Rhôd Art Camp 2018

Rhôd Artists Group Art Camp 2018 – July 14 – 28th

at Melin Glonc, Drefach Felindre, Carmarthenshire SA44 5XB

Apply now as applications close on 22nd June

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Rhôd Artists Group has a reputation for organising contemporary art exhibitions in a rural environment. As part of our commitment to rurality, accessibility and sustainability we would like to invite artists to come and research making work here with us.

Artists will be expected to a make a presentation of their practice to the other artists and any members of the public who attend. There will also be presentations by Rhôd Artists Group members and invited artists

The majority of spaces for making work are outdoors. This means it is possible to work on a large scale. There are some materials that can be made available for free. Artists should bring the tools they need. Making work is not a necessity, this is a wonderful opportunity to think about work and experiment in finding new approaches, or gather material and experiences for future work.

We are keen to make Art Camp accessible to everyone and will be liaising with Disability Arts Cymru on how to facilitate access to Art Camp activities. We would be happy to discuss with prospective participants how we can ensure an enjoyable and fulfilling experience for everyone.  Please email [email protected] if you have any questions.

To apply, please send your artist cv and a maximum of 6 images of your work to: [email protected] by Friday, June 22nd.

Art Camp is free – but you will need to bring your own tent/campervan/caravan. Rhôd Artists Group will provide an evening meal on 7 nights during the fortnight at a cost of £6 a head. Communal cooking facilities are available for all other meals.

rhod.org.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

Theatre Clwyd’s Writer In Residence Scheme

Part of TYFU | GROW – Theatr Clwyd’s Creative Development Programme

Generously supported by the Gladstone’s Library

In Collaboration with Paines Plough

Call out to Welsh Language writers!
Applications open until Friday 23 March 2018

This year, Theatr Clwyd are once again co-producing the Roundabout Season with Paines Plough. Three brand new plays will be premièred on the doorstep of Theatr Clwyd in the award-winning pop-up theatre that is the Roundabout, before going on to the Edinburgh Festival and then a UK tour.

As part of Theatr Clwyd’s TYFU programme and our commitment to becoming a home for writers in Wales, we are inviting three Welsh language writers to work alongside the Roundabout company. Each writer will develop a 10-minute script that will be performed in the Roundabout when the season opens at Theatr Clwyd.

The Theatr Clwyd Roundabout Welsh Residency will offer our three writers the chance to get to know other artists, spend time observing rehearsals and develop ideas in a supportive environment.

The 2018 Residency includes:

  • Monday 16 – Wednesday 18 April: 3 days in London as the Roundabout Season rehearsals begin – meeting the acting company, creative team and writers, and experiencing the first days of work on the new scripts.
  • Week commencing Monday 4 June: 3 days at Theatr Clwyd to observe rehearsals in the Roundabout itself and time in the main building to start script development.
  • Monday 25 – Saturday 30 June: 6 days at Theatr Clwyd to work with a director and 3 actors, further developing and rehearsing the script.
  • Saturday 30 June: Performances of the three 10-minute scripts in the Roundabout.
    Each writer will be given a bursary to cover travel, subsistence and expenses + a fee of £500

How to Apply

If you are interested, please send an email to [email protected] by 5pm on Friday 23 of March 2018.

The email should include:

  • A CV of both your work as a writer and/or other employment, training and education
  • A brief description of where you currently are as a writer
  • A brief description of why you would like to be involved in this project
  • Two pages of a script that you’ve written in the Welsh language
  • Confirmation of your availability for all dates listed

We will notify all applicants in due course. You will receive more information after submitting your application.