Neither From Nor Towards
3 March - 7 April 2007
Neither From Nor Towards, 1992,
Cornelia Parker, Arts Council Collection, Hayward Gallery, London
In 'Neither From Nor Towards' the brick remnants of
an eroded house hang suspended in stilled animation in
the work of British artist Cornelia Parker, who was nominated
for the Turner prize in 1997. Her work often depicts a moment
in time, which has been halted. In 'Neither From Nor Towards',
the bricks are resonant with their previous life, reminding us
of the passage of time over which we have no control. Parker
rescues and reinterprets the ordinary, which is transformed
by the gallery setting into something poetic and extraordinary.
Suggestion and Statement
14 April - 26 May 2007
Thrown square vase on round feet, slip-painted earthenware
with honey and tin glaze, 850 x 250mm, 2005
Simon Carroll's vessels challenge the conventional
boundaries of ceramic tradition and practice. His work is
influenced by a diverse range of artists, including Picasso
and Miro. These energetic, proud forms are both tactile
and sculptural. Carroll works his clay intensely, and in
'Suggestion and Statement' he gives us a unique opportunity
to enjoy the dynamism and vitality of a complete body of work.
On tour from Tate Gallery, St Ives.
2 June - 23 June 2007
Oriel Myrddin Gallery has been working with schools in
Carmarthenshire, establishing and developing creative relationships
through gallery visits, practical workshops and artist placements in
schools. 'Made It' is a celebration of the responses and achievements
of all those pupils who have worked with the gallery over the last
30 June - 8 September 2007
'Pod-i', Natural Hemp, 2005, Ann Harrington-Rees
'Llif' is a selection of the work of fourteen craft makers
who are all closely linked to Wales. The exhibition is a
selection of textiles, ceramics, metal-work, jewellery
and basket making. The exhibitors are all responsive to
the emotional, aesthetic or iconographic spirit of Wales.
Some humorously take its cultural traditions and
idiosyncrasies to celebrate the 'hwyl' that informs
these fascinating objects. Others directly reference
the landscape. Many of the makers are Welsh born, now
exiled, whilst others have adopted Wales as their
home, 'Llif' alludes to the ebb and flow of the lives
and practice of these makers.
Partnership project with Flow Gallery, London.
Gareth Hugh Davies
15 September - 3 November 2007
Aubade, oil on canvas, 100cm x 150cm, 2007
An exhibition of contemporary paintings by Carmarthenshire
based Gareth Hugh Davies. In the series of paintings that make
the exhibition 'Olion', events are described through the suggested
absence of the figure. Davies paints spaces in which tracks, traces
and trails in the landscape imply an ongoing or disturbed narrative.
These paintings express an anxiety and sense of loss, yet also
seem to offer some comfort; in the darkening forest a glowing
light illuminates the front porch of an isolated home. Davies
implies a troubling ambiguity about whether these lights illuminate
the unspeakable, or offer refuge from it.
A catalogue to accompany the show is available from the Gallery.
10 November - 5 January 2008
Hoar Frost (detail), wire mesh, corex, light, Jess Shaw, 2003
'Hoar Frost' is a beautiful seasonal and dramatic selection of design
and craft pieces displayed in the main gallery. All work is for sale -
Collectorplan, an interest free credit scheme is available.
Exhibiting artists include: Jess Shaw, Ivan Black, Clare Henshaw,
Baxter and Roger Cecil.
More Christmas gifts, cards and decorations available in the
12 January - 23 February 2008
Asato Kamiyama, 2007
An exhibition of craft and design in which
seven selected international artists were asked to respond to the idea
of the 'everyday'. Simone ten Hompel then curated a selection of their
work which is presented on an ingenious cardboard box table by Michael
Marriott. The outcome of the creative brief is anything but 'everyday'.
Each artist has produced objects of exceptional subtlety wit and beauty
which elevate everyday functional objects to lovely and beguiling forms.
On tour from Flow Gallery London.
