramics. Martin Craddock, our trained potter and tutor will guide you through coiling, slabbing and press-moulded dish making. Suitable for beginners as well as those with some experience.

 

FRIDAYS, 2-5pm
28 April – 26 May & 30 June – 28 July
£140 x 5 weeks / £255 x 10 weeks.

Includes firing and access to specialist equipment.

 

Scroll down the page to book online or tel: 01873 811579 / email: info@artsalivewales.org.uk

14 Apr
2017

SUMMER / HAF 2017

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)

 

 

SUMMER / HAF

 

10 Apr
2017

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:

http://www.ageuk.org.uk/cymru/about-us/work-for-us/

6 Apr
2017

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 creative@artsalivewales.org.uk 

 

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 www.sabotagereviews.com.

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.

https://www.saboteurawards.org/

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.

 

 

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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 www.eventbrite.co.uk/d/united…/abergavenny-writing-festival/

Or at Borough Theatre, Abergavenny, in person or by phone:
https://boroughtheatreabergavenny.co.uk/

 

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 creative@artsalivewales.org.uk.

– Rhoda Lane
Creative Network Co-ordinator

31 Mar
2017

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

14 Mar
2017

SPRINGFIELD Art & Singing Summer Courses

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Springfield is returning for a second summer of art and singing courses for this year led by Nicki Heenan and Lizzie Godden, alongside 3 new artists.

 

 

 

June 11th – An introduction to Mapuche weaving with Liz Beasley

(http://www.handmadeinchile.co.uk/)

Liz will be using natural fibers of sheep wool and alpaca wool from Chile, on a homemade loom.

 

June 17th- 18th – An introduction to Cold Wax with Nicki Heenan

(http://nickiheenan.com/)

Back by popular demand, Nicki will be teaching the basic skills to tackle abstract compositions with cold wax and oil paint.

 

July 1st –  2nd – An introduction to Eco-Printing with Lizzie Godden

(https://dyeprintandstitch.wordpress.com/)

Back by popular demand, Lizzie will be teaching the process of printing onto fabric, silk and paper with leaves. This one day course will run on Saturday and Sunday.

 

July 14th- 16th No Pressure singing workshop with Fi Evans

 

August 12th- 13th – Advanced Cold Wax workshop with Nicki Heenan

(http://nickiheenan.com/)

The second part of cold wax work is finally here! Nicki will be furthering work with Cold Wax for artists to develop their work technically and aesthetically.

 

September 1st – 2nd– Wabi Sabi with Tara Axford                                  

(http://taraaxford.com/)

All the way from Australia, Tara will be teaching the art of gathering nature into mono-prints and artist books. This one day course will be run on Saturday and Sunday.

 

September 16th- 17th – Advanced Eco-Printing with Lizzie Godden

(https://dyeprintandstitch.wordpress.com/)

An advanced course will be teaching a brand new course on eco-printing, details to follow.

 

September 22nd- 24th No Pressure singing workshop with Fi Evans

 

October 6th-8th – Landscaping with Jayne Tricker

(https://www.jaynetrickerart.co.uk/)

Jayne will be running a fantastic landscape course on colour and structure with watercolour acrylic and oil techniques.

 

November 17th- 19th – No Pressure singing workshop with Fi Evans

 

For more information about these courses, or to book a place, take a look at the website on the ‘Book Online’ page: http://www.springfieldarts.co.uk/ or contact Fiona Evans directly.

6 Mar
2017

Creative Network newsletter – MARCH 2017

March is here and the arts and culture calendar is most definitely filling up, with opportunities for residencies, calls for artists and conferences aplenty.

 

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 creative@artsalivewales.org.uk 

 

 

Screen Shot 2017-03-01 at 11.18.26EXHIBITION – Sue Hiley Harris, Tower Gallery Crickhowell

Sculptor and weaver Sue Hiley Harris invites you to the private view of her exhibition of weaving, collage and drawing on 11th March at Tower Gallery in Crickhowell.

