Anne-Mie Melis: A New Niche for Nature

Opening: Friday 5 August at 6pm including a live sound performance by Jobina Tinnemans

As part of the series of flora commissions in partnership with Oriel Davies, A New Niche for Nature focuses on the River Towy and in particular the point at which land and water meet – where rare and endangered plant species and invasive plants compete for survival. Anne-Mie Melis highlights the precariousness of this balance alongside wider ecological questions, she imagines a new environment or ‘niche’ in which plants might grow.

Anne Mie Melis is a multi-disciplinary artist who uses conventional media, and digital technology to create drawings, sculptural work, intervention and moving images.  For this project Anne-Mie has become enthralled by the quality of the local ‘riparian zone’ (this is the interface between land and river or stream, where plant habitats grow along river margins or river banks).  Her engagement reminds us that all life is related and is a delicate balance that ebbs and flows.

‘I feel the best way to express myself is through my visual language.  I attempt to show an altered reality, aiming to address the responsibility we have towards maintaining this balance between all things on earth and our looming future – which I try to deal with in a lighthearted way!’


A New Niche for Nature is the fourth commission for flora, in collaboration with Oriel Myrddin.  flora is a National Touring Exhibition curated by Oriel Davies and supported by Arts Council of Wales.


Dail Behennah: Fieldwork

Dail Behennah has built an international following for her exquisite forms in willow, wire and found objects. Originally working as a basket-maker, Dail recently reached a major junction as she and her partner bid farewell to their much- loved home on the North Pembrokeshire coast. This leave-taking inspired a new body of work: an elegy to the wild and monolithic beauty of North Pembrokeshire.

Dail is a virtuoso, able to combine the poetry of place and memory with exacting technical virtuosity. Every line, junction and relationship is a carefully considered document of a physical and emotional journey – all grounded in this region of Wales.


Cecile Johnson Soliz: Made Up

Cecile Johnson Soliz draws, paints and makes sculptural forms. By combining these processes she creates objects that encourage us to wonder.  Recent works exist in conversation with one another, sharing techniques such as wrapping, to-ing and fro-ing, knotting, folding, crisscrossing, winding…all processes that can be extended to sculptural form, painting and drawing.

This new body of work was initiated during a recent Arts Council of Wales ‘Creative Wales Award’, she says, ‘sometimes you think you know what you are looking at but then aren’t sure…and then another possibility comes into your head…and another…I like the ambiguity of things.’

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.

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