My Giant Colouring Book
Jake and Dinos Chapman
21 April - 31 May 2008
My Giant Colouring Book 19, 2004
Copyright Jake and Dino Chapman and The Paragon Press London
series of 21 etchings by Jake and Dinos Chapman. Many of the images
explore dark and subversive themes for which the Chapman Brothers have
become infamous. In this series of prints the innocence of childhood
and in particular dot-to-dot drawing is challenged with reference to
political and moral decline, art historical allegory, and ghoulish
A Hayward touring exhibition, from the Arts Council Collection, London.
The Bag Show
7 June - 19 July 2008
Hans Madsen, 2008
Bag Show includes over forty exclusive designs by students, recent
graduates and staff from the Royal College of Art, London.
Designs range from oversize
totes to exquisite evening clutch bags, all are beautifully made and
are complete one-offs never to be repeated.
On tour from Flow Gallery London.
26 July - 6 September 2008
Sara Moorhouse, 2008
Clay Studios marks its tenth anniversary with an exhibition of ceramics
by members of this celebrated craft co-operative. The Cardiff based
ceramics studio is home to some of Wales' most innovative and
studio gallery, recent ceramics graduates from West Wales School of the
Arts in Carmarthen have been selected to exhibit their work in a unique
collaboration between the gallery and the college.
In the retail area there will be an exceptional selection of ceramics for sale by internationally acclaimed makers.
13 September - 4 October 2008
Celebrating the creative
talent of pupils from Carmarthenshire Schools who have been involved in
the gallery’s outreach programme during the last year. Sparks explores
through the outcomes of artist residencies in primary schools the role
that artists and galleries can play in relation to childrens' learning;
including projects with the new Foundation Phase curriculum.
Drawing Together from the Everyday
with Pip Woolf
11 October - 1 November 2008
Pip Woolf is interested in the
power of individual mark making as a fundamental human activity, and in
encouraging drawing as a form of individual expression. During ‘Big
Draw’ month, Oriel Myrddin Gallery invites students from West Wales
School of the Arts, Aalton House and Cross Hands Primary School to work
with Pip to create a sight-specific collaboration that explores
interpretations of ‘the everyday’.
All Of These Things
56 Group Wales
8 November - 31 December 2008
Brendan Stuart Burns, 'Liquid Light Series 2006', 5 July
the establishment of Group 56 in 1956, the art world has dramatically
changed into a media savvy, confident arena. During those years the
Group has survived, evolved and indeed thrived. It continues to be an
important artistic collective within the Welsh field. 'All Of These
Things' will feature the work of some of Wales' most respected artists,
each of whom speaks with integrity and vision about their place, time
New Stones, Newton's Tones
10 January - 21 February 2009
Tony Cragg, New Stones - Newton's Tones, 1978
Tony Cragg's seminal work 'New Stones - Newton's Tones', plastic debris
is arranged by colour category on the gallery floor. Cragg suggests
that physical matter, and the break-up and re-ordering of it, is
fundamental to our experience of the world and that it literally
grounds us in our understanding of self. Cragg's prolific and
internationally acclaimed output has profoundly influenced contemporary
1 March - 28 March 2009
The films, by eight
selected artists, offer a unique and intriguing interpretation on the
subject, and invite the viewer to think of their own 'my place'. There
is a variety and depth in the selection: some offer a strong sense of
personal insight and reflection; some a sense of journey; some reflect
on a locality; some question identity and longing; some define a
relationship or disseminate on a role. The films are many things;
expressively setimental; sensitive; beautiful; poignant and funny.
The eight selected artist/film makers are:
Steele, Rabab Ghazoul, Linda John, Jacob Whittaker, David Marchant,
Hannah Marie Thomas, Maia Conran and Miranda Whall.
Contemporary Craft and Fine Art
4 April - 16 May 2009
Image: Paul Avis
is an exhibition celebrating the materials, processes and techniques
involved in the making of extraordinary objects, often using
traditional methods to acheive a subversive result. Each maker is
fascinated by the physical outcomes that transform their material,
however mundane or workaday, into something remarkable. Whether through
technology, inventiveness, virtuosity; or the rhythms and repetitions
of making, or the investment of time and diligence, these objects are
captivating. They express a new mood of exchange, between contemporary
craft, art and design.