The exhibition opens on 8th March and runs until 6th May.

Other featured artists from the Usk Valley Artists’ Cooperative include: Hannah Firmin, Graeme Galvin, Michael Howard, Kay Leverton,Harriet Lloyd, Lesley Lillywhite, Robert Macdonald, Philippine Sowerby.

Tower Gallery is open from 10am until 5pm Wednesday to Saturday.

See Sue’s website for the full range of her works: http://www.suehileyharris.co.uk/

 

 

 

 

Barddoniaeth-Colled-700x400RESIDENCY – The Poetry of Loss: Brussels Literary Residency, May 2017

 

Literature Wales are inviting applications from Wales-based writers for a literary residency in Brussels this May. The project, called Poetry of Loss, commemorates the First World War through the programme Cymru’n Cofio Wales Remembers 1914-1918 (supported by the Welsh Government and the Government of Flanders).

 

Welsh poet Hedd Wyn was killed on the battlefield near Ypres on 31 July 1917, and this project has a particular emphasis on him and his work.

The residency will run from 8th May until 28th May at Passa Porta, the International House of Literature in central Brussels.

For more details and to apply, see the Literature Wales website.

Deadline for applications is Friday 10th March 2017.

 

 

9914438643_6b9275bd22_o-1500x630CALL FOR ENTRIES – Encounters Film Festival 2017

 

Filmmakers have the chance to enter their short films for the Encounters Film Festival. Encounters Festival is a qualifying festival for The Academy Awards®, and is also an official gateway to the world’s most prestigious awards; European Film Awards, Cartoon D’Or and BAFTA’s.

 

  • Films from  every genre are accepted
  • New categories for 2017 include VR/AR and 360 degree storytelling
  • Films must be no longer than 30 minutes including credits
  • Films you want to enter to Encounters 2017 must have been completed after January 1st 2016
  • Encounters does not require any premiere status
  • The main submission platform is Withoutabox.

Dates and Submission Fees:

  • The early bird deadline for applications with a reduced entry fee of £20is March 31st.
  • Regular deadline is May 23rdat £25 per film
  • Late extended deadline is June 2nd at £40 per film

For more details and to apply, see the website and follow Encounters on Twitter, Facebook and sign up for the newsletter.

 

 

imgres-1COMPETITION – Tabernacle Art Competition, MOMA Machynlleth

 

Arts practitioners are invited to apply for competition entry packs for the Tabernacle Art Competition by MOMA Machynlleth.

Adults are tasked with creating work around the theme of LEGEND, while entries by under 18s are free to choose their subject matter.

 

Entry Fee £10
Under 18 Entry Fee £3

The winners will receive the following prizes:

First Prize £1200
Second Prize £600
Third Prize £300
Under 18 Prize £100

Voted for by the public:
Ailsa Owen Memorial Prize £850
Under 18 Ailsa Owen Prize £100

 

 

imgresCOMPETITION – Open Art Compeition, Oriel CRiC, Crickhowell

Oriel CriC is calling for entries from professional, amateur and emerging artists to their Open Art Competition. This is the fourth year of the competition, which has proved popular with visitors to the area as well as the residents.
A maximum of three works can be submitted for free, and all must be available for sale. 5 prizes are on offer:

  • First prize – £500
  • Runner up – £250
  • Young Artist (under 25) – £250
  • Visitor’s Choice – £250
  • ‘Welsh Legends’ theme 2017 – £250

You can download information on the entry requirements directly from the website.

Shortlisted work will be exhibited at the Oriel CRiC Gallery from 26th May – 4th July 2017, including during the Crickhowell Open Studios Weekend. 

 

 

 

 

pastedgraphicpage001_random_rock_in_a_mountainEXHIBITION – Fay Goodwin, MOMA Machynlleth

 

MOMA in Machynlleth is exhibiting the work of the late British photographer and environmentalist Fay Goodwin (1931 – 2005). The Drovers’ Roads of Wales and Other Photographs are monochrome images of the rural landscape, ancient and sacred pilgrimages, charting the routes of drovers and their livestock.

