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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.

Sun 23rd Jul 17
Sun 3rd Sep 17
Open Exhibition 2017 Theme: Borders
We are again inviting some of Wales' finest Artists and Craftspeople to submit work for our bi-annual open exhibition. We are calling for entries based on the theme 'Borders.' This subject seeks a response from selected Artists to landscape, people, culture and world issues.
Artists are invited to submit up to 3 pieces. They must be clearly labelled and be delivered by 1st July. Deadline.
There is no submission fee but artists must be members of Mid Wales Arts . Annual membership £10.
Artworks can be submitted in a variety of mediums including sculpture, ceramics, photography, film, paintings and prints.
All work should be available for sale, with collection at the end of the exhibition.
There are 3 prizes for: Young people under 25. 3D work and the overall winner. The public are invited to come along and vote for the winner.
The selection panel will panel, a group of professional artists will meet in the first week of July. You will be notified by 14th July.
Please contact MWAC for further details and an application form

Wed 26th Jul 17
Wed 30th Aug 17
OPEN to Teens in Powys
Sculpteen 2017
For the third year running Mid Wales Arts is running a series of Sculpture workshops for teenagers during the Summer holidays.

This year we will make good use of our facilities,using clay and firing in our new wood burning kiln. We will be making life sized versions of legendary figures who lived and worked in or near Caersws for public display.

This will involve teamwork, be a lot of fun, allow students to develop and work to their individual strengths and work collaboratively with professional sculptors. Students will learn scaling up, coiling methods, working with armatures, working in sections, sculpting and decorative techniques.

Every Wednesday during the Summer Holidays. 26th July,2nd, 9th,16th, 23rd & 30th August. 10-4. Students should bring a packed lunch and wear old clothes.

Please contact Cathy :info@midwalesarts.org.uk/ 01686 688369 for an application form

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

Sat 12th Aug 17
Sun 13th Aug 17
STARTS 10 am
Artistic Blacksmithing Courses With Spike Blackhurst
This practical course is suitable for beginners age 16 and over. All tools, materials and safety equipment will be 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.

One day workshops will take place on July 8th and 9th and August 12th and 13th 2017.
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.

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 10th Sep 17
Sun 10th Sep 17
Oswestry Jazz Orchestra
Oswestry Jazz Orchestra (OJO) will be playing 2 sets at the opening of our 'Conflict' Exhibition.

OJO is a strong and stable collective of seventeen musicians performing Jazz classics and original compositions in a questionable manner.

Contrary to popular belief Jazz can be fun and with members from all walks of life, these guys try very hard to prove it!

‘I hate Jazz, but this was OK.’ – Tom Thomas – Jazz Mag #2

‘These guys are in it together. They work as a many not as a few!’ – J. Corbyn

Mon 11th Sep 17
Tue 12th Sep 17
STARTS 10-4pm
A Painterly Approach To Enamel
'Flat Panel Work' This 2 day course will specialise in using the flat panel for picture making using enamel. Come prepared with ideas and sketchbooks.

Edward Heath, was Head of Enamelling at Kingston School of Art for many years.
He was a principal assistant to Stefan Knapp and worked closely with him on many of the world's largest enamel murals. Edward has exhibited Internationally for many years. He has also worked in the commercial world, running a design company in London. His signature piece the pagoda on the banks of the Thames by the House of Lords, is testament to his skill and place in the world of enamelling.

Cost:£175 to include tea, coffee and lunches on both days, enamels used by the group and test pieces of ground-coated steel.

Available from MWA: larger pieces of ground-coated steel (25cm x 25cm) at cost.

Participants are advised to bring Apron/overall, sketches and designs, small glass/plastic containers to contain wet enamel and any favourite tools you may already have.

Sat 16th Sep 17
Sun 17th Sep 17
STARTS 10 am
Innovative Enamel Panels On Copper And Steel With Ruth Ball
Ruth Ball gained her BA Hons degree in Jewellery Design from Middlesex University, London, in 1987.
During her studies she achieved top prizes in the Royal Society of Arts Award and The Platinum Competition, more recently she was granted a British Society of Enamellers Bursary to study large scale enamelling in 2009 and achieved Commended in the Goldsmiths Craftsmanship and Design Council Awards in 2011.

Experience as a part time lecturer in Further & Higher Education, coupled with years of practice in trade enamelling, has meant that she has accomplished a wide skill base. Keen to pass on her knowledge, she was commissioned by publishers A&C Black to write a book about enamel techniques and she is now recognized internationally as being practiced in a variety of enamel methods.

We very much look forward to learning from Ruth during the 2 days. Places are limited, so book early £175 for 2 days to include basic materials. Contact Cathy: 01686 688369/

Sat 23rd Sep 17
Sat 23rd Sep 17
STARTS 10am-4pm
You will experiment with drawing and painting techniques on different qualities of paper and silk. Ruth Kirkby and Cathy Knapp will share professional techniques that can be transferred and developed in either medium.
Ruth won the RHS award for her series of paintings of Irises in 2016. She and Cathy are both experienced teachers with a love of learning, encouraging experimentation and pushing the boundaries.
Cost of the day £50 to include basic materials.
A healthy buffet lunch and tea and coffee through the day £7.50
Contact 07970671819 or e mail cathy@midwalesarts.org.uk for a booking form


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Sun 24th Sep 17
Sun 24th Sep 17
Sophie Mckeand: Poetry Reading And Open Mic
Organised by local poet Chris Kinsey. We are very fortunate to have Chris McKeand the current children and young people's poet laureate for Wales.
This will be a wonderful opportunity to be entertained and exchange inspiration.
To be followed by an Open Mic session.

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.