In the Dark Room, Brian Dillon, Fitzcarraldo Editions (2018)


The New English Landscape, Jason Orton and Ken Warpole, Field Station/London (2013)


Reframing the New Topographics, Edited by Greg Foster-Rice and John Rohrbach, The Centre for American Places at Columbus College Chicago (2013)


Basic Forms of Industrial Buildings, Bernd and Hilla Becher, Thames & Hudson (2005)


Richard Wentworth: Making Do and Getting By, Richard Wentworth and Hans-Ulrich Obrist, Verlag der Buchhandlung Walther Konig (2015)


The Everyday (Documents of Contemporary Art), edited by Stephen Johnstone, Whitechapel Gallery (2008)


Materiality (Documents of Contemporary Art), edited by Petra Lange-Berndt, Whitechapel Gallery (2015)


The Object(Documents of Contemporary Art), edited by Antony Hudek, Whitechapel Gallery (2014)


Edgellands, Michael Symons Roberts and Paul Farley, Vintage (2012)


The Painter of Modern Life, Charles- Pierre Baudelaire, Penguin Classics: UK ed. Edition (2010)


The Body (Key Concepts), Lisa Blackman, Berg 3PL: English Ed edition (2008)


Making: Anthropology, Archaeology, Art & Architecture, Tim Inglod, Routledge (2013)


Space and Place: The Perspective of Experience, Yi-Fu Tuan, University of Minnesota Press (2001)


Buildings without Architects: A Global Guide to Everyday Architecture, John May, edited by Anthony Reid, Rizzoli International Publications (2010)


Phenomenology of Perception, Maurice Merleau Ponty, Routledge (edition 2013)


Arte Povera (Themes and Movements), Carolyn Christov-Bakargiev, Phaidon Press Ltd (2005)


Folk Art Potters of Japan: Beyond an Anthropology of Aesthetics (Anthropology of Asia), Brian Moeran, Routledge (1997)


Learning  from Las Vegas: The Forgotten Symbolism of Architectural Form, Denise Scott Brown, Robert Venturi and Steven Izenour, MIT Press (1977)


The Unsophisticated Arts, Barbara Jones, Little Toller Books; Reprint edition (2013)


The Anti-Aesthetic: Essays on Postmodern Culture, edited by Hal Foster,  The New Press (2002); Towards a Critical Regionlism: Six Points for an Architecture of Resistance, Kenneth Frampton (1983)

A hands-on art club for young people aged 8 – 11

Enthusiastic young artists can sign up now for a term of creative Saturday mornings. This term the theme will be Build it up with wood and clay. Inspired by our exhibition Haptic Tacit: In Search of the Vernacular we will be exploring different building styles and techniques by making miniature constructions inspired by Welsh architecture through the ages – from Iron Age roundhouses to castles and chapels to the industrial structures of south Wales.

Every fortnight 11am – 1pm

Term Dates: 6 and 20 October, 3 and 17 November , 1 and 15 December

Upstairs in the gallery’s studio unless otherwise specified.

£40 per term – Booking essential

On Saturday 11 August writer Kate Pawsey joined us at the gallery to offer Response: creative writing time, a workshop using writing as an exploratory tool in response to our current exhibition Haptic/ Tacit: In Search of the Vernacular.

We’ll be running another Response: creative writing time workshop alongside our next exhibition, Makers Market 2018, on Saturday 27 October – book your place by ringing the gallery on 01267 222775 between 10-5 Monday – Saturday.

Here’s Kate’s own response to the experience:


RESPONSE – the Haptic Tacit exhibition writing workshop at Oriel Myrddin Gallery, August 2018.

Writing, in its literal sense, is the making of marks that symbolise things. It is abstract – an abstraction of the things it writes about. Or is it? As someone who hand-prints her poems by letterpress I am also aware of the fetishist appreciation of the ‘thingness’ of typeface – ampersands, the satisfying shape of the letter Q, in Baskerville, the @ symbol when formed of melted, moulded lead. And the shape of a number 2 or 5 or 7 in Jensen Old Style or Bembo italic; of embracing typos when they accidentally enhance the print, and resemble the knitting they describe, of being forgiving of my flaws and imperfections, mirrored in the imprint. Or the content of my own writing.