 

You can read Michael Tomlinson’s review in the New Welsh Review issue 113 blog  and find more details on MOMA via their website.

This exhibition runs until 1 April at MOMA Machynlleth, 10.00am to 16.00pm, Monday to Saturday in the Ruralist & Pulpit Rooms.

 

 

imgres-2CONFERENCE – Art & Older People, Royal Welsh College of Music & Drama

Organised by Age Cymru and Arts Council of Wales with support from the Baring Foundation, the Art & Older People conference will be held on Thursday 6th April at the Royal Welsh College of Music & Drama in Cardiff, and seeks to explore the following questions:

How can arts activities support the creation of age friendly communities?

How can creativity help older people to live well and enjoy later life?

This interactive and engaging session will examine the role of the arts in creating age friendly communities and the contribution of creative activity in supporting older people to maintain their independence.

  • Policy makers with responsibility for healthy and active ageing programmes
  • People and organisations working within local authority Ageing Well plans
  • Health and social care professionals working with older people
  • People working in arts and culture interested in working with older people
  • Older people and community groups who want to share their voices and experiences relating to Age Friendly and arts programmes

Participants can choose two of four possible breakout sessions and listen to panel discussions led by Paul Cann, former Chief of Age UK Oxfordshire and founding member of the Campaign to End Loneliness. Ken Skates AM, Cabinet Secretary for Economy and Infrastructure, is one of the named speakers at the conference.

To book your place, go to Eventbrite via the Arts Council of Wales website.

 

 

imgres-2PHILOSOPHY – The Greatest Adventure: Love in the Time of Tinder

 

The first speakers have been announced for the event The Greatest Adventure: Love in the Time of Tinder, taking place in 29th – 30th April at The Globe in Hay-on-Wye. The philosophy event will explore the intricacies of love and relationships in the digital age through debates, talks and workshops. The event is organised by The Institute of Art and Ideas and will be produced in association with partners Relate and Philosophy Now.

With the rise of dating apps and new technologies, connecting with others has never been easier. But whilst Tinder reached 50 million users last year, studies show that we are lonelier than ever. Once, the study of love was deemed of vital importance, considered by Plato the greatest of all subjects. But modern philosophy has seen discourse on love fall largely by the wayside—our event seeks to change that.
The first speakers include:

Martha Fiennes, award-winning director best known for her BAFTA nominated debut Onegin, an adaptation of Alexander Pushkin’s work on life and love

Christopher Hamilton, Kings College London philosopher and author of How to Deal with Adversity

Helen Croydon, Journalist, broadcaster and author of Screw The Fairytale

Chris Sherwood, CEO of Relate, the UK’s largest relationship counselling service

Anders Sandberg, neuroscientist and senior fellow at the Oxford Future of Humanity Institute

Susan Quilliam, School of Life relationship coach and Dating Expert of the Year 2015.

For tickets, see the link: https://events.iai.tv/life/the-greatest-adventure

 

 

 

4631333192_198x198RESIDENCIES – Celf O Gwmpas & Disability Arts Wales

Llandrindod Wells-based Celf O Gwmpas is offering four 1-Month in partnership with Disability Arts Cymru in order to support Wales-based disabled artists to develop new work and reflect on their practice.

 

The successful applicants will form part of a national and international residency project supporting disabled artists working in a wide variety of art forms.

Residencies will be taking place in October, November, December 2017 and January 2018: dates tbc.

The residency opportunity is supported by Arts Council Wales.

The package includes:

  • £1,000 each to cover artist fees, travel and subsistence costs
  • Accessible self-contained accommodation
  • Shared studio facilities at Centre Celf
  • Opportunity to show work in progress
  • Advice and guidance on future opportunities, including consideration for Celf o Gwmpas exhibition programme.

 
Closing date for applications: Tuesday 13th June 5pm, 2017
For further details, consult the webpage.

