Nan Shepherd: The Living Mountain

Thursday 2 May 2019 6 – 7:30pm

Alongside our exhibition Sometimes all you can do is walk at Oriel Myrddin Gallery, we’re delighted that the artist Angela Maddock has especially chosen our Book Club selection.

Written during the 1940’s but unpublished for more than thirty years Nan Shepherd’s The Living Mountain has been described as a ‘masterpiece of nature writing’.

Describing the author’s journeys into the Cairngorm Mountains in Scotland the book details a world of beauty and harshness recording the physical landscape and creatures she encounters in her intense, poetic prose.

“The finest book ever written on nature and landscape in Britain” The Guardian

“Most works of mountain literature are written by men, and most of them focus on the goal of the summit. Nan Shepherd’s aimless, sensual exploration of the Cairngorms is bracingly different” Robert Macfarlane

 

Free, tea and cake provided, everyone is welcome

Armitage, S (2013) Walking Home (London: Faber & Faber)

Gros, F (2014) A Philosophy of Walking (London: Verso)

Herzog, W (2014) Of Walking in Ice (London: Vintage)

Hunter, C (2019) Threads of Life (London: Sceptre)

Jamie, K (2012) Sightlines (London: Sort of Books)

Macfarlane, R (2013) The Old Ways (London: Penguin)

Morrison Bell, C et al (2013) Walk On: from Richard Long to Janet Cardiff – 40 Years of Art Walking (Sunderland: Art Editions North)

Shepherd, N (2011 [1977]) The Living Mountain (London: Canongate)

Solnit, R (2006) A Field Guide to Getting Lost (Edinburgh: Canongate)

Solnit, R (2002) Wanderlust: A History of Walking (London: Verso)

Solnit, R (2013) The Faraway Nearby (London: Granta)

Thoreau, H D (2017) Walking (Los Angeles, CA: Enhanced Media Publishing)

Iain Sinclair (2006) Edge of the Orison: In the Traces of John Clare’s ‘Journey Out of Essex (London: Penguin)

 

Sunday Special!

Following in her Footsteps

Sunday 31 March 2019 11am – 1pm

Join us on Mother’s Day for Sunday morning coffee and pastries with artist Angela Maddock and her daughter Ruby Maddock (Tate Learning Schools Assistant, writer and artist) for an unconventional ‘In Conversation’ event to open our new exhibition:

Angela Maddock: Sometimes all you can do is walk

31 March – 11 May 2019

 

On October 6th 2018 Angela set off from Carmarthen to walk to Middlesbrough. Ruby followed her progress from afar. In this ‘In Conversation’, they invite us to join them as they unpick the evidence of an epic journey – its tales, trials, evidence gathered, returned and transformed – and what it might mean to ‘follow in her footsteps’.

Free event, no need to book, everyone welcome (mothers and daughters optional!)

The Building Project: Six Responses

Six very different artists and creatives were selected to spend one day each at Oriel Myrddin Gallery considering and responding to the ideas and aesthetics of our exhibition The Building Project.

Amanda Blake – Saturday 2 February 2019
David Jones – Saturday 9 February 2019
Millie Marotta – Saturday 16 February 2019
Tim Stokes – Saturday 23 February 2019
Ivan Black – Wednesday 6 march 2019
Niall Maxwell (Rural Office for Architecture) – Monday 11 March 2019

 

Our next exhibition at Oriel Myrddin Gallery is Angela Maddock: Sometimes all you can do is walk; for International Women’s Day we asked Angela to tell us about some of the women in the arts who inspire her.

“I am very interested in materialising empathy, care and compassion and enabling. Working and thinking through the practices and processes of textiles. Working to bring the tacit, the beyond or outside language of textile practice, to knowledge…and to explore the pleasure of textile making and textile wearing, its habits.

Oh, there are so many Women in the Arts to be inspired by! Without hesitation I include Judith Scott, Louise Bourgeois, Annette Messager, Erin Riley, and Annie Mae Young and the women of Gee’s Bend.

Each has the most incredible sense of what threads and ‘soft stuff’ meaning and what they might be. I see their work and am simultaneously overjoyed, appalled, anxious, inspired. That’s so good. They all make me want to make, that’s the key. You should leave someone’s work wanting to get making, do something. And the Gee’s bend quilts, real beauty out of the too often discarded. Just stunning.

I’d also include the many women ‘behind the scenes’, those with a particular vision who are not necessarily well known and who do so much to change things, develop others. They are too often forgotten – great teachers, enablers, administrators. I’d include my friend Kate Dunton, who works at the Cultural Institute at King’s, in their number and my daughter, who so often reminds me that good mentoring doesn’t need to come from those further along the road. I’d like to be like all these women, tall order!”

