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What's on at the MWAC - printed: Mon 26th Jun 17
EXHIBITION
Sun 7th May 17
Sun 7th May 17
STARTS 3pm
OPEN to PUBLIC
Sculpture Cymru At M W A C - Home Of Sculptors In Wales
The National organisation of professional Sculptors in Wales ‘Sculpture Cymru’ opened an exciting ‘Test’ space and Sculpture Trail in 2015 at Mid Wales Arts Alison Lochhead of Sculpture Cymru and the former Gas Gallery said it was the beginning of an exciting period for Sculpture Cymru who have wanted a ‘Hiraeth' (home) where they could have a permanent exhibition space to show their work and exchange ideas.
Sculpture Cymru members organise exhibitions, residencies, workshops and seminars. Members also work with sculptors and groups from other countries. Recent collaborations have involved artists from Brittany, Ireland, Catalunya, Argentina and the USA.
The organisation also offers advice and management for sculptural projects and welcomes applications from sculptors interested in joining the group.
After a fantastic start, 2017 will see the further development of the MWAC sculpture trail.

As well as work from Sculpture Cymru members, there is a collection of Tengenenge sculptures. Tengenenge is in the North of Zimbabwae, where all of the residents are artists, who make their living by sculpting stone. With the downfall of the economy and in turn, the lack of tourism, the Tengenenge's have suffered with less visitors to the village and therefore selling less work. However, despite these hardships, the community has survived due to the passion and the energy of these people! We're delighted to be a support and provide a place to exhibit and sell their work.

Enjoy walking in beautiful scenery and discovering over 100 extraordinary and varied pieces of original scupture. Parking and entrance is free.

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Sun 7th May 17
Sun 7th May 17
STARTS 3pm
OPEN to PUBLIC
Thinking Boxes
Sculpture Cymru, a group of 25 sculptors working in Wales, have originated a new exhibition for 2017. Challenging members responses to the conforming set format of a wall mounted box. Sculptors were presented with an anonymous box, empty and uniform; nothing that each member has decided for themselves. Members have responded to this ‘box’ in many very varied ways. Do they think within the box or without it?
Come and see how creative 3 dimensional minds have met this challenge.
Each works in their own way; a joy to see.
Opens along with our 2017 Sculpture Trail at 3pm Sunday 7th May.


EXHIBITION
Sun 11th Jun 17
Sun 16th Jul 17
STARTS 10am
OPEN to PUBLIC
On The Edge
“On the Edge” is an exhibition of work by a group of artists living and working in Borth, a village situated on the wild and exposed coastline of Cardigan Bay.
Using a variety of media and techniques, this diverse group is connected and inspired by the unique environment of Borth – sea, beach, mountains, colour and ever changing light.

“Ar yr Ymyl” yw arddangosfa o waith gan grwp o artistiaid yn byw a gweithio yn Y Borth, pentref wedi ei leoli ar arfordir gwyllt ag agored Bae Aberteifi.
Yn defnyddio amrywiaeth o gyfryngau a thechnegau, mae’r grwp amrywiol yma yn cael eu gysylltiad a’u ysbrydoli gan amylchedd unigryw Y Borth – mor, traeth, mynyddoedd, lliw a golau sy’n newid am byth

WORKSHOP
Sat 17th Jun 17
Sun 18th Jun 17
STARTS 10am - 4pm
OPEN to PUBLIC
Glenn Morris Stone-carving Workshop
Glenn is an experienced, trained teacher with an international reputation. He is a leading member of Sculpture Cymru, his works, predominantly in stone can be seen at MWAC.

This is a 2 day course costing £200 including all tools and a basic piece of stone.
All equipment including power tools, safety and lifting gear is provided.
(Note: please allow time for us to source stone for certain specific projects which will be charged at reasonable rates).Students are able to work in a variety of stones including marble, limestone, springstone, serpentine and alabaster.

Areas covered: Sourcing stone, planning work, tools, types of stone, safety equipment,basic techniques and a look at other sculptors work.
Carving: carving a relief and carving in the round. Maquettes and scaling up.
Concepts of direct carving, developing student’s ideas, finishing and mounting.

