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EXHIBITION
Sun 25th Mar 18
Sun 28th Oct 18
STARTS 3pm
OPEN to PUBLIC
Sculpture Trail
Enjoy walking in beautiful scenery and discovering over 100 extraordinary and varied pieces of original sculpture from Wales and Zimbabwe.

The national organisation of 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 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 saw the further development of the MWA sculpture trail.

As well as work from Sculpture Cymru members in the grounds, there is a collection of Tengenenge sculptures. Tengenenge is in the North of Zimbabwe; 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.

Parking and entrance is free.

EXHIBITION
Sun 25th Mar 18
Sun 29th Apr 18
STARTS 3pm
OPEN to PUBLIC
Nexus
21st Anniversary Group Exhibition by Borderlands Visual Arts, a thriving networking group of 59 artists, living in and around Oswestry and the Welsh borders established in 1999.
This will be a diverse exhibition spreading into the Sculpture Hall
This is the first time BVA have exhibited as a group at Mid Wales Art Centre, although a number of the artists have taken part in other shows including the Open Exhibitions.
The show includes a variety of media; paintings, prints, textiles and, sculpture. The group are also preparing for their annual Open Studios event in June, where they open up their studios to the general public.

Most of the works on display are for sale, the preview event on the afternoon of 25th March is an ideal opportunity to meet some of the artists, see and buy work, and explore this exciting venue. The preview is open to all.

Admission to the exhibition is free.
Group Website: www.borderlandvisualarts.com
Facebook: www.facebook.com/Borderland-Visual-Arts-89417946011
Twitter: twitter.com/bordervisualartace!

WORKSHOP
Tue 3rd Apr 18
Tue 3rd Apr 18
STARTS 10am
OPEN to PUBLIC
Processions Banner Workshops
Invitation to take part in a Historic Project

Mid Wales Arts is one of 100 Arts organisations throughout the UK that have been asked to create a banner with their local community to commemorate the Women's Suffragette Movement. The finished banner will be carried in a procession in Cardiff to mark International Women's day, Sunday June 10th and then form part of a National touring exhibition.

This is an opportunity for women living in Mid Wales to be involved in a textile based arts community project representing the rich history of the area.

Please come along to our planning meeting at Mid Wales Arts ,Caersws on Tuesday 10th April at 10 am. We expect it will take 4 making sessions to complete the banner and dates can be agreed.

The project will be led by professional artist Loraine Morley. Materials, equipment, refreshments and coach travel to Cardiff, if you are able to take part in the procession are all provided.Please contact: office@midwalesarts.org.uk or tel: 07970671819/01686 688369 asap

POETRY EVENT
Sat 21st Apr 18
Sun 22nd Apr 18
STARTS
OPEN to PUBLIC
Inspired In Caersws: Festival Of Poetry, Music & Art
A wonderful weekend of poetry, music and art, in association with Fair Acre Press. We will welcome: Robert Minhinnick, Menna Elfyn, Casia William, Nadia Kingsley, Gregory Leadbetter, Diane Drummond, Keith Chandler, Andy Warren, Delma Thomas, Marlis Jones & more.

With readings, open mic, live music, art exhibitions, food and drink.

Full programme and tickets: http://fairacrepress.co.uk/inspired-in-caersws-festival/

Funded by Arts Council Wales

WORKSHOP
Sat 28th Apr 18
Sun 29th Apr 18
STARTS 10.00am
OPEN to PUBLIC
Pottery And Woodburning Kiln Weekends: Various Dates
This is an exciting new opportunity for you to understand how a wood burning kiln works and make your own work to fire in it. Taught by potter Carine Van Gestel.

This is a two day course and will ideally entail a second weekend so that your work can dry and be ready to fire. We will start the day by inspecting, bricking up and igniting a packed kiln, which will be alight for approx 12 hours. While we are firing you will be able to use hand building techniques or a wheel to experiment and then make your own final piece. You will be encouraged to use suitable slip and glazes to decorate your work. We will take turns to keep the fire burning during the day.
If you are able to stay until 10 pm on Saturday you will have observed the complete process of operating a wood burning kiln.
Hopefully you will book a second weekend when you can fire your own work as well as making further pieces.
Cost for the weekend: £120 includes all materials and firing. Coffee & Tea throughout the day. Great accommodation and healthy food available at the centre. To book contact: info@midwalesarts.org.uk 07970671819/01686 688369

28th -29th April
19th -20th May
2nd  -3rd June
29th -30th June
29th -30th September

