Makers Market 2018

We invite some of the best individual makers, designers and artists from Wales and across the UK to join us for our winter exhibition. Our 2018 Makers Market features beautifully crafted and carefully selected ceramics, textiles, clothing, wood and leather as well as small local food producers.

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 six artists/makers, and two writers. The group exists to make, show and explore ambitious modern craft.

The vernacular, in architecture as in language, is rooted in the everyday and the prosaic. It is formed of use and habit; it is local and specific; it is concerned with the functional or the domestic rather than the public or monumental. In Search of the Vernacular uses the human scale of contemporary craft to provide a fresh perspective on aspects of vernacular architecture.

The work in the exhibition is gallery based contemporary craft including sculptural ceramics, installation and bespoke furniture. Exhibiting makers are paired, working either in collaboration or thematically linked. Writing and discourse are an integral part of the exhibition and it will be accompanied by a new publication and a considered programme of events designed to stimulate debate and engagement.

Image: Density and Stillness, 2017, Grant/Aston  Photographer: Michael Harvey

Criw Celf at Oriel Myrddin Gallery creates opportunities for young people ranging in age from 9-14 years of age to work with professional artists and designers in a series of visual arts Masterclasses. The exhibition in the main gallery space is a curated sample of the young people’s work created throughout 2018.

Criw Celf is an Arts Council of Wales funded pan-Wales project for gifted and talented young artists.



Few objects tell the history of modern design more eloquently than the chair. Aesthetic trends, the emergence of new materials and production technologies, ergonomics, social, cultural and behavioural changes are all reflected in its design over the decades.

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 have been kindly loaned by Carmarthenshire County Museum, Tim Bowen Antiques and from private collections.


Read Chair Talk a blog written to accompany the show by Dr. Pete Spring Ph.D FRSA, FHEA, Senior Lecturer in Product Design and MA Portfiolio Director at Swansea College of Art, University of Wales Trinity Saint David.

Images: Marc Newson, Fibreglass Felt Chair, 1994 and Konstantin Grcic, Chair_One, 2003 © the Design Museum





I came like all the ghosts at once is an oral and visual retelling of the Sea Empress oil spill that occurred off the coast of Pembrokeshire in 1996. It brings together research, verbal accounts, archival material, people and places encountered by the artist during her 2016 ‘Sea Empress’ Project.

Filmed across sites in Pembrokeshire the narration, written by Rachel Marshall and recited by poet Gillian Clark, represents a collection of people’s memories of the oil spill. Describing an immediate physical and aural shift of register after the disaster, the work explores the deep symbolic and allegorical richness of the landscape and imagines new interpretations and alternative, ‘more-than human’, ecological states of being for the future.



You and your friends are warmly invited to a special Sunday afternoon screening:

Abigail Sidebotham: I came like all the ghosts at once

including a gallery talk with artist Abigail Sidebotham and film narrator Rachel Marshall

Sunday 25 March 2018  2 – 4pm

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