 

 

Frontpage-coursesSPOTLIGHT ON: Pearl Taylor

Pearl Taylor is a Herefordshire-based feltmaker and member of the International Feltmakers Association. She trained at Herefordshire College of Art, and previously received a prize for a live brief from Chelsea College of Art. Through her business Duckshed Felt she takes on commercial commissions, making textiles for home furnishings and clothing, and exhibits her pieces in wearable art shows.

 

Stitch and people who have stitched fascinate me. At present, the thousands of moments and memories captured in Welsh Wholecloths in precise, neat marks fascinate me. My current wet felted shawls have stitch moments attached as an acknowledgement of those who have gone before and those who will wear and use now and later. As a full time carer the concept of memory and locking in moments of constructive being are emotive, vital for survival and inform my work.
Pearl runs tailor-made courses in feltmaking from her home at Upper Newton Farmhouse in the Welsh Marches. Most tutors come from all over the globe and are affiliated with the International Feltmakers Association. Courses and workshops are suitable for all abilities range in duration, and it is possible to stay at Upper Newton Farmhouse while you learn.
Pearl is currently busy working on commissions and working towards gaining a qualification on the City and Guilds Level 3 machine embroidery course. She has just returned from a fact-finding trip to Japan and will soon be exhibiting work as part of the Shropshire Arts Trail and in Kingsland, Herefordshire as part of H.Art.
To make an enquiry about courses and Pearl’s work, see the website.

 

If you have a news item or Spotlight profile that you would like to feature in our April newsletter, write to Rhoda at creative@artsalivewales.org.uk by Monday 20th March.

– Rhoda Lane
Creative Network Co-ordinator

15 Feb
2017

VACANCIES AT CELF O GWMPAS – Development Officer & Trustee

Celf O GwmpasCelf o Gwmpas is looking for two new people to fill exciting roles and join the busy team at its base in Llandrindod Wells.

 

 

 

 

Development Officer
21 hours per week

The post will be a part-time fixed term contract for a period of 24 months, starting early in 2017.  Celf o Gwmpas wishes to engage an individual with knowledge and experience of Arts, Health and Wellbeing to manage our ‘Reaching Out, Drawing In’ programme and focus on the research and development of longer term strategies for working in the Arts and Health sector and identify appropriate funding streams to support any new work.

The successful candidate will have excellent communication and organisational skills, be able to build and maintain partnerships and have experience of working within the Arts and Health sector.  He or she is expected to show a commitment to equal opportunities and diversity and to the aims and objectives of Celf o Gwmpas.

The role will involve liaison with a range of venues, organisations and individuals in the arts and health sectors. The project will be delivered through a programme of outreach work, workshop sessions, exhibitions and residencies.

The rate of pay for the work is £12.33 per hour (actual salary per annum £13,464.36)
For the job description and further information, visit our website.  To apply please complete and return the application form found at www.celfogwmpas.org

Submit your completed application form to kayte.phillips@celfogwmpas.org
If you require your application in a different format, please call the office on 01597 822777. Welsh translations available on request.

The closing date for applications is Friday 24 February 2017 at 1pm. Interviews are to be held on Friday 10 March 2017.

Shortlisted candidates will be contacted by email. If you do not hear from us by 10 March, please assume your application has been unsuccessful.

 

 


 

 

 

Board of Trustees
Unpaid

We are currently looking to appoint a new member to the Board of Trustees. Celf o Gwmpas creates projects, exhibitions and residencies that open up opportunities for participation, developing artistic practice and supporting social inclusion.

Celf o Gwmpas has a strong commitment to inclusion, participation and diversity.  Applications are particularly welcome from candidates who will bring additional diversity to the board, and will complement the skill set of existing trustees.

Successful applicants must be able to demonstrate strengths in working within the arts (music, literary or visual) and have excellent communication skills.

All candidates will need to be willing to work at a strategic level as a non-executive.  Celf expects all trustees to support the organisation, staff and other board members.

