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WORKSHOP
Thu 16th Feb 17
Thu 6th Apr 17
STARTS 10
OPEN to PUBLIC
Art For Well Being
Art for Well Being is a new Art Club held on Thursday mornings 10-12 in the accessible, well equipped studio at MWA.
There is an abundant variety of art materials, a relaxed, safe atmosphere, Pauline Forde, an experienced art therapist will be leading the sessions; giving guidance, support, opportunity to express yourself in a free, creative way and have fun.
The group is aimed at individuals and carers who may be recovering or living with illness, either physical or psychological. Art for Well Being is offered to promote recovery, pleasure, diversion, achievement and ultimately an improved sense of well-being.
Art making can result in feelings of empowerment and inner peace through expression.

Enquiries and Booking: Please call Pauline on 07531 713272 / pauline@fordeassociates.co.uk
or info@midwalesarts.org.uk

There is a maximum of 8 people per session so booking is essential.

Collectively the workshops are designed to explore materials and techniques and develop different aspects of your creative self. Basic art materials are supplied and included in the cost, however, for large clay art pieces, there may be an extra charge for firing and glazing.

Please remember to wear old clothes!

EXHIBITION
Sun 19th Mar 17
Sun 30th Apr 17
STARTS
OPEN to PUBLIC
Enamoured

A major exhibition of contemporary techniques in glass on metal from the British Society of Enamellers.

From fine enamel on precious metals in traditional techniques such as basse-taille, champlevé and cloisonné, to experimental wet-process on copper and steel, via high-firing, sgraffito, stencilling and decals, this exhibition will show the wide range of styles in current practice from over 50 artists. Industrial large panels, car badges, regalia and medals from commercial companies contrast with sculptures, exquisite miniature paintings, jewellery and wall panels.

EXHIBITION
Sun 19th Mar 17
Sun 30th Apr 17
STARTS
OPEN to PUBLIC
Aberystwyth Printmakers Collective
Aberystwyth Printmakers were established in 2004 by a group of artists who employ a range of printmaking techniques in their work, including etching, lithography, screenprinting, wood engraving, woodcut and linocut. The principle aim of the group, which currently has around sixty members, is the promotion of printmaking in all it's forms in Mid and West Wales, through regular meetings, talks, lectures, workshop demonstrations and exhibitions of members work. In recent years the group has exhibited widely throughout Wales, England and Scotland and further afield in the USA, Australia,New Zealand, Hong Kong and China.
Members range from students to internationally known professional artists, and we have a long association with the School of Art, Aberystwyth University. We showcase our work annually in exhibitions across Wales and internationally.

Mid Wales Arts re-opens their 2017 programme with an Exhibition of works from the members of Aberystwyth Printmakers.
 

WORKSHOP
Tue 28th Mar 17
Tue 28th Mar 17
STARTS 10
OPEN to PUBLIC
3d Enamelling On Copper Foil With Maureen Carswell
Maureen Carswell is a member of the British Society of Enamellers. She specialises in working on thin copper foil that enables delicate individual forms to be made from the simplest bowl shape through pleated, folded pieces, right through to ‘fantasy’ pieces.We will use liquid enamel and liquid flux, which can be used as an agent to hold sifted enamel. Sgraffito in liquid enamels can also be used in the decorative process and this will be included.There will be an opportunity to try other forms of decoration, such as decals, gold and silver foils etc and experiment with torch firing can be included.

Bring any drawings, ideas and photographs you may have.
Workshop fee : £50 per person including basic materials and equipment.
Contact info@midwalesarts.org.uk and ask for a booking form.
Book Jill Leventon's course as well and receive a 10% discount. Accommodation available.
Refreshments and healthy lunch available £7.50.



WORKSHOP
Wed 29th Mar 17
Wed 29th Mar 17
STARTS 10am
OPEN to PUBLIC
Sculpting And Enamelling 3d Forms With Jill Leventon
We are delighted that Jill will be joining us again to give a workshop at MWA. Jill is an experienced, knowledgeable and inspiring teacher. In this workshop you will have the opportunity to experiment with different cutting and forming tools and techniques to form 2 and 3 dimensional sculptural shapes. This course is great fun and suitable for all levels of ability.
Bring any drawings, ideas and photographs you may have.
Workshop fee : £50 per person including basic materials and equipment.
Contact info@midwalesarts.org.uk and ask for a booking form.
Book Maureen Carswell's course as well and receive a 10% discount. Accommodation available.
Refreshments and healthy lunch available £7.50.