A delicious lunch and tea and coffee are provided. Accommodation is available at the centre at reasonable rates.

Booking essential.

info@midwalesarts.org.uk / 01686 688369

WORKSHOP
Sat 17th Jun 17
Sun 18th Jun 17
STARTS 10am
OPEN to PUBLIC
Building A Kiln With Jo Finch
Jo Finch is a national treasure when it comes to kiln building. We first came across him on a visit to Meri Wells' studio and saw the amazing wood burning kiln he built for her. Inspired by the wonderful possibilities for creating larger work, sculpture and surface firing effects we have asked him to build a kiln here at Mid Wales Arts.
Jo has ceramics in his blood, he was apprenticed to his father for 4 years at Winchcombe pottery before starting out on his own. He now has an international reputation and has built kilns as far away as New Zealand and India, he is in demand all over the world
This is a 2 day course which should equip you with the knowledge and confidence to design and build a gas and wood soda kiln and a small Raku kiln. Reasonably priced accommodation and excellent food are available on site. Cost for 2 days £100
Contact info@midwalesarts.org.uk/ 01686 688369 for a booking form asap


WORKSHOP
Sat 1st Jul 17
Sat 1st Jul 17
STARTS 10am-4pm
OPEN to PUBLIC
Lino Cutting - Jeb Nichols
This course will give you the opportunity to learn lino cutting techniques from a practising professional artist and then give you the opportunity to experiment with overlaying designs using 2 or more colours.
Jeb is a talented, practising artist, printmaker and experienced teacher who is in demand to run courses throughout the UK. Suitable for all abilities, this will be a fun day encouraging you to combine drawing, imagination and design and explore ways of using this traditional printing method.

Linocut is a traditional relief printing method in which pieces of lino are cut away using special carving tools to create a design. The lino block/s are then inked up using a roller, and printed onto paper either by hand or using a traditional printing press.
£50 per person based on 8 people to include all materials for the day. A healthy organic buffet lunch can be provided for £7.50 Accommodation also available at the centre at reasonable prices for those from further afield. This is a popular course, booking essential.


POETRY EVENT
Sun 2nd Jul 17
Sun 2nd Jul 17
STARTS 11am - 7pm
OPEN to PUBLIC
Poetry And Music - A Celebration Launch
Local teacher and published, prizewinning poet Nicky Hetherington will launch her first collection of poetry and be accompanied by Jeb Loy Nichols whose new album 'Country Hustle' has just been released. This promises to be an afternoon of gentle, thought provoking words and music. Extra sweetening provided by the Borth painters exhibition, Sculpture trail and afternoon tea.

From 11:00 – 1:30 the day will begin with a creative writing workshop at led by Nicky Hetherington looking at the connection between art and the local countryside.

From 1:30 – 3:00 there will be a lunch time buffet for £6 and an afternoon tea at 4:00 – 4:30 for £3. Please indicate when booking if a buffet or tea ticket is required.

From 3:00 – 4:00 Nicky Hetherington and Jeb Loy Nichols will read from their recent publications, followed by an open mic session welcoming anyone who wishes to read.

From 5:00 – 7:00 there will be an evening concert featuring Jeb Loy Nichols performing songs from his recent release Country Hustle, with special musical and spoken word guests.

All- day ticket covering food and all events £10 adults and £7.50 U16
Workshop ticket £3 adults and £1 U16s
Afternoon poetry and open mic ticket £5 adults and £3 U16s
Evening concert £5 for both adults and U16s


WORKSHOP
Sun 9th Jul 17
Sun 9th Jul 17
STARTS 10am-4pm
OPEN to PUBLIC
Artistic Blacksmithing Courses With Spike Blackhurst
This practical course is suitable for beginners age 16 and over. All tools, materials and safety equipment will be provided. Attendees are asked to wear working clothes and stout footwear. After covering health and safety procedures in the forge tools and equipment will be explained and you will be shown how to light and use the forge.
You will have the opportunity to work on an anvil and learn how to manipulate metal using a variety of techniques. You will practice these techniques, learn how to forge hooks and pokers etc and then you will be able to use all these processes to create your own forged metal artwork
Group size is never more than six at one time to ensure personal attention.

