Friday 12 October 6 – 7:30 pm

Alongside our exhibition Haptic/Tacit: In Search of the Vernacular we will be reading On the Black Hill by Bruce Chatwin, chosen especially for us by the Haptic/Tacit group.

A story portraying the lives of identical twin brothers, Lewis and Benjamin Jones, on their isolated upland farm called The Vision on the border of Radnor and Hereford (“…said to run right through the middle of the staircase.”). The brothers live in the farmhouse where they were born, working the soil and sleeping in the same bed, touched only occasionally by the advance of the 20th century.

 

‘(Chatwin) knows intimately the comedies, the tragedies and above all the passions and deceits of toil on the land…This is a very moving yet also often funny book.’  V.S. Pritchard, SundayTimes

(Chatwin) belongs, like Lawrence and Hardy before him, to that line of novelists, poets, diarists and amateur naturalists who have made the rural life of Great Britain more intimately known to generations of readers than that of any other country in Europe or America’ New York Times Book Review

Merits the accolade of ‘masterpiece’”  The Daily Mail

Join us for a friendly discussion led by Haptic/Tacit artist Jane Cairns

Free entry, tea and cake provided.

Thursday 5 July 2018, 6-7.30pm

This summer we will be reading  Moon Palace by Paul Auster.

 

A tale set in Manhattan and the American West of unlikely coincidences and eccentric characters spanning three generations of Marco Stanley Fogg’s family, from the early 20th Century to the first moon landings.

‘Clever:  very.  Surprising:  always – Auster is a master.’  The Times

The moon as a poetic and planetary influence over earthly affairs runs as a theme…throughout this elegant fiction.’” Publishers Weekly

 

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

Free entry, tea and cake provided.

25 June – 7 July 2018

To run alongside our exhibition ‘Chair/Cadair’ in the main gallery we are exhibiting our visitor’s favourite chairs and the stories and memories they hold in the gallery foyer.

This chair was made by three students from Plas Dwbl College for young adults with complex learning needs.

 

“I’ve really enjoyed making a chair. I look around to see what type of chair that I want to make next.”  Tommy Lewis

“It made me feel more involved working with others and more focused.  It made me feel very proud to be part of the chair making team.” Owen Richards

“Over a few weeks, two of my college friends and I made a beautiful chair with help from the staff.  We all helped one another which built our confidence.”  Zac Strangman

 

On Sunday the 10th of June twelve of Oriel Myrddin Gallery’s banner making team set out from Carmarthen heading to Cardiff and Processions – the mass participation artwork to mark 100 years of votes for women.

Oriel Myrddin Gallery were one of 100 organisations across the UK who were chosen to make a large banner for the Processions project – one of the biggest participatory artworks ever created. Produced by Artichoke and commissioned by 14-18 NOW, the UK’s arts programme for the First World War centenary

The bus journey was full of laughter and stories, nail polish and glitter were applied and sweeties eaten! On arrival at Cardiff City Football Stadium artist Rhiannon Williams – lead artist on the project – joined the group and the scale of the event became apparent. An estimated 10,000 women joined the 2 mile procession through Cardiff from the stadium to Bute Park. The banners on display were spectacular, from hand weaving and embroidery to home-made flags and pennants. The participants were no less gorgeous with plenty of amazing costumes, dazzling head-dresses and a sea of green, white and violet (the colours of the suffragette movement) on display. The atmosphere was electric, the sun shone and spectators waved and cheered from the pavements, windows and bridges along the route.

The Oriel Myrddin Gallery banner drew a great deal of attention with people wanting selfies with it all the way along the procession. The warrior butterfly design, flashing and sparkling with sequins in the sunlight, was adorned with words and phrases that the group generated in the first session – Girls are Strong, Love Yourself, Education is our Armour – and was further decorated with handstitched names and symbols all relevant to each individual who worked on the banner.

Similar Prcoessions were happening in the other capital cities at the same time in Belfast, Edinburgh and London with tens of thousands of women, girls and those identifying as women taking part overall.

Carmarthen should be very proud that our women and girls from the town were represented in our capital by this diverse group whose ages ranged from 13 to 71. The group included teenagers from Dr M’z youth club who hosted the sessions, professional textile artists and students from Carmarthen School of Art.

The banner will be on display at the National Botanic Garden of Wales in the autumn.

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