The Workers Gallery

Invisible World

An exhibition of the Microscopic

Rosemarie O’Leary and Susan Zeppellini

9th August – 1st September

11am – 4.30pm Thursday, Friday and Saturday or by appointment

Paintings and ceramics created from what is seen through a microscope – making the invisible visible!

The Workers Gallery, 99 Ynyshir Road, Ynyshir, Wales, CF39 0EN

Tel: 01443 682024  Email: [email protected]

www.workersgallery.co.uk

Helfa Gelf Open Studios

Registration Extended!
 
  As we have no booklet deadline this year, registrations have been extended and you can now register up to 11th June!
 
The Open Studios will run across the four weekends of September as usual :
7th – 9th, 14th – 16th, 21st – 23rd and 28th – 30th, with optional late night opening on Fridays (also as usual!)
 

In addition we have a super range of exhibition and residency opportunities for members at galleries across North Wales, including:

collaborations at Tŷ Pawb and UnDegUn, Wrecsam
a new collaboration with Plas Glyn y Weddw
a new residency at Stiwdio Maelor
a repeat of the popular exhibition at the beautiful Oriel Brondanw
a superb opportunity for artists with an interest in using new technology for their creative practice at Arloesi Pontio InnovationCall_out_Edge_2_Pontio .docx

Again there will be:
residencies at Galeri Caernarfon and Ruthin Craft Centre
exhibitions at the café at Oriel Mostyn
and lots more !
 
The first stage of our website makeover is now unveiled and it includes a simplified online registration process – if you are re-registering you will be asked to check and update last year’s information, new members will need to input their details …… so ensure you have all particulars to hand.   Go to www.helfagelf.co.uk to register.
Payment this year will only be possible by credit or debit card. 
 
Having not raised prices significantly for many years, this year we are raising existing price bands slightly, and introducing new price bands:
Silver (for one artist)                                           £70
Gold I (up to 3 artists),                                        £120                                   
Gold II (4 – 9 artists),                                          £185
Gold III (10 + artists)                                         £250
However as part of our shiny new look, group pages will now feature an entry of art image, name and brief contact details for each artist.   Make sure you are included if you want to be considered for an exhibition!
Bronze (webpage only) remains the same at        £35
Finally, as outlined in the last mailing, at the request of our funders, but also in response to feedback from last year, we are not going to produce the big booklet this year – for one thing it has proved almost impossible to produce a booklet with legible print and maps for the money we have available.  Instead we will shortly bring out a leaflet with details of our event and from the money saved by this we can fund better distribution and better promotion via the clusters, plus more emphasis on digital marketing via social media and the website, and online generally. 
This will include year round integrated social media coverage including Instagram, Twitter and Facebook, and linking into ‘featured artist of the week’ on the website, plus an improved website including:
mobile friendly website
cluster maps downloadable as pdf
fully interactive maps on website
improved search facility which shows which studios open each day
personalisable downloadable trail map for visitors.
 
We are very excited by the possibilities this year, and we hope you can join us! 
Please email [email protected] if you have any questions.
 

News from Celf o Gwmpas

After more than 11 years Kayte Phillips our chief executive is moving on.

Kayte joined Celf in 2006 as finance officer before beingappointed chief executive in 2016.

She has helped to guide Celf o Gwmpas through both positive and challenging times which are faced by a small arts charity. Through Kayte’s hard work Celf is now in a stronger position to face the years ahead

Kayte will be sorely missed by everyone involved with Celf o Gwmpas and we wish her lots of luck with her new venture in Portugal.

Artist in Residence Exhibition Preview

We would like to thank everyone who attended and contributed to our very succesfull pudding prosecco and preview evening.

The evening marked the opening of our Artists in Residence exhibition which runs until 5th April 2018.
Work on display is by Lou Lockwood, Dawn Mcintyre, Jack Mclafferty and Jo Munton who all had month long residencies at Celf o Gwmpas.
We were also treated to performances by Celf o Gwmpas’ own ‘Etcetera’ and Stephanie Finegan, a rap artist from Bangor.

The four residencies in partnership with Disability Arts Cymru are funded by the Arts Council of Wales and provided a unique experience for Disabled Artists living in Wales to develop their artistic practice.

Scott Berry International Digital Residency

We are excited to have started an International cultural exchange between
Celf o Gwmpas, Canadian artist Scott Berry and the Nina Haggerty Centre, in Edmonton, Canada.

We are jointly hosting a unique “digital residency” to share artistic practice among learning disabled artists.

During March and April, Celf o Gwmpas artists Geraint Edwards and Annie Levy will be working with learning disabled artists at Centre Celf, to devise and exhibit new work inspired by artist Scott Berry.

There will also be an exchange of video blogs between the Nina Haggerty Centre and Celf o Gwmpas. These blogs will Introduce and showcase the participatory art work taking place at both centres and share the working practice of Scott Berry and other artists at the Nina Haggerty Centre, with learning disabled artists at Celf o Gwmpas.

Collaboration on works of art will take place via post, between artists in the UK & Canada and exhibitions will be held at both centres, featuring the collaborative works.

We’ll keep you posted with links to the video blogs so you can check the progress!

X marks the spot

This month we have an Art Hunt at Celf o Gwmpas.
One of our artists has donated a beautiful piece of art to help raise funds to support the work we do at Centre Celf.
We are asking people to buy a square (or more!) @ only £2 a square, and whoever gets the right square, chosen by the artist, wins the painting.

So pop in, choose your square and fill in your name and contact details.
The winner will be announced once all the squares are sold.

