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9 Aug
2017

2017 Food Festival Art Project

Volunteer with Bettina Reeves to create stunning sculptures for Abergavenny Market Hall

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Volunteers are warmly invited to join Bettina Reeves for the 2017 Abergavenny Food Festival art project.  Bettina, who retires this summer from her position as senior tutor for Theatre Design at Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama, has chosen chickens for this year’s art project, a theme last visited in 2008 “We will be crafting chickens from withy and willow, paper and fabric and fluttering amongst these beauties will be native butterflies of silk”.

The project takes place in the Arts Alive Wales studio over 15 intensive days from 29 August to 13 September, 9.30am to 5.30pm and will be installed in Abergavenny Market Hall in time for the Festival weekend on 16/17 September.  This hugely enjoyable and rewarding project is open to volunteers  of all abilities aged over 16 years.  Join us to share and learn new skills and to enjoy the camaraderie, fun and great lunches.  We look forward to welcoming familiar as well as new faces.

Bring lunch to share and a pair of scissors

For more information or if you want to take part email info@artsalivewales.org.uk 

The unveiling of the annual art project is an eagerly awaited moment in the local calendar whilst the sculptures are a hugely popular feature of the Market Hall, drawing residents and visitors all year round.  In recognition of its iconic status, this year’s project has been generously supported with funding from Abergavenny Town Council

2017 is Abergavenny Food Festival’s 19th year running and reaches 35,000 people  http://www.abergavennyfoodfestival.com

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22 Dec
2016

BASIC SKILLS WEAVING COURSE

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Basic Skills Course in 4 Shaft Weaving 

The Crickhowell Guild of Weavers Spinners & Dyers will be offering structured tuition in the basic skills of Weaving on 4 shaft looms.  Places are limited so please book early. Gift Vouchers available.

Course Tutor: Liz Davies

The course will take place at the Arts Alive Wales studio in Crickhowell

8 day course

Initial Weekend, 18th & 19th February

followed by 6 consecutive Thursdays from 23rd February to 30th March

10.00am to 4.00pm

£200.00 per person including materials and loan of equipment

 

For further information and to book a place please telephone Carey Godwin: 01981 240416 or eamil Sarah Roberts: ciderbarnsarah@hotmail.co.uk

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12 Sep
2016

INTRODUCTION TO WEAVING – autumn term

weavingIntroduction to Weaving with Dunja Roberts

Using the versatile rigid heddle loom, Dunja Roberts, artisan hand spinner and weaver, will take you through all the steps required to design and weave a beautiful scarf. During this day-long course you’ll select your materials, plan a pattern, warp the loom, weave cloth and finish the end product. You’ll never look at textiles in the same way again.

Saturday 5th November

10am – 4pm

£40 for the day

 

All patterns, equipment and materials are included in the workshop fee.

Suitable for beginners as well as those with some experience.

Looms are available to purchase from Dunja if you would like to continue weaving after the workshop.

Please bring a packed lunch.

To see more of Dunja’s work visit: www.allinaspin.co.uk

This workshop is now fully booked.  For more information, please contact us on tel: 01873 811579 / email: info@artsalivewales.org.uk

 

6 Sep
2016

CREATIVE NETWORK mini fund

 

Members of the Creative Network are invited to apply for a £300 ‘mini-fund’ to produce new work. We want to hear about your idea for a new project, publication, performance, collaboration, exhibition or body of work. There are no creative limitations.

Deadlines for applications are in March and September each year.

The next deadline for applications is 5pm, FRIDAY 31st MARCH 2017.

Download the application form and guidelines:creative-network-mini-fund-march-2017

March 2016’s mini fund was awarded to a collaborative group of three Creative Network members; Susan Milne, Katherine Sheers and Helen Watkins, to produce a new exhibition. You can read Susan’s overview of the project below…

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TRACES EXHIBITION

THE TABERNACLE,  TALGARTH

27 May  -5 June 2016

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The Tabernacle in Talgarth, a successful local music venue, was transformed into a gallery space for the duration of the Hay Festival. Artists Susan Milne, Katherine Sheers and Helen Watkins presented an exhibition that covered a range of ideas, techniques and mediums celebrating textiles and garments.