23 May - 4 July 2009
Mark Folds, Comfort Zone, 2009
Folds is a Carmarthenshire based artist. His work, as he puts it,
injects 'a slight wobble into the everyday'. He makes 'outstallations'.
By making small physical changes to a place, Mark anticipates a change
in his audiences' perceptions. By sowing subtle visual seeds, he
encourages us to look again, to re-think and re-engage with our
environment. His work triggers questions about commonly held and
learned perceptions; by turning these on their head he offers an
alternative way of seeing.
11 July - 5 September 2009
- an exhibition of witty, innovative and ethically designed products
for the home and garden. From a bird feeder that serves to capture a
fleeting moment in time to a toy car that functions as a door stop,
this exhibition focuses on one specific material - wood.
exhibition presents 11 desirable products created by TEN, a group of
ten designer who collaborate once a year to explore sustainable and
intelligent solutions to design. Working in partnership with the Crafts
Council, TEN illustrate that sustainable design can be creative and
On tour from The Crafts Council.
12 September - 31 October 2009
Edwina Bridgeman, 2007
magical exhibition inspired by the stories and folklore of the orchard
in the British imagination. Edwina Bridgeman brings a sense of
"unihibited joy...a unique childlike vision" to her installation and
invites the visitor to sit at the kitchen table and record and
contribute their own stories and memories in response to the work.
am interested in the poetry of the everyday. The materials that I use
reflect this, often overlooked and discarded themselves, I am able to
bring their stories to my own, inviting the audience to look again at
the familiar and ordinary presented in an extraordinary way". Edwina
On tour from New Brewery Arts, Cirencester.
A Winter's Tale
7 November - 31 December 2009
long winter's evenings are a time for tall tales and magical stories.
Oriel Myrdin Gallery's Christmas exhibition brings together a
collection of work by local and national artists and makers, all of
whom use ideas of story-telling and narrative.
Tina Carr and
Once We Were Birds
9 January - 20 February 2010
Edit and Sandi 2009
winning photographers, Tina Carr and Annemarie Shöne set out at the beginning
of May 2009 on a journey from the UK to Hungary to meet, speak with, listen to
and work with Roma individuals, groups and agencies; documenting aspects of
their lives, opinions and aspirations.
Staying on campsites in Budapest
and travelling in their converted van to a Roma settlement in the North East of
Hungary during their visit, they have spoken openly with Roma people about
their present lives and surroundings and how they see the future. The project
has engaged with the community to explore expressions of current identity and
the advance of Romani culture.
The exhibition documents in photos, video films and text the Roma voices,
pictures and words gathered along the way.
Reap and Sew
Contemporary Craft and Design
27 February - 3 April 2010
A spring-time exhibition of craft and design. Beautiful and useful objects influenced by nature, growth, gardens and flowers.
10 April - 15 May 2010
Louise Burton - Imogen
exhibition of selected works by eight contemporary artists either
living or working in Wales. This fascinating exhibition deals
with intriguing ideas about the notion of the outsider. Each work
offers insight into the nature of difference and otherness; some deal
explicitly and poignantly with the identity of the outsider, others
allude to the emotional and physical effect of being an outsider.
Some artists introduce the possibility of positivity and humour in
navigating this rocky terrain.
Bathing Beauties: Re-imagining the Beach Hut for the 21st Century
22 May - 3 July 2010
international exhibition of over 60 models designed by artists
and architects, which re-imagine the British beach hut for the first
time in three hundred years.
A Hub Touring Exhibition.
