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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.

Sketchbook Walks

Beach Sketchbook Walk

On Saturday 19th September 2020 we are having a sketchbook walk this is a follow-on from our amazing Mindful Photography workshop that happened last week! 

We would like you to join our Gwendraeth Arts Lab Artists on the Burry Port Beach for a sketchbook walk to express your feelings about the Carmarthen Bay Power Generation Plant, which was demolished in 1990. Observing the demolition landscape and considering the extensive natural erosion of the beach and the man-made and natural cliffs, which has exposed fragments of machinery and the original structures.

Burry Port Beach looking North

Bring – Pencils/Pens/Coloured Pencils with a sketchbook

Plus – Wax Crayons/Thin-Light Weight Paper for Rubbings

You are invited to consider this industrial ephemera #beachheritage 

*** COVID-19***

All Covid-19 Precautions are taken

We social distance at all times, we wear masks when required & have hand sanitizers/wipes just in case…

If you are joining us tomorrow, then the details are:

Details of the Session:

Saturday 19th September 2020 11am – 12.30pm

At the Burry Port Harbour (East) SA16 0ER 

Meeting at the very far end of the car park (lots of potholes so be careful) near the slipway to the beach

FREE & OPEN TO ALL Complete Beginners – Experienced Artists Children under 12 to be accompanied by an adult

More Info: gwendraethartslab@gmail.com or 07818 036 434

And remember to post and share your images if you want on Instagram and twitter and Facebook and tag with #beachheritage and #gwendraethartslab @gwendraethartslab

Have fun and Enjoy, take care and be safe, Roz, Sian and Lindsey

Online Sketching Sessions

Our Lockdown journeys…

On the 27th June 2020 the Gwendraeth Arts Lab delivered its ‘Mapping’ Online session courtesy of Zoom and again wonderful work was produced.

First off we do our warm up: 3 deep breaths, hand claps, finger movements, shoulders, arm and hand movements too warm up and get ourselves sitting comfortably for the next hour and a half.

Then a few quick mark marking exercises:

First off we watch and listened to the sounds of Oxford Street on YouTube – Closing our eyes we drew what we heard, responding to the sounds.

Then we listen to nature sounds on Spotify – listening to sounds of the countryside in the summer (very noisy!!) and again drawing what we hear and responding to the sounds.

Then we asked everyone to think of a journey that they take, one that they might take every day in Lockdown or one that they would really like to take but can’t due to the pandemic lockdown restrictions. Then recalling your memories and imagination of that journey we asked everyone to reproduce it, some people worked together to create one journey –  what was produced was amazing and all so unique!

Our Lockdown Journeys…

Warm -up exercises – Sound Sketches

 

Online Sketching Sessions · Workshops

Our Self Portraits session…

Last Saturday the 6th June 2020 we had our first Self Portrait sketching session – this one was curtesy of Zoom, in the session we also looked at the wonderful work of David Hockney’s portraits…

After our warm up sessions and discovering our faces, using felt tips and crayons with our right hand and left hand doing continuous line, word, blind and one eye sketches we produced these wonderful and inspiring sketches…

Sketchbook Walks

Another successful sketchbook walk today

15 people braved the weather to participate in another Gwendraeth Arts Lab sketchbook walk  this Saturday 2nd March 2019 at the Burns Farm Shop at Parc y Bocs (who were fab hosts), our first of the year!

Just a few images of the day…