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.

I came like all the ghosts at once is funded by the Arts Council of Wales.


Roger Cecil + 4 Contemporary Painters

Helen Booth Laura Edmunds Catrin Llwyd Evans Sarah Poland

Roger Cecil + 4 Contemporary Painters is a collaborative exhibition between TEN., the estate of Roger Cecil and Oriel Myrddin Gallery, celebrating both contemporary painting in Wales and Cecil’s important contribution to the medium.

“The reputation of Cecil’s paintings is hard to ignore – especially for practicing painters. The seriousness, independence and diligence of Cecil practice is renowned and his sensitive treatment of paint admired.

Similar and overlapping qualities exist between the painters, which is dominated by the expressive use of paint as a material; from pure abstraction seen in Edmund’s work; to the tradition of plein air painting, common in Poland’s practice. Booth’s deep love for the Welsh landscape and the abstraction of the figurative prevalent in the work of Llwyd Evans can all find reference to Cecil’s output.

The viewer might connect a visual resemblance between the four painters and Cecil – whether thematically, through a similar palette or in the treatment of materials – but the comparison here is far greater than visual language alone. The impulse of a painter, the sensibilities and nuances between painters, the influences felt and distilled through looking, experiencing and knowing another artist’s practice is clear to perceive. That which is on offer to the audience, as it reads and responds to each of the artists on display, is the same – an emotional, intellectual and spiritual expression of human experience as translated through the eyes and hands of kindred spirits.”

Cat Gardiner, TEN. 2017


Find out more about the artists:

Helen Booth

Laura Edmunds 

Catrin Llwyd Evans 

Sarah Poland



(Top) Roger Cecil:  Untitled 1997, Mixed Media on Paper,  47 x 43 cm

Catrin Llwyd Evans:  Concrete 2017, Oil on Canvas Paper, 11 x 13cm

Helen Booth:  Intangible Envy 2017, Oil on Canvas,  diptych of 2x 90 x 122cm

Sarah Poland: Neon and Rust 2015, Oil, Acrylic, Iron Filings, Salt and Graphite Dust on Canvas, 200 x 100cm

Laura Edmunds:  an exercise in making all the wrong marks #2 2017, Drafting Film, Soft Pastel and Oil Paint, 48 x 35 cm

Programme of events – Rhaglen Ddigwyddiadau
















Makers Market 2017

For our 2017 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.




Welsh wool blankets from top Pembrokeshire designer and sheep farmer Gillian Osband; sturdy and stylish canvas and leather accessories from Pembrokeshire maker Will Suiter; winter scarves in a fabulous colourways from Ceredigion based knitter Marissa Thereze; sumptuous cashmere clothing and top quality socks from Carmarthenshire’s Corgi Hosiery.

A range of woven scarves, wraps and blankets from British design duo Wallace and Sewell, known for their use of colour, structure and yarn in surprising geometric patterns; unusual woollen socks in fun colours and patterns from London designer Catherine Tough.

Luxury handbags from west Wales maker and designer Sophie Wordsworth (Swag and Tassel) constructed from reclaimed sections of vintage and antique carpet and hand selected leathers.

Tiny stitched dolls from Megan Ivy Griffiths, fabulous textile animals form Karen Suzuki and evocative jewellery and artworks from Rachel Larkins.

For 2017 we are delighted to announce that we will be stocking a range of British designed and made utility wear including hard wearing work smocks, dungarees, work jackets and duffle bags from the Carrier Company, set up in 1995 by Tina Guillory from her home in Norfolk.

We will be showing ceramics from some of the top UK makers including Pembrokeshire based Peter Bodenham; an especially commissioned range of home ware from 6th generation Ewenny potter Caitlin Jenkins; a collection of colourful table-ware and lighting from Brighton based Silvia K Ceramics inspired by heritage, folklore and simple living; unique ceramic ‘Wassail’ pots based on traditional Welsh designs from Margaret Brampton; a range of jugs, bowls and cups from Herefordshire potter James Burnett Stuart who sees his domestic pieces as ”…companions, offering beauty, comfort, practical service and sensuous experience…”; Norfolk based Rachel Cocker will be showing her ceramic collection ‘Garlands’, decorated with cobalt blue glazed flower designs. Devon based Vicky Lindo will also be showing a range of their slip-cast and sgraffito pottery inspired by the slipware pottery produced in Devon in the 18th, 19th and 20th Centuries.

Carmarthenshire wood worker Sam Knight has produced a range of wooden spatulas along with uniquely designed, hand-crafted wooden stools whilst Astrid de Groot, based in Pembrokeshire will be showing a collection of hand carved spoons – both makers enjoy using wood sourced in west Wales. We’re also pleased to welcome Rudd’s Rakes to our 2017 show 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.

We are delighted to welcome back Herefordshire stained glass artist Tamsin Abbott whose magical glass panels reflect her love of countryside, folklore and fairy tales. North Wales maker Ann Catrin Evans is also back with us again to show a stunning range of her hand forged jewellery.

Alongside a range of locally sourced bottled goodies, west Wales forager Jade Mellor (Wild Pickings) has produced an exclusive treat for Oriel Myrddin Gallery this year – Boozy Damson Chocolates. We’ll also have top quality chocolate from Carmarthenshire’s Nom Nom and Cardiff producer Heist Chocolate.

Adorn your Christmas tree with decorations from Swansea designers BYJI and Carmarthenshire ceramicist Carlo Brisco and your festive table with luxury Christmas cracker kits from Cambridge Imprint.

We’ve sourced some special stocking fillers including handmade soaps from Louise Lockhart (The Printed Peanut), witty stationery from The School of Thought and stylishly covetable haberdashery from Sussex based Merchant & Mills.

Last but most certainly not least, we’ve invited Carmarthenshire designer and printmaker Tom Frost to produce an exclusive cooks matchbox for the gallery, a special Oriel Myrddin Gallery stocking filler to grace your winter hearth.






A Darker Thread

Wales has a much celebrated tradition of creating both utilitarian and decorative textiles of distinctive design.  From power-loomed blankets to hand-stitched quilts, textiles are a key part of Welsh visual culture and history.

Whilst ‘A Darker Thread’ takes this heritage as its starting point, twelve contemporary artists, designers and makers have been invited to exhibit work which subverts these expectations.

Exhibitors have been selected for their challenging, confrontational or unpredictable approach to making thoroughly contemporary work which confidently cross boundaries of art, design and craft.  A variety of making processes are exemplified, but all make use of thread in some form.

The curious, provocative, intense, fragile works explore broad-ranging themes of empowerment, loss, language, internal landscapes, memory and gender to name but a few.  Some work might still feel comfortably familiar through its materiality or typically ‘Welsh’ colour palette of black, ecru and red; much hopefully, does not.

Curated by Laura Thomas.

Exhibitors: Alana Tyson, Eleri Mills, Indre Eugenija Dunn, Jayne Pierson in collaboration with Neale Howells, Laura Thomas, Llio James, Philippa Lawrence, Rhiannon Williams, Rozanne Hawksley, Ruth Harries, Sally-Ann Parker and Spike Dennis.

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