Art Shows · Workshops

Unbound exhibition

We are so excited to be supporting this art exhibition in Kidwelly:

This is an exhibition of works by three artists associated with Gwendraeth Arts Lab : Suzie Ross, Roz Moreton and Sian Barlow.

This exhibition is very simple.  It is about attention and joy. It is an experiment in inhabiting the places which we have a tendency to move through, unseeing. Suzie, Roz & Sian gathered at the garden of Lady Street Gallery, Lindsey’s garden, and made work in and from the place. 

It was an experiment to see what comes from being (together) in a specific place, a specific moment in time – and to make that into an exhibition, fitted to the place.

A mention for the plants of the garden, which were so much a part of it:

Wych Elm. Beech. Sycamore. Ivy. Ash. Hazel. Apple. Pear. Willow. Grasses. Runner Bean. French Bean. Rosebay Willow Herb. Dead Nettle. Hogweed. Borage. Comfrey. Courgette. Raspberry. Rocket. Salvia. Rose. Cottoneaster. Hydrangea. Lords and Ladies. Nettle. Bramble. Geranium. Teasel.

The work reflects the contained and the uncontained of the garden: views into and through and under. Plants and trees, living inside and outside of the fences and edges, freely seeding. Crows flying over and over, fussing. Bees visiting. Sounds from neighbours: talking, coughing, laughing. The wind blowing through and the light bouncing in, dazzling. The first meetings in the garden were in August, and so the work reflects almost a quarter of the year; its movement unceasing, insistent.

The physicist Carlo Rovelli says that we are mistaken to think about the structure of the cosmos in terms of objects  or things :”The world is not so much made of stones as of fleeting sounds, or of waves moving through the sea.”

The work is “unbound” because it is informal, free. The only rule was seeing what would grow through spending time in the garden. 

I remembered what it was like when as a child I was told to go off and play in the garden of an unfamiliar house.

I am inviting the viewer to explore the hidden green spaces of an unfamiliar garden, as though with the eyes of a child – from the ground up.

Suzie Ross

“Unbound” will be held on the first two weekends in December at Lady Street Gallery, 41 Lady Street, Kidwelly, SA17 4UD .

Opening times 11am-4pm.

Special events :

  • online tour and workshop with Roz Moreton: 4th December from 11am
  • ‘In conversation’ with the artists: 11th December 4-5pm

We are sorry but there is unfortunately no disabled access to this pop-up gallery, which is in the staircase of a very old building. We invite disabled visitors to access our zoom tour on December 4th at 11am, (or afterwards on our YouTube channel).

A link to the online event will be posted separately.

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Trawsffurfiadau / Transformations

Thanks to everyone who has visited the Transformations exhibition which we at Gwendraeth Arts Lab have helped towards putting on in the fabulous Powerhouse – Pwerdy, Llandysul ; and which I oversaw the curation of. It’s only open for one more day, so if you’d like to see it you’ll need to head over before the end of the day tomorrow, Tuesday 2 November.

And if you didn’t manage to get along to see it, I’ve put together a gallery of images to bring an experience of it to you :

The show was an exploration of the transformations that occur in the everyday and the natural world: how weather, seasons, circumstances and time break down and transform matter; and how our material acts of drawing, tearing, weaving, casting, assembling and building can transform our view of our world.

“We question what it is that we love, value, preserve, remember. Many of the works are vessels: holding imaginative spaces open; containing the possibility of small transformations.”

And some of the real highlights :

Arthur Thomas, telling the stories which adhere to commonplace objects:

“This installation is inspired by the discovery of objects found in a drawer used by my mother, leading me to explore our relationship with the value we put on objects, however insignificant they may seem to be. My work alludes to how objects can be secreted away, intentionally or unintentionally, to be rediscovered from time to time, leaving a trace of a past existence.”

Keziah Ferguson bringing our attention, through her sculptures, to an underlying awareness and comfort in land and belonging:

“Often materialising through the form of various vessels and organic shapes, Keziah’s practice aims to illustrate the sense of safety and motherly belonging that she receives from the land.”

Kerry Collison, confronting questions of gender and fertility with her sculptural practice and hot metal and performances:

“There is a focus on the motif of the vessel, a form that gestates and incubates, especially hot or living. This becomes an archaic metaphor for the female body; functional or unfunctional.”

Julie Hutton, exploring alternative possibilities through visual metaphor in her large ceramic works:

“An official feminist pataphysician since 2020, Julie employs the ‘Pataphor’, an unusually extended metaphor, where an idea or concept takes on a life of its own.”

Angela James creating vessels that exist at the verge of disintegration:

“They are non-functional and ephemeral, on the verge of disintegration, but containing a space which, like the seed head, encompasses loss, preservation and new possibility.”

And my own work (Sian Barlow), my rewoven drawings and “A bowl for sharing small joys”:

“A bowl for sharing small joys:

the texture of the world is fine-grained

the texture of our lives is fine-grained

the crushing idea that we have to be “big” to make a difference

when it’s clear that every action makes a difference to something

and that small things are important

in, of and to themselves”

[Photos by Kerry Collison / Sian Barlow / Natalie Hughes-Owen]

Art Shows · Online Sketching Sessions

Iwan Bala’s lockdown drawings

This is a very quick post, following on from our on-line drawing session on Saturday, mapping our real and imaginary lockdown journeys. I just wanted to give you a link to some very inspiring work by Iwan Bala. He’s an artist working here in Wales, and has made some fabulous drawings during the lockdown. You can see photos of them if you click this link to his page on gallery ten’s website :

https://www.gallery-ten.co.uk/iwan-bala

Art Shows

Your fantastic work…

This is our Christmas show of all your wonderful work at the Lady Street Gallery, Kidwelly on Friday 8th Dec 2017.

The Christmas show consisted of all the drawings, sketches and artwork produced on the three sketchbook walks in Kidwelly and at the Kidwelly Industrial Museum and the Mural Painting Day at the museum. We also had a raffle, lucky people winning of original artwork from Roz, Lucy and Sian, plus home jams…

Lindsey and Paul produced beautiful cakes and breads on the night – thank you all for coming.

See you in the NEW YEAR…

 

Art Shows

We are putting on a Show to say…

GAL_exhibition_posterWe are putting on an ART SHOW of our ‘Drawing on the Past’ project at Lindsey’s Lady Street Gallery in Kidwelly, just to let everyone in our community what we have been up to.

We are having a private view on Friday 8th December at 7.00pm inviting  all our wonderful participants of sketchbook walks and mural painting day to say thank you!

Then the show will continue over the weekend Saturday 9th & Sunday 10th December from 11am to 3.30pm .

Hope you can make time to come and take a look round – we would love to see you.

Thanks

Roz, Sian, Lucy and Lindsey at the Gwendraeth Arts Lab