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Sun 20th Mar 16
Sun 17th Jul 16
The Sara Philpott Room
Based in mid-Wales, Sara is a painter and print maker exhibiting mainly in London and selected Welsh galleries. Printmaking strongly influences her painting both compositionally and in terms of multilayering.

Sara's delicate handling of line and colour make her neo-Romantic paintings full of enchantment and intrigue. Poetic and lyrical, her works are visionary and rooted with a tangible sense of place. Mid Wales Arts are delighted to be exhibiting her recent works in 'The Sara Philpott Room' this Spring.

Sun 24th Apr 16
Fri 28th Oct 16
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 Bed’ space and Sculpture Trail in 2015 at Mid Wales Arts Centre. 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 ‘Cartref’ , (home) where they could have a permanent exhibition space to show their work and exchange ideas.

After a fantastic start we have great plans to further develop the sculpture trail in 2016. We will start installing new works in March and there will be a celebratory opening on Sunday 24th April.

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.

Sculpture Cymru also offers advice and management for sculptural projects and welcomes applications from sculptors interested in joining the group.

Sun 22nd May 16
Sun 10th Jul 16
STARTS Private View 3- 5
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.'

From the 22nd May - 9th July, Mid Wales Arts will launch its latest exhibition 'A view from the margins,' which showcases the work of four contrasting women artists.
Loraine Morley, whose studio is in Cefn Coch and Barbara Richter who works in Llanidloes have partnered with 2 London based artists to work together to present an exhibition that encourages us to explore the borderline areas of life which we so often ignore. This diverse exhibition presents work in a variety of form and media, drawings, film, photographs, paintings, collage and installations.

Powys-based artist Loraine Morley looks at the unstable ground of self-identity, and the indeterminate boundary between past and present, using cardboard, scrap paper, fabric and found items. Versions of her installation, Of no fixed abode, were previously exhibited in 2013 at the Oriel Davies, Newtown and the Wells Art Contemporary Exhibition in Somerset, where it won the People’s Prize. Together with more recent work, it will appear in the forthcoming exhibition as it was originally intended to be shown.

Linda Davies’ work incorporates painting, drawing, installation and film, exploring ideas of neglect, wilderness, defragmentation and chaos. Her current project has developed from researching an area of derelict land bordering the River Thames at Gravesend where she grew up.

Alexa von Dewitz describes her sculptural work as ‘hovering on the borders between art and craft’. Utilising model-making and casting techniques, she constructs, assembles, paints, takes photographs, makes videos and installations, using found objects and reclaimed materials. Reflecting on ideas of identity, change, destruction, resurrection and transformation, she is interested in the process of decision making and judgement.

Barbara Richter’s artistic practice includes writing, painting, drawing, and photography. In addition to her art, she is a practising Acupuncturist and a dedicated student of Tai Chi and Qi gong, pursuits that have had a transformative effect on both her personal and creative life.

Following the International Portrait Exhibition, ‘7 Encounters,’ ‘A view from the margins’ will open on Sunday 22nd May from 3- 5pm. There will be live music and refreshments, everyone is welcome and entrance is free.

Thu 2nd Jun 16
Thu 2nd Jun 16
STARTS 10-4pm
Free Workshop For Teenagers With Sara Philpott
Sara Philpott's magic pictures have entranced art lovers in Wales and beyond for decades. Her work is full of mystery, imagination and her unique interpretations of the Mid Wales landscape will inspire children to express their own appreciation of nature. Under her guidance they will uncover the potential of various collage materials and mixed-media techniques.

Where better to do this than at Mid Wales Arts Centre with the farm, gardens and background of rolling hills.

We're working in association with Mid Wales Food and Land Trust, being funded by the Lottery, and are free for teenagers.

Booking essential


Fri 3rd Jun 16
Fri 3rd Jun 16
STARTS 10am - 4pm
Free Workshop For Teenagers With Dan Roberson: Drawing People
We're running a FREE workshop for teenagers with portrait Artist Dan Roberson on 3rd June.

Participants will learn perspective and drawing techniques, will work with easels in the art studio. All materials will be provided.

Runs from 10am - 4pm at Mid Wales Arts.

This is a fantastic opportunity to help young people build a portfolio of work, and gain some experience working with professional Artists.


Sat 18th Jun 16
Sun 19th Jun 16
STARTS 10am - 4pm
Small-scale Enamel Sculpture
Jill Leventon is a designer-maker, with over 25 years experience. She is a trained teacher who loves to share her excitement about metal and enamel with others.

Come to Mid Wales Arts for a two-day workshop in small-scale enamel sculpture. Suitable for all abilities - whether you're a complete beginner or have some experience, participants will have the opportunity to enamel sculpture from their own design - suitable for indoors, or outside use. You'll make forms and use coloured glazes to bring your ideas to a 3D form.

Cost: £140 for the two days, covering all basic materials and Jill's expert guidance.
A healthy, buffet-style is available for £7.50 with organic and homemade food.
Accommodation is available at the centre.

contact info@midwalesarts.org.uk for more information, or download a booking form from our webiste.

Booking essential.

Thu 7th Jul 16
Thu 7th Jul 16
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: Ross Donlon
(See http://www.rossdonlon.com/)
Ross's poems have been widely published in Australia and Ireland, and he has published several collections. He has travelled to Europe many times in the past five years, enjoying residencies in Norway and Romania, and reading in several other countries, both at festivals and as a feature reader. We are delighted that he is coming to mid Wales!