Brendan Stuart Burns
10 July - 1 September 2010
Brendan Stuart Burns
A summer exhibition presenting a selection of paintings by award winning artist Brendan Stuart Burns, who spent 2009 working on an artist residency project in Oriel-y- Parc, St Davids in Pembrokeshire. Elegant, pared down and large scale, the works use space, light, texture and colour, as well as Burn’s love of the Pembrokeshire landscape, to mesmerising effect.
warp + weft: contemporary woven textiles
11 September - 30 October 2010
Curated by weaver, Laura Thomas and with generous support from The Laura Ashley Foundation, warp+weft tells the story of contemporary weave in this oft overlooked field with a series of works by the following makers:
Peter Collingwood, Sue Hiley Harris, Ainsley Hillard, Makeba Lewis, Lucy McMullen, Ptolemy Mann, Ann Richards, Ismini Samanidou in collaboration with Gary Allson, Kathy Schicker, Reiko Sudo, Ann Sutton, Hiroko Takeda, Laura Thomas, Priti Veja.
All the exhibitors are well known within their field of practice: some emerging and some internationally recognized weave pioneers. The link is their ‘unexpected’ approach to weaving: their embrace of exploring structural possibilities, new yarns and new ways of presenting their work.
The cloth in all its guises speaks for itself in this beautiful and engaging exhibition. Both the acknowledged textile enthusiast and curious novice will learn something new. Weaving reveals itself to be extraordinary, exciting and something very different from our preconceived ideas.
The exhibition will tour to further venues in the UK in 2011:
7 January - 20 February 2011
The Makers Guild in Wales
Craft in the Bay, The Flourish, Lloyd George Avenue, Cardiff Bay CF10 4QH
T: 029 20484 611
12 March to 30 April 2011
The Market Cross, Bury St Edmunds, Suffolk IP33 1BT
T: 01284 762081
6 November - 31 December 2010
James Plumb - Cluster Chandelier (detail)- Photo: Giselle Torres
In the darkest part of the year, we all need a little light in our lives.
Our winter exhibition presents work from London based sculptors and designers, James Plumb (Hannah Plumb and James Russell). Light is a central theme in their work which takes forgotten and overlooked objects, transforming them into beautiful and functional new pieces.
Other artists and makers in the show reflect on the domestic, the beautiful and the well crafted. Some use up-cycled and reclaimed materials in their work, bringing discarded pieces back into the spotlight in a new form. Other artists' work celebrates the simple and the functional in daily life.
The show includes:
Justine Allison, Donya Coward, Gareth Hugh Davies, Ivor Davies, Virginia Graham, Eloise Grey, Ainsley Hillard, Buddug Wyn Humphreys, Caitlin Jenkins, Carol Kingsbury Gwizdak, Anna Lewis, Laura Plant, Jo Pond, Hetty Rose, Holly Ross, Serena Rowe, Gwyn Williams, Daniel Wright and Mizuyo Yamashita.
Paul Emmanuel - Fleece Painting
8 January - 26 February 2011
Paul Emmanuel - Cefn Coed Isaf 2010
The paintings in the exhibition Fleece Painting, are both beautiful and challenging. Paint is applied direct to a sheep's sheered fleece, then each painting is given the name of the farm near the artists' Swansea valley studio where the sheep was reared. The paintings convey an ambiguity between extreme artifice and our knowledge of their raw hirsute state. Emmanuel investigates the fine-line between what is natural and what cultured, what conscious and what subconscious, what is painting and what might not be; the very boundaries and conventions of painting are questioned and thrown into soft relief.
Jerwood Drawing Prize
5 March - 16 April 2011
Virginia Verran - Bolus Space (Signal) - detail
The Jerwood Drawing Prize is the largest and most prestigious annual open drawing exhibition in the UK. This year's exhibition tours for the first time to Oriel Myrddin Gallery. First prize was awarded to London based artist, Virginia Verran for her drawing Bolus-Space (signal). Verran describes her work: "intuitions, layers, planes,
demarcations, nations, symbols, threats, bombardments, pointings, ponds, settlements, migrations, repetitions".
The Jerwood Drawing Prize, which aims to recognise and support both established and emerging artists in the field of drawing, features the work of seventy artists.
19 April - 18 June 2011
What do the objects you own mean to you?
Over an eight week period, Oriel Myrddin Gallery invites four artists; Peter Finnemore, Carwyn Evans, Becky Adams and Jools Johnson to occupy the gallery space with special objects that evoke intruiging stories.
