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Sat 6th Sep 14
Sat 31st Jan 15
Collectables New Works By Owen And Angela Thorpe
New Series of Angela's famous lithographs made using limestone blocks on a Victorian Gothic Press.
Owen Thorpe has surpassed himself in a new collection of hand thrown and decorated masterpieces. His latest works are his best yet and show how he is continuing to develop new ideas and perfecting his skill at surface decoration.

Sat 22nd Nov 14
Sat 22nd Nov 14
STARTS 10 am
Nuno Scarves And Collars-using Felt And Fragments
Chrissie Menzies is an integral part of the Welsh Textile Art Scene, a designer maker of beautiful collars, scarves, shawls and 3D objects.
We have persuaded her to give a pre christmas workshop! A wonderful opportunity to make a beautiful object to keep your shoulders stylishly covered and warm during the party season, make a gift for a special person or to have a girls day out!
Only £35 .
Healthy lunch available £6
to book: info@midwalesarts.org.......01686 688369/0790671819

Sun 29th Mar 15
Sun 29th Mar 15
Lines Of Enquiry
Richard Booth pursues his practice of enquiry into the Mid Wales landscape, looking at aspects of the everyday environment we take for granted, highlighting the fascinating character of our Hedgerows.
Eamonn McCabe, former Guardian Picture Editor and David Hurn of the world famous Magnum photographic agency enthusiastically endorsed this project on seeing Richard’s work at Aberystwyth University Photography Seminar.

Thu 9th Apr 15
Thu 9th Apr 15
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 poets: David Calcutt and Nadia Kingsley
David Calcutt is a playwright, poet and novelist who has been widely published. See www.davidcalcutt.com.
Nadia Kingsley is a poet, flash fiction and short story writer, who also runs Fair Acre Press. See www.fairacrepress.co.uk.
They will be reading from their joint publications, "Through the Woods" and "Road Kill" (a journey into the secret lives of our native animals) together with individual readings.

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)

Sat 18th Apr 15
Sat 18th Apr 15
Jeb Nichols And Richard Booth
Multi talented, local, professional artists and musicians Jeb loy Nichols and Richard Booth will present a concert in the stimulating and warm atmosphere of the gallery.
Limited number of tickets, £10. include cheese and wine and an opportunity to see exhibitions of their latest work. Early booking advised. Contact 01686 688369/ info@midwalesarts.org.uk

Sun 31st May 15
Sun 31st May 15
Islwyn Watkins 1960-2015
We are delighted to be holding a major exhibition of the sculptures, assemblages and collages by the renowned Welsh Artist, Islwyn Watkins
Islwyn was born in 1938 in Tonypandy, South Wales. From 1954 to 1959 he studied Fine Art at Cardiff College of Art and from 1959 to 1964 Lithography at Hornsey College of Art. In 1965/66 he did his Master's degree at University of Wisconsin Madison USA. He has his studio in Knighton, Gwent, and is a great admirer of Kurt Schwitters.

Artist's Statement: "Since the early 1960s my work has followed a steady development. While trained as a painter and potter, my work has evolved into three-dimensional relief or free-standing structures. These use found materials, wood etc., which have already had an existence. They bear not just the original workings of the joiner, carpenter or engineer but have over a period been modified by time, weather, sea or the hand of man. The surfaces are worn, bleached, distressed, the colours have been faded, paint has flaked or been abraded.
These elements are combined to create new identities indicated by the pieces themselves and constrained by the space and constraints of the context for which the work may be being produced. New materials and painted surfaces are used as necessary towards these ends and provide a contrast to the found material" (quoted, by kind permission of the artist, from 'Revelations - Processes of Making Art').

For most of his productive years Islwyn Watkins has created relief and free-standing constructions using found materials especially wood and leather. But he has also worked on paper to create collages (using mixed media e.g. materials such as paint, wallpaper, old bus tickets etc.) , intaglio prints & lithographs as well as small paintings in acrylic. As in his three-dimensional pieces, each work has its own identity and the same considerations of space, proportions & colour apply. Titles, if they exist, describe colours or are of an allusive nature or are associative (e.g. references to Schwitters, his role model). His titles identify rather than describe his work, which is a reflection of his curiosity, tolerance and sense of humour, something which he and Robert Harding have in common.

Teaching Experience: 1959-64 at a North London secondary school & part-time at South Hertfordshire College & the Working Men's College London; 1965 at James Graham College Leeds; 1965/66 part-time at the University of Wisconsinm Madison USA; 1966/67 part-time at Birmingham College of Art & Shenstone College Bromsgrove; 1967-77 Birmingham College of Art/Polytechnic.

Commissions: Former chairman of the Welsh Group and of the Association of Artists & Designers in Wales. Interested in & actively involved with antique ceramics.

International Exhibitions:
1966 W.V.Smith Gallery, Los Angeles (solo); Wisconsin Centre, Madison (solo); 1960s at the International Miniature Print Show in USA (mixed); also worked on a series of environmental & happening-type works in USA;

International Academia :1965-66 Master's degree at the University of Wisconsin, Madison USA.
Teaching at the University of Wisconsin.
Islwyn Watkins: 'Persian'Series of prints is in Public Collections in USA.

Sun 31st May 15
Sun 12th Jul 15
Six Hands
Renowned Welsh artist Antonia Spowers and Martina Jirankova-Limbrick an artist from the Czech Republic have been meeting for more than a year to draw hands. Sometimes members of the family join in.
Martina is an illustrator and Antonia is primarily a sculptor so have different approaches to the process.
Hands are as expressive of personality and emotion as faces, the range of poses, singly or combined, relaxed, tense, gestural, holding, pointing or from ritual, is immense and from a draughtsmanship point of view, fascinating and addictive.
The title 'Six Hands' refers to four artist hands plus two hands of the model-all equally involved.
The exhibition will be presented in an installation format