 

Dr Angela Maddock, Independent lecturer, artist/maker, currently working as ‘Maker in Residence’ with the Florence Nightingale Faculty of Nursing, Midwifery and Palliative Care at King’s College, London. Honorary Research Fellow at Swansea College of Art.

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Angela Maddock: Sometimes all you can do is walk

31 March – 11 May 2019

 

Opening event: Sunday 31 March 2019 11am – 1pm

Following in her Footsteps

Join us on Mother’s Day for Sunday morning coffee and pastries with artist Angela Maddock and her daughter Ruby Maddock (Tate Learning Schools Assistant, writer and artist) for an unconventional ‘In Conversation’ event to open our new exhibition.

On October 6th 2018 Angela set off from Carmarthen to walk to Middlesbrough. Ruby followed her progress from afar. In this ‘In Conversation’, they invite us to join them as they unpick the evidence of an epic journey – its tales, trials, evidence gathered, returned and transformed – and what it might mean to ‘follow in her footsteps’.

 

Free event, no need to book, everyone welcome (mothers and daughters optional!)

 

 

 

 

A week of collaborative video and sound installations at The Building Project, Oriel Myrddin Gallery.

For the finale of The Building Project Freshwest will be responding to their own installation with an exciting week of miniaturised sound and video installations.

From Friday 15 March The Building Project will become sonically alive as Freshwest install short films and soundscapes that will emanate from inside plaster houses dotted throughout the installation.

In an exciting twist Freshwest and Oriel Myrddin Gallery would like to invite members of the public to become part of this exhibition by giving you the opportunity to make and submit your own ‘short film’.

 

Interested? Then watch this short film for inspiration and read on below……

 

How it will work.

Freshwest will be installing mini screens in a number of plaster houses dotted across the installation. These plaster houses will showcase short films and soundscapes by Freshwest, students from Carmarthen School of Art and YOU the public.

Picture this!

When Visitors walk into Oriel Myrddin they will experience a cacophony of sounds emanating from within the plaster houses. As they walk around the installation they will peer into the doorways and windows to catch a glimpse of the mini worlds within. What scene would you create?

The brief

Create a film/scene no longer than 1 minute. It could be as simple as a film of you cooking a meal in your kitchen or your dog barking at the postman; as complicated as a mini thriller behind closed doors or as abstract as a memory of a room. 

Specifics

  • You don’t need to be a film maker to get involved.
  • To make it simple, we are happy for you to shoot your film on your phone.
  • We encourage sound but it is not essential, no music please!
  • You should shoot your film in landscape format (with your phone on its side).
  • Please consider keeping your phone as still as possible and use a tripod if you have one.
  • You must have the consent of anyone who appears in your film.
  • You mustn’t include any images or sound that you don’t have permission to use.
  • Your film must be suitable for a family audience.
  • If you are not shooting on your phone please save file as MP4
  • You can loop your film up to 1 minute long, or we can loop it for you.
  • You can upload your film by clicking on this link here.
  • If you have any questions or need any technical assistance please contact marcus@freshwest.co.uk
  • Freshwest and Oriel Myrddin Gallery reserve the right not to show unsuitable films.
  • Please don’t submit your film until you have read this agreement:  I agree that I have full permission to show the short film submitted to the ‘Behind Open Doors’ installation at Oriel Myrddin Gallery 15/03/19 – 23/03/19. I give assurance that the content contains no offensive material, that is suitable for a family audience and that no copyright is infringed through its screening in a public space.

Thank you and look forward to receiving your submissions.

Invisible Cities by Italo Calvino

Thursday 7 March 2019 6 – 7:30pm

Free, no need to book , tea and cake provided

Alongside our exhibition The Building Project we will be reading Invisible Cities by Italo Calvino, chosen especially for us by Carmarthen based architectural practice Rural Office for Architecture.

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

“(Invisible Cities) The most beautiful of his books throws up ideas, allusions, and breathtaking imaginative insights on almost every page. Each time he returns from his travels, Marco Polo is invited by Kublai Khan to describe the cities he has visited. Although he makes Marco Polo summon up many cities for the Khan’s imagination to feed on, Calvino is describing only one city in this book. Venice, that decaying heap of incomparable splendour, still stands as substantial evidence of man’s ability to create something perfect out of chaos”  Paul Bailey – Times Literary Supplement

Six very different artists and creatives have been selected to spend one day each at Oriel Myrddin Gallery considering and responding to the ideas and aesthetics of our current exhibition The Building Project. Come along to the gallery to see what each artist/creative is doing in-situ.

Niall Maxwell / Monday 11 March 2019  10am – 4pm

Niall Maxwell is the founder and principal of Rural Office for Architecture (ROA), an award winning RIBA Chartered architectural practice based in Carmarthen, Wales.

