Celf o Gwmpas Artists Network
2nd Annual Exhibition Opens on 6th September
Opening event 4-6pm
2nd Annual Exhibition Opens on 6th September
Opening event 4-6pm
In the UK alone it is estimated that 250,000 people suffer with Myalgic Encephalomyelitis, more commonly known as M.E. Often these people feel let down by society, the health care system, education system and the government, but most of all they feel like they have no voice.
M.E, Myself and I is a new drama series, that seeks to raise awareness of ME and to reduce the stigma felt by those diagnosed. Episode 1 will be released on June 30th 2018. It tells the story of Rachel, a teenager who has been diagnosed with M.E. The show is written and directed by Thomas Ellis, who has suffered with M.E for 17 years. It features creative contributions from young people diagnosed with M.E, including Maliha Jain Vincent Gaspar, who wrote a poem featured in the episode and Ada Davidson who contributed a touching stop motion animation.
“M.E, Myself and I, was incredibly difficult to write as I was having to revisit some dark, lonely times. I feel however it was very much
worth while to do as without people coming out and
discussing M.E, awareness would not continue to
grow. One of the aspects I’m delighted about is having creative contributions from Maliha and Ada within the show. I believe these contributions really hit home that this is not just my story, it is one shared by many all over the world.”
Thomas Ellis – Writer/Director
TAPE Community Music and Film the charity that has supported Tom to realise the series, helped recruit cast and crew for the show with local people gaining experience both in front of and behind camera.
“I got involved with this project after meeting Thomas on a prior TAPE project after which I was asked if I wanted to play Rachel in the production. I enjoyed the process very much; it was great fun to do. I am thankful from the bottom of my heart for having been given the opportunity to do this and I’m really looking forward to filming episode 2.”
Chloe Thomas – Actor
Now in its 10th year, TAPE provides workshops, projects and opportunities to develop new ideas and skills, gain training and find employment all in a safe supported and inclusive environment. TAPE CEO Steve Swindon said of the project ‘We believe that creativity is a route to wellbeing for individuals and communities, something we think is very much present within the M.E, Myself and I project and we are proud to be able to give both Tom and the project our continued support.’
Alongside the release of the show, the debut art exhibition from Angela Nananidou will be on show at TAPE Community Arts Centre all summer. Angela who suffers with M.E has described how her paintings “…express that struggle between hope and despair, brightness and gloominess; structure and looseness; light and darkness; clarity and brain fog; isolation and escapism.’
Isolation and escapism are themes that run through Angela’s work and also episode 1 of the show. They also feature heavily in podcast interviews the cast and crew conducted with M.E sufferers and their care givers. Recorded at Barnardo’s in Rhyl the podcasts offer a deeper insight and range of views on the condition.
We hope that M.E, Myself and I, along side Angela’s exhibition and the Podcast episodes will raise additional awareness of M.E through creative medium and a better understanding of it within the community. We are also delighted that within the project we have been able to continue our philosophy of supporting people of all abilities to be involved in filmmaking.
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.
Applications are invited from makers from across the UK and Ireland to the finest and largest contemporary craft fair in Wales.
You work to the highest standards making ceramics, glass, textiles, jewellery, metal, wood, plastics, mixed media, leather, recycled materials, printmaking and paper.
You are resident in the UK or Ireland and your work shows a dedication to quality of making, presentation and originality.
Set in one of Cardiff’s premier venues, Made By Hand is in partnership with Cardiff City Council and Llantarnam Grange Arts Centre. Made By Hand will feature 140 companies selling directly to the public in the centre of Cardiff with a full programme of workshops, demonstrations, masterclasses, children’s craft activities and cafe. Presented by the multi award winning team from The Contemporary Craft Festival.