Using objects both personal and particular and a spirit of experiment and happen-stance, each of this artist-led series will develop differently.
Visitors and community groups will engage with each of the stages in order to explore the stories, history, memory and associations of objects.
CARWYN EVANS: Altro
19 - 30 April
Working with material unearthed from his father's land in Newcastle Emlyn, Carwyn Evans 'purifies' it, eradicating any sense of place, identity or culture from the material so that it can only be seen as ‘stuff’, dislocated from notions of culture and mother or fatherland.
PETER FINNEMORE: Groove
4 - 14 May
Peter Finnemore has collected 45 rpm vinyl records for many years, focusing his collection on those that relate to Wales. Seeing his records as democratic markers of cultural history, as ‘vinyl bones’, and as vernacular folk art, many of them relate specifically to Carmarthen
BECKY ADAMS: Memento
17 May – 4 June
What compels us to keep objects, hoard objects, covet objects?
An exploration into the emotional connection and history attached to personal objects, Becky Adams throws light on the personal stories attached to seemingly benign objects and creates a visual library that documents memory, recollection and personal story.
JOOLS JOHNSON: Aurora
7 – 18 June
Jools Johnson manipulates recycled computer materials to create artworks that resemble futuristic constructions and miniature cities. Recent installations create unsettling atmospheres and ethereal backdrops for new architectural models that articulate fundamental questions about our own existence.
Project Object: Collect
7 May – 4 June 2011
Carmarthen Museum in Abergwili houses the county’s collection of treasured archaeology, social artefact and artworks. The museum have kindly loaned a small selection of items as part of Project Object. Our visitors will be asked to loan a significant object of their own to be shown alongside in the studio space during the show so that we can create our own living museum of special things. More
Roger Cecil - Recent Work
25 June - 27 August 2011
Roger Cecil 2010/11 - Untitled (Detail)
We are delighted to welcome Roger Cecil back, five years after his hugely successful solo exhibition Cariad. Roger presents a new
body of work specifically created for Oriel Myrddin Gallery. Continuing to delight in the relationship between landscape, the female form, and the expressive power of colour, Roger's mastery of composition and
painterly abstraction should not be missed by anyone interested in contemporary painting. This is the only opportunity to see Homage. Works will be for sale. Collectorplan interest free credit scheme is available.
The Dutch Collection
10 September - 29 October 2011
Tejo Remy - 'You can't lay down your memory' kindly loaned from Tejo Remy's personal collection
Oriel Myrddin Gallery host an important exhibition of contemporary Dutch design curated by Freshwest Design. The curation is particular: its emphasis is creative, questioning, light and holistic.
A spirit of research and adventure has meant that selection, curation and delivery transmogrified into a Freshwest/Netherlands road trip.
Marcus Beck and Simon Macro (Freshwest Design) and Joby Barnard (photography/design) ventured to Holland to meet with designers on a whistle-stop 'select and collect' tour from some of the best design studios in The Netherlands.
The exhibition will feature the work of 13 important or emerging designers:
Maartin Baas, Riener Bosch, Formafantasma, Daphna Isaacs, Chris Kabel, Digna Kosse, Christien Meindertsma, Mieke Meijer, Berjan Pot, Tejo Remy, Frederik Roije, Peter van der Jagt, Nathan Wierink
5 November - 31 December 2011
Tamsin Abbott - Through Moonlit Woods 2011
Each Christmas we present a selection of affordable and beautiful craft objects to tempt our visitors to buy hand-made gifts. We theme the exhibition, so that there is a spirit, if not of Christmas, then of winter and wonder. This year the theme is Coedwig (forest).
A critically selected range of makers and artists present a special seasonal group exhibition.
This year Steffan Jones Hughes and Jeanette Orrell are invited to create our Artsits Christmas Tree commission.
Iwan Bala and Menna Elfyn
7 January - 18 February 2012
Iwan Bala - Enwi Llefydd (detail)
Field-notes is a collaborative exhibition between artist Iwan Bala and poet Menna Elfyn. For over a year, fragments of Elfyn’s poems, lists of Welsh place names, family names, critical essays and other scattered references have inspired and sustained Bala’s drawings.