WORKSHOP
Sun 6th May 18
Sun 6th May 18
STARTS 10am-4pm
OPEN to PUBLIC
Drawing From Memory..a Workshop With Karl Sylvester
Karl Sylvester has designed a drawing workshop that will focus on drawing from memory. You will begin by making a list of observations, emotional and physical, recalled from waking and preparing to leave the house that morning, and these will be developed as ink drawings. You will be restricted to a basic drawing tool (supplied)... You will begin by making a list of observations and thoughts, these will be developed as ink drawings focusing on your recollections of emotional and physical experiences. You will be restricted to basic drawing tools(supplied) to encourage focusing on expression. How much of what we do and what we see is really absorbed and retained? Can drawing improve this? The aim of the workshop is to emphasize the value of memory as a route to creative composition and an emotional response to subject and to loosen/broaden your approach. The afternoon will be used to produce a more complex figurative composition developed from memory of a recent event, We will look at artists such as Rembrandt and Daumier who have used drawing effectively to express figurative ideas.These could be developed in materials preferred by students.
Workshop £50 restricted to a maximum of 8 participants.
Materials provided but bring along your preferred tools and media.
Contact: info@midwalesarts.org.uk tel:01686 688369 text: 07970671819 to book your place.
Excellent accommodation and healthy lunch available.
Karl Sylvester has designed a workshop that will focus on drawing from memory.You will begin by making a list of observations, emotional and physical, recalled from waking and preparing to leave the house that morning, and these will be developed as ink drawings. You will be restricted to a basic drawing tool (supplied)... etc.etc...


EXHIBITION
Sun 6th May 18
Sun 8th Jul 18
STARTS 11
OPEN to PUBLIC
70th Anniversary Exhibition Of The Welsh Group + Bbk
MWA are delighted to have been chosen to host the 70th anniversary exhibition of the Welsh Group. They have a long association of exchange with the BBK group from Dusseldorf, we are delighted that 5 selected sculptors will also be exhibiting and joining us for the private view on 20th May 2018 3-5pm.

MUSIC EVENT
Sun 20th May 18
Sun 20th May 18
STARTS 2.00pm
OPEN to PUBLIC
Harpistry With Artistry
Eleri Lloyd, the harpist will present an afternoon concert of Harp Music and dance. Mid Wales Arts will provide easels at the back of the hall giving an opportunity to draw the action.
Drawing and painting to music has proven to be both fun and realaxing
 

MUSIC EVENT
Sun 20th May 18
Sun 20th May 18
STARTS 11.30
OPEN to PUBLIC
Harpistry With Artistry
HARPISTRY – The heavenly sound of harps coming from the heavenly landscape of the mid Wales and Shropshire borders.
'Harpistry' is a group of harpists, formed in 2015 who are all pupils of Eleri Lloyd. They range in age from the young in body to the young in heart and their abilities range from beginners to the more advanced levels. They play all different sorts of harps both lever and pedal and their repertoire encompasses a wide range of music from traditional folk songs to the classical. The idea is to encourage individual players to develop their playing skills by learning to play in a group with other harpists.
Last year they were invited to give a fundraising concert as part of the Harlech Parish Church Summer Festival in North Wales where they were joined by a group of talented young dancers taught by Harpistry member Angela Roberts.
These young dancers will be joining the group again on May 20th at MWAC and their talent and enthusiasm will be a treat to look forward to.
One of the members of Harpistry is Gay Roberts, whom those of you who come to the Sunday launches of the exhibitions at MWAC may recognise as the resident harpist on these occasions.

EXHIBITION
Sat 2nd Jun 18
Sat 2nd Jun 18
STARTS 1pm
OPEN to PUBLIC
Gwanwyn Festival
This is a wonderful opportunity to have a 'taste' of the workshops we run at Mid Wales Arts:
Blacksmithing, Pottery, lino printing, painting to music, watch a wood burning kiln being fired and there will be a concert in the evening with Tommy Mills
 

WORKSHOP
Sat 9th Jun 18
Sun 10th Jun 18
STARTS 10am-4pm
OPEN to PUBLIC
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 and there is an experienced assistant on hand.
Further workshops will take place on 7th & 8th July and 11th & 12th August.
We are taking bookings for 2018 and gift vouchers for this course are now available.
Cost £125 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.


EXHIBITION
Sun 15th Jul 18
Sun 16th Sep 18
STARTS
OPEN to PUBLIC
Summer Exhibition
4 women artists :Painters: Heather Nixon and Sara Philpott, printmaker Angela Thorpe and sculptor Antonia Spowers exhibit together for the first time. They have all successfully devoted their careers to exploring the shape, fabric and colour of Mid Wales through their preferred medium.