The practice has won many awards since being established in 2008, recently winning the RIBA House of the Year 2017 and receiving a RIBA National Award for its ground breaking Carbon Neutral Estate, Caring Wood, in Kent. Niall was a 2018 jury member for House of the Year, as featured on Grand Designs.

ROA was recently selected by the Architecture Foundation as one of the best emerging practices in the UK, and featured by Rowan Moore in the Observer as one of the best small practices in the UK.

In 2015 they won the Grand Designs “Self Build on a Shoestring” competition, and continue to win competitions, most recently the Visit Wales Epic Retreats, which was televised on Channel 4 in 2017.

To coincide with The Building Project exhibition at the gallery, Niall has selected our Book Club read – Italo Calvino’s ‘Invisible Cities’. The book is a conversation between two characters describing the experiences of one’s travels to imaginary cities. These are described as brief prose poems, 55 fictitious cities in all, taking the reader on a journey whilst deconstructing the classic format of a travel novel. “Cities, like dreams, are made of desires and fears, even if the thread of their discourse is secret, their rules are absurd, their perspectives deceitful, and everything conceals something else.” 

Niall and the studio of Rural Office for Architecture will use their day in the gallery to contribute to the collective exhibition, and reconfigure its form to reflect one of the ‘cities’ described in one of Calvino’s prose poems. This will be accompanied by a similarly short prose describing places and spaces through words rather than drawings. A prose on the interpretation of the abstract or fictional.

 

 

With thanks to Will Judge and Rural Office for Architecture for use of their images.

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Amanda Blake – Saturday 2 February

David Jones – Saturday 9 February

Millie Marotta  – Saturday 16 February

Tim Stokes – Saturday 23 February

Ivan Black – Wednesday 6 March

Niall Maxwell (Rural Office for Architecture)  – Monday 11 March

 

 

 

Six very different artists and creatives have been selected to spend one day each at Oriel Myrddin Gallery considering and responding to the ideas and aesthetics of our current exhibition The Building Project. Come along to the gallery to see what each artist is doing in-situ.

Ivan Black / Wednesday 6 March 2019  10am – 4pm

Ivan Black is an award winning British sculptor.

Ivan’s sculptures use his own unique methodology to create forms that mutate upon the introduction of energy. The repetition of identical elements is a recurrent theme in his work, by this means he builds complex fluid structures. Each piece is a section of a potentially continuous sequence, generated by the application of systematic rules to his geometry.

Ivan takes inspiration for his designs from iconic natural geometry, combining mathematical concepts and the pioneering spirit of British engineering to create a synergy between Science, Art and Technology. His meticulously engineered and seamlessly integrated mechanisms are central to the behaviour and appeal of his work. Tending towards the minimalist in design, the movement is allowed to take centre stage.

Ivan has exhibited internationally including London, Moscow, Venice and Western Australia. He has work installed in sculpture parks in the UK, France, The Netherlands and Spain. In 2018 he undertook a sculpture commission in Salt Lake City USA.

Using a spot-welder and steel wire, Ivan will construct additions and connecting elements to the buildings in-situ in the gallery: “The intent is to reference the infrastructure inherent in and essential to the built environment. I hope this might raise thoughts and questions about the social and mechanical connections that act as the nervous systems of the towns and cities that we inhabit.”

 

 

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Amanda Blake – Saturday 2 February

David Jones – Saturday 9 February

Millie Marotta  – Saturday 16 February

Tim Stokes – Saturday 23 February

Ivan Black – Wednesday 6 March

Niall Maxwell (Rural Office for Architecture)  – Monday 11 March

 

Six very different artists and creatives have been selected to spend one day each at Oriel Myrddin Gallery considering and responding to the ideas and aesthetics of our current exhibition The Building Project. Come along to the gallery to see what each artist is doing in-situ.

Tim Stokes / Saturday 23 February 2019  10am – 4pm

Tim works as a technical creative and supports a range of diverse projects, often collaborating with other artists and designers.

His artwork has been shown across the UK and also in Venice, Rome, Germany and Brazil, it is often time-based; through the forms of animation, video and performance. In more recent work Tim has been researching and experimenting with ideas and materials that explore the body in relation to its surrounding environment – considering survival, play and interaction.

Tim teaches on the Foundation Art and Design course at Swansea College of Art (UWTSD) and also lectures across several other degree courses. Outside of this Tim also supports a range of Community and Heritage engaged projects, and also supports Mission Gallery in Swansea.

Tim says: ‘I was thinking about what makes a home and talking about losing our sense of home and place (like so many displaced communities/refugees) – making improvised shelters and structures out of recycled materials’.

 

 

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Amanda Blake – Saturday 2 February

David Jones – Saturday 9 February

Millie Marotta  – Saturday 16 February

Tim Stokes – Saturday 23 February

Ivan Black – Wednesday 6 March

Niall Maxwell (Rural Office for Architecture)  – Monday 11 March

 

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