Presented as a study in progress, these ink soaked, scratched out, torn and broken words express a defiant austerity - a metaphor for the fragility of marginalised languages - no matter how much they are rubbed down, wiped away, left to wither, they continue to prevail.
Elfyn’s words and phrases are illuminated by Bala with blunt charcoal, crumbling chalk and bamboo ink pens, creating lines of letters that suggest a slipping seepage. They allude to our connection to, as well as our inexorable separation from the places that surround us in this increasingly globalised society.
Throughout the exhibition, words disappear and resurface between ink stains and chalk dust in a process similar to the poet’s forging of a poem. Their struggle to be seen and read is akin to the poet’s process of thinking, note making, writing and re-writing, the effort to identify the best words to use.
During their many conversations, both Bala and Elfyn have unearthed layers of shared meanings and connections. Through the act of creating they find hope for Welsh cultural identity. This resulting exhibition is as much a celebration of the poets craft – Ystad bard astudio byd – as it is the artists desire to consider and represent the world anew. Together they shovel light into darkness, offering us a glimpse of a place beyond the grief of hiraeth and mourning; an oasis. What Elin ap Hywel translates from Elfyn’s poem as Love: a place where land meets water.
Watch the opening talk given by Professor M Wynn Thomas, Emyr Humphreys Chair of Welsh Writing in English at Swansea University with Poet, Menna Elfyn here
Lab Craft: Digital Adventures in Contemporary Craft
A Crafts Council touring exhibition
25 February - 7 April 2012
Assa Table Loop Light (position twist), Assa Ashuach, 2010, Polyamide. Photo: Nick Moss
Lab Craft features 26 makers who combine hand, mind, eye, technical mastery of tools and materials, and aesthetic sensibility, with cutting-edge digital technologies. Using rapid prototyping, laser cutting, laser scanning and digital printing, Lab Craft explores the use of technology as an extension to the capabilities of the human hand.
Curated by Max Fraser, the exhibition includes work by some of the most experimental names currently working in craft and design, including; Tord Boontje, Michael Eden, Gareth Neal, Timorous Beasties and Nina Tolstrup, with many showing innovative work previously unseen. Textiles, ceramics, furniture, jewellery, glass, lighting and much more are presented to engage and intrigue anyone with an interest in craft, materials, design, and technology.
Coal Dust Mandala
14 April - 26 May 2012
Jonathan Anderson - Coal Dust Mandala
“My work is about impermanence…”
For his exhibition at Oriel Myrddin Gallery, Swansea based artist, Jonathan Anderson is showing a series of works each entitled Coal Dust Mandala. The term is both descriptive and mysterious. Each small work is produced using layers of coal dust on grounds of found material such as plywood, cardboard and sandpaper. The simplicity of the image is deceptive; it acts as a meditative device for him, both marking time and concentrating awareness.
On the Edge of the World
Selected works from the British Council Collection
2 June - 1 September 2012
Michael Landy - Creeping Buttercup
This exhibition draws from the rich holdings of the British Council Collection. It was curated as part of a bi-centenary programme of events to celebrate the achievements and lasting legacy of Charles Darwin.
The 14 contemporary artists selected for this exhibition assume the role of modern-day explorers. Through their work, they make connections between us, our environment and nature. For many of them, travel is an important part of their practice; they seek to examine and interpret the complex and changing natural world around us. Here we see the enduring legacy of Darwin and his commitment to bringing new interpretations, rare discoveries and insights to a wider world carried beyond a scientific community into the imaginations of artists today.
Featured artists: boredomresearch, Christine Borland, Dalziel+Scullion, Anya Gallaccio, Tania Kovats, Rob Kesseler, Michael Landy, Heather & Ivan Morison, Simon Starling, Alison Turnbull and Marc Quinn.