My current favourite writing medium – alphabet pasta shapes – was spread over our kitchen table on the morning I was due to run the first RESPONSE writing workshop at Oriel Myrddin Gallery. I was still allowing the session plan to form in my mind, as it does almost up to the moment a workshop begins. It also may be influenced during the actual delivery by something that occurs or arises from participants’ writing. I was pushing the letters around. I formed the words Haptic and Tacit, one above the other. Only then did I see the patterns of their form and spelling. Up till that point I had found these two words had make me frown slightly. A little obscure. A little abstruse in their meaning and association with each other.

Fast forward to the day after the workshop, when I woke early on a drizzly day in the middle of the August holiday season. On a whim, I decided to put on my swimming costume and dressing gown and drive to Penbryn beach at 6.30am. I took a flask of tea and a towel and set off to see if I didn’t get the place to myself. This can sometimes be the case, if I am lucky.

As I arrived some bedraggled campers, ill-prepared for their night, were retreating from the beach. They were dressed in onesies, shaped as a rabbit, a Tigger, a cat. Bottles clinked. The soaked remnants of a fire from the night before spoke of more convivial moments.

A single tent at the other end of the beach remained zipped in sleep for the whole time I was there.

Alone at last in a landscape that offered everything sensuous – warm, wet, sharp, dark, skin, hair, eyes, salt, indigo, depth and danger, slap, criss-crossing wings, sand and grit –  I suddenly took delivery of the afterglow benefits of the day before.

During the workshop I had written alongside the participants, but remained in service to the shape and structure of the day, listening intently to the words of others, only aware of my own words as I was writing them.

There, at the sea, the whole gift of the experience of the day before was visited upon me. Haptic – touch, and Tacit – implicit. The silky warmness of the sea; the relief of having delivered a good workshop; the outrageous beauty of the colours; the brooding, saturated rocks and vegetation; skin, and its outrageous possibilities; free-floating limbs; being rocked free of all tension and anticipation. It was as if the collective experience of people who had taken part in the workshop, opening out their senses and subjective associations in response to the objects in the gallery, was coming home to me in the gallery of galleries: the sea and the beach and the cliffs and the sky and the birds and the air. The attention of my companion writers had been drawn to the spaces between the objects, the places the objects took them to, associatively, other things they noticed in the gallery apart from the exhibits, things in the exhibition that made them uncomfortable or which they disliked (vital information, in my opinion), the tension of a timed framework, the stimulation of the words of others. Twenty four hours earlier I had awoken to seeing and recognising patterns in the letters that represented the exhibition. There with the sea, I was experiencing the embodiment of their meaning. For me, this was the reward of entering into a process of personally responsive writing. It was akin to, but different from, times when I have become completely absorbed in an artist’s work and emerged from a gallery with my neural pathways reformed. For a little while after such intoxication I experience the world as if through the artist’s mind. Like that, but in this case the artist was and remained me, helped and influenced by the Haptic /Tacit exhibition, but experienced more fully through what happened in the workshop.

I would be fascinated to know of the more long term ‘aftergift’ experiences of other participants at the workshop. The appreciative feedback given at the end of the session included this statement:

‘The creative writing was a wonderful way to engage more deeply with the Haptic/Tacit exhibits, the gallery space and my responses from different perspectives. It makes a 3D exhibition 4D. Engaging senses via the imagination, as well as in activity adds to the experience.’

Other participants reported feeling ‘revved up’, ‘buzzy’ and stimulated at the same time as feeling calmed and relaxed. It was considered a ‘thoroughly exciting, engaging and thought-provoking workshop.’

Well, it was for me too – thanks to all who participated for making it so and to the Oriel Myrddin Gallery team for venturing this new approach to exhibits in the gallery.

I look forward to the next such workshop on Saturday October 27th. This will have a completely different stepping off point, in the sense that the exhibition will be the wonderful, annual Makers’ Market. I will enjoy finding ways to lead people into their more oblique and subjective responses to the objects in the gallery then, and to finding out what effect the workshop has when I write alongside participating writers.

Join us if you wish to be part of this creative, reflective and expressive experiment in words.


Kate Pawsey, August 22nd 2018


Kate Pawsey is a writer and founder of Writing Time, a service enabling writers and would-be writers and providing them with the space to explore their writing within a structured and stimulating framework. She has an MSc in creative writing for therapeutic purposes (CWTP) from the psychotherapy training organisation – Metanoia Institute. She works both freelance and collaboratively, with groups and individuals, in person and by correspondence. As co-founder of The Imperfect Press, she hand-prints her own poems using an Adana press. Read an interview with her in the Cardiff Review



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.

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