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Sat 5th Sep 15

Sun 31st May 15
WORKSHOP
Sat 5th Sep 15
Sat 5th Sep 15
STARTS 10am
OPEN to PUBLIC
Developing Lino Printing With Jeb Nichols
We have asked Jeb to return by popular demand!
Jeb is a talented, practising artist, printmaker and experienced teacher who is in demand to run courses throughout the UK. Enjoy a day in the studio exploring linocut techniques. Linocut is a traditional relief printing method in which pieces of lino are cut away using special carving tools to create a design. The lino block is then inked up using a roller, and printed onto paper either by hand or using a traditional printing press.
£35 per person based on 8 people to include basic materials for the day. Food available from the café, if pre booked a healthy buffet lunch can be provided for £6.



Sun 26th Jul 15
EXHIBITION
Sun 31st May 15
Wed 30th Sep 15
STARTS
OPEN to PUBLIC
Islwyn Watkins 1960-2015
We are delighted to be holding a major exhibition of the sculptures, assemblages and collages by the renowned Welsh Artist, Islwyn Watkins
Islwyn was born in 1938 in Tonypandy, South Wales. From 1954 to 1959 he studied Fine Art at Cardiff College of Art and from 1959 to 1964 Lithography at Hornsey College of Art. In 1965/66 he did his Master's degree at University of Wisconsin Madison USA. He has his studio in Knighton, Gwent, and is a great admirer of Kurt Schwitters.

Artist's Statement: "Since the early 1960s my work has followed a steady development. While trained as a painter and potter, my work has evolved into three-dimensional relief or free-standing structures. These use found materials, wood etc., which have already had an existence. They bear not just the original workings of the joiner, carpenter or engineer but have over a period been modified by time, weather, sea or the hand of man. The surfaces are worn, bleached, distressed, the colours have been faded, paint has flaked or been abraded.
These elements are combined to create new identities indicated by the pieces themselves and constrained by the space and constraints of the context for which the work may be being produced. New materials and painted surfaces are used as necessary towards these ends and provide a contrast to the found material" (quoted, by kind permission of the artist, from 'Revelations - Processes of Making Art').

For most of his productive years Islwyn Watkins has created relief and free-standing constructions using found materials especially wood and leather. But he has also worked on paper to create collages (using mixed media e.g. materials such as paint, wallpaper, old bus tickets etc.) , intaglio prints & lithographs as well as small paintings in acrylic. As in his three-dimensional pieces, each work has its own identity and the same considerations of space, proportions & colour apply. Titles, if they exist, describe colours or are of an allusive nature or are associative (e.g. references to Schwitters, his role model). His titles identify rather than describe his work, which is a reflection of his curiosity, tolerance and sense of humour, something which he and Robert Harding have in common.

Teaching Experience: 1959-64 at a North London secondary school & part-time at South Hertfordshire College & the Working Men's College London; 1965 at James Graham College Leeds; 1965/66 part-time at the University of Wisconsinm Madison USA; 1966/67 part-time at Birmingham College of Art & Shenstone College Bromsgrove; 1967-77 Birmingham College of Art/Polytechnic.

Commissions: Former chairman of the Welsh Group and of the Association of Artists & Designers in Wales. Interested in & actively involved with antique ceramics.

International Exhibitions:
1966 W.V.Smith Gallery, Los Angeles (solo); Wisconsin Centre, Madison (solo); 1960s at the International Miniature Print Show in USA (mixed); also worked on a series of environmental & happening-type works in USA;

International Academia :1965-66 Master's degree at the University of Wisconsin, Madison USA.
Teaching at the University of Wisconsin.
Islwyn Watkins: 'Persian'Series of prints is in Public Collections in USA.





Sat 28th Mar 15
EXHIBITION
Sun 26th Jul 15
Sun 6th Sep 15
STARTS 11am
OPEN to PUBLIC
The 56 Group Wales: Mid Summer Show
The 56 Group Wales is showing at Mid Wales Arts Centre for the first time. Members of the group have all shown in countries throughout the world and it is fitting that they are now showing in the very heart of Wales.
The book "A Taste of the Avant-Garde: 56 Group Wales 56 Years" by David Moore tells the story of this illustrious group. David will be giving a talk about the group at MWA at 2pm on the 6th September.