To apply, please submit a CV and personal statement to kayte.phillips@celfogwmpas.org, or telephone 01597 822777 for further information.

15 Feb
2017

SMALL & SUNDRY – Works by Antonia Spowers

Screen Shot 2017-02-15 at 19.01.37Creative Network member Antonia Spowers invites you to her exhibition Small & Sundry, which runs from Thursday 2nd March until Saturday 1st April at The Hours Cafe & Bookshop in Brecon.

 

A member of the Royal Society of British Sculptors, Spowers works with a wide range of materials to explore concepts and structures, from the fluidity of water to the notion of disconnection and displacement.  She has exhibited widely, and taken on commissions and residencies both in the UK, and notably in an International Sculpture Park in Lithuania.

Her work involves collaboration with schools and local communities, and also features a strong environmental and sustainability element. Among other arts societies, Spowers is also a Member of the Welsh group, the 56 group, Sculpture Cymru, Sculpture Network and she is represented by jaggedart, London.

The private view of Small & Sundry will be held on the opening evening of the exhibition from 7pm.

If you would like to attend, R.S.V.P. to thehours@btinternet.com

 

Small & Sundry

 

2nd March – 1 April

The Hours Cafe & Bookshop

15 Ship Street,

Brecon,

Powys

7 Feb
2017

Creative Network newsletter – FEBRUARY 2017

We have made it through the dark days of January and looking ahead to a busy February! This month’s newsletter features opportunities for crafts practitioners to exhibit and develop their work and highlights special events at the Arts Alive Wales studio for Creative Network members.

 

Please email the Creative Network Co-ordinator Rhoda Lane at creative@artsalivewales.org.uk to promote your news and activities

 

1197.113022.newsletterSignupImg.engGRANTS ADVICE SESSION – Oriel Davies

Arts Council Wales Officers will be at Oriel Davies Gallery in Newtown on Friday 10th February for a Grants Advice Session.

 

If you would like to have guidance on how to obtain Arts Council funding to develop your practice or improve your project proposals, you can make an appointment by emailing information@arts.wales, or by calling 0845 8734 900. The first appointment is usually about 10am, and the last one about 2pm.

Consult the Arts Council of Wales webpages for further advice regarding grant eligibility criteria.

 

 

images-1BRECON WOMEN’S FESTIVAL – Artisan Craft Market

Brecon Women’s Festival is a showcase of arts businesses run by women. If you design and hand craft your art, hold courses or perform, you are welcome to book a stand at the festival.

 

 

The festival runs from 2 – 11 March 2017. To exhibit at the one-day Artisan Crafts Market on 4 March you should submit your application by Saturday 11th February.

For more information, see the Facebook page for Brecon Women’s Festival and contact the organiser Emma Bevan at emma.events9@gmail.com.

 

 

imagesREBECCA LONCRAINE – A Celebration

On Sunday 12 February Arts Alive Wales are hosting a celebration event to mark the life and work of writer and teacher Rebecca Loncraine, who contributed so much to the work of Arts Alive Wales, the local community and its cultural life.

 

The event will take place at The Arts Alive Wales Studio from 6-8pm. It will include an introductory performance by Graham Hartill and Fiona Hamilton, as well as readings by writers who knew her. It will be a chance to for those who had the privilege of learning, and working with Rebecca to celebrate her life.

Refreshments will be provided and donations most welcome. RSVP if possible to info@artsalivewales.org.uk

 

 

 

logo-2LONDON DESIGN FAIR – British Craft Pavilion

Craft practitioners are invited to submit their work for exhibition at the British Craft Pavilion for the London Design Fair on 21 – 24 September 2017.

 

The Fair was launched to great acclaim in 2016, and this year it will double in capacity to exhibit the work of 50 selected makers, curated by Hole and Corner. In all, the Fair will host 500 exhibitors from 28 countries.