2018 Evening Classes

The first of our 2018 evening classes will be starting soon

Willow Garden Structures

with Nicola Luxton
11 April – 16 May 2018

This course can only run on a minimum number basis, so
all classes must be booked and paid for in advance.

For further information or to book a place please contact us 01597 822777
or [email protected]

Workshops

Our Creative Space Programme is for people living with Dementia and their carers.

Watercolour painting with artist Terri Sweeney

Wednesday
Dates: 21 March, 4, 18 April, 2018

Time: 10.30 – 12.00 noon
Cost: £3.50

Our Create and Inspire Programme is for learning disabled adults and their carers.

Magic Doors with artist Jane Titley

Tuesday
Dates: 10, 17, 24 April, 1, 8, 15 May 2018

Time: 11.00 – 1.00pm
Cost: £3.50 (carers free)

 

 

 

Clinical Psychology Fringe Festival

On Thursday 18 January 2018 Celf o Gwmpas ‘Etcetera’ conducted by Rosie McConnell went to Cardiff for the Clinical Psychology Fringe Festival.

A performance piece, stemming from experiences of mental ill health ‘Etcetera’ which sits on the edge of a comfort zone provided the audience with a bizzare, unusual and entertaining experience. The performance was very well received.
It was an informative day for everyone from Celf o Gwmpas and we were very happy to be invited to perform.

www.psychologyfringe.com

Helfa Gelf Open Studios 2018/19 programme

We are getting close to the time for opening registration for this year’s Open Studios event, and we have already been planning furiously.

We know we have funding for our Training Programme and you will have seen mailings about forthcoming events. 

However we don’t yet know whether we will get Arts Council Wales funding for the Open Studio event, and may not know until the end of March.   We are intending to go ahead in one form or another whether we get funding or not, and have an exciting programme of exhibitions lined up.  In any case Bronze membership, giving a year’s access to a webpage, exhibitions and reduced cost training benefits, will be going ahead unchanged.

Also we have been updating the website, with an attractive new look to the Home pages and a simplified registration process, which will require you to enter all information for the booklet before you pay – so make sure you have all the information you need to start with!

You may notice we have just advertised for a Project Coordinator, so if you are interested do get in touch via [email protected]for more information, or pass the details on to anyone else you think might like to do it.

If you have any questions please get in touch with your local cluster leader: 

Wrexham
Sara-Jane Harper – [email protected]
Ceri Wright – [email protected]

Flintshire
Honor Pedican – [email protected]

Denbighshire
Tara Dean – [email protected]
Ruth Thomas – [email protected]
Rebecca Parrin – [email protected]

Conwy
JudithSamuel – [email protected]

Gwynedd
Sue Arney – [email protected]
Val Lewin – [email protected]
Anne Skinner – [email protected]
 

Call for entries! Sky Arts Artist of the Year

CALLING ALL ARTISTS!

Do you, or someone you know, have what it takes to become the next Sky Arts Artists of the Year?
We are on the hunt for both portrait and landscape artists to apply. Please help us spread the word via your mailing lists and social media!Deadline: Portrait Artist of the Year 2019: Friday 16th March 2018
Deadline: Landscape Artist of the Year 2018: Friday 11th May 2018
Prize: £10,000 commission to paint a portrait/landscape for a major British institution and £500 of Cass Art materials.

The new series of Portrait Artist of the Year is currently being broadcast weekly on Tuesdays at 8pm on Sky Arts. In the meantime here are some links to view a couple of episodes from the previous series to give you a flavour of what’s involved:
 
Portrait Artist of the Year 2017 Episode 1: https://vimeo.com/195785524
Landscape Artist of the Year 2017 Episode 1: https://vimeo.com/238597959
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Glyn Vivian Activities

February Half Term: 

Ocean Exploration Extravaganza

20.02.18 – 25.02.18 

Glynn Vivian invites you to a week of mind-boggling creativity as we bravely explore the wonders of the deep sea in a series of workshops for all the family.

For all ages


Talk:  
CHERISH: Climate Changes and Coastal Heritage

24.02.18, 15:00

Inspired by the Gallery’s current exhibition, join CHERISH, a team of researchers and conservationists, to discuss the impact of climate change on the cultural heritage of reefs, islands and headlands of the Welsh and Irish regional seas. 

Booking essential
Image: Jaanika Peerna, Sublime Ooze, 2018. Courtesy of the artist


Masterclass with Alexander Duncan

03.03.18 & 04.03.18, 11:00-16:00

Join award-winning Swansea artist, Alexander Duncan and learn a range of mould making and casting techniques before creating your own artwork.

Booking essential 16+
£80 for two day workshop – All materials provide

 

Mary Husted, Lois Williams

Private View 9 March 2018 6 – 8pm

The exhibition will be opened by David Alston

In Conversation. Mary Husted and Lois Williams will talk about their work with Dr Frances Woodley 
Before the private view there will be an informal walk and talk through the exhibition. Starts at 5pm
Book Here

These two artists have very different formal and material methodologies inherent in their relative practices, but both are interested in the land and landscape, and in how perception and visuality are interlinked and influenced by preconception and memory. They also share a feeling for fragility, tonal range and layering as process and meaning. Mary Husted’s work is strongly located within drawing, while Lois Williams has wider formal concerns, which include installation, sculpture, wall pieces and also drawing.

During the exhibition there will be an opportunity to join Mary Husted on a Walk and Draw workshop. Limited places available.
Book here

Exhibition continues 10 March 2018 – 06 April 2018
Tuesday – Saturday 12 – 5pm