Warmest wishes for Christmas and the New Year

(Image: Amanda & Matt Caines – Makers Market 2018)

The Gallery Manager and Staff at Oriel Myrddin Gallery would like to wish you the very warmest wishes for Christmas and the New Year.

“Thank you for supporting the gallery this year and we hope you will visit us in 2019 to see the exciting exhibitions we have lined up and support the varied programme of events for all ages that we organise alongside each show.

We need your continued support! In these challenging times cultural organisations like Oriel Myrddin Gallery are more and more reliant on generated income alongside the funding we receive from public bodies. We rely on income from workshops and profit from our shop and gallery sales to help us to offer our events either for free or at affordable prices so that as many people as possible can get involved.” Catherine Spring, Gallery Manager

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We thought you may like to know about some of the things we offered to our visitors in 2018…

We welcomed over 25,000 visitors to the gallery.

 

(Image: Haptic/Tacit: In Search of the Vernacular)

 

We presented four main exhibitions:

Roger Cecil + 4 Contemporary Painters

Helen Booth, Laura Edmunds, Catrin Lloyd Evans and Sarah Poland

A collaborative exhibition between TEN, the estate of Roger Cecil and Oriel Myrddin Gallery celebrating both contemporary painting in Wales and Cecil’s important contribution to the medium.

Cadair // Chair

A selection of chairs from the Design Museum’s collection reveal how chair design has developed from the late 1800’s to contemporary innovations by prominent designers. A small selection of historical Welsh chairs were kindly loaned by Carmarthenshire County Museum, Tim Bowen Antiques and from private collections.

Haptic Tacit: In Search of the Vernacular

Jane Cairns / David Gates;  Grant Aston / Henry Pim;  Kim Norton / Gail Mahon;  Kimberley Chandler / Mark Cousins.

Haptic/Tacit is a collective of artists/makers and writers. The group exists to make, show and explore ambitious modern craft.

Makers Market 2018

Featuring beautifully crafted and carefully selected ceramics, textiles, clothing, wood and leather as well as small local food producers.

 

(Image: Criw Celf: Next Generation)

We also presented two short exhibitions, Abigail Sidebotham: I came like all the ghosts at once and Criw Celf: The Next Generation

We hosted a special contemporary dance event; Anushiye Yarnell: Alternatives to Survival and an off-site exhibition at Parc Howard Museum and Art Gallery in Llanelli in collaboration with Carmarthenshire Museums Service; Pâr // Pair complementing our Cadair // Chair exhibition and featuring four contemporary Carmarthenshire chair makers.

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(Image: Louise Tucker)

 

We also exhibited artists and makers in two special features:

The Back Wall Series

2d works from Welsh artists on the back wall of the gallery shop:

Roger Cecil, Peter Spriggs, Jan Williams and Lucy Donald

Featured Maker

Exceptional craft from makers in the UK:

Justine Allison, Julia Griffiths Jones, Peter Bodenham and Louise Tucker

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(Image: Wicker Architects)

 

Alongside our exhibitions programme we offered:

Eight free gallery talks with artists, academics, curators, architects and specialists

Four free off-site Sketch Book Walks led by artists: Parc Howard Museum and Art Gallery with Peter Spriggs; St Fagan’s National Museum of History with Claire Prosser, Manorbeir Beach with Abigail Sidebotham and Kidwelly Castle with Lucy Donald.

Eight workshops for adults including Basket Making with Jules Wagstaff, Making Botanic Inks with Catherine Lewis, Leather Bag Making with Nia Denman, Developing Drawing with Seren Stacey, Making Clay Creatures with Margaret Brampton, Make Your Own Charcoal at the National Botanic Gardens of Wales, Make your Own Clay Paint with Debbie Rees and a Still-life Drawing Masterclass with Julia Griffith Jones.

19 workshops for children including making 48 Reindeer Sock Puppets for the Christmas Reindeer Parade in Carmarthen Town!

Criw Celf Primary and Secondary, an Arts Council of Wales funded project which offers art master classes for young people who are more able and talented in visual arts

Young Artists Club for children aged 8 – 11

ArtLab after school club for young people aged 12 – 14

Four free summer Wicker Architects family workshops in the grounds of National Botanic Gardens of Wales, Parc Howard Museum and Art Gallery, Carmarthenshire County Museum and The National Wool Museum.

Four free Book Club sessions

Two Creative Writing Sessions.

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(Image: Processions)

We worked with the Artichoke Trust’s PROCESSIONS project to celebrate 100 years of women’s suffrage by creating a spectacular banner with artist Rhiannon Williams and a group of inter-generational participants which we proudly paraded in Cardiff alongside women from all over Wales.

We were part of two major national and Wales wide initiatives, The Big Draw and BBC Get Creative.

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(Image Ysgol Pum Heol)

We welcomed 650 students to participate in learning sessions at the gallery from primary through to college/university level.

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We worked with a number of organisations to help make Oriel Myrddin Gallery an accessible experience for all including:

Canolfan Y Gors, a specialist provision which supports pupils with social, emotional and behavioural difficulties.

Coleg Plas Dwbl a residential centre in Pembrokeshire offering holistic learning by role modelling positive relationships in the fields of arts, crafts, commerce, agriculture, nutrition, living skills and the environment

Engage Cymru who worked with gallery staff and arts educators to offer Dementia Friendly professional development.

University of the Third Age an international movement whose aims are the education and stimulation of mainly retired members of the community.

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(Image: Peter Bodenham Ceramics)

Our gallery shop stocks really special pieces by top quality makers, designers and artists from Wales, the UK and beyond including jewellery, ceramics, textiles and glass. We are passionate about supporting artists and makers’ careers by showing and selling their work as well bringing top quality work to the gallery to inspire visitors, students and collectors. The Arts Council of Wales Collectorplan 0% interest scheme is a fantastic way to spread the payments over a year and invest in the art you love.

We think our small local food producers and purveyors are pretty fantastic too and we’ve hosted and sold produce from Jin Talog, Wright’s Food Emporium, NOMNOM Chocolate, Wild Pickings, Parc Y Dderwen and Anja Dunk.

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We were delighted to cap off the year by winning first prize in the Tourism category of the Carmarthen Town Business Awards in November.

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Have a peaceful Christmas time and we look forward to welcoming you in 2019!

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