One day workshops will take place on July 8th and 9th and August 12th and 13th 2017.
Cost £100 per day.
Contact Cathy on 07970671819 or info@midwalesarts.org.uk to book a place
for group and individual bookings

Tea and Coffee will be provided.


EXHIBITION
Sun 23rd Jul 17
Sun 3rd Sep 17
STARTS
OPEN to PUBLIC
Open Exhibition 2017 Theme: Borders
We are again inviting some of Wales' finest Artists and Craftspeople to submit work for our bi-annual open exhibition. We are calling for entries based on the theme 'Borders.' This subject seeks a response from selected Artists to landscape, people, culture and world issues.
Artists are invited to submit up to 3 pieces. They must be clearly labelled and be delivered by 1st July. Deadline.
There is no submission fee but artists must be members of Mid Wales Arts . Annual membership £10.
Artworks can be submitted in a variety of mediums including sculpture, ceramics, photography, film, paintings and prints.
All work should be available for sale, with collection at the end of the exhibition.
There are 3 prizes for: Young people under 25. 3D work and the overall winner. The public are invited to come along and vote for the winner.
The selection panel will panel, a group of professional artists will meet in the first week of July. You will be notified by 14th July.
Please contact MWAC for further details and an application form

WORKSHOP
Wed 26th Jul 17
Wed 30th Aug 17
STARTS 10am
OPEN to Teens in Powys
Sculpteen 2017
For the third year running Mid Wales Arts is running a series of Sculpture workshops for teenagers during the Summer holidays.

This year we will make good use of our facilities,using clay and firing in our new wood burning kiln. We will be making life sized versions of legendary figures who lived and worked in or near Caersws for public display.

This will involve teamwork, be a lot of fun, allow students to develop and work to their individual strengths and work collaboratively with professional sculptors. Students will learn scaling up, coiling methods, working with armatures, working in sections, sculpting and decorative techniques.

Every Wednesday during the Summer Holidays. 26th July,2nd, 9th,16th, 23rd & 30th August. 10-4. Students should bring a packed lunch and wear old clothes.

Please contact Cathy :info@midwalesarts.org.uk/ 01686 688369 for an application form

WORKSHOP
Fri 28th Jul 17
Fri 25th Aug 17
STARTS 10am
OPEN to PUBLIC
Children's Summer Holiday Workshops
A varied programme of fun activities for children 7-12 years. Encouraging your child to develop their imagination. Then theme running through these all of these workshops will be 'Imaginary Worlds'. We will encourage children to develop their own creative voice as well as using Welsh Folklore and Children's stories as inspiration.
Run by professional artists and experienced teachers in the art studio every Friday 10-4pm. during school summer holidays.
Activities will include clay, wire sculpture, drawing, painting, printmaking and textiles.
Artists will include Sara Philpott, Nicky Arscott and Cathy Knapp
£17.50 per child(family rates).
Children should bring a packed lunch and wear old clothes.
These are popular courses and early booking is advised.
e mail cathy@midwalesarts.org.uk for a booking form or ring 01686 688369

WORKSHOP
Thu 7th Sep 17
Thu 21st Dec 17
STARTS 10
OPEN to PUBLIC
Art For Well Being
Art for Well Being is a new Art Club to be held on Thursday mornings 10-12 in the accessible, well equipped studio at MWA.
There is an abundant variety of art materials, a relaxed, safe atmosphere, Pauline Forde, an experienced artist and therapist will lead the sessions, giving guidance, support, opportunity to express yourself in a free, creative way and have fun.
The group is aimed at individuals and carers who may be recovering or living with illness, either physical or psychological. Art for Well Being is offered to promote recovery, pleasure, diversion, achievement and ultimately an improved sense of well-being.
Art making can result in feelings of empowerment and inner peace through expression.

Enquiries and Booking: Please call Pauline on 07531 713272 / pauline@fordeassociates.co.uk
or info@midwalesarts.org.uk

There is a maximum of 8 people per session so booking is essential.

