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Sun 7th May 17
Sun 7th May 17
Sculpture Cymru At M W A C - Home Of Sculptors In Wales
The National organisation of professional Sculptors in Wales ‘Sculpture Cymru’ opened an exciting ‘Test’ space and Sculpture Trail in 2015 at Mid Wales Arts Alison Lochhead of Sculpture Cymru and the former 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 is a collection of Tengenenge sculptures. Tengenenge is 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.

Enjoy walking in beautiful scenery and discovering over 100 extraordinary and varied pieces of original scupture. Parking and entrance is free.

Fri 28th Jul 17
Fri 25th Aug 17
Children's Summer Holiday Workshops
A varied programme of fun activities for children 7-12 years. Encouraging your child to develop their imagination. Then theme running through these all of these workshops will be 'Imaginary Worlds'. We will encourage children to develop their own creative voice as well as using Welsh Folklore and Children's stories as inspiration.
Run by professional artists and experienced teachers in the art studio every Friday 10-4pm. 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).
Children should bring a packed lunch and wear old clothes.
These are popular courses and early booking is advised.
e mail cathy@midwalesarts.org.uk for a booking form or ring 01686 688369

Sun 13th Aug 17
Sat 21st Oct 17
Identity- Anger, Disintegration Or Renewal?
Tim Edmunds developed the neurological condition Dystonia in 2014 and has experienced the emotions of Fear, Anger, Crisis and loss of normalcy.
He had not drawn since he was at school. With the onset of illness he found Art galleries were a place of refuge, peace and rejuvenation on which he could feed and communicate.
He has been a regular visitor to MWA's exhibitions since 2014 and has attended various courses here including Karl Sylvester's painting course and Pauline Forde's Art for Well Being he attends our Pottery Club regularly.

MWA have offered him the opportunity of a First Ever Solo Exhibition in the Sculpture Hall.

The exhibition consists of drawings, photographs, paintings, ceramics and reliefs.


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Sun 10th Sep 17
Sun 22nd Oct 17
Eileen Harrisson and Liz Hancock are both survivors of conflict. They have been severely affected by the cruelty, violence, havoc and disruption that the struggle for political power in Northern Ireland and South Africa left in it's wake.
As we approach 2018, Autumn is an appropriate time to think of the consequences of war and how we can learn from past events.
The 'Picture makers' group will also be contributing work relevant to this exhibition.
Oswestry Jazz Band Will be playing at the opening on 10th September

Sun 24th Sep 17
Sun 24th Sep 17
STARTS 2.30pm
Autumn Poetry Event
Creativity often comes in response to conflicts. The invited poets will present poems of insight, compassion, rebellion, musicality and hope.
The afternoon will be presented by Chris Kinsey.
Chris’ poems have won many prizes – most recently The Thomas Gray Tercentenary Prize, also BBC Wildlife Poet of the Year. She is author of four poetry collections – Muddy Fox by The Rack Press was launched in January. A fifth collection has been commissioned by Fair Acre Press.
‘Kinsey shows a real talent for reading the lives of others with an excitement that infuses the experience with vitality and vicarious joy.’ John Ballam, Cold Mountain Review.

Eileen Harrisson, Pat Edwards and Suzanne Luppa will be making a contribution and the afternoon will end with an Open Mic.

Mon 25th Sep 17
Mon 30th Oct 17
STARTS 7pm - 9pm
Art For Well Being
Art for Well Being is returning to MWAC after a succesful run last spring. This is a 6 week course with a session every Monday evening 7-9pm
There is an abundant variety of art materials, a relaxed, safe atmosphere, Pauline Forde, an experienced artist and therapist will lead 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.

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

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

Sat 30th Sep 17
Sun 1st Oct 17
STARTS 10am - 4pm
Pottery Weekend - Building On Form With Andy Warren
Due to the success of Andy Warren's Pottery Workshop in April we are delighted to offer another week end 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 and build onto them 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 £110. 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.

Sat 24th Mar 18
Sun 25th Mar 18
STARTS 10am-4pm
Artistic Blacksmithing Courses With Spike Blackhurst
A practical course suitable for beginners age 16 and over. All tools, materials and safety equipment are 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 practice 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.

We are taking bookings for 2018 and gift vouchers for this course are now available.
Cost £100 per day.
Contact Cathy on 07970671819 or info@midwalesarts.org.uk to book a place
for group and individual bookings

Tea and Coffee will be provided.