Carmarthen was a rough old town. Sailors, coraclemen, wives and prostitutes fought the twelve-strong police force in its streets and lanes. Market days and festivals swelled the town to bursting with labourers, peddlers, drunks. Overseen by corrupt and often intimidated officials, the gaols and courts were full of the casualties of a heavy Friday night, or the results of dark and reckless actions.

Notorious is an exhibition of portraits from this dark past identified from the historical Felon’s Register and other historical sources from Carmarthen’s archives. It reveals a fascinating insight into the criminal activities and social conditions of the poor; a tiny snippet of their lives that has been captured and kept alive forever when most other traces of their existence have vanished.

Through his paintings Anthony Rhys re-creates the lives of these people, making their hidden lives explicit and extending their stories past the official reports.

Today our online presence consists of thousands of personal posts, photographs and comments. What if the only one that survived about you was the worst thing you ever did?

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Makers Market 2015

It’s Christmas at Oriel Myrddin Gallery!

Come along and shop for uniquely designed and made gifts, clothes and foody treats.

This year we have a particular focus on beautifully designed and hand produced clothes and accessories – giving our shoppers a one-off opportunity to source exceptional pieces especially selected by the gallery for style, quality and luxurious materials.


Hand dyed indigo antique smocks, linens and dip-dye scarves from Polly Lyster’s Cotswold studio, Dyeworks.

Classic and exclusive cashmere and wool jackets, coats and jumpers from Pembrokeshire designer, Gillian Osband

Simple, stylish cardigans and tops designed and knitted by Oubas Knitwear (Kate Wilson). After an internship with Toast clothing, Kate set up her own label in her home county of Cumbria in 2012

We are very pleased this year to have a selection of cashmere wraps and jumpers from Carmarthenshire company Corgi Hosiery. Famous for their luxury socks, Corgi have been producing exceptionally designed and produced cashmere and wool in Ammanford since 1892

Bauhaus inspired woven scarves and shawls in bold colours, geometric designs and luxurious textures from British design studio, Wallace & Sewell

Printed silk scarves produced in the UK by emroiderer and designer, Louise Gardiner fresh from her solo exhibition in London’s Anthropologie

Hand painted and dyed cotton and silk scarves from Bengali artist Ajit Kumar Das who is currently featured in the V&A’s highly acclaimed exhibition The Fabric of India

Fun winter accessories from British designer, Catherine Tough and woolly scarves and gloves from Scottish based Green Grove Weavers

We are featuring domestic ceramic ranges from London’s Mizuyo Yamashita, Carmarthenshire based James and Tilla Waters and Ewenny Pottery’s Caitlin Jenkins. We are also delighted to be showing maiolica figures from Agalis Manessi and slipcast eathernware pottery figures from Devon based, Vicky Lindo Ceramics.

We are very pleased to once again be showing a highly collectable selection of jewellery and metal work from Cornelius van Dop. Based in Cornwall, his exquisitely made boxes and brooches feature moonlit landscapes and wildlife in everyday scenes with a hint of folkloric magic.

There will also be paintings and prints available to buy from Wales based artists including painters; penny d. jones, Max Cahn, Arwel Micah and printmakers Tom Frost, Kara Seaman and Cathryn Weatherhead.


There’s lots more to discover when you visit the gallery with over thirty artists, makers and designers showing their work with us this year.


Emma Bennett, Michael Boffey, Ori Gersht, Owen Griffiths, Jacques Nimki, Yoshihiro Suda, Clare Twomey

Flowers are deeply embedded within our lives and have been an inspiration to artists over centuries of art historical representation. flora celebrates flowers as a powerful contemporary motif,  making visible cultural, historical, geographic, social and scientific ideas.  The exhibition presents new and existing work by key national and international artists which offer a refreshed perspective on the subject of the flower in art.

Flora is a National Touring Exhibition curated by Oriel Davies and supported by Arts Council of Wales

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Image: Stung, Emma Bennett, 2011, Oil on canvas. Courtesy the artist, CHARLIE SMITH LONDON, Thomas M Kann. Photo. Peter Abrahams


Richard Slee: Work and Play

The work of internationally-renowned ceramic artist Richard Slee attempts to challenge every conventional notion in ceramic art, transcending its utilitarian roots, whilst also sidestepping the ‘self-indulgent’ aspects of the studio tradition of the late twentieth century. The objects he produces bring together the domestic interior with a love for the ‘great indoors’. They include fabricated references to the decorative, ornamental and symbolic, both from histories and within contemporary culture. These sources are brought together to explore new meanings and dramas. Increasingly he has incorporated other non-ceramic materials and found objects in works as well as exploring other specialist media such as enamel on metal and hot glass.

A touring exhibition from Tullie House Museum & Art Gallery Trust, Carlisle in partnership with Hales Gallery, London.


Image: Richard Slee, Pickaxe 2010, ceramic, pickaxe handle/ length 87cm



Drawing 2015

It’s 2015; artists have re-invigorated drawing, redefining the boundaries in fresh and dynamic ways. Drawing is no longer limited to study or sketch on paper. For this exhibition I’ve chosen the work of eight diverse artists who use drawing as a primary method: Anna Barratt, David Begley, Helen Booth, Kelly Best, Julia Griffiths Jones, Robert McPartland, Anne-Mie Melis, Abigail Sidebotham, Stephanie Tuckwell.

There’s something immediate and efficient about drawing. In order to visualise, map or capture, most of us will ‘resort’ to drawing, to enhance or replace words. Drawing can efficiently describe the way something works (the understanding drawing), the direction, space, route or mark (the looking drawing), or the narrative or subjective expression (the feeling drawing). Understanding, looking and feeling are three helpful ways to approach the selected work in Oriel Myrddin’s exhibition ‘Drawing 2015’.

Meg Anthony – Gallery Manager, Oriel Myrddin Gallery

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