Posts Tagged ‘art’

20 Nov

Botanical Illustration – Spring Term

Dock LeavesTutor Debbie Devauden will guide you through the various techniques to achieve a detailed and accurate botanical painting. You’ll have the opportuntity to work in pen with a wash of colour or learn the methods to create a pure watercolour picture.

Debbie is an experienced tutor, with a Diploma in Botanical Illustration from The English Garden School at the Chelsea Physic Garden. Debbie has exhibited widely, including with the Society of Botanical Artists at their London exhibitions.

The workshop is suitable for complete beginners as well as those with some experience.

SATURDAY, 10am-3pm
3 March

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28 Dec

Art Auction – Friday 2nd March 2018

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To celebrate our charity’s 30th year and contribute to our 2018 fundraising appeal, we invite you to attend Peak’s Art Auction in the Ballroom of the Angel Hotel, Abergavenny on Friday 2nd March.

The event will be an opportunity to buy original artwork by professional artists that deliver Peak’s creative programme, as well as a great evening out.

The auction ticket price of £40 (discounted to £35 per person for groups of four or more) covers the running costs of the event including a drinks reception and tapas supper. All proceeds will be invested in Peak’s work with children and young people, including a project for young homeless people in Abergavenny and creative writing and film-making to improve the well-being of children across Powys, Monmouthshire and Blaenau Gwent.

Previous auctions have been sell-out events, so email or telephone 01873 811579 to reserve seats for yourself or a group of friends.

23 Nov

Drawing and Painting – Spring Term


Join artist Susan Milne for our Wednesday morning art classes.You’ll be introduced to a variety of art materials, practical techniques and processes alongside relevant art history examples. This course of four weeks will involve working in mixed media, collage, drawing and colour.

Different drawing methods and materials will be encouraged and individual attention given during the sessions. The course is suitable for beginners and the more experienced. Basic materials are provided, please bring a sketchbook with you.

WEDNESDAYS, 10am – 1pm
21 Feb – 14 Mar
£70 for 4 weeks


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20 Nov

Life Drawing – Spring Term

lifedrawingsummerschoolA monthly class concerned with the importance of observation of the human figure. You will work directly from the life model with artist, Tony Tribe, on hand to provide individual guidance.

The course will equip you with the technical and perceptual skills to competently render the human figure. Each session will feature a long pose of two or three hours length, although shorter poses are always incorporated into the day. Students will be introduced to key areas of life drawing: measuring, proportion, anatomy, line, tone and mass.

Suitable for all abilities. Places fill up quickly, early booking is advised.

Please bring a packed lunch, materials and drawing board if you have one.

SATURDAYS, 10am – 3pm
27 Jan, 17 Feb, 24 Mar, 21 Apr
£25 per day or £85 for 4 days.

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20 Nov

Pottery – Spring Term

rsz_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 in our welcoming and relaxed studio. Throughout the course, there will also be opportunities to throw on the wheel.

Participants will be able to work on their own personal projects under the expert guidance of Martin making items for your home, garden etc.

Suitable for beginners as well as those with some experience.

Includes firing and access to specialist equipment.

FRIDAYS, 2-5pm
12 Jan -9 Feb & 23 Feb – 23 Mar
£140 for 5 weeks / £255 for 10 weeks.
Includes materials, firing and access to specialist equipment.

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20 Nov

Letterpress – Spring Term

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Poet and letterpress printer Francesca Kay provides a hands-on introduction to letterpress printing. With a flatbed proofing press and lots of wonderful old wooden letters, Francesca shows how to set type and print in a process essentially unchanged since William Caxton’s time.

Suitable for beginners as well as those with some experience.

Saturday 20th January
10am – 1pm
£25 includes all materials and equipment


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20 Nov

Basket Making – Spring Term

rsz_basket_making_5Artisan Basket Maker and Willow Craftswoman, Mary Zammit, will introduce you to the skills and techniques of this ancient craft. Using locally grown willow you’ll learn how to design and construct your own basket from scratch. The classes allow opportunity to work on your own personal project under the expert guidance of Mary. You’ll need a sharp pocket knife, secateurs and a medium flat-headed screw driver. Suitable for beginners as well as those with some experience.

Basket Making with Mary Zammit
MONDAYS, 10am – 2:30pm
15 Jan -5 Feb & 19 Feb – 12 Mar
£120 for 4 weeks/ £210 for 8 weeks

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22 Nov

Tribe – Spring Term

rsz_fullsizeoutput_514Tribe is a new monthly workshop for young artists and their families. These playful workshops will explore a wide range of art and craft including Drawing, Painting, Printmaking, Ceramics and Textiles.

The afternoon sessions will provide a friendly, relaxed environment for children to create and learn. Parents and families of all kinds are encouraged to stay for tea/coffee and take part in activities.