“The British Craft Pavilion will present the very best of British craftsmanship across the full spectrum of craft disciplines and will be the home for craft during the London Design Festival.”

The deadline for submissions is Monday 13th February. Download an application pack and check the schedule of the selection process by visiting the website.

 

 

cave of forgotten dreamsFILM NIGHT – Cave of Forgotten Dreams

On Thursday 16th February at 7pm, Graeme Hobbs will be giving an introduction to Werner Herzog’s immersive film Cave of Forgotten Dreams (2010).

 

Herzog’s extraordinary, immersive film takes the viewer deep into one of humankind’s earliest treasures, the Chauvet cave, a subterranean world filled with 30,000 year-old paintings.

This is a FREE event for Creative Network members. If you are attending, please email info@artsalivewales.org.uk to confirm. Click here for more details.

 

 

 

imgresREQUEST – Studio Space

Creative Network member Elin Thomas is a crafts practitioner specialising in crochet and sewing.

 

Based in the Blaenavon hills, she is seeking a suitable artist studio or equivalent space within a 10-mile radius, and would welcome suggestions from other members.

The workspace would need to be dry with good lighting, however, all types of space will be considered. If you can recommend a studio, please get in touch with Elin via elinfelt@googlemail.com.

 

 

 

Darlith-Lecture-2-885x480POETRY: Muddy Fox by Chris Kinsey

Poet Chris Kinsey, a former Writer in Residence at Oriel Davies Gallery, will be launching her latest poetry pamphlet called Muddy Fox (Rack Press) at Oriel Davies Gallery in Newtown.

 

Chris will be joined by Nicholas Murray, poet, biographer, fiction writer and founder of Rack Press and poet and visual artist, Nicky Arscott.

 

The event is FREE and all are welcome to attend. See the Literature Wales webpage

Saturday 25th February, 2pm – Oriel Davies Gallery

 

 

rebecca spooner & justine wheatleyREVIEW SESSIONS – with Rebecca Spooner

Creative Network members and students are invited to a one-to-one review session with our Creative Director, Rebecca Spooner.

 

If you would like constructive feedback, advice on arts funding or how to promote your work, book your slot today.

 

£15 / £10 for Creative Network members and students

Tuesday 28th February

Arts Alive Wales studio, Crickhowell 

Only 6 places are available. 45 minute time slots.

 

 

imgresCONFERENCE – Digital Innovation in the Arts

If you are interested in the role played by digital media in the arts, there is an opportunity to find out more about the recent projects funded through the Arts Council of Wales and Nesta programme Digital Innovation Fund for the Arts in Wales.

 

 

On Tuesday 14th March, a full day conference will be held at Wales Millennium Centre in Cardiff where Arts Alive Wales will discuss the results of the Peak’s R&D projects, involving the live streaming of performances and events from the Black Mountains:

Noctule  (August 2016) – an underground performance

Limelight  (October 2016) – illuminating the industrial landscape of lime

Y Gors Ddu  (March 2017) – paint it black

The companies Hijinx, Artis Community, Bombastic and g39 will also present the findings from their respective projects.

You can register for a FREE place at this event by contacting Ambra Cosentino at events@nesta.org.uk.

 

 

allinaspin_small_spinningSPOTLIGHT ON: Dunja Roberts

Dunja Roberts is a Cwmdu-based farmer and maker specialising in textile crafts. Living and working on Pen Y Caeau Farm, Dunja spins, weaves, crochets and knits using yarn spun from the sheep on her farm.

 

“We raise predominantly native breed sheep – Clun Forest and Lincoln Longwools from the UK and Zwartbles from Holland. They provide the fine quality wool for my classes.” 

Dunja is passionate about the ancient technique of spinning and runs courses in order to keep the practice alive. Her next courses begin in March, and you can sign up for spinning, weaving and even dyeing. Two units from these courses are accredited, through Agored Cymru, one at Level 1 and one at Level 3.  This means that you can now gain a nationally recognised certificate in hand spinning, the first of its kind in the UK.

