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.

Photography Sessions · Workshops

Mindful Photography – Light & Shade

This Saturday 20th March 2021 our session is Mindful Photography with Ray Hobbs. 

Working with Documentary Photographer Ray Hobbs we will explore ‘Mindful Photography in your home’ looking how to look at your home in a new light…

Materials: your camera, camera phone and you!

For this Mindful Photography workshop, we shall be considering Light & Shade in the home. The brief is to produce a set of five images using any camera or phone you may have.
The objective is to consider how natural and/or artificial light impacts on our home environment.
It may be the passing of light through a glass bottle containing a coloured liquid or the effects of shadow on a surface or how light bends around objects; the choice is yours.
I shall be presenting a short PowerPoint presentation of images I took with a simple compact camera. 

You are then invited to email your chosen five images to me via WeTransfer with any comments or poems you may wish to accompany the images. I will prepare a PowerPoint presentation of your images for presentation for Saturday 27th March and following any amendments you may wish to make; I’ll create a blog for you to share. 

I look forward to seeing you on Saturday 20th March for the workshop. 

Interested in joining us then please email us at gwendraethartslab@gmail.com. We look forward to seeing you!

Workshop Details:

Mindful Photography – Light & Shade

Deliver by Documentary Photographer Ray Hobbs

Date: 20th March 2021

Time: 10:30 – 12 noon

Via Zoom – please email for log in Details

Online Sketching Sessions · Workshops

Drawing Poems

On Saturday 6th March we are ‘Drawing Poems’ in our Online Session, inspired by the work of Peter Blake and his 20+ years art project of recreating the characters of Dylan Thomas’s ‘Under Milk Wood’.

To find out more about his project go to the National Museum of Wales website.

Look forward to seeing you!

Want to join us from 10.30-12 noon on Saturday 6th March 2021 then please email us at gwendraethartslab@gmail.com.

Online Sketching Sessions · Workshops

Joy of Drawing

We are back with our online sessions, we’ve had an extended break and missed you all! Hope you have been keeping safe and well?

We thought that we would get back into the swing of things by a gentle 2 hour session with the ‘Joy of Drawing’.

We are going to set out to rediscover our Joy of Drawing and blow the cobwebs away.

Session Details
You will need a Plate and Knife and Fork – for our subject!

  • We will do a warm-up using our bodies and minds…
  • Then into a series of exercises using coloured pencils/pens/pastels
  • Making delicious fine line marks experiments,
  • Drawing around the plate and knife and fork
  • And drawing our faces from memory!
    • using quick line techniques
    • other hand
    • blind
    • 360/180/90/45 degree sketches
    • Additional pattern techniques
    • Plus Blending and blurring lines…

Required Materials
What ever you have to available:
Pencils, coloured crayons, wax crayons, pastels, oil/chalk, pens (biros) felt tip pens, marker pens.
Paper – Scraps of any type of paper, coloured, light cardboard

Details of the Session:

Saturday 30th January 2021 10.30am – 12.30pm

Via Zoom – to register please contact Roz on gwendraethartslab@gmail.com or 07818 036 434

FREE & OPEN TO ALL Complete Beginners – Experienced Artists

Online Sketching Sessions · Workshops

Mask Making Part One

We are having a week off this Saturday! – So No Online Session on the 14th November – But we are back on the Zoom on the 21st November at 11am with Papier Mache Mask Making Part One.

We will be showing two techniques on how to make the mask:

  1. Using Aluminium Foil that you mould to your own face
  2. Using Newspaper and Aluminium Foil that you create into a mask shape 

What you will need:

  • Newspaper – Lots
  • Tissue Paper
  • Aluminium Foil – Thick 
  • A Board – or very thick cardboard to use as a base to mount the mask on when you are working on it
  • Thin cardboard/Egg boxes/Textured card 
  • Masking Tape
  • Scissors
  • For the Paste – Plain Flour or Corn Flour
  • Water
  • Spoon
  • Bowl
  • Plate
  • Cloth – to wipe your hands

For the Design and Decoration of Mask

  • Paper
  • Pencils/Pens/Crayons
  • Paints/Brushes

Collection of items for your garden or home that you might want to include with your mask

  • Seeds
  • Feather
  • Leaves
  • Twigs
  • Strings/Ribbons
  • Fabrics
  • Etc…
  • Objects that can create textures and patterns 

See you on the 21st November 2020 at 11am for Papier Mache Mask Making Part One.

Not signed up already then please email Roz at gwendraethartslab@gmail.com

Online Sketching Sessions · Photography Sessions · Workshops

Mindful Photography At Home

On Saturday 7th November 2020 we are going to have our second photography workshop.

We would like you to join us and our Associate Documentary Photography Ray Hobbs for ‘Mindful Photography At Home’

We will be meeting in your own home at 11am via Zoom and the session will run for 2 hours.

With the use of your own camera or camera phone (if you don’t have a camera and are in the Gwendraeth Area we can loan you one – just contact Roz – details below).

You are invited to express your feelings about Your Home, Ray will introduce the concept of Mindful Photography and discuss how you might want to go about looking at your home in a new light!

In the meantime please check out Ray’s previous presentation on our #Beachheritage Mindful Photography workshop and the images that were taken.

And remember to post and share your photos if you want on instagram and twitter and Facebook and tag with #GALSmyhome and #gwendraethartslab @gwendraethartslab

Online Sketching Sessions · Sketchbook Walks · Workshops

September Saturday sessions

We are excited to announce that our online and sketchbook sessions will kick off again in September. This is our September programme:


Week 1
5th September, 10.45 on zoom for 11am start:
Thunderstorms! An online session using oil pastels and ink. (You can substitute with wax crayons/ candles and water-based paint if you don’t have these materials).

Week 2
12 September, morning – Burry Port. Mindful photography with Ray Hobbs (cameras provided).

Send us a message to sign up for this session, which has limited places.


If you are unable to get to Burry Port, you will still be able to follow a self-directed session using information and instructions that we will put on our website.

Week 3
19 September, morning – Burry Port. Mindful sketch book walk. If you are unable to get to Burry Port, you will be able to follow a self-directed session using information  and instructions that we will put on our website.


Week 4
26 September,  10.45 on zoom for 11am start :Online session, mindful printmaking. Making block prints and experimental print-making. Using the materials, sketches and inspiration from our coastal outings at Burry Port from weeks 2 & 3.


 If you’re interested, send a message to us at gwendraethartslab@gmail.com and we’ll add you to our mailing list and send out more detailed information about what you’ll need, closer to the time.