13 Jan, 10 Feb, 10 Mar, 14 Apr

Age Guide: 7-11 yrs


FREE – suggested donation of £3 per child per month to cover the cost of materials.

 Tribe is now fully booked for Spring 2018, please keep an eye on our website for future summer dates. Sorry for any inconvenience caused.

28 Dec

Peak: Art in the Black Mountains

Peak logoFrom Monday 1st January 2018, Arts Alive Wales will be known as Peak. This new name and look, coinciding with the 30th anniversary of our charity, will help promote our work to a wider audience.


You may be familiar with Peak as the name of our visual arts programme Peak/Copa, which has seen us deliver some exciting projects and residencies with professional artists over the past four years, gaining recognition for exciting artist-led projects in collaboration with Canal & Rivers Trust, Green Man Festival, Brecon Beacons National Park and Abergavenny Food Festival amongst others. Now the organisation is looking to the future with a new identity as Peak. Creative Director Rebecca Spooner said:

‘Peak seemed a natural choice for our new name. It is short and memorable, and connects to our unique rural location as well as pointing to the ambition of our work with communities and professional artists.’


Cardiff-based artist, graphic designer and filmmaker Mark James designed the logo, which has echoes of our mountainous environment in its colours and contours.

The name change to Peak comes at a time of exciting growth for the organisation, which is now a member of Arts Portfolio Wales, one of 67 arts organisations that receive investment from Arts Council of Wales. Major UK funders, including BBC Children in Need and the Health Lottery, are also supporting its arts projects for children and young people in the region.

While Peak’s 2018 programme reflects change and innovation, with digital technology playing an increasing role, Peak continues to provide the creative experiences that have been central to its success since 1988 and the organisation’s ethos remains the same. Chief Executive Justine Wheatley explains:

‘Participation in the arts is at the heart of everything we do, creating opportunities for those with least access, especially for children and young people of all abilities and backgrounds.’


The Peak Spring Programme 2018 is out now, launching the new name as well as a fundraising appeal to ensure that the charity can reach more children and young people.


You can contact us via email via or call 01973 811579

The new Peak website will go live on 1st February 2018.
You can find us on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram using the handle @peakcymru.



14 Aug


Creative Network: Film Night

Film reviewer Graeme Hobbs introduces director Gideon Koppel’s 2008 film, Sleep Furiously, a poetically inflected portrait of the farming community and landscape of Trefeurig, Ceredigion.

In addition we will be screening Working Landscape a short by filmmaker Siôn Marshall Waters from Abergavenny, in response to Peak’s project at the Royal Welsh Show Spring Festival 2017, recording life on the smallholdings of mid Wales.



Wed 29 November,
6-7pm ‘bring and share’ supper
7pm screenings

FREE for members of the Creative Network only. Donations welcome.

Please let us know if you’re coming. e: t: 01873 811579
The Creative Network supports arts practitioners through opportunities for collaboration, discussion, promotion and training. The Creative Network is focused (although not exclusively) on the Black Mountains and surrounding areas and has over 100 members working in the visual, literary, applied and performing arts.



Twitter: @AAWCreativeNet


25 Sep

Air Lab – Above the Radar

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Monday 27th November


Arts Alive Wales Studio, Crickhowell


A professional training day for artists, filmmakers and writers to develop scripts, storyboards, filming and editing techniques in relation to sky-orientated filmmaking.

James Hedley is an award winning VR film director. Having shot all over the world for clients such as BBC, Sky, United Nations and Google, he has a wealth of experience delivering documentary & drama projects of international scale. Frequently looking to give audiences new perspectives, James implements the use of drones in his work in order to offer viewer an out of body VR experience like no other.

Ben Huss-Smickler is a professional drone pilot with over four years flight experience. He flies globally for clients such as Honda, Gumball 3000, United Nations, and charities and premier league clubs. His company SkyEdge specialises in 3670 aerial footage and have pioneered bespoke solutions in immersive media (


£60 per person, including lunch.

Places are limited and booking is essential. Please Email or Call to book.

e: / 01873 811579



Air Lab – creating new perspectives

Air Lab is a new digital project focused on the potential of Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs), exploring the terrain of the Black Mountains from the sky, through a programme of training events and workshops. Artists, creative technologists and environmental organisations will work together to increase skills and knowledge, experiment and network in a spirit of peer-to-peer learning and collaboration.
Click here for the full programme



24 Jul

PRINTMAKING – saturday workshop


Printmaking with Hannah Firmin

In this Saturday workshop printmaker Hannah Firmin will guide you through the importance of drawing to develop a print design.

