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.

To register to go to www.processions.co.uk.

 

22 May – 2 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.

“This chair was given to me by my granny when I was 13 and has moved everywhere with me ever since. It originally belonged to a friend of hers who had the most amazing house: full of treasures from a life spent traveling, performing and generally being fabulous. When she sadly died this prized possession was handed to me and it is honestly the best thing anyone has ever given me. It has the most incredible recline function, thanks to cogs underneath it and a handbrake to lock it in place, plus it’s purple…what more does a chair need?!”

Arts Education & Research Officer

22.5 hours per week

£21,074* – £24,657* (Grade F) *Pro-rata

Closing Date : 20/05/2018

We are looking to appoint an individual to facilitate, deliver and develop, in conjunction with Oriel Myrddin’s Gallery Manager, education provision that enhances Oriel Myrddin’s exhibition programme to Primary & Secondary Schools, Colleges and Adult audiences in Carmarthenshire.

The ability to communicate effectively in Welsh is required to accomplish this post. Support can be provided on appointment to reach this level.

For an informal discussion please contact Catherine Spring on 01267 224833.

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