Write to Dunja on her webpage to book your place.

 

If you have a news item or Spotlight profile that you would like to feature in our March newsletter, write to Rhoda at creative@artsalivewales.org.uk by Monday 20th Feburary

– Rhoda Lane
Creative Network Co-ordinator

2 Sep
2014

To The Lakes

 

As part of our PEAK project, Rebecca Spooner, Arts Development Manager, reports on a research visit to Grizedale Arts, Cumbria.

 

29th & 30th July

Artists Richard Harris and Morag Colquhoun joined me on a visit to Grizedale Arts, Cumbria for ‘another epic art speak trip’. This trip was different because it revealed the artists’ personal connection to Grizedale Forest and how their experience in the Lake District profoundly affected their lives. Proceeding northwards, to Coniston Water, we retraced roads travelled by younger selves…

Coniston Water
Sweet peas in the guest bedroom
Allotment
Globe courgette
View across Coniston Water
Adam Sutherland at Lawson Park
Communal living space
Communal living space
Practical Flower Arranging
Coniston Institute
produce in the honesty shop
knitted teddies in the honesty shop
Morag stood on top of the Richard Harris sculpture at Grizedale
Richard Harris sculpture at Grizedale
Coniston Institute library

Morag served an apprenticeship as a horse logger in the forest in the 1990s after time spent as an archaeologist in Peru and the Hebrides. She still owns her first logger horse, Molly, now grazing in the fields at Penpont, Brecon. Molly was a gypsy horse, unused to hard work but soon developed the discipline and muscle needed to rear against the weight of enormous logs as the horse teams determinedly set to shifting their heavy cargoes. Horse logging has always been difficult and dangerous work. The loggers kept sharp knives with them at all times to quickly free horses from their collars to prevent choking. Morag’s stories from that time created a picture of the forest as a living and working place.

Richard was the first artist in residence in Grizedale over thirty-five years ago. As an artist he worked alongside the foresters who once supplied the UK with timber, which is now imported from across Europe. Richard lived in a caravan in the woods during his six-month residency, with a break during the worst of the winter weather. Richard also met his future wife at Grizedale, sculptor Sally Matthews. We visited the original work he created in 1978. Grizedale Forest has changed enormously, the car park has doubled in size, a café and visitor centre now replace the redundant sawmill and timber yard. I came across Richard’s sculpture in a small dell just to the right of the forest track. Layered slabs of stone poised on hinged posts of wood – the materials merging together in my mind as I think back. The structure is a path, a slim, curving arc creating a transition, connecting one place to another. Cracks had started to appear in the stones and green moss had gathered. The sculpture made me aware that I’d not taken any notice of where I was – no attention paid to the trees, wet earth, stones – and my relationship to it all.  Richard carefully walked back and forth across the structure, filming his journey. It felt like a rare moment to witness an artist revisiting a work they created at a formative age, free of life’s responsibilities. Richard explained that the themes and concerns he explored then are the same now. Artistic progress isn’t linear, perhaps it is more cyclical or seasonal. We subtly and continually repeat ourselves.

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The car crawled through the forest up a winding gravel track to Lawson Park, a RIBA award wining converted foresters cottage and home of Grizedale Arts.

We were met by Director Adam Sutherland and it quickly became clear that the directorship is no day job. Adam lives in a small cottage on one side of the building and Grizedale is clearly driven by his vision and energy, he almost has a guru-like status and the resident artists seem reverential towards him. Adam is immersed in the village life of Coniston – dealing with anything from local politics, issues concerning the impact of tourism, second home ownership and planning applications, to villagers fiddling the honesty shop.

We met Fernando, a Spanish artist in residence who was working on a project to lease a cheese-making machine to local milk producers and we were introduced to Jin and Jina, two Korean curators researching the history of artist residencies at Grizedale.

We had a guided tour of the garden terraces of home grown fruit and vegetables – raspberries, artichokes, beans, lettuces. Indoors, the house felt intense with a display of the Grizedale collection of modernist and post war design – glassware, pottery, furniture, prints, books. A visual overload of charity shop treasure.