Deadline: 6pm Friday 30th March 2018
For full application criteria please visit http://madebyhand-wales.co.uk/apply
A group of creative practitioners and activists – led by Wrexham-based artist Nathan Lee Davies – have been working together on a campaign to encourage the Welsh Government to reconsider their current plans for changes to the Welsh Independent Living Grant (WILG). The artist is keen to raise awareness of the additional support that the grant offers, enabling individuals with the greatest needs to live fulfilling lives. The project is backed by Disability Arts Cymru (DAC) and supported as part of the DAC Extra mentoring programme; which enables Wales-based disabled artists to work with some of Wales’ most exciting arts venues and to receive professional guidance from sector leading professionals.
The #SaveWILG exhibition is a collection of visual art and poetry produced by a number of artists and writers from across the UK; focusing on ‘independent living’ as a central theme of investigation. The exhibition will open on January 24th at 9am in the Education Gallery at Theatr Clwyd and will continue until February 12th. Please come along to show your support for this campaign and to enjoy the powerful and emotive art created by people with passion and determination that are united in the belief that disabled lives matter.
Embellished stories from Rhiannon Williams
2nd December – 20th January 2018
At 1pm on the 2nd Dec there will be an ‘in conversation’ with artist Rhiannon Williams
Rhiannon Williams embellishes stories. Using embroidery techniques, she stitches together stories of people.
Rhiannon will also be running a series of workshops to run alongside the exhibition.
A small curated exhibition of makers who delve deep into the woods to celebrate the beasts and insects who inhabit it. Work will include ceramics, textiles, print, mixed media sculpture and curiosities.
Naomi Greaves has always been a collector of unusual things, most of which can be found in her studio. While some items hold sentimental attachments, others she purchased can be quite peculiar and macabre. A large part of her collection is a library of old books full of engravings and woodcuts.
Fashion meets nature. This is how Claire describes her jewellery. She combines anodised aluminium with sterling silver to create several contemporary ranges that feature flora and fauna, and reflect her love for pattern and illustration.
Photography Competion Winners
Oriel Cafe Gallery
The Gwent Wildlife Trust photography competition encourages everyone to capture some of their favourite wildlife moments on film. Each year brings new creativity and techniques, which when applied produces some beautifully atmospheric results. The entries demonstrate a great deal of skill and, in many cases, huge amounts of patience showing how committed people are to observing and recording the wonderful wildlife in Gwent.
Helfa Gelf CYWRAIN @ Galeri, Caernarfon
Doc Victoria Caernarfon Gwynedd, LL55 1SQ
11 September – 03 November
For more information please visit the website:
The Carriageworks, Love Lane, Denbigh
For further information contact:
Holyhead Road, Betws-y-Coed LL24 0BW
1st of September – end of October 2017
Exhibition of Artist from Helfa gelf and other regular artists to the gallery.
Artists – Ann Lewis, Helen Gittins,
Sonja Besnskin Mesher, SArah hartill,
Sharon Wagstaff, Valerie Lewin,
Catherine Taylor Parry, Christine Garwood,
Su Walls, Judith Samuel, Diane Evans,
Ceri Williams, Simon Collinge and Ruth Vintr.
Paintings, Ceramics, Mixed Media and Jewellery.
Some of the artsists exhibiting will be
opening their studios during the Helfa Gelf
For further information please see webpage:
Remember that there’s a number of exhibition and other events over the weekend across North Wales, as well as the open studios.
For further information, visit our website:https://helfagelf.co.uk
Through our DAC Annual Exhibition we showcase and tour the work of Wales based disabled and deaf artists, or those living with long term physical and/or mental health conditions.
The artwork being shown at Celf O Gwmpas is a selection of pieces chosen from our Open Exhibition, and includes work from emerging, up-and-coming artists, as well as professional artists of long standing. All are members of Disability Arts Cymru (DAC)
Our aim is to raise the profile of the artists involved; increase artwork sales; support and develop career progression and to build relationships between peers and with exhibiting venues.
The Theme this year is Stronger Together: we asked for artists’ to consider the theme personally and/or politically, for example:- relationships; partnerships; families; the power of people together; Unity; Solidarity or in response to Brexit and issues around Immigration.
For more information contact 01597 822777
Celf o Gwmpas, Centre Celf, Tremont Road, Llandrindod Wells LD1 5EB
To see all the work in this years exhibition visit: