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What's on at the MWAC - printed: Sun 25th Feb 18
EXHIBITION
Sun 7th May 17
Sun 28th Oct 18
STARTS 3pm
OPEN to PUBLIC
Sculpture Trail
Enjoy walking in beautiful scenery and discovering over 100 extraordinary and varied pieces of original sculpture from Wales and Zimbabwe.

The national organisation of 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 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 saw the further development of the MWA sculpture trail.

As well as work from Sculpture Cymru members in the grounds, there is a collection of Tengenenge sculptures. Tengenenge is in the North of Zimbabwe; 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.

Parking and entrance is free.

WORKSHOP
Sat 24th Feb 18
Sat 3rd Mar 18
STARTS 10am
OPEN to PUBLIC
Lino Printing At Newtown Market Hall
As part of the 'Celebrating Newtown' project looking at buildings of interest, we are working with Mid Wales Housing to produce a series of individual prints and a group mural inspired by the history of the Market Hall.
All materials will be supplied and children will learn how to design and make a lino printing block. They will be taught by a practising artist and have their work displayed as part of an exhibition as well as having individual work and a block to take home.
This workshop is free.

WORKSHOP
Sat 24th Mar 18
Sun 25th Mar 18
STARTS 10.00am - 16.00pm
OPEN to PUBLIC
Pottery Week End Texture & Colour In Natural Objects
Due to the success of Andy Warren's Pottery Workshop in April we are delighted to offer another week end in 2018.

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. Delicous healthy food is available. Limited accommodation is available to book at the centre. ( book early to avoid disappointment!) Contact info@midwalesarts.org.uk or ring 01686 688369.

One previous participant of the same course 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.

EXHIBITION
Sun 25th Mar 18
Sun 29th Apr 18
STARTS 3pm
OPEN to PUBLIC
Nexus
21st Anniversary Group Exhibition by Borderlands Visual Arts, a thriving networking group of 59 artists, living in and around Oswestry and the Welsh borders established in 1999.
This will be a diverse exhibition spreading into the Sculpture Hall
This is the first time BVA have exhibited as a group at Mid Wales Art Centre, although a number of the artists have taken part in other shows including the Open Exhibitions.
The show includes a variety of media; paintings, prints, textiles and, sculpture. The group are also preparing for their annual Open Studios event in June, where they open up their studios to the general public.

Most of the works on display are for sale, the preview event on the afternoon of 25th March is an ideal opportunity to meet some of the artists, see and buy work, and explore this exciting venue. The preview is open to all.

Admission to the exhibition is free.
Group Website: www.borderlandvisualarts.com
Facebook: www.facebook.com/Borderland-Visual-Arts-89417946011
Twitter: twitter.com/bordervisualartace!

EXHIBITION
Fri 30th Mar 18
Sun 1st Apr 18
STARTS 12-3
OPEN to PUBLIC
Spiral Easter Children's Sculpture Trail
Easter Egg Hunt on Easter Sunday 12 o'clock. and 3 o'clock
Suitable for children from 2-10 years old. The eggs will be hidden in our Spiral Sculpture Trail amongst magical pottery figures made in our holiday workshops and inspired by well known children's stories and Welsh myths.
Come along have fun in the fresh air, marvel at work by local youngsters, count rabbits, birds, flowers, let your child's imagination come alive!
Entry fee £1.per child

WORKSHOP
Sat 7th Apr 18
Sun 8th Apr 18
STARTS 10.00am
OPEN to PUBLIC
Pottery And Woodburning Kiln Weekends: Various Dates
This is an exciting new opportunity for you to understand how a wood burning kiln works and make your own work to fire in it. Taught by potter Carine Van Gestel.

This is a two day course and will ideally entail a second weekend so that your work can dry and be ready to fire. We will start the day by inspecting, bricking up and igniting a packed kiln, which will be alight for approx 12 hours. While we are firing you will be able to use hand building techniques or a wheel to experiment and then make your own final piece. You will be encouraged to use suitable slip and glazes to decorate your work. We will take turns to keep the fire burning during the day.
If you are able to stay until 10 pm on Saturday you will have observed the complete process of operating a wood burning kiln.
Hopefully you will book a second weekend when you can fire your own work as well as making further pieces.
Cost for the weekend: £120 includes all materials and firing. Coffee & Tea throughout the day. Great accommodation and healthy food available at the centre. To book contact: info@midwalesarts.org.uk 07970671819/01686 688369
7th  -  8th April
28th -29th April
19th -20th May
2nd  -3rd June
29th -30th June
29th -30th September

POETRY EVENT
Sat 21st Apr 18
Sun 22nd Apr 18
STARTS
OPEN to PUBLIC
Inspired In Caersws: Festival Of Poetry, Music & Art
A weekend of poetry, music and art, in association with Fair Acre Press. Subject to funding, we hope to welcome: Casia William (Bardd Plant Cymru / National Children's Poet), Jonathan Edwards, Nadia Kingsley, Robert Minhinnick, Menna Elfyn, Gregory Leadbetter, Diane Drummond, Keith Chandler, Andy Warren, Delma Thomas, Marlis Jones & more.

With readings, open mic, live music, art exhibitions, food and drink.
Tickets on sale soon.
 

