Posts Tagged ‘art’

24 Jul

LIFE DRAWING – autumn term



A 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.

SATURDAY, 10am-3pm

30 Sept, 14 Oct, 25 Nov.

£25 per day or £60 for 3 days


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Please see Booking Information before making a booking.


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.

24 Jul

DRAWING & PAINTING – autumn term

classes 2 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. The course will introduce the fundamentals of drawing as a discipline that underpins painting, design, printmaking and other creative work, and will also explore the extent of drawing as an end in itself. There will be objective drawing from still life, including perspective, tone and form and a session of drawing in the landscape. Different drawing methods and materials will be encouraged and individual attention given during the sessions.  The focus of the first four sessions will be based on Drawing. After the break and four sessions drawing, the course will introduce painting with a variety of pastels and mixed media to explore gesture and form. The course is suitable for beginners and the more experienced. Please bring a sketchbook with you.

WEDNESDAY, 10am-1pm

4-25 Oct & 8-29 Nov

£70 for 4 weeks/ £130 for 8 weeks

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Please see Booking Information before making a booking.

24 Jul

POTTERY – autumn term


Concentrating 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. There will also be plenty of opportunities to throw on the wheel. Participants will be able to work on their own personal projects under the 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.



22 Sept-27 Oct & 10 Nov – 22 Dec

£170 x 6 weeks/ £305 x 12 weeks.


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Please see ‘Booking Information’ before making a booking.


31 Mar

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. There will be plenty of chances to learn how to throw pots on the wheel in the studio (or just practise!)

Martin will provide inspiration and guidance as you form ideas for your own personal pottery project. Suitable for beginners as well as those with some experience.

Limited places are available – early booking is advised!
Sat 29th July – Weds 2nd Aug, 10am-3pm
£175 for 5 days

Includes materials, firing and access to specialist equipment

Please call to book: 01873 811579 / email:

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

Or contact Rebecca Spooner, Creative Director / 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 –

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:


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:  / 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: / ffôn: 01873 811579. Byddem wrth ein bodd i glywed oddi wrthych.

Cofion gorau
Tîm Arts Alive Wales

5 Apr


French & Mottershead

A love poem to the forest and body


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.

Friday 26th– Monday 29th May, 10:30am – 4:30pm
Special event: 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:

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.

Photo credit: Paul Blakemore

5 Apr

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, 8:30 – 10:00pm
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:

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.


31 Mar

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


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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

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:

6 Apr

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 


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

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.

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.




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…/abergavenny-writing-festival/

Or at Borough Theatre, Abergavenny, in person or by phone:


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

– Rhoda Lane
Creative Network Co-ordinator



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Sat 29

POTTERY – summer school

July 29 @ 10:00 am - 3:00 pm