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EXHIBITION
Sun 23rd Mar 14
Sun 27th Apr 14
STARTS
OPEN to PUBLIC
Synthesis: Martin Herbert, Julie Jones And Daniel Roberson
Artists Martin Herbert, Julie Jones and Daniel Roberson are highly individual artists living and working within a few miles radius of Mid Wales Arts Centre. By juxtaposing these three exhibiting artists the viewer is offered contrasting components that together reflect and question the multi layered elements that describe the impact on the senses of artists living in Mid Wales.
A lifelong fascination with the notebooks of Leonardo da Vinci inspired Martin to use 3D computer modelling software to create new ‘machines’. Influenced by the work of 1930s scientific illustrator Ernst Haeckel, similar techniques have been used in the invention of biological forms resembling microscopic sea-creatures. These new contructs, both mechanical and organic, are incorporated into drawings representing the investigations of Renaissance man into a speculative world which never was.
All the drawings, although rooted in modern digital technology, are made using the most traditional of media - sepia ink and red chalk pencil on 100% recycled cotton rag handmade paper tinted with hand-ground egg-tempera.

Julie Jones responds through painting to her relationship to landscape in all its forms, from the strange urban hinterlands to weather-beaten derelicts. Her studio work aims to develop approaches to painting alluding to both a feeling specific to a moment along with references to memory of an experience over time.

Daniel Roberson paints everyday in his studio located on a sheep farm perched at the top of a hill overlooking the beautiful Dyfi Valley in Machynlleth.
A lifelong painter, he returned to education as a mature student in 2006, Daniel obtained a first class degree in Fine Art from Aberystwyth University, and a Masters degree with distinction.
Since completing his education, as well as exhibiting widely throughout the UK, he has been teaching life drawing and oil painting at MOMA Wales.
In 2011 Daniel was shortlisted for the Welsh Artist of the Year.
The Artist would describe himself as a painter who finds inspiration equally in both the people and places that surround him and the seemingly endless possibilities of colour and mark making.



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Sun 6th Apr 14
Sun 6th Apr 14
STARTS 3.30
OPEN to PUBLIC
Artists Gallery Talk
Martin Herbert will be talking about his fascinating recent works currently being exhibited in the main gallery.
He will explain his inspiration and methods of working. Martin is a practising artist who chose to migrate from a career in industry. He works in both traditional and digital media. His IT industry background is revealed in his competency in techniques such as 3D modelling, lighting simulation and computer music. At the same time his exploration of ‘old master’ oil painting and drawing techniques helps complete a multi-faceted practice. Recent work explores the possibilities afforded by combining digital modelling with the drawing techniques of the Renaissance, oil paintings and electronic media including video and programming.
Afternoon Tea will be available

WORKSHOP
Wed 23rd Apr 14
Fri 29th Aug 14
STARTS
OPEN to PUBLIC
Children's Holiday Workshops
We are planning a new programme of children's workshops for the 23rd, 24th, and 25th of April, 13th, 14th, and 15th August, 20th, 21st, and 22nd August,
27th, 28th, and 29th August.

Summer Holiday Art Workshops suitable for 7-12 year olds (approx.).
Fun learning days with professional artists and qualified teachers. Give your child the freedom to develop their creativity in our vibrant, stimulating, supportive environment.
Sessions will be reasonably priced and will run from 10-3. Materials will be included; children should bring a packed lunch and old clothes.

Added bonuses include the opportunity to explore the farm, sculpture trail and gallery. Limited places so book early: info@midwalesarts.org.uk/
01686 688369/ 07970671819

Sessions will include:
- Painting and drawing animals,
- Printmaking,
- Clay Modelling days.

EXHIBITION
Thu 1st May 14
Mon 26th May 14
STARTS 11am
OPEN to PUBLIC
Powys Arts Month Best Of Powys Exhibition
This exhibition gives visitors and at enthusiast the opportunity to see examples of the work of many talented, professional artists who live and work in Powys and together form Mid Wales Arts. A wide variety of top quality, contemporary Sculpture, Paintings, Prints, Ceramics and Textiles will be on show. This offers a wonderful starting point to begin exploring the individual studios that will be open during the month.
The exhibition will be open every day except Mondays throughout May.

WORKSHOP
Sat 17th May 14
Sat 17th May 14
STARTS 10am
OPEN to PUBLIC
Lino Printing With Jeb Nichols
Jeb is a 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 £5.