The ever-changing household of resident artists and curators live communally, allocating responsibilities for cleaning, cooking and gardening. We shared an evening meal, a fusion of dishes, beetroot gratin, stir-fry and sticky rice, seaweed broth, blackcurrants. Exhaustion and wine started to take over. I felt speechless. Maybe I could manage a day here, I thought to myself, then I’d have to leg it – escape through the woods. “Want to watch a video about Japanese pottery?” No thanks. I sloped off to the twin bedroom, a vase of sweetpeas on the chest of drawers and fell asleep in my cold, creaky single bed.

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The next morning we visited Coniston Institute. Grizedale got involved in the management of this village hall in 2011, to renovate the building and develop a cultural and educational programme. Originally built in the mid 1800s with a quirky façade of arts and crafts architecture, the institute houses a reading room, library (designed by artist Liam Gillick), kitchen and large hall. The honesty shop offers an eclectic range of homemade products created by the villagers – knitted hats and teddies, drawings, candles, ceramics and cakes.

Conveniently the Ruskin Museum is next door to the Institute. John Ruskin (1819-1900) spent the last twenty-eight years of his life at Brantwood (where he suffered several mental breakdowns), overlooking Coniston Water. Ruskin’s critical writings on art, architecture, aesthetics and his views on social justice and educational philanthropy were an inspiration to the Pre-Raphaelites and the Arts & Crafts movement.

Adam guided us through the museum collection of watercolours, crystals, plaster moulds, drawings and personal objects. Ruskin’s life and work clearly informs the curatorial approach at Grizedale Arts, which has evolved from a genuine place, from artistic and social principles that were sincerely practised at Coniston during Ruskin’s time – an effort to connect people, art and craft in a relevant and useful way

Sometimes this process works, sometimes it doesn’t, but maybe attempting it is enough. Adam told us a revealing story that illustrated this thought. In 1874, as a Professor at Balliol College, Ruskin instigated a project to repair the main road of Hinksey village, Oxfordshire, which was regularly flooded. Ruskin was joined by twelve of his students including Oscar Wilde (“entrusted with Mr Ruskin’s especial wheelbarrow”), historian Arnold Toynbee and painter WG Collingwood, in an attempt to improve the lot of local residents while educating themselves in the nobility of manual work, much to the hilarity and scorn of local labourers and the fops of Balliol. Wilde summed up the initiative, “And what became of the road? Well, like a bad lecture it ended abruptly—in the middle of the swamp.” Although this project failed in the short term perhaps the mere attempting of it was able to instigate a modest shift in Victorian social attitudes and values.

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On our return to Wales we stopped to see Richard and Sally’s sculpture studio at their cottage in Rhosgoch. I stepped into a rough barn and was confronted by an extraordinary menagerie of greyhounds, horses, wild boars and sheep alongside drawings, paintings and maquettes. It was refreshing and stimulating to observe the essential forms and materials in the studio. The space was evidence of two artists totally dedicated to their work, living and breathing it, through productive and fallow periods, combined with home and family. What the Black Mountains have, that is not so visible in the Lakes, is a resident community of exceptional artists.

I still feel unsure of what I think about Grizedale. Morag and I have had several conversations about it since. The one thing you can’t feel is indifference and I’ve taken away the importance of ensuring PEAK’s creative projects are genuine and distinct to the place they originate and that they sincerely attempt to communicate with people.

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 – Rebecca Spooner

With thanks to:

Adam Sutherland

Artists and staff at Lawson Park, Coniston Institute and the Ruskin Museum

 

PEAK is an initiative devised and delivered by Arts Alive Wales, seeking to research and develop platforms for the creation and presentation of contemporary art in the Black Mountains.

During summer 2014, PEAK will visit rurally based arts organisations across the UK to establish partnerships and opportunities for artists and audiences.

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Arts Council of Wales

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