With the Tabernacle’s natural light enhanced by subtle pinpoint and track lights, the old chapel  became a quiet and meditative space in which to enjoy the work.

Helen’s beautiful linen hangings were coloured using a palette of plant dyes harvested from the surrounding landscape. The four suspended  pieces aimed to create a gentle space for quiet contemplation.

Katherine displayed individually dyed specimens of concealment, pinned as entomology samples and figurative works of finely stitched silk and cotton. Susan’s paper and fibre constructions, deriving from her drawings of garment fragments in museums, and ancient textile fragments from archaeological collections, were presented, museum style on  display tables with  lights for the individual pieces of work.

Approximately 500 people attended the exhibition, including visitors to the area,  local people and  visitors to the Hay Festival from the UK and abroad. The artists sold at least 25% of their work and there were expressions of interest for further exhibitions, sales and promotion.

The artists are grateful for the support from the Creative Network mini fund, the Tabernacle and the Hay Festival and also many local helpers.

Susan Milne, artist
Summer 2016

Photo credit: ‘Ann Dierikx Photography’

 

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23 Apr
2016

Traces Exhibition

 

This Spring’s mini-fund has been awarded to three Creative Network members who will use the £300 fund to support a group exhibition of textile work at The Tabernacle, Talgarth during the Hay Festival period. 

 

TRACES

An exhibition of work by

SUSAN MILNE  /  KATHERINE SHEERS  /  HELEN WATKINS

THE TABERNACLE , Talgarth, Powys

27 May- 5 June 2016

11am-5pm daily.

ENTRANCE FREE

The artists will be available to discuss their work at a late closing on Wednesday 1st June . 6.30pm- 9.30pm.

 

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Traces is an exhibition of new work at The Tabernacle, Talgarth, by Susan Milne, Katherine Sheers and Helen Watkins. The artists have come together through a mutual love of textiles and collectively they occupy the practices of art, craft, design and the spaces in between. The exhibition draws a thread through both personal and communal history; bringing to light the cloth we wear close to our bodies during a lifetime and the textile fragments of our ancestors buried beneath the surface.

The artists apply a range of processes and techniques including embroidery, drawing, construction, stitching, and dyeing. Susan unearths decaying remnants of garments and archeological layers of human presence in our landscape and makes works in paper and collage. Katherine creates exquisite silk and lace specimens of concealment dyed with the purple fruits of local hedgerows. Helen’s banners of natural colour and woven texture are embroidered with the marks of human interaction in the Black Mountains.

Although each artist has a defined individual practice, there is an intriguing synergy amongst the three. The work of one artist imparts a further layer of meaning to another’s, and produces a cohesive and quietly powerful exhibition that responds sensitively to the unique interior of The Tabernacle.

Rebecca Spooner
Arts Development Manager

 

 

SUSAN MILNE: Artist working with ideas about land and the development of the landscape. Current work: disintegration and fragmentation of organic and inorganic matter. The work, relating to garments and textiles, is made with mixed media, paper and fibers, and derives from drawings made from archeological fragments and museum artefacts. www.susanmilne.co.uk

KATHERINE SHEERS: Textile artist whose work questions the fundamental aspects of human emotion and how they relate to contemporary ideals of womanhood. Current work: specimens of concealment and vulnerability. Utilising the slow, ancient processes of natural dyeing and hand-stitching to colour, mark, reinforce and disguise upcycled silk, lace and cotton. www.katherinesheers.com

HELEN WATKINS: Textile artist and designer whose work is informed and inspired by the rites and rhythms of the surrounding agricultural landscape. Current work: natural plant dyed fabrics of linen, wool and silk; cutting, turning, crossing, joining, marking, represent an active, mindful and meditative intervention.

 

Photo credit for Susan Milne and Helen Watkins: ‘Ann Dierikx Photography’

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