POETRY EVENT
Thu 22nd May 14
Thu 22nd May 14
STARTS 7.30 pm
OPEN to PUBLIC
Powys Poetry Talent - Open Mic Evening
For Powys Arts Month, we will be celebrating Powys Poetry Talent in a variation on our regular open mic poetry evening. We hope to have a wide range of poets and readers, young and old, to showcase the poetic creativity that flourishes in our beautiful county.

An evening for all those who enjoy poetry.

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

Hosted by Jane Dards

Admission £3. All welcome. Refreshments available. Cafe-style seating in the relaxed atmosphere of the gallery (or, if warm enough, in the sculpture hall).
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)
 

MUSIC EVENT
Sun 25th May 14
Sun 25th May 14
STARTS 19:30
OPEN to PUBLIC
Charity Concert. Powys Arts Month
We are privileged to be presenting some of the best and brightest musical stars from the area, including Lowri Preston, a graduate from the Royal Northern College of Music and the Robert-Schumann Hochschule in Düsseldorf, and Jacob Owen, who recently won the Shropshire Concerto Competition for 2014. Aeron Preston will be leading us through a varied programme of solo and chamber pieces that celebrate the talent and diversity of our local musicians. Admission is £10 to include cheese and a glass of wine. This is a fundraising event in aid of the 2015 National Eisteddfod of Wales in Meifod and badly-needed art equipment for Mid Wales Arts, and will be held in the main house gallery.

MUSIC EVENT
Sun 25th May 14
Sun 25th May 14
STARTS 14:30
OPEN to PUBLIC
Powys Arts Month - Musical Afternoon Picnic
We are privileged to be presenting some of Powys's best and brightest young musical talent. Contributors include North Powys Youth Training Band, and other young musicians from local schools. Many have successfully represented their schools at regional and national level. The programme will also feature local stars such as Jeb Loy Nichols, and The Quirks. Admission is £6, with concessions at £5 and under-16s paying £3; a family ticket is £15 (2 adults, 2 children). This is a fundraising event in aid of the 2015 National Eisteddfod of Wales in Meifod and badly-needed art equipment for Mid Wales Arts, and will be held in the sculpture hall.

EXHIBITION
Sun 1st Jun 14
Sun 29th Jun 14
STARTS
OPEN to
Here And There/ Hier Und Da
Welsh Group Dusseldorf Exchange Project The Welsh Group will show large scale works together with the Artists' Union of Dusseldorf (BBK), in conjunction with Rhondda Heritage Park Gallery.
There will be 27 German artists and 35 Welsh Group members exhibiting a wide variety of works in the Gallery and Sculpture shed.

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Sat 14th Jun 14
Sat 14th Jun 14
STARTS 8pm
OPEN to PUBLIC
Paul Richards 'getting Lost In My Hometown'
PAUL RICHARDS: GETTING LOST IN MY HOMETOWN

With ten Edinburgh Fringe productions and three full UK tours under his wing, Cambridge-based playwright/performer Paul Richards returns with his new show, Getting Lost In My Hometown. A solo storytelling comedy show; this excitable performance finds 32-year-old Paul moving back to his hometown only to feel troubled…troubled by the fact that everyone is suddenly married with offspring on the way, troubled by the fact that his family (even the dog) are suddenly old, troubled by a text message from a drunken night before. Throughout his long walk back to his new house, Paul raises that important question: at what point does an awkward young man just become an awkward man? Getting Lost In My Hometown is a chirpy 55 minutes, unexpectedly heart-warming, complete with the shortest pub quiz in the world and a dreadful romantic ballad.

“Sweet, grounded and self-deprecating, this show is for all those who, even out of their twenties, are a little shy and unsure of themselves. Paul delivers his stories with a genuine honesty that is immediately endearing.” – HECKLER magazine on Paul’s 2013 show, Some Plays By Paul Richards.

“Armed with a charming and highly watchable delivery style, he connects many different strands of life experiences, characters and narratives to create funny, profound and genuinely likable comedy.” – END OF NEIL on Paul’s 2013 solo show, Things Could Be Marvellous.






EXHIBITION
Sun 6th Jul 14
Sun 3rd Aug 14
STARTS
OPEN to PUBLIC
Flowers
A group exhibition of works by female artists living and working in Wales who are inspired by the form and colour of the countless number of flora to be found in nature.
Contributors include: Carole King.

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Thu 14th Aug 14
Thu 14th Aug 14
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 poet: TBA

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)
 

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Thu 23rd Oct 14
Thu 23rd Oct 14
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 poet: TBA

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)