The Building Project

What makes a house?  What makes a home? How do we make a community?

The Building Project, by creative practice Freshwest is a collaboration with Oriel Myrddin Gallery that invites people to participate in the making of their own miniaturised settlement in which to experiment, play and debate.

Within the gallery, participants will use a simple fabrication process to make small plaster “houses” that will contribute to the creation of an intriguing model settlement which will develop and grow in-situ.

Over the course of the exhibition, creatives and artists from diverse disciplines will then be invited to intervene in the settlement to re-interpret its material properties and its meaning.

Freshwest’s Building Project is a continuation of a recurring theme in their work that they call ‘design without designing’:  “We are interested in developing processes that have clearly defined boundary’s but leave space for creative interaction and unplanned events. This allows work to grow and change as it is created, resulting in an outcome that is ultimately more expressive and engaging, and perhaps completely different to when it was originally conceived.

We are fascinated with how emotive these simple plaster cubes can become. When you invite someone to build their own “house” they impart a sense of ownership over it, and in some way, part of them resides within. Once they placed their house into the settlement, they give over some of that ownership and become part of the community. 

For us The Building Project has no preconceived end point, its evolution, outcome and meaning are ultimately in the hands of its contributors”. 

 

Read about our Building Project Artist Commissions.

 

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Behind Open Doors by Freshwest

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? Click here to find out how to submit your film!

 

 

Makers Market 2018

For our 2018 Makers Market we have invited some of the best individual makers, designers and artists from Wales and across the UK to join us for our winter exhibition.

We will be featuring beautifully crafted and carefully selected ceramics, textiles, clothing, wood and leather as well as small local food producers.

There’ll be something for every pocket from that extra special hand crafted gift to a range of unusual stocking fillers.

 

Featuring:

For 2018 we’re delighted to be featuring blankets woven in west Wales and designed by London based Eleanor Pritchard; Welsh wool blankets from top Pembrokeshire designer and sheep farmer Gillian Osband; cushions and scarves from weaver Louise Tucker – Louise will also be showing a range of stylish woven maple wood lights.

Winter scarves and snoods in fabulous colourways from Ceredigion based knitter Marissa Thereze; a range of woven scarves and wraps from British design duo Wallace and Sewell, known for their use of colour, structure and yarn in surprising geometric patterns; unusual woollen socks and gloves in fun colours and patterns from London designer Catherine Tough.

We’re pleased to offer exceptional quality structured leather handbags from British designers Bonner Leather as well as leather belt and purse making kits from Carmarthenshire maker Nia Denman.

We’ll be stocking British designed and made utility wear including hard wearing work smocks, dungarees, work trousers, work jackets and duffle bags from the Carrier Company, set up in 1995 by Tina Guillory from her home in Norfolk.

Tiny embroidered fairy-tale dolls from Megan Ivy Griffiths; stitch work, stone carving and jewellery from Abergavenny artist duo Amanda and Matt Caines; we’re delighted to introduce the work of Dorset based stained glass artist Gillian McCormick, we’ll be showing a collection of subtly painted fused glass panels; The Stealthy Rabbit (Emily Warren) will be showing a beautiful range of characterful papier-mache creatures.

Ceramics from top UK makers including Pembrokeshire based Peter Bodenham; home ware from 6th generation Ewenny potter Caitlin Jenkins; new for 2018 we’ll be showing functional wheel thrown pottery by Robyn Cove made in her studio in south Wales – capturing a rustic warmth with contemporary surface designs; also new to the gallery Anne Barrell will be showing a range of sgraffito pots, jugs and platters featuring merchant ships, sailing boats, fishing trawlers and all things to do with the sea; influenced by folk art and story-telling, we have a range of vases and platters from Norfolk based Illustrator, ceramicist (and canary keeper) Polly Fern; a range of mugs combining the abstract, the familiar and the sensual made by Cardiff based Rosie Harman; we’ve selected a small,  elegantly decorated collection of unglazed jug and bottle forms from Carmarthenshire’s James and Tilla Waters – we’ll also be featuring ceramic bead necklaces made by Tilla.

North Wales based David White (The Whittlings) will be joining us this year showing a range of his hand-carved tableware made from sustainably sourced Welsh-grown hardwoods; Astrid de Groot, based in Pembrokeshire will be showing a collection of hand carved spoons alongside her new range of sustainable eco ‘take-away’ coffee mugs using sycamore wood sourced in west Wales; hand carved stools and seats from Carmarthenshire woodworker, Sam Knight made from a selection of local woods; we’re also pleased to welcome back Rudd’s Rakes who make traditional wooden hay rakes from ash and silver birch. Based in Cumbria, the company was established in 1890 and has remained in the Rudd family ever since, they are the last commercial rake makers in Britain.

North Wales maker Ann Catrin Evans will be showing a range of her hand forged door knockers; Pembrokeshire blacksmith Mike Davies has designed and made an exclusive range of iron toasting forks especially for our Makers Market 2018.

We’ll be featuring bottled produce from Welsh born cook Anja Dunk alongside her beautifully photographed and newly published book, Strudel, Noodles and Dumplings: The New Taste of German Cooking; we’re delighted to welcome Parc y Dderwen and thier raw, naturally fermented  sauerkraut & kimchi made in Pembrokeshire; we’ll have bottled produce from west Wales forager Jade Mellor (Wild Pickings); new and classic flavours of top quality chocolate made in Carmarthenshire by Nom Nom.

Adorn your Christmas tree with decorations from Carmarthenshire ceramicist Carlo Brisco; decorate your home and table with origami decorations, old fashioned paper chains and luxury Christmas cracker kits from Cambridge Imprint.

We’ve sourced some special stocking fillers including beautifully packaged cut flower seeds from Somerset based Grace Alexander Flowers; a forest of hand-turned, collectible, abstract tree ornaments from Sussex designers Forge Creative; a pop up theatre to assemble designed by artist Clive Hicks-Jenkins and produced by Benjamin Pollock’s Toy Theatre Company; Christmas rubber stamps Inspired by a love of nature and old folklore, designed and handmade on the South Coast of England by textile artist and designer Nula Shearing (Nooli Bird) – a great way to produce your own hand printed cards and wrapping paper; witty stationery from The School of Thought; stylishly covetable haberdashery from Sussex based Merchant & Mills; a range of special books including author and ‘wild dyer’ Abigail Booth; basket maker Jenny Crisp and small publisher Little Toller Books.

Last but most certainly not least, our exclusive Oriel Myrddin Gallery cooks matchbox designed by Carmarthenshire printmaker Tom Frost, an extra special stocking filler to grace your winter hearth.

 

 

 

Image: Robyn Cove

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 artists/makers and 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.

Programme of Events – Haptic Tacit

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

Celebrating Young Artists

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.

 

 

Criw Celf Secondary animation workshop with artist Sean Vicary

Criw Celf Claymation from Oriel Myrddin Gallery on Vimeo.

 

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Chair

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

 

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