WORKSHOP
Sun 6th May 18
Sun 6th May 18
STARTS 10am-4pm
OPEN to PUBLIC
Drawing From Memory..a Workshop With Karl Sylvester
Karl Sylvester has designed a drawing workshop that will focus on drawing from memory. You will begin by making a list of observations, emotional and physical, recalled from waking and preparing to leave the house that morning, and these will be developed as ink drawings. You will be restricted to a basic drawing tool (supplied)... You will begin by making a list of observations and thoughts, these will be developed as ink drawings focusing on your recollections of emotional and physical experiences. You will be restricted to basic drawing tools(supplied) to encourage focusing on expression. How much of what we do and what we see is really absorbed and retained? Can drawing improve this? The aim of the workshop is to emphasize the value of memory as a route to creative composition and an emotional response to subject and to loosen/broaden your approach. The afternoon will be used to produce a more complex figurative composition developed from memory of a recent event, We will look at artists such as Rembrandt and Daumier who have used drawing effectively to express figurative ideas.These could be developed in materials preferred by students.
Workshop £50 restricted to a maximum of 8 participants.
Materials provided but bring along your preferred tools and media.
Contact: info@midwalesarts.org.uk tel:01686 688369 text: 07970671819 to book your place.
Excellent accommodation and healthy lunch available.
Karl Sylvester has designed a workshop that will focus on drawing from memory.You will begin by making a list of observations, emotional and physical, recalled from waking and preparing to leave the house that morning, and these will be developed as ink drawings. You will be restricted to a basic drawing tool (supplied)... etc.etc...


MUSIC EVENT
Sun 20th May 18
Sun 20th May 18
STARTS 2.00pm
OPEN to PUBLIC
Harpistry With Artistry
Eleri Lloyd, the harpist will present an afternoon concert of Harp Music and dance. Mid Wales Arts will provide easels at the back of the hall giving an opportunity to draw the action.
Drawing and painting to music has proven to be both fun and realaxing
 

WORKSHOP
Sat 9th Jun 18
Sun 10th Jun 18
STARTS 10am-4pm
OPEN to PUBLIC
Artistic Blacksmithing Courses With Spike Blackhurst
A practical course suitable for beginners age 16 and over. All tools, materials and safety equipment are 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 and there is an experienced assistant on hand.

We are taking bookings for 2018 and gift vouchers for this course are now available.
Cost £125 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.


WORKSHOP
Fri 27th Jul 18
Fri 24th Aug 18
STARTS 10.00am - 16.00pm
OPEN to PUBLIC
Children's Summer Holiday Workshops
Following the success of previous years we are running a varied programme of fun activities for children 7-12 years that are designed to encourage your child to develop their imagination. The theme running through these all of these workshops will be 'Fantastic Folk'. We will encourage children to develop their own creative voice as well as using Welsh Folklore and the natural world 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, Amy Sterly and Cathy Knapp a
ssisted by Carla Owen
£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

POETRY EVENT
Sun 29th Jul 18
Sun 29th Jul 18
STARTS 3pm -5pm
OPEN to PUBLIC
Open Mic With Guest Susan Richardson, Marine Poet
Susan Richardson is a Pembrokeshire-based poet and performer whose fourth collection of poetry, 'Words the Turtle Taught Me', has just been published by Cinnamon Press. Described by Philip Hoare as 'vital, glorious, salutary', the collection grew out of her recent residency with the Marine Conservation Society – fostering engagement with endangered ocean species, it blends science with shamanism, contemporary ecological peril with ancient myth. www.susanrichardsonwriter.co.uk

We are delighted that she will be coming to Mid Wales Arts to read some of her poetry this summer and hope that you will join us and take part in or just enjoy the Open Mic.

The afternoon will be hosted by our local poet, Chris Kinsey who has had four collections of poetry published: Kung Fu Lullabies and Cure For a Crooked Smile with Ragged Raven Press, Swarf with Smokestack Books and Muddy Fox with Rack Press. Fair Acre Press have commissioned a new collection for 2019. She was BBC Wildlife Poet-of-the-Year and Writer-in-residence at Oriel Davies Gallery, Newtown.

You will be able to enjoy the current exhibition, sculpture trail, gardens and check out the newly refurbished barn cafe and artists residencies.
Admission £5 concessions for families, if you wish to book in advance to secure a seat please contact info@midwalesarts.org.uk

EXHIBITION
Sun 23rd Sep 18
Sun 11th Nov 18
STARTS
OPEN to PUBLIC
'the Bright Field' 10th Anniversary Celebratory Exhibition
'Harvesting the Arts' was organised by Powys Arts Forum in 2008. It brought together a new group of artists from different genres who had a common wish to find a place to exhibit, meet and work in Mid Wales.
Since then Mid Wales Arts Centre has developed an international reputation for the quality of its exhibitions and workshops.
Artists who have been associated with the centre over the past 10 years are invited to submit a piece of work on the subject of 'The Bright Field' by RS Thomas ...or another poem that reflects Welsh culture.
Artists are invited to submit images by 19th August and deliver work by 17th September.
There will be a poetry event, open mic and workshop organised by Suzanne Iuppa linked to the exhibition of 'The Bright Field'.