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Previous Exhibitions

Women's Talk - Mary Jones

Women's Talk - Mary Jones

Gallery 3

03 February 2018 until 17 March 2018

This exhibition, entitled ‘Women’s Talk’, is based on conversations with women who Mary Jones has only met briefly, knows well or in some cases has known a life time. For a variety of reasons the conversations have had an impact on Mary.
 
Mary is inspired by the study of human emotions and how they are translated in our faces. Her intention is to find ways of interpreting these emotions through her ceramic practice, consequently giving each piece an individual presence.

Sonja Beer - Botanical Paintings

Sonja Beer - Botanical Paintings

Oriel Cafe Gallery

03 February 2018 until 17 March 2018

As a child growing up in Switzerland, Sonja was given a wildflower book by her primary school teacher. Seeing those botanical paintings has left a very strong impression on her. It was not until a few decades later, now living in Wales, and after a period of painting abstract, minimalistic works that she came back to her childhood dream of painting flowers. She then began exploring and painting these botanical jewels of nature in a very precise and accurate way. A natural curiosity, a love for detail and colour, patterns of any sort, including patterns of life, combined with a love of gardening led Sonja to explore and pursue Botanical Art in its pure form.

[vinegar & brown paper]

[vinegar & brown paper]

Craft showcase

03 February 2018 until 17 March 2018

[vinegar & brown paper] is Andy Poplar. An award winning advertising creative, he decided to quit his job because he needed to do something different with his life. After a while he came up with the idea of etching glass. He takes classic and iconic items and turns them into beautifully crafted and unique pieces with his unique brand of quirky humour.

“I spend my days working at a desk with a Remington typewriter and a 1940s Bakelite telephone on it. The phone will never ring, the ink on the typewriter ribbon has long faded out – but there they sit – one a stand for my iPhone, the other used for holding paper. New ways of looking at old things – it’s a theme in all my work I guess.”

[vinegar & brown paper] was awarded the Llantarnam Grange Showcase Award at Made by Hand at City Hall, Cardiff in November 2017.

 

EllyMental

EllyMental

Jewellery Showcase

03 February 2018 until 17 March 2018

EllyMental Jewellery is the transformation of Elly's little illustrations into lovingly and meticulously hand crafted pieces of resin jewellery. Elly is inspired by designs based on an interest in fun nostalgia, victoriana and animals. She incorporates her drawings with found ephemera such as 1950's books, Victorian newspapers and delicate home-made papers.  Items are multi-layered with metal and coated with resin to create a strong and robust end piece.

Hiraeth

Hiraeth

Main Gallery

02 December 2017 until 20 January 2018

Rhiannon Williams embellishes stories. Using embroidery techniques, she stitches together stories of people. Her richly embroidered narratives convey scenes from modern day life, to nostalgic memories of times gone by, exploring human relationships and feelings of belonging. Rhiannon studied her degree in Textiles at University College Falmouth in 2011 and her Masters at the Royal College of Art in 2014.

Into the Woods

Into the Woods

Gallery 3

02 December 2017 until 20 January 2018

A small curated exhibition of makers who delve deep into the woods to celebrate the beasts and insects who inhabit it. In the shadow of the trees something magical is happening. Often the setting for dark and mysterious tales the woods are the site of transformation and the home to a vast array of creatures both real and imagined. Work will include ceramics, textiles, print, mixed media sculpture and curiosities.