The 56 Group exhibition will include new works by renowned Welsh artists:
Glyn Jones
Antonia Spowers
Peter Spriggs
Alison Lochhead
Robert Harding
Martyn Jones
Peter Williams
John Selway
Dilys Jackson
Justine Johnson
Ken Elias



Fri 11th Sep 15
ART FILM
Sat 28th Mar 15
Sun 6th Sep 15
STARTS 7pm
OPEN to PUBLIC
Of Time And The Railway
The final section of the railway line between Birmingham and Abersytwyth was completed in 1863. Since then the line has been a crucial artery between the industrial West Midlands and mid & west Wales.

This is a film about that journey recorded from the drivers’ cab of the train. Filmed between October 2013 and February 2015 on 86 different days it has been edited into a single trip that takes in more than a year. It captures the changing human geography adjacent to the track, but also a landscape that is sustained and twisted by the weather and the coming and going of the seasons. The film also represents a single day – entering Birmingham at night and leaving at dawn, going to Shrewsbury in the morning and on to Newtown and the mountains in the afternoon, before dropping down towards the sea as the sun starts to set and we reach journey’s end at Aberystwyth.

This film is about the passage of time, both literally and historically. It’s about taking a journey, but also the effect that the passage of time has on that journey. It describes a moment in the history of this landscape.
There are 3 versions to see.The unabridged film. A speeded up version and an abstract film..


www.oftimeandtherailway.com

film facebook page:
www.facebook.com/oftimeandtherailway


Tue 15th Sep 15
EXHIBITION
Fri 11th Sep 15
Sun 18th Oct 15
STARTS
OPEN to PUBLIC
Dan Roberson Recent Paintings
 


Sat 19th Sep 15
ART TALK/LECTURE
Tue 15th Sep 15
Tue 15th Sep 15
STARTS 7pm
OPEN to PUBLIC
Islwyn Watkins Illustrated Talk
Islwyn will be giving a talk about his inspirations, influences, methods of working and the development of his work which is currently on exhibition in the gallery.

He will bring a collection of images that give an insight into his lifetimes work and his indefatigable sense of humour.

Refreshments available


Fri 11th Sep 15
WORKSHOP
Sat 19th Sep 15
Sat 19th Sep 15
STARTS 10
OPEN to PUBLIC
Islwyn Watkins
We are delighted that Islwyn Watkins will be leading a workshop, inviting participants to bring found objects that have history and relevance to themselves to create collages, sculptures and assemblages.
There will also be a collection of found and natural objects available.

You will have the opportunity to create an individual piece with the option to participate in a group project under the guidance of Islwyn.
Cost for the day £40.


Sun 22nd Nov 15
EXHIBITION
Fri 11th Sep 15
Sat 31st Oct 15
STARTS
OPEN to PUBLIC
Ymuno
"Ymuno: A fascinating Exhibition of new projections, animations, prints and paintings by Suzybee & Gini Wade".


Thu 6th Aug 15
EXHIBITION
Sun 22nd Nov 15
Sun 20th Dec 15
STARTS
OPEN to PUBLIC
Open Exhibition
We at MWA are inspired by Wales. We invite artists to submit work describing the location or aspect of Wales that inspires them most.
Selection: Please submit images in the first instance by October 16th.
detailing size and media. Judging panel to be announced shortly. No size restriction (within reason)
First prize: £200.
Under 25: £100
All works should be for sale and suitable for indoor display due to the time of year.


 


Tue 11th Aug 15
WORKSHOP
Thu 6th Aug 15
Fri 28th Aug 15
STARTS
OPEN to PUBLIC
Children's Holiday Workshops 2015
By popular demand we will be running a new even better programme of children's workshops during the school summer holidays. Every Thursday and Friday 10-4 for four weeks we will be running Art Activity Days
Highly skilled local artists with teaching experience are offering a variety of enjoyable activities designed to develop skills and extend your child's creativity.
Aimed at 7-14 year olds these will include:
Clay modelling
Batik
Wire Sculpture
Paper Sculpture
Tie Dye
Plaster casting
Printing
Feltmaking
Drawing Animals
Painting to Music
£15 per session. 10-4. includes all materials. Children should wear old clothes and bring a packed lunch. Drinks and biscuits provided
Tutors: Nicky Arscott, Becky Wade, Esther Thorpe, Cathy Knapp
Places limited so pre booking essential.
Dates:6th & 7th 13th & 14th 20th &21st 27th &28th August
e mail info@midwalesarts.org.uk for a booking form.
£15 a session
Contact info@midwalesarts.org.uk 01686 688369 to reserve a place


Sun 29th Mar 15
WORKSHOP
Tue 11th Aug 15
Wed 12th Aug 15
STARTS 10am
OPEN to PUBLIC
Enamelling Masterclass
Elizabeth Turrell is a world renowned expert in enamelling and has kindly agreed to return to MWAC for a two day masterclass.
You will have the opportunity to experiment with different processes and produce a panel or group of panels forming a mural.
Places are limited and early booking is strongly advised.
MWAC centre is the home to a unique collection of enamels by the late Stefan Knapp produced between 1954 and 1996
Cost of course: £50 per day including a healthy lunch, tea coffee and homemade cakes.
Accommodation is available at discounted prices.
contact info@midwalesartscentre.org.uk 01686 688369


Wed 29th Jul 15
EXHIBITION
Sun 29th Mar 15
Sat 31st Oct 15
STARTS
OPEN to PUBLIC
New Sculpture Trail 2015 Sculpture Cymru At Mwac
The National organisation of professional Sculptors in Wales ‘Sculpture Cymru’ celebrated the opening of an exciting new ‘Test Bed’ space and Sculpture Trail in the grounds of Mid Wales Arts Centre on Sunday 26th April. Alison Lochead of Scupture Cymru and the Gas Gallery said it was the beginning of an exciting period for Sculpture Cymru who have wanted a ‘Hiraeth’ , home where they could have a permanent exhibition space to show their work and exchange ideas. They look forward to working with Mid Wales Arts to develop the potential exhibition space at the centre.
The Arts Centre’s growing reputation and accessible central location in the centre of Wales has also attracted the Tengenenge Sculptors from Zimbabwe. Thomas Ndheble and Evermore Karumazondo, Tenegenege sculptors said they were delighted to have found such a wonderful outdoor space to show their sculptures and have travelled daily from Stoke on Trent to work with the curators at the centre. Together with Sculpture Cymru they have created a trail totalling 104 sculptures to discover in the grounds making a national and international Sculpture park of the highest standard.
Mid Wales Arts is committed to Arts education at all levels, there is an activity worksheet for children and schools are encouraged to visit.
The Sculpture trail is now open until 15th October. Free admission, Thursday-Sunday groups visits and schools welcomed by appointment Contact: Cathy Knapp 01686 688369


Sun 13th Sep 15
WORKSHOP
Wed 29th Jul 15
Thu 30th Jul 15
STARTS 10am
OPEN to PUBLIC
Young People's Film Project
Judy Parkinson, Chanel 4 documentary film maker, artist, curator and author of several best selling books including: 'I before E except after C', ' Remember, Remember the 5th Of November and biographies of Elton John, Monica Lewinski and Diana Princess of Wales will give a special masterclass film making workshop for young people from 15-19. This 2 day course will take workshop will take place immediately prior to the Eisteddfod and give added focus to the importance of the Arts in Wales. Students will select an artist or sculptor exhibiting at the Centre: and research, plan, make and edit a short innovative documentary about an aspect of their life and work.
 


Sat 25th Apr 15
WORKSHOP
Sun 13th Sep 15
Sat 31st Oct 15
STARTS 10 am
OPEN to PUBLIC
A Personal Journey In Clay
Exhibition of Ceramics by Andy Warren that describe his ceramic and personal journey.
Andy will exhibit work made over a 40 year period from sixth form general studies, through a professional period making wood fired salt glaze, to his current status as a hobby potter. The exhibition will include a commentary on his personal journey over that time and how this is revealed through the pieces exhibited.




Thu 9th Jul 15
EXHIBITION
Sat 25th Apr 15
Sat 31st Oct 15
STARTS
OPEN to PUBLIC
Thomas Ndhlebe And The Tengenenge Community Stone Carvings
Thomas Ndhlebe was born in Zimbabwe and is a member of the Tengenenge community of stone sculptors.
His work offers an interesting contrast to the Sculpture Cymru trail at Mid Wales Arts.
His wife will be presenting a story telling day describing the essence of the spirit within the sculptures.
'WHEN I LOOK AT A STONE I IMAGINE SOMETHING WHICH I ALWAYS WANT TO SHOW THE WORLD WHAT I SEE. I ALWAYS SHOW MY FEELINGS THROUGH SCULPTURE OF WHICH IT HAS A UNIVERSAL LANGUAGE. EVERYBODY HAS HER OR HIS OWN INTERPRETATION ON A SCULPTURE. I AM AN INTERNATIONAL SCULPTOR AND RECOGNISED AFRICAN ARTIST FROM ZIMBABWE.

Thomas Ndhlebe, born in 1961 in Gokwe district. I attended Bumhira primary school in Nyanga. 'I learnt Stone sculpture from my grandfather when I was seven years old, he used to carve soap (stones). He encouraged me to try his skills, at first I didn’t like it. Due to his persistence I eventually joined him with the thought that I would do better than him, After finishing the first article I was intrinsically motivated into it. He left me two soap stones of which I curved the map of Zimbabwe from it. When I curved the last stone’ I did not know where to find some more stones so I decided to do wood carving. From this point carving became my hobby, instead of playing with other children I was carving. I worked as a domestic worker and I used my master's wood to make toys during my spare time. At the age of twenty seven I worked as a security guard in Harare and was assigned to go to Guruve that was the turning point of my life.

In Guruve I met the world famous artists 1989, i.e., Bernard Matemera, Josiah Manzi, Just to mention a few at TENGENENGE ART COMMUNITY in Zimbwbwe. Bernard Matemera told me to use the brain, hands and the tools into stone sculpting. I did my first sculpture from serpentine stone, it was a bird. I was over the moon when everyone was impressed with the sculpture. I sold it to a Gallery owner in Holland Mr Ben Joosten. From then, the owner of Tengenenge Art Community, Tom Bloomfeild offered me a job as a sales man at the Art Community. It was the biggest world Art Community with one thousand Artists. This was an advantage to me because I had more time for sculpting. In this post I was asked to help the artists to write their biographs and promote their work. During this period I met a lot of Art fans from various parts of the world on their visit at Tengenenge Art Community. I initiated workshops with the visitors and students from other countries. I negotiated for a programme for our Zimbabwean Artists to go abroad for workshops and it was a very successful programme. This is how I started doing workshops in other countries such as Holland, France, Switzerland, Germany, Belgium, Spain, Portugal, Zambia, America and the United Kingdom. During all this Period I was making and selling sculptures. The most remarkable sculpture was the one which was commissioned by United Nations (UNICEF) in 1996
I exhibited in National Art Gallery of Zimbabwe and my sculptures were rated as one of the best and was given a merit certificate. I also went to Zambia for Exhibition and workshop on the African Art conference for six months and I was awarded a certificate of excellence by the Minister of Culture. I had a workshop which was attended by Queen Beatrix of The Netherlands as a student. When I did a workshop at Quick Silver's Place at Middlesex University, I was awarded an Honorary Degree in Art. I also assisted two University students with their Dissertation of they passed their dissertations.
The following is an overview of my workshops and exhibitions:


EXHIBITION /WORKSHOPS COUNTRY Place Year
Workshop Netherlands Nimegen 2014
Exhibition United Kingdom Crew Hall, Cheshire 2013
Both United Kingdom Urban Art Centre’ Stoke-on-Trent
AfricArt Brighton 2012
Both United Kingdom RHS Gardens Hyde Hall 2011, 2003
Both United Kingdom Afric Art Brighton 1998 to 2011
Workshop United Kingdom Princess Royal Haywards Heath Hospital 2000/2/5/6
Both United Kingdom Clarkenwell Centre, London 2002/10
Both United Kingdom Botanical Gardens, Birmingham 2008/10
Both United Kingdom Oxford Botanical 2007
Workshop UNITED KINGDOM Highgate High School/ London 2000/1/2/3/6/7/8/10
Workshop UNITED KINGDOM Ramster Gardens 2007
BOTH UNITED KINGDOM The Joy of Africa/ Eastbourne 2005
Workshop UNITED KINGDOM Henfeild/ Sussex 2005
BOTH UNITED
KINGDOM Broodhembury/ Honington. Devon 2005
Both UNITED KINGDOM Hastings Festival 2004
Both UNITED KINGDOM Commonwealth Conference Centre/ London 2004
Both UNITED KINGDOM Commonwealth Conference Institute/ Bristol 2004
Both UNITED KINGDOM Lower Shaw Farm/ Swindon 2003
Workshop United Kingdom Middlesex University/ Quick Silve rPlace/London 2003
Both United kingdom Booth Museum Brighton 2003
Workshop United Kingdom The Grace Eyre Foundation Brighton 2003
Both UNITED KINGDOM Bhawnagree Gallery/ London 2003
Both united kingdom Hornman Museum/London 2003
Workshop United Kingdom St John of Ark School. Highbury/ London 2000/1/2 1997/8/9
Both UNITED KINGDOM Swindon Rail Museum 2001
Workshops UNITED KINGDOM Brighton Schools/Brighton 1998-2000
BOTH UNITED KINGDOM Peterborough Friends of Kwekwe 2000
Both The Netherlands Afrika Museum/Arnehem 2000
Both U SA World Art Festival Houston/Texas 2000
Workshop United Kingdom Humbrokhill North/ Cherchster 200/1999
Workshop UNITED
KINGDOM White Cliff Café/ Saltdean 1999
Workshop The Netherland Stone dreams 1999
Both The Netherlands World Art Foundation 1999
Exhibition United Kingdom Zimbabwe House/London 1999
Both Germany Manheim museum 1999/97
Both Germany Out of Afrika Nunburg museum 1997
Both Belgium Antwerp Museum 1997
Exhibition Belgium Zimbabwe House Brussels 1997
Both The Netherlands Kasteel Museum/ Loosdrecht 1997
Both Zambia Zambia National Visual Art sCouncil/Lusaka 1996
Exhibition Zimbabwe National Art Gallery/ Zimbabwe 1990/3/4/7
Exhibition Zimbabwe Unicef/Harare 1995
Both The Netherlands Bax Gallery/Geldermalsen 1995/96
Both The Netherlands Galerie destrang 1995
Both
The Netherlands University of Twentee 1995
Both The Netherlands Wakaningen/Museum/ Nymegen 1995
Exhibition U S A Hermingway Gallery/ New York

I also have a number of sculptures which were ordered by commission for permanent collections in the following institutions, museums and galleries

Chapungu Gallery in Harare, Zimbabwe (1992-1993-1994-1995)

World Art Foundation in Holland (1996-1997)

Kasteel Museum in Holland (1998)

Bax Gallery in Holland (1996-1997)

Booth Museum in Brighton, UK (2002)

Unicef (commissioned piece) in New York, U S A (1995)

Zimbabwe House in Belgium. Brassels (1996)

Zambia Visual Arts Council in Lusaka, Zambia (1997)

Out of Africa Gallery in Nunberg,Germany(1996-1997)

Manheim Museum inGermany(1997)

Stone Dreams Gallery in Nymegen, Holland (1996)

Tengenenge Art Community in Guruve, Zimbabwe (1989-2000)

AFRIC ART GALLERY BRIGHTON (1998-1999-2000-2007 -2008-2009-2010)






Sat 11th Jul 15
POETRY EVENT
Thu 9th Jul 15
Thu 9th Jul 15
STARTS 8 pm
OPEN to PUBLIC
Mid Wales Poetry Open Mic Evening
Our regular open mic poetry evening in the relaxed atmosphere of the gallery, for all those who enjoy poetry.

• Bring a favourite poem to read
• Read or perform your own work
• Or just come and listen!

Guest poets: David Calcutt and Nadia Kingsley (postponed from 9th April)
David Calcutt is a playwright, poet and novelist who has been widely published. See www.davidcalcutt.com.
Nadia Kingsley is a poet, flash fiction and short story writer, who also runs Fair Acre Press. See www.fairacrepress.co.uk.
They will be reading from their joint publications, "Through the Woods" and "Road Kill" (a journey into the secret lives of our native animals) together with individual readings.

Hosted by Jane Dards
Admission £3. All welcome. Refreshments available. Cafe-style seating.
A chance to view the current exhibition.
For more information, contact Jane Dards (01686 689082 or email jane@janedards.co.uk) or Cathy Knapp (MWAC)
 

WORKSHOP
Sat 11th Jul 15
Sun 12th Jul 15
STARTS 10
OPEN to PUBLIC
Stone Carving Sculpture Workshop
Thomas Ndhlebe is a sculptor from the Tengenenge Community in Zimbabwe. He is an experienced teacher and will be giving a special workshop using serpentine stones and traditional tools.
This is a 2 day workshop open to all abilities. The cost is £40 per day £35 concessions. £20 under 18. Tools are provided, stone is charged at a very reasonable rate.
Accommodation is available at the centre.
Evermore Karumazondo will be presenting a story telling sessions during the week end describing the essence of the spirit and the African stories within the sculptures.

'WHEN I LOOK AT A STONE I IMAGINE SOMETHING WHICH I ALWAYS WANT TO SHOW THE WORLD WHAT I SEE. I ALWAYS SHOW MY FEELINGS THROUGH SCULPTURE OF WHICH IT HAS A UNIVERSAL LANGUAGE. EVERYBODY HAS HER OR HIS OWN INTERPRETATION ON A SCULPTURE'