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WORKSHOP
Sat 8th Apr 17
Sat 8th Apr 17
STARTS 10am-4pm
OPEN to PUBLIC
Lino Cutting - Jeb Nichols
This course will teach you how to overlay designs using 2 or more colours
Jeb is a talented, practising artist, printmaker and experienced teacher who is in demand to run courses throughout the UK. Suitable for all abilities, this will be a fun day and combine drawing, design and explore ways of using this traditional printing method.

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/s are then inked up using a roller, and printed onto paper either by hand or using a traditional printing press.
£50 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 £7.50 Accommodation is available at the centre at reasonable prices for those from further afield. This is a popular course, booking essential.


EXHIBITION
Sun 9th Apr 17
Sun 29th Oct 17
STARTS 2pm
OPEN to PUBLIC
Sculpture Cymru At M W A C - Home Of Sculptors In Wales 2016
The National organisation of professional Sculptors in Wales ‘Sculpture Cymru’ celebrated the opening of an exciting new ‘Test’ space and Sculpture Trail in 2015 at Mid Wales Arts Centre, Caersws. Alison Lochead of Sculpture 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.
Sculpture Cymru members organise exhibitions, residencies, workshops and seminars. Members also work with sculptors and groups from other countries. Recent collaborations have involved artists from Brittany, Ireland, Catalunya, Argentina and the USA.
The organisation also offers advice and management for sculptural projects and welcomes applications from sculptors interested in joining the group.
After a fantastic start, 2017 will see the further development of the MWAC sculpture trail.

As well as work from Sculpture Cymru members, there will also be a varied collection from the Tengenenge sculptors. Tengenenge is a village in the North of Zimbabwae, where all of the residents are artists, who make their living by sculpting stone. With the downfall of the economy and in turn, the lack of tourism, the Tengenenge's have suffered with less visitors to the village and therefore selling less work. However, despite these hardships, the community has survived due to the passion and the energy of these people! We're delighted to be a support and provide a place to exhibit and sell their work.

Entrance is free.

WORKSHOP
Tue 11th Apr 17
Thu 13th Apr 17
STARTS 10am
OPEN to Teens in Powys
Sculpteen 2017
Following the brilliant results by the team of '16 we are running a 3 day Sculpture workshop during the Easter holidays with Sculpture Cymru chairman Glenn Morris.
The first 8 young people to register will have the opportunity to learn professional techniques and be involved in making 2 permanent full size sculptures for outdoor display. They will work with armatures, resins and glass fibre, using student's own drawings, maquettes to the final life size pieces in paper and concrete mix. The finished pieces will be developed from students drawings and the concrete and paper based sculptures currently on exhibition in Newtown Market Hall. This project has been funded by Arts Council Wales and the National Lottery. Attendance is free for 11-19 year old living in Powys.

WORKSHOP
Fri 21st Apr 17
Sat 22nd Apr 17
STARTS 10
OPEN to PUBLIC
Botanicals. With Ruth Kirkby
'Nature is the artist, I merely try my best to represent her’.

MWA are running a 2 day workshop with talented artist Ruth Kirkby.
Giving you the opportunity to learn techniques and produce a painting of flowers or edible plants. Sometimes called 'Kitchen Art' paintings can bring domestic areas to life
Ruth is an experienced teacher who now specialises in botanical illustration. Tutored by Moya Davern, she has won RHS Silver Medals in 2012 and 2013, and more recently a Gold Medal at RHS Linley Hall for her collection of illustrations of Siberian Iris in 2014.
She particularly likes to paint plants, vegetables and flowers that are in season and always works real specimens.

‘First of all, I start with careful observation, followed by accurate drawing of the subject I like to imitate the natural cadences of the plant or flower that I am going to paint. Getting the colour correct is the next task - and finding an absolute match can be challenging. I work in watercolour and gouache – the former is unforgiving, but I feel it best represents the translucency of petals and leaves and the subtle colour changes in all plant life.
Ruth has exhibited in London, Malvern, Presteigne & Discoed and her work has appeared three times on the cover of Hortus Magazine. She was featured in Country Living September 2015.
Ruth's work is currently on display at MWA
If you wish you can bring your own prize specimens. Materials and subject matter will be supplied.
Cost per day: £50 including basic materials. Drinks and refreshments including a healthy lunch available £7.

WORKSHOP
Sat 22nd Apr 17
Sun 23rd Apr 17
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 £55 per day £35 concessions. £30 under 18. Tools are provided, stone is charged at a very reasonable rate.
Accommodation is available at the centre.


'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'

POETRY EVENT
Sun 23rd Apr 17
Sun 23rd Apr 17
STARTS 3
OPEN to PUBLIC
Putting Poetry In It's Place
Our first Poetry Event of 2017 will take place on a Sunday afternoon and follow a different format, Nadia Kingsley has organised a feast of entertainment.