You’ll create a relief print from drawings made in the studio from observation or reference images and transform these into a design to produce an original relief print in either Lino, vinyl or wood. You don’t have to have experience of drawing for this workshop, the printmaking process reduces tones and simplifies lines to achieve striking results.

Hannah will show examples of her own work and demonstrate the process from initial ideas and drawings to finished artwork.

The workshop is ideal for complete beginners as well as those with some experience.



10am-3pm £45


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Please see our Booking Information page before making a booking.

14 Sep

Air Lab – Stories from Above

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Monday 6th + Saturday 11th November


A professional development course for emerging artists to gain valuable training from experienced practitioners to design creative projects with young people.

We are delighted to welcome guest artist Mariele Neudecker to the first day of training.

Artists will have the opportunity to work with Mariele, alongside Emma Posey, Air Lab Associate Producer and Rachel Dunlop, AAW Participation Manager to collaboratively explore and develop workshop ideas. In the second session artists will be supported to facilitate their workshops with young participants from Arts Alive Wales’ projects and gain critical feedback.

‘German-born, Mariele Neudecker (b1965) lives and works in Bristol. She is known internationally for her glass vitrines containing landscapes of forests, lakes or mountains together with simulated weather effects. These often evoke other pictures or artists. Also using sculpture, film and photography, Neudecker creates a playful frisson between historical representations of the Sublime landscape and our perception, imagination and memory of experience.’ – Tate.

Mariele is a Professor at Bath Spa University.


Training Places
Free training places are available for up to 6 x emerging Wales based artists, at a pivotal stage in their early career.

Aimed at emerging artists, applications must be made by artists who have achieved a professional level of practice but can demonstrate the benefit of attending further training. Recent graduates are encouraged to apply. We are not seeking ‘digital artists’ per se but are also interested in those artists who are keen to explore the potential of digital within their practice.

Deadline for applications: 5pm Monday 9th October. 

For more information and application processAir Lab Stories from Above application

Or contact Rebecca Spooner 

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Air Lab – creating new perspectives

Air Lab is a new digital project focused on the potential of Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs), exploring the terrain of the Black Mountains from the sky, through a programme of training events and workshops. Artists, creative technologists and environmental organisations will work together to increase skills and knowledge, experiment and network in a spirit of peer-to-peer learning and collaboration.

Click here for the full programme








10 Oct

Winner of the Creative Network mini fund

Stone carver Matt Caines, and jeweller and textile artist Amanda Caines have been awarded £300 through the September Creative Network mini-fund.

Based in Abergavenny, Matt and Amanda’s work has become more and more collaborative, finding ways of starting to combine firstly carved stone and wood, and later, naturally shed pieces of deer antler with Amanda’s stitch work and painterly approach to 3D structures. They have not only made freestanding animal forms from engraved antler sections with textile stitch work panels, but also made wall hanging pieces with attachments.

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Currently they are making a collection for this year’s Made London Craft Show, which is sponsored by Crafts Magazine and Winter Draws Nigh, and later an exhibition to be held at The Brook Street Gallery in Hay-on-Wye in October.

Matt and Amanda will be using the mini-fund award to upgrade their equipment and purchase better engraving drill bits and other jewellers tools which will allow them, in turn to upgrade the nature of their work. As self-employed artists, this small investment will help Matt and Amanda realise sketchbook ideas, not only in exhibitions and shows, but also in their work as teachers.




15 Sep

Portfolio+ Plus Exhibition

Portfolio+ Plus Exhibition – Saturday 7th October 12-4pm

Portfolio has widened my horizons as to what I could do and what I’m able to do. I always like the new experience, whether working with an artist or doing something I would never think of doing.”

An exhibition celebrating the creativity of young people

You and your guests are warmly invited to attend PORTFOLIO PLUS+ 

Featuring the work of students aged 15-19 who took part in Portfolio+Plus, South Powys in July 2017.

The exhibition will be formally opened by Kirsty Williams at 3pm.


Work will be available for collection at 3.30pm

Portfolio is a visual arts project for young people who show a special interest and talent in the visual arts. The project boosts students’ artistic skills and knowledge and encourages creative careers. This is a fantastic opportunity to come and celebrate the achievements of the young people involved in our Portfolio+ Plus project 2017. If you want to learn more about the project and register an expression of interest for 2018 (two groups 11-15, 15-19), please consider joining us on 7th October.

- Refreshments served

- Drop-in workshop

- Short films


Please RSVP to Rachel Dunlop, Participation Manager / 01873 811579

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Arts Alive Wales, Crickhowell, delivers the project in South Powys while Oriel Davies Gallery, Newtown delivers in the north of the county. Portfolio is funded by the Arts Council of Wales and Powys County Council and is part of the national Criw Celf initiative.

Please visit the Visit Us page for info. on directions and parking.

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