Collectively the workshops are designed to explore materials and techniques and develop different aspects of your creative self. Basic art materials are supplied and included in the cost, however, for large clay art pieces, there may be an extra charge for firing and glazing.

Please remember to wear old clothes!

WORKSHOP
Sat 16th Sep 17
Sun 17th Sep 17
STARTS 10 am
OPEN to PUBLIC
Innovative Enamel Panels On Copper And Steel With Ruth Ball
Ruth Ball gained her BA Hons degree in Jewellery Design from Middlesex University, London, in 1987.
During her studies she achieved top prizes in the Royal Society of Arts Award and The Platinum Competition, more recently she was granted a British Society of Enamellers Bursary to study large scale enamelling in 2009 and achieved Commended in the Goldsmiths Craftsmanship and Design Council Awards in 2011.

Experience as a part time lecturer in Further & Higher Education, coupled with years of practice in trade enamelling, has meant that she has accomplished a wide skill base. Keen to pass on her knowledge, she was commissioned by publishers A&C Black to write a book about enamel techniques and she is now recognized internationally as being practiced in a variety of enamel methods.

We very much look forward to learning from Ruth during the 2 days. Places are limited, so book early £175 for 2 days to include basic materials. Contact Cathy: 01686 688369/

WORKSHOP
Sat 23rd Sep 17
Sat 23rd Sep 17
STARTS 10am-4pm
OPEN to PUBLIC
Water-silk-paper
You will experiment with drawing and painting techniques on different qualities of paper and silk. Ruth Kirkby and Cathy Knapp will share professional techniques that can be transferred and developed in either medium.
Ruth won the RHS award for her series of paintings of Irises in 2016. She and Cathy are both experienced teachers with a love of learning, encouraging experimentation and pushing the boundaries.
Cost of the day £50 to include basic materials.
A healthy buffet lunch and tea and coffee through the day £7.50
Contact 07970671819 or e mail cathy@midwalesarts.org.uk for a booking form



 

WORKSHOP
Sat 30th Sep 17
Sun 1st Oct 17
STARTS 10am - 4pm
OPEN to PUBLIC
Pottery Weekend - Building On Form With Andy Warren
Due to the success of Andy Warren's Pottery Workshop in April we are delighted to offer another week end in 2017.

Andy has been making pots for over 40 years and is an experienced teacher. He will be giving a hands-on 2 day workshop suitable for all abilities. Over the 2 days you will have the opportunity to examine, discuss, study and practice various methods of forming shapes and build onto them to give a sculptural feel to your work. You will also use slips on leather hard pieces that will be fired and ready for collection 2 weeks' later. Cost for the two-day course is £110. A healthy, organic lunch is available for £7.50. Accommodation is available at the centre. Spaces are limited, so please book to avoid disappointment! To make a booking please contact info@midwalesarts.org.uk or ring 01686 688369.

One participant of the same course in 2016 said:

Thank you so much for your wonderful hospitality and superb lunch over the weekend. I loved Andy's Pottery Workshop and the lovely setting. We will certainly be visiting you again.

WORKSHOP
Mon 8th Jul 24
Sat 8th Jul 17
STARTS 10 am
OPEN to PUBLIC
Artistic Blacksmithing Courses With Spike Blackhurst
This practical course is suitable for beginners age 16 and over. All tools, materials and safety equipment will be provided. Attendees are asked to wear working clothes and stout footwear. After covering health and safety procedures in the forge tools and equipment will be explained and you will be shown how to light and use the forge.
You will have the opportunity to work on an anvil and learn how to manipulate metal using a variety of techniques. You will practice these techniques, learn how to forge hooks and pokers etc and then you will be able to use all these processes to create your own forged metal artwork
Group size is never more than six at one time to ensure personal attention.

One day workshops will take place on July 8th and 9th and August 12th and 13th 2017.
Cost £100 per day.
Contact Cathy on 07970671819 or info@midwalesarts.org.uk to book a place
for group and individual bookings

Tea and Coffee will be provided.