Come to Mid Wales Arts Centre for an afternoon of poetry and music which is rooted in place: Enjoy Black Country’s Steve Pottinger and Emma Purshouse – 2 exceptional performance poets whose work is both entertaining and thought-provoking; local musician Andrew Warren – who along with a Welsh speaker will pay tribute to Caersws’ John ‘Ceiriog’ Hughes; then sit back, laugh and revel in the 2014 Costa Award for Poetry winner Jonathan Edwards – who will read from My Family and other Superheroes, as well as treat us to some of his new work.
Tickets £8. from: http://fairacrepress.co.uk/shop/event-putting-poetry-in-its-place/

WORKSHOP
Sat 29th Apr 17
Sun 30th Apr 17
STARTS 10am - 4pm
OPEN to PUBLIC
Pottery Weekend - Form With A N D Y W A R R E N
Due to the popularity of Andy Warren's Pottery Workshops in 2016, we are delighted to offer spring and autumn week ends in 2017.

Andy has been making pots for over 40 years and is an experienced teacher. He will be giving a hands-on 2 day workshop suitable for all abilities. Over the 2 days you will have the opportunity to examine, discuss, study and practice various methods of forming shapes to give a sculptural feel to your work. You will also use slips on leather hard pieces that will be fired and ready for collection 2 weeks' later. Cost for the two-day course is £100. A healthy, organic lunch is available for £7.50. Accommodation is available at the centre. Spaces are limited, so please book to avoid disappointment! To make a booking please contact info@midwalesarts.org.uk or ring 01686 688369.

One participant of the same course in 2016 said:

Thank you so much for your wonderful hospitality and superb lunch over the weekend. I loved Andy's Pottery Workshop and the lovely setting. We will certainly be visiting you again.

EXHIBITION
Sun 7th May 17
Sun 4th Jun 17
STARTS 10am
OPEN to PUBLIC
4 M A's
This exhibition brings together 4 very different artists with strong local connections who have recently completed their Masters in Fine Art. Cheryl Ann Williams, Rebecca Jones, Judith Woodings and Jesse Wade.
Mid Wales Arts is always keen to recognise and encourage talent and this exhibition promises to be a refreshing opportunity to renew diverse ideas and approaches to art.

WORKSHOP
Sat 20th May 17
Sun 21st May 17
STARTS 10am
OPEN to PUBLIC
Building A Kiln With Jo Finch
Jo Finch is a national treasure when it comes to kiln building. We first came across him on a visit to Meri Wells' studio and saw the amazing wood burning kiln he built for her. Inspired by the wonderful possibilities for creating larger work, sculpture and surface firing effects we have asked him to build a kiln here at Mid Wales Arts.
Jo has ceramics in his blood, he was apprenticed to his father for 4 years at Winchcombe pottery before starting out on his own. He now has an international reputation and has built kilns as far away as New Zealand and India, he is in demand all over the world
This is a 2 day course which should equip you with the knowledge and confidence to design and build a gas and wood soda kiln and a small Raku kiln. Reasonably priced accommodation and excellent food are available on site. Cost for 2 days £300. Limited to 6 places
Contact info@midwalesarts.org.uk/ 01686 688369 for a booking form asap


WORKSHOP
Fri 9th Jun 17
Fri 9th Jun 17
STARTS 7
OPEN to PUBLIC
Live History
Live History is a theatre company that specializes in bringing local history to life. This will be an interactive one hour adventure through time.An opportunity to learn more about important figures who lived in our area in the past, from Roman soldiers, engineer David Davies, poet John Ceiriog Hughes to the late artist/designer Laura Ashley.

The team works hard to research and customize each show and gives local residents the opportunity to see their own history return to life. It also provides an opportunity for local actors to be involved. Join us as we return to the past, and hear lost voices speak once again.

EXHIBITION
Sun 11th Jun 17
Sun 16th Jul 17
STARTS 10am
OPEN to PUBLIC
On The Edge
“On the Edge” is an exhibition of work by a group of artists living and working in Borth, a village situated on the wild and exposed coastline of Cardigan Bay.
Using a variety of media and techniques, this diverse group is connected and inspired by the unique environment of Borth – sea, beach, mountains, colour and ever changing light.

