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Sat 28th Mar 15
Sun 6th Sep 15
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..


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Sun 29th Mar 15
Sat 31st Oct 15
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 31st May 15
Wed 30th Sep 15
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.

Fri 11th Sep 15
Sat 31st Oct 15
Dan Roberson Recent Paintings
A lifelong painter, Dan returned to education as a mature student in 2006, he obtained a first class degree in Fine Art from Aberystwyth University, and a Masters degree with distinction.
Dan describes himself as a painter who is inspired by the people and places that surround him.
It is of great importance to him that his work is accessible to all; his aim is to stimulate but never to alienate. Painting, he believes, is the perfect vehicle for this.
He explores and attempts to deconstruct the prescribed notion of what constitutes beauty and challenges what historically is deemed worthy of the attention of a painter.
The work contains a strong narrative; the importance of communication and storytelling is very present.
However, his work is not limited by its descriptive nature, and the exploration of colour and reduction of form reveal a slow path towards abstraction.

Fri 11th Sep 15
Sat 31st Oct 15
"Ymuno: A fascinating Exhibition of new projections, animations, prints and paintings by Suzybee & Gini Wade".

Sun 13th Sep 15
Sat 31st Oct 15
STARTS 10 am
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.

Sat 19th Sep 15
Sat 19th Sep 15
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.

Thu 8th Oct 15
Thu 8th Oct 15
STARTS 8:00 pm
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 poet: Helen Calcutt See http://helencalcutt.org/
Helen Calcutt is a poet, critic, and professional choreographer. Described as ‘radical’ ‘uncompromising’ ‘much like Emily Dickinson, surprising and new’ her poetry marks the presence of a compelling and powerful new literary voice. Her work has received global publication featuring in journals such as Equinox (Aude, France) The London Magazine, Under The Radar The Wales Arts Review (UK), The Salzburg Review (Austria) Poetry Scotland, and The New Yorker (U.S.A.) She has worked with institutions as diverse as Poetry By Heart, Poetry International and the National Trust. She was appointed Loughborough University’s Poet-in-Residence in September 2015.

Calcutt is the author of ‘Sudden rainfall’ her first collection of poetry, published by experimental English publishing house Perdika Press and was listed for the PBS Pamphlet Choice Award. She is founder of Bodily Writing, or écriture corporelle, a new project ‘celebrating the unique lines of dialogue between dance and poetry’. Since its launch at The Southbank Centre in June 2014, the project, has delivered a range open level and professional development courses and devised performances for Poetry International, NAWE Skills & Sharing Symposium, The Poetry Society, and the Birmingham Literature Festival.

Helen is currently working on her second full-length collection Siren, due for publication in 2016.

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)

Sat 10th Oct 15
Sat 10th Oct 15
Screen Printing With Jeb Nichols
Jeb Nichols is a well known international print maker. He studied in New York and now lives locally, he is in demand by Wimbledon and other Art Schools to teach printmaking. He has kindly encouraged and set up a screen printing facility at MWA. A grant from the Laura Asbhley Foundation has helped us buy equipment.
Our first workshop in this medium will be held on 10th October. Places are limited. Cost for the day inc. materials tea and coffee: £40.
Accommodation is available at reasonable rates for those travelling some distance.
A healthy lunch can be provided for £6.

Sun 22nd May 16
Sun 10th Jul 16
A View From The Margins
May 2016 sees four female Artists come together to create an exhibition based on the Title 'A View From The Margins.'

The four Artist's that are exhibiting are:

Loraine Morley
Linda Davies
Alexa Von Dewitz
Barbara Richter

See some of their work here:


Keep an eye out for more details of this exciting collaboration over the coming weeks.