Compered 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)

Sun 17th Jul 16
Sun 28th Aug 16
Royal Watercolour Society Of Wales Summer Exhibition
MWA is delighted to be hosting this important event. Important contemporary Welsh artists present a wide ranging exhibition where they individually explore and push the boundaries of this traditional form of painting with innovative techniques, materials and ways of looking.
The Royal Watercolour Society of Wales was formed by six like-minded artists, in Cardiff 1959. It now has around 40 members all professional artists living and working in Wales. Entry to the Society is by election, and in this way the Society maintains high standards of work as well as attracting new talent to its ranks.
The Society holds two exhibitions every year throughout Wales showing the landscape and life of Wales in all forms and these exhibitions are always varied, colourful and stimulating.
In 2007 The Society was honoured when the Prince of Wales agreed to become its Patron having exhibited with us for some years. A further honour followed in 2013 when Her Majesty the Queen agreed that the name of the Watercolour Society of Wales be changed to the Royal Watercolour Society.

Thu 4th Aug 16
Fri 26th Aug 16
STARTS 10am-4pm
Children's Workshops - Thursdays And Fridays Throughout August
Each Summer, the Mid Wales Arts School run Art workshops every Thursday and Friday of August.
Highly skilled artists with teaching experience offer enjoyable activities designed to develop skills, confidence and extend your child's creativity. Aimed at 7-14 years, 10am -4pm £17.50 per session includes all materials. Children should wear old clothes and bring a packed lunch. Over the last few years, these have proved increasingly popular so booking is essential. Please contact 07970671819/ info@midwalesarts.org.uk for a booking form.

This Summer we are offering specialist classes by professionals: Thursday 4th, Friday 5th, Thursday 11th, Friday 12th, Thursday 18th, Friday 19th, Thursday 25th, Friday 26th.

Activities offered: Masterclass in sculpture, clay animal sculpture, wire and plaster sculpture, fabric printing, drawing and painting animals, masterclass in watercolour painting, tie dye batik and fabric painting, clay wrap pot creatures.

Sat 6th Aug 16
Sun 7th Aug 16
STARTS 10 am
Enamelling: Landscape On Copper
Carol Griffin is a designer-maker, with over 35 years teaching experience. A member of the British Society of Enamellers and the British Guild of Enamellers. She will share her love of enamelling, especially panels, during this 2 day workshop, exploring colour, texture, & mark making, creating landscapes from your imagination or the beautiful local area.

You will work on small copper panels using wet process and dry powder enamels, developing ideas through a variety of techniques, including sgraffito, sifting, riso screens, embedding frits, threads & beads, using your own images/drawings or the beautiful landscape around you for inspiration. This course is suitable for all abilities.

All materials will be available for purchase during the course, with some enamels & copper test pieces included in the cost.
Drinks and a healthy lunch will be provided. Cost: £150 to include enamels used by the group and test pieces of copper.
Accommodation is available at the centre .

Mon 8th Aug 16
Mon 8th Aug 16
Masterclass In Enamel : Student Course - Free!
Thanks to the Arts Council Wales, we are offering a free workshop in enamelling with enameller Carol Griffin on Monday 8th August. You will have the chance to learn how to use powder enamel. This is a wonderful opportunity to learn a specialist arts medium. Suitable for all abilities, for students 17+.

Booking essential, places are limited and expected to fill up extremely fast. First come, first served.


10am - 4pm
A healthy,delicious, buffet-style lunch can be provided for £7.50

Sun 4th Sep 16
Wed 30th Dec 15
Earthscape Exhibition

Sat 10th Sep 16
Sat 10th Sep 16
Advanced Lino Printing With Jeb Nichols
We have asked Jeb to return by popular demand!
Jeb is a talented, practising artist, printmaker and experienced teacher who is in demand to run courses throughout the UK. Enjoy a day in the studio developing the potential of the art of linocutting and exploring its use with other media.
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.
£40 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

Tue 13th Sep 16
Wed 14th Sep 16
Creative And Experimental Surfaces For Vitreous Enamel On Metal
Elizabeth Turrell has an international reputation as an innovative enamel artist. She has exhibited and taught widely, and is Director of Studio Fusion, London.Creative and experimental surfaces for vitreous enamel on metal.
The workshop is suitable for beginners as well as enamellists, jewellers and artists from other disciplines. It will encourage an innovative and personal approach.

The students will have the opportunity to experiment with various non-traditional enamel processes including drawing, (sgraffito), painting, stencilling, stamping and other forms of relief printing.

The aim will be to producing a panel or group of panels that could form a small mural.

Students are encouraged to bring examples of their work, drawings, photographs and any source material they might like to develop during the workshop

Elizabeth will be teaching on 13th + 14th September.

For more information, email info@midwalesarts.org.uk

Sat 17th Sep 16
Sun 18th Sep 16
STARTS 10am - 4pm
2nd Pottery Weekend - A N D Y W A R R E N
Due to the popularity of the first Andy Warren Pottery Workshop in March, we are delighted to offer another weekend with Andy Warren mid- September. Whether you are a complete beginner, or want to come on the workshop again to learn new things and develop your skills, this isn't one to miss!

Andy Warren will be running a 2 day pottery workshop in the studio. 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 use slips on leather hard pieces that will be fired and ready for collection 2 weeks' later. Cost for the two-day course is £90. 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 March 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.

Will certainly be visiting you again.

Sat 1st Oct 16
Sat 1st Oct 16
Open Exhibition 2016 Theme: Borders
Call for entries!

Mid Wales Arts Open Exhibition 2016 theme : BORDERS

Entries by 1st October
All mediums accepted

Sun 26th Mar 17
Sun 26th Mar 17
Aberystwyth Printmakers Collective
Aberystwyth Printmakers is an organization whose aim is to promote printmaking in all its forms. Our 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 will re-open and launch their 2017 programme with an Exhibition of works from the members of Aberystwyth Printmakers.