“Ar yr Ymyl” yw arddangosfa o waith gan grwp o artistiaid yn byw a gweithio yn Y Borth, pentref wedi ei leoli ar arfordir gwyllt ag agored Bae Aberteifi.
Yn defnyddio amrywiaeth o gyfryngau a thechnegau, mae’r grwp amrywiol yma yn cael eu gysylltiad a’u ysbrydoli gan amylchedd unigryw Y Borth – mor, traeth, mynyddoedd, lliw a golau sy’n newid am byth

POETRY EVENT
Sun 2nd Jul 17
Sun 2nd Jul 17
STARTS 3-5
OPEN to PUBLIC
Poetry And Music
Qualified teacher and local, published, prizewinning poet Nicky Hetherington will launch her first collection of poetry and be accompanied by Jeb Loy Nichols whose new CD 'Country Hustle' has just been released.
This promises to be an afternoon of gentle, thought provoking words and music. Extra sweetening provided by the Borth painters exhibition,the Sculpture trail and afternoon tea.
The day will begin with a creative writing workshop at 11:00 – 1:30 to be led by Nicky Hetherington, looking at the connection between art and the local countryside.
From 3:00 – 4:00 Nicky Hetherington and Jeb Loy Nichols will read from their recent publications, followed by an open mic session welcoming anyone who wishes to read.
From 5:00 – 7:00 there will be an evening concert featuring Jeb Loy Nichols performing songs from his recent release Country Hustle, with special musical and spoken word guests.
There will be a lunch time buffet from 1:30 – 3:00 for the price of £6 and an afternoon tea at 4:00 – 4:30 for £3. Please indicate when booking if a buffet or tea ticket is required.

All- day ticket £10 for adults and £7.50 for under sixteens.
Workshop ticket £3 adults and £1 under sixteens
Afternoon poetry and open mic ticket £5 adults and £3 under sixteens
Evening concert £5 for both adults and under sixteens.


WORKSHOP
Sat 8th Jul 17
Sun 13th Aug 17
STARTS 10
OPEN to PUBLIC
Residential Artistic Blacksmithing Courses With Spike Blackhurst
A practical course, suitable for beginners and experienced students aged 16 and over. All tools, materials and safety equipment will be provided. Attendees are asked to wear working clothes and stout footwear. After covering health and safety procedures in the forge you will be shown tools, equipment, how to light and use your own individual forge.

You will work on an anvil and learn how to manipulate metal and with a variety of techniques. you will spend the morning practising these techniques and forging hooks, pokers etc by the afternoon you will be able to ombine these processes together and create your own inspired, forged metalwork to take home.

One day workshops max. 6 people will take place on July 8th and 9th, August 12th and 13th and September 9th and 10th 2017.
Special introductory price: £100 per day including materials and equipment.
Contact Cathy on 07970671819 or info@midwalesarts.org.uk to book a place


EXHIBITION
Sun 23rd Jul 17
Sun 3rd Sep 17
STARTS
OPEN to PUBLIC
Open Exhibition 2017 Theme: Borders
We are again inviting some of Wales' finest Artists and Craftspeople to submit work for our bi-annual open exhibition. We are calling for entries based on the theme 'Borders.' This subject seeks a response from selected Artists to landscape, people, culture and world issues.
Artists are invited to submit up to 3 pieces. They must be clearly labelled and be delivered by 1st July. Deadline.
There is no submission fee but artists must be members of Mid Wales Arts . Annual membership £10.
Artworks can be submitted in a variety of mediums including sculpture, ceramics, photography, film, paintings and prints.
All work should be available for sale, with collection at the end of the exhibition.
There are 3 prizes for: Young people under 25. 3D work and the overall winner. The public are invited to come along and vote for the winner.
The selection panel will panel, a group of professional artists will meet in the first week of July. You will be notified by 14th July.
Please contact MWAC for further details and an application form

WORKSHOP
Fri 28th Jul 17
Fri 25th Aug 17
STARTS 10am
OPEN to PUBLIC
Children's Summer Holiday Workshops
A varied programme of fun activities for children 7-12 years. Run by professional artists and experienced teachers in the art studio every Friday during school summer holidays.
Activities will include clay, wire sculpture, drawing, painting, printmaking and textiles.
Artists will include Sara Philpott, Nicky Arscott and Cathy Knapp
£17.50 per child(family rates).
These are popular courses and early booking is advised.

WORKSHOP
Mon 8th Jul 24
Sun 13th Aug 17
STARTS 10 am
OPEN to PUBLIC
Residential Artistic Blacksmithing Courses With Spike Blackhurst
This practical course is suitable for beginners age 16 and over. All tools, materials and safety equipment will be provided. Attendees are asked to wear working clothes and stout footwear. After covering health and safety procedures in the forge tools and equipment will be explained and you will be shown how to light and use the forge.
You will have the opportunity to work on an anvil and learn how to manipulate metal using a variety of techniques. You will practise these techniques, learn how to forge hooks and pokers etc and then you will be able to use all these processes to create your own forged metal artwork
Group size is never more than six at one time to ensure personal attention.

One day workshops will take place on July 8th and 9th and August 12th and 13th 2017.
Cost £100
Contact Cathy on 07970671819 or info@midwalesarts.org.uk to book a place
for group and individual bookings