WORKSHOP
Fri 27th Jul 18
Fri 24th Aug 18
STARTS 10.00am - 16.00pm
OPEN to PUBLIC
Children's Summer Holiday Workshops
Following the success of previous years we are running a varied programme of fun activities for children 7-12 years that are designed to encourage your child to develop their imagination. The theme running through these all of these workshops will be 'Fantastic Folk'. We will encourage children to develop their own creative voice as well as using Welsh Folklore and the natural world as inspiration.
Run by professional artists and experienced teachers in the art studio every Friday 10-4pm. during school summer holidays. 27th July, 3rd 10th 17th and 24th August.
Activities will include clay, wire sculpture, drawing, painting, printmaking and textiles.
Artists will include Sara Philpott, Nicky Arscott, Amy Sterly and Cathy Knapp assisted by Carla Owen
£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

POETRY EVENT
Sun 29th Jul 18
Sun 29th Jul 18
STARTS 3pm -5pm
OPEN to PUBLIC
Open Mic With Guest Susan Richardson, Marine Poet
Susan Richardson is a Pembrokeshire-based poet and performer whose fourth collection of poetry, 'Words the Turtle Taught Me', has just been published by Cinnamon Press. Described by Philip Hoare as 'vital, glorious, salutary', the collection grew out of her recent residency with the Marine Conservation Society – fostering engagement with endangered ocean species, it blends science with shamanism, contemporary ecological peril with ancient myth. www.susanrichardsonwriter.co.uk

We are delighted that she will be coming to Mid Wales Arts to read some of her poetry this summer and hope that you will join us and take part in or just enjoy the Open Mic.

The afternoon will be hosted by our local poet, Chris Kinsey who has had four collections of poetry published: Kung Fu Lullabies and Cure For a Crooked Smile with Ragged Raven Press, Swarf with Smokestack Books and Muddy Fox with Rack Press. Fair Acre Press have commissioned a new collection for 2019. She was BBC Wildlife Poet-of-the-Year and Writer-in-residence at Oriel Davies Gallery, Newtown.

You will be able to enjoy the current exhibition, sculpture trail, gardens and check out the newly refurbished barn cafe and artists residencies.
Admission £5 concessions for families, if you wish to book in advance to secure a seat please contact info@midwalesarts.org.uk

WORKSHOP
Wed 1st Aug 18
Wed 29th Aug 18
STARTS 10am
OPEN to PUBLIC
Sculpteen 18
For our 4th year running Mid Wales Arts will hold a series of Sculpture workshops for teenagers during the Summer holidays.

We will make good use of our facilities, using clay, wood, plaster and found objects to make an installation. Each days work will be a complete component part so that you can come for all or some of the sessions.

This project will build on previous years activities. It will involve teamwork, be a lot of fun, allow students to develop and work to their individual strengths and work collaboratively with professional sculptors.
Every Wednesday during August:. 1st-8th-15th-22nd-29th. 10-4. Students should bring a packed lunch and wear old clothes.

EXHIBITION
Sun 23rd Sep 18
Sun 11th Nov 18
STARTS
OPEN to PUBLIC
'the Bright Field' 10th Anniversary Celebratory Exhibition
'Harvesting the Arts' was organised by Powys Arts Forum in 2008. It brought together a new group of artists from different genres who had a common wish to find a place to exhibit, meet and work in Mid Wales.
Since then Mid Wales Arts Centre has developed an international reputation for the quality of its exhibitions and workshops.
Artists who have been associated with the centre over the past 10 years are invited to submit a piece of work on the subject of 'The Bright Field' by RS Thomas ...or another poem that reflects Welsh culture.
Artists are invited to submit images by 19th August and deliver work by 17th September.
There will be a poetry event, open mic and workshop organised by Suzanne Iuppa linked to the exhibition of 'The Bright Field'.

MUSIC EVENT
Tue 25th Sep 18
Tue 25th Sep 18
STARTS 7pm
OPEN to PUBLIC
Mean Mary, Rebecca Hollweg And Jeb Loy Nichols In Concert
https://www.meanmary.com/

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Country_Girl_(Rebecca_Hollweg_album)

https://www.theguardian.com/.../jeb-loy-nichols-country-hustle-review-neil-spencer

10th Anniversary concert in our new (heated and beautiful) barn.
3 world class musicians and good friends travel all the way from USA, London and Cefn Coch

Tickets available:£10 earlybirds £12 doorcontact: cathy@midwalesarts.org.uk 01686 688369/07970671819

POETRY EVENT
Sun 30th Sep 18
Sun 30th Sep 18
STARTS 2.00
OPEN to PUBLIC
Poems Of Faith And Doubt….exploring Work By Rs Thomas And Others
Organised by poet Suzanne Iuppa:' Poems of Faith and Doubt'….exploring the work of RS Thomas and others.

Part of our 10th anniversary and Bright Field Exhibition celebrating 10 years of MWAC through Art and Poetry.

2-4 Poetry workshop: looking at poems of faith and doubt starting with RS Thomas and Wales, branching out to different cultures. With guided writing exercises

4.30-6.00 Tea/ refreshments and looking at exhibition 4.30-6.00

6.30- 9 Poetry readings by Robbie Burton, Greg Leadbetter, and Roy McFarlane, Open Mic

9- 9.30 depart

Afternoon workshop numbers restricted to 15 cost:£45 for day and evening event including refreshments.
Evening readings and Open Mic only in the new barn £10
Please contactb cathy@midwalesarts.org.uk 01686 688369 for tickets and further information