To accompany our A Darker Thread // Edefyn Tywyllach exhibition, we’ve asked our own Siân Conti to be our Pinterest Guest Pinner from July – October 2017.

If you’re a regular to Oriel Myrddin Gallery you will know Siân – she started with us in 1993, that’s 24 years ago…it’s a bit like ‘Hotel California’ here (but in a good way!)

Siân was trained in Dyfed College of Art in Carmarthen through a four year course in Fashion Design (1976 – 80). After graduating she worked in various roles; Junior Designer at Morris Cohen  in Port Talbot, Assistant Designer and Pattern Cutter for Welsh Brides in Cardigan and then with Jamie and Jessie Seaton Knitwear (Toast)in Llanfynnydd. For 10 years she was the wardrobe genius behind Merlin Youth Theatre in Carmarthen “…creating and making costumes for zillions of youth Members…well perhaps not, but it was an awful lot!”. You can see from this very charming photograph that Siân started early on her dressmaking career!

Siân is Oriel Myrddin Gallery’s resident textiles expert and we’re very lucky to have her…so enjoy her pins for the next few months…we can’t wait to see what she finds!

Saturday 19 August 2017, 11am-4pm

You will learn how to create and maintain a simple non-toxic indigo recipe which you can re-create at home. The recipe will enable you to dye plant fibres such as cotton and linen. You will also learn various pattern making techniques inspired by traditional Nigerian resist dyeing to create your own beautiful indigo dyed textile samples which you can take home and use for your own projects.

 

Cost: £25 includes materials

Suitable for age 16+

Booking Essential

Please bring an apron or wear old clothes, a pair of rubber gloves and some plastic bags to take the samples home.

Friday 18 August 2017, 7pm

Gallery talk by Lucille Junkere: The Yoruba Blues – The art of indigo dyeing in Nigeria

Textile artist Lucille Junkere returns to the gallery to talk about her indigo dyeing journey since her residency at the William Morris Gallery. She recently travelled to Nigeria through a Winston Churchill Fellowship where she studied indigo dyeing techniques amongst Yoruba artisans. Àdíre is the Yoruba word for the resist dyed cloth made in Yoruba towns in Nigeria. The textile functions both as an aesthetic expression and a means of communication, offering a deep insight into Yoruba religion, culture, folklore and history. Her talk with be illustrated with short videos, photography, music and Lucille’s own indigo work.

 

Admission Free

Saturday 15 July 2pm: Exhibition opening by lecturer and artist, Angela Maddock

Sunday 23 July 11am – 1pm: Sketchbook Walk with Suzi Park at the National Wool Museum, Drefach Felindre – free, open to all, no need to book

Friday 18 August 7 – 8pm: The Yoruba Blues – The art of indigo dyeing in Nigeria – talk with textile artist Lucille Junkere – free, open to all, no need to book

Saturday 19 Awst 10:30am – 4pm: Pattern making with indigo inspired by Nigerian resist textiles known as Àdíre – workshop with textile artist Lucille Junkere – age 16+, booking essential: £25

Saturday 9 September 11am – 1pm: Sketchbook Walk with Julia Griffiths Jones at The Welsh Quilt Centre, Lampeter Town Hall, SA48 7BB  – free, open to all, no need to book

Saturday 9 September 3pm: A Darker Thread: Curator’s Talk  – with Laura Thomas – free, open to all, no need to book

Saturday 23 September 11am: Weaving Wales  – talk with author of Woollen Mills of Wales, a new book by Branwen Davies – free, open to all, no need to book

Saturday 7 October 10am – 4pm: The Big Draw: Extreme Weaving – with Laura Thomas at the National Wool Museum, Drefach Felindre – free, open to all, no need to book

Saturday 7 October 11am: A Well Spun Yarn: Tales of ThreadWise Thinking – artist talk with Angela Maddock – free, open to all, no need to book

Saturday 7 October 1 – 4pm: Filling Holes: A workshop on visible mending with thread – workshop with Angela Maddock – age 16+, booking essential: £25

 

Featured Maker: Stephen R Hughes

The Back Wall Series: Eleri Mills

15 July – 21 October 2017 – in the gallery shop

All work is for sale – Collectorplan interest free credit scheme is available

 

A Darker Thread Showcase @ Mission Gallery

27 June – 6 August 2017
Spike Dennis & Rhiannon Williams

Showcase of selected artists from: A Darker Thread

Mission Gallery, Gloucester Place, Swansea SA1 1TY

Closing Date : 30th July, 2017.