8 September - 3 November 2012
Louis Thompson - Hive 2012 - Glass and water
Courtesy the artist Photo: Thomas Rydin
This July, an exhibition of new commissions by five emerging makers working at the forefront of applied art opened at Jerwood Space in London, the next stop on the UK tour will be Oriel Myrddin Gallery in Carmarthen. Jerwood Makers Open 2012 brings together new works created by Nao Matsunaga, James Rigler, William Shannon, Louis Thompson and Silvia Weidenbach.
Taking the rare opportunity to lead with their imaginations rather than responding to a set brief, these makers have created ambitious new works in ceramics, design, glass, jewellery and mixed materials and will play with both scale and their chosen materials.
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10 November - 29 December 2012
Glenys Cour is one of Wales’ most popular artists. This exhibition features a new body of work focusing on flowers and the landscape (in advance of her major retrospective to be staged at the Glynn Vivian Art Gallery when it re-opens). Glorious colours and juxtapositions show her to be both daring and controlled in response to the world around her. An exuberant energy shines from her paintings, as it does from her personality. Still painting, after more than sixty years of dedicated and disciplined studio practice, she is an inspiration to all.
André Stitt: in the WEST
5 January - 16 February 2013
André Stitt - Slipgrass 2012
Beth yw canu? Cael o'r creu
Ei hen athrylith.
Beth yw gweithio ond gwneud cân
O'r coed a'r gwenith
What is staying alive? To possess
A great hall inside of a cell.
What is it to know? The same root
Underneath the branches.*
In his new series of paintings entitled In the West, André Stitt aspires to a condition of association and evocation in his work rather than representation and through that process sees his painting as existing in an in-between space which might be thought of as ‘ambiguous abstraction’. He looks at the landscape with a post-colonial eye and thinks about how the ‘embodied experience’ of that landscape might impact upon us now and into the future.
Stitt has accumulated source material for the show during a series of residencies, site visits, walks and journeys through coastal and rural locations from Aberteifi to Machynlleth in west Wales during 2011-2012.
A family connection with Maesglas Farm, near Aberporth has helped Belfast born Stitt, as an ‘intimate outsider’ to gain insight into the daily routine and passing seasons dominated by Welsh language and culture; the resilience of rural life, and the importance of community, culture, and the land.
Stitt’s move from performance art into painting in recent years has been a powerful process for the artist through which he sees the paint itself as both a transformative and redemptive medium which affirms each action in the painting process as a performance of consciousness.
* What is it to be human? Waldo Williams. Trans. by Menna Elfyn
Difference Engine: Accumulator II
23 February - 23 March 2013
“Jamming is a form of error detection" Charles Babbage
Difference Engine is an evolving touring exhibition by artists Mark Cullen, Gillian Lawler, Wendy Judge and Jessica Foley, featuring Gordon Cheung.
It takes the first computer as its namesake; Difference Engine.
Accumulator II re-orders the exhibition space as a place for the visitor to engage with time, language, mythology and architecture. Within this space the outside ‘order’ of the world is declared critically problematic; systems become subject to examination, reinvention, re-presentation. Tentative projections of the future are suggested – and anxieties are released.
The visitor is greeted by the ANNEX – a compilation of objects, papers, sounds and visions, accumulated over time by the multi-dimensional character of Difference Engine.
The Home for Orphaned Dishes
30 March - 18 May 2013
First shown in Whitechapel Gallery in 2011 and on loan from the British Council Collection, artist Alan Kane presents a floor-to-ceiling display of a forgotten moment of popular craft revival. The 1960s and ‘70s saw resurgence in traditional wheel-thrown, glazed stone and slipware pottery in the typical rustic earthy tones of that era.
Oriel Myrddin Gallery invites you to join in and contribute your own once loved but now abandoned pots to the exhibtion - rummage in your cupboards, and scour the charity shops for the odd, the ugly and the unusual - Oriel Myrddin Gallery will be collecting your unloved pots to give them some love and attention in the limelight of the exhibition.
Visit the gallery from now until May to donate a piece of ceramic ware to be part of the installation. Once the exhibition is over, your donation will become a permanent part of the British Council's Home for Orphaned Dishes collection.
We will lovingly photograph all your donations (and collect their stories if you'd like to tell them to us) for our Pinterest gallery
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