Saturday 28 July 2pm

You and your friends are invited to the opening of

Haptic Tacit: In Search of the Vernacular


Gallery talk – Welsh Regionalism: landscape, context and place by Niall Maxwell of Rural Office for Architecture, winner of RIBA House of the Year 2017,  2-3pm

At The Old Surgery, King Street, Carmarthen (in the lane between the Community Crafts shop and The Library)


Followed by the exhibition preview in the gallery at 3pm to be opened by Niall Maxwell

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.

13 – 25 June 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.

“I saw these chairs in a skip outside a Muslim Children’s Centre in Hackney in 2010. I couldn’t bear them going into landfill so asked if I could have them. The manager was very friendly, offering a matching table and keeping them for me while I arranged pick up.

At this time Islamophobia was very prevalent – Muslim communities vilified for not integrating. I had the opposite experience – Muslim neighbours active in the community, our children playing together.

It’s a plain chair, I love how worn it is by countless children and well used by mine.”


We were delighted to host a workshop with Bro Myrddin School in Carmarthen and Product Design students from Swansea College of Art, University of Wales Trinity Saint David with Dr Peter Spring.

The art college made available 3d printers for the day and printed components were combined with recycled materials and found objects to make a collection of miniature chairs.

The workshop was inspired by our exhibition Chair which features classic chair designs from the Design Museum London as well as Carmarthenshire County Museum and local collections.

6  – 13 June 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.

“Nobody wanted this chair, it remained broken and unloved in a friend’s attic for many years.  Dorothy was my boyfriend’s grandmother, who I lived with during the week, in hindsight a slightly unusual arrangement.  I was working on an embryonic Arts and Crafts archive and when Dorothy died, I inherited the chair. The chair remained in my attics for decades, as I moved around the UK, with never enough resources to have it mended.  Once settled in Pembrokeshire my friend – woodcarver Astrid de Groot – replaced a missing spindle and re-rushed the seat.  We left the new spindle unstained and identifiable – a nod to the chair’s past. It was made by William Morris and Co. It makes me feel very happy to see it restored. “

Oriel Myrddin Gallery are very proud to have been asked to be part of PROCESSIONS – a mass participation artwork to celebrate one hundred years of votes for women.

On Sunday 10th of June, women and girls in Belfast, Cardiff, Edinburgh and London will walk together wearing either green, white or violet, the colours of the suffrage movement, to form a flowing river of colour through the city streets.

One hundred women artists have been commissioned to work with organisations and communities across the UK to create one hundred centenary banners for PROCESSIONS. At Oriel Myrddin Gallery we will be working with textile artist Rhiannon Williams and an inter-generational group of women including teenagers from Dr M’z youth club in Carmarthen.

Our first session brought together 13 women and girls ages ranging from 13 to 71. We talked about what it means to be a woman, the struggle for equality and the portrayal of women in the media. We used magazines to create mood boards answering the question – what does a strong woman look like? We then worked on our own individual symbols to represent the qualities needed to be a strong and free woman.

The conversation meandered on the theme – some of the older women were shocked by the endless portrayal of women semi-naked with perfect hair, skin and teeth in the magazines. I was surprised that the younger girls hadn’t heard of the #metoo campaign. We all agreed on the concept of a sisterhood as a powerful one.

Everyone is invited to play a part in PROCESSIONS – one of the largest participatory artworks ever created.

Produced by Artichoke and commissioned by 14-18 NOW, the UK’s arts programme for the First World War centenary, PROCESSIONS marks 100 years since the first women in the UK won the vote. It was a big moment and it needs to be celebrated in a really big way!

On Sunday 10th June 2018 you are invited to join four epic PROCESSIONS in the four political capitals of the UK. Women and girls, those who identify as women and non-binary individuals of all ages, persuasions, races, cultures, abilities, political affiliations and backgrounds are invited to create a living portrait of women today and walk with banners, pennants and flags they have made to express the lives, ideas and hopes of women in the 21st century.

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