Cultural Services – Oriel Myrddin

Arts Education & Research Officer (Temporary Maternity Leave cover for 6 months in the first instance)
22.5 hours per week

£20,661* – £24,174* (Grade F) *Pro-rata

We are looking to appoint an individual to facilitate, deliver and develop, in conjunction with Oriel Myrddin’s Gallery Manager, education provision that enhances Oriel Myrddin’s exhibition programme to Primary & Secondary Schools, and Colleges in Carmarthenshire.

The ability to communicate effectively in Welsh is required to accomplish this post. Support can be provided on appointment to reach this level

For an informal discussion please contact Catherine Spring on 01267 224833.

 

We’re growing our gallery and we’d like to hear what you think!

Would you be kind enough to take a few minutes to complete a short survey?

Oriel Myrddin Gallery are in the process of making an application to Arts Council Wales for Capital Lottery Funding Grant for a major redevelopment. If successful, the redevelopment will include the refurbishment and remodelling of the existing gallery along with an extension into King Street. In addition to upgrading the main gallery and the addition of a further gallery space, the new building complex will include an expanded multi-use education and creative activity space, community and artist studio spaces, a café and a shop.

We’re very excited about this great opportunity and we hope you will be to. We’d like you to be part of the journey and help us to ensure Oriel Myrddin Gallery is a fully accessible, social and welcoming place for everyone.

Thank you very much for your time.

Oriel Myrddin Gallery are in the process of making an application to Arts Council Wales for Capital Lottery Funding Grant for a major redevelopment. If successful, the redevelopment will include the refurbishment and remodelling of the existing gallery along with an extension into King Street. In addition to upgrading the main gallery and the addition of a further gallery space, the new building complex will include an expanded multi-use education and creative activity space, community and artist studio spaces, a café and a shop.

We’re very excited about this great opportunity and we hope you will be to. We’d like you to be part of the journey and help us to ensure Oriel Myrddin Gallery is a fully accessible, social and welcoming place for everyone.

Would you be kind enough to take a few minutes to complete a short survey that will help us build a picture of our visitors and the kind of activities you value?

Come in and see the palns in the gallery foyer 22 -27 May.

Thank you very much for your time.

Thursday 29 June 2017, 6-7.30pm

Alongside Oriel Myrddin Gallery’s exhibition Oceans: Surface/Below (part of the Ephemeral Coast series of exhibitions in South Wales) we will be reading W.G. Sebald’s The Rings of Saturn. The book is an unusual hybrid of fiction and fact following a walking tour of the coast of East Anglia but ranging across a great array of subjects evoked by the changing landscape. Arranged in loosely connected chapters it’s the kind of book you could just dip into or read every last page.

‘A highly original work…part memoir, part fiction, part meditative essay writing, and finally an essay for the dispossessed.’ Sunday Telegraph

‘A great, strange and moving work.’ James Wood, The Guardian

Join us for a friendly discussion led by Kirsten Hinks Knight.

Free entry, tea and cake provided.

Join our friendly team, we are currently looking to recruit a number of volunteers for the following roles within the gallery:

Community/Education/Events
Assisting with workshops for children
Assisting with workshops for targeted groups including older people
Assisting with hospitality at private views, talks and other events

Publicity and Marketing
Assisting with social media promotion
Distributing posters and flyer

Administration
Archiving of exhibition and resource material

Retail
Sourcing/researching publishers and distributers of books and publications for the gallery shop

To apply please send us a CV with two references by 19 May 2017

CMSpring@carmarthenshire.gov.uk

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A level photography students from Welsh medium Carmarthenshire school Ysgol Maes Y Gwendraeth collaborated with Oriel Myrddin Gallery and artist Grainne Connolly to create double exposure photography inspired by memories of washdays past, gathered through our older people’s project Atgofion O’r Golchdy.

Thank you to the following students from Ysgol Maes Y Gwendraeth for creating these photographs: Nathan Davies, Cara Edwards, Fern Elder, Bethany Flear, Charlotte French,Manon Jones, Chloe Lewis, Jenni Norris, Megan Samuel, Jessica Thomas, Ffion Thomas, Aimee Priller

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