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Creative Midweek Break
Every once in a while everyone needs to get away and relax, Mid Wales Arts offers you the ideal opportunity and location to do so.
Arrive on Wednesday afternoon, enjoy a healthy evening meal and have fun in our pottery class starting at 7:00 -9pm. Have a good nights sleep in one of our 4* ensuite rooms in a comfortable bed under Egyptian cotton sheets and feather duvets with original artworks to contemplate. Wake to a breakfast table that is a work of art, laden with delicious fruits, fresh home made bread and preserves and taste our chickens new laid eggs and more. Take a walk around our gardens and Sculpture Trail of 100+ varied pieces by members of Sculpture Cymru and the Tengenenge before joining our Art for Well Being class with Pauline Forde 10-12.
then explore the sculpture trail which is located within our picturesque grounds.
this is the perfect morning course to unwind in.
A substantial afternoon meal will be prepared for you and then there is the gallery and it's grounds for you to explore
The Art for Well Being class starts at 10:00 am and ends at 4:00 pm
The pottery class starts at 7:00 pm and ends at 9:00 pm.

Singular Prices:
£25 for both Art for Well Being and Pottery Workshops.
£45 for bed and breakfast
£15 for an evening meal.

All inclusive prices:

Thu 16th Feb 17
Thu 6th Apr 17
Art For Well Being
Art for Well Being is a new Art Club 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 art therapist will be leading 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!

Sun 19th Mar 17
Sun 30th Apr 17

A major exhibition of contemporary techniques in glass on metal from the British Society of Enamellers.

From fine enamel on precious metals in traditional techniques such as basse-taille, champlevé and cloisonné, to experimental wet-process on copper and steel, via high-firing, sgraffito, stencilling and decals, this exhibition will show the wide range of styles in current practice from over 50 artists. Industrial large panels, car badges, regalia and medals from commercial companies contrast with sculptures, exquisite miniature paintings, jewellery and wall panels.

Sun 19th Mar 17
Sun 30th Apr 17
Aberystwyth Printmakers Collective
Aberystwyth Printmakers were established in 2004 by a group of artists who employ a range of printmaking techniques in their work, including etching, lithography, screenprinting, wood engraving, woodcut and linocut. The principle aim of the group, which currently has around sixty members, is the promotion of printmaking in all it's forms in Mid and West Wales, through regular meetings, talks, lectures, workshop demonstrations and exhibitions of members work. In recent years the group has exhibited widely throughout Wales, England and Scotland and further afield in the USA, Australia,New Zealand, Hong Kong and China.
Members range from students to internationally known professional artists, and we have a long association with the School of Art, Aberystwyth University. We showcase our work annually in exhibitions across Wales and internationally.

Mid Wales Arts re-opens their 2017 programme with an Exhibition of works from the members of Aberystwyth Printmakers.

Sat 8th Apr 17
Sat 8th Apr 17
STARTS 10am-4pm
Lino Cutting - Jeb Nichols
This course will teach you how to overlay 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 and combine drawing, 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 basic materials for the day. Food available from the café, if pre booked a healthy buffet lunch can be provided for £7.50 Accommodation is available at the centre at reasonable prices for those from further afield. This is a popular course, booking essential.

Tue 11th Apr 17
Thu 13th Apr 17
OPEN to Teens in Powys
Sculpteen 2017
Following the brilliant results by the team of '16 we are running a 3 day Sculpture workshop during the Easter holidays with Sculpture Cymru chairman Glenn Morris.
The first 8 young people to register will have the opportunity to learn professional techniques and be involved in making 2 permanent full size sculptures for outdoor display. They will work with armatures, resins and glass fibre, using student's own drawings, maquettes to the final life size pieces in paper and concrete mix. The finished pieces will be developed from students drawings and the concrete and paper based sculptures currently on exhibition in Newtown Market Hall. This project has been funded by Arts Council Wales and the National Lottery. Attendance is free for 11-19 year old living in Powys.

Sat 22nd Apr 17
Sun 23rd Apr 17
Stone Carving Sculpture Workshop
Thomas Ndhlebe is a sculptor from the Tengenenge Community in Zimbabwe. He is an experienced teacher and will be giving a special workshop using serpentine stones and traditional tools.
This is a 2 day workshop open to all abilities. The cost is £55 per day £35 concessions. £30 under 18. Tools are provided, stone is charged at a very reasonable rate.
Accommodation is available at the centre.


Sat 29th Apr 17
Sun 30th Apr 17
STARTS 10am - 4pm
Pottery Weekend - Form With A N D Y W A R R E N
Due to the popularity of Andy Warren's Pottery Workshops in 2016, we are delighted to offer spring and autumn week ends 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 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 £100. 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.

Sun 7th May 17
Sun 7th May 17
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
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.

Sun 7th May 17
Sun 4th Jun 17
4 M A's
This exhibition brings together 4 very different artists with strong local connections who have recently completed their Masters in Fine Art. Cheryl Ann Williams, Rebecca Jones, Judith Woodings and Jesse Wade.
Mid Wales Arts is always keen to recognise and encourage talent and this exhibition promises to be a refreshing opportunity to renew diverse ideas and approaches to art.

Sat 20th May 17
Sun 21st May 17
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 £300. Limited to 6 places
Contact info@midwalesarts.org.uk/ 01686 688369 for a booking form asap

Fri 9th Jun 17
Fri 9th Jun 17
Live History
Live History is a theatre company that specializes in bringing local history to life. This will be an interactive one hour adventure through time.An opportunity to learn more about important figures who lived in our area in the past, from Roman soldiers, engineer David Davies, poet John Ceiriog Hughes to the late artist/designer Laura Ashley.

The team works hard to research and customize each show and gives local residents the opportunity to see their own history return to life. It also provides an opportunity for local actors to be involved. Join us as we return to the past, and hear lost voices speak once again.

Sun 11th Jun 17
Sun 16th Jul 17
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

Sun 2nd Jul 17
Sun 2nd Jul 17
Poetry And Music
Qualified teacher and local, published, prizewinning poet Nicky Hetherington will launch her first collection of poetry and be accompanied by Jeb Loy Nichols whose new CD '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,the Sculpture trail and afternoon tea.
The day will begin with a creative writing workshop at 11:00 – 1:30 to be led by Nicky Hetherington, looking at the connection between art and the local countryside.
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.
There will be a lunch time buffet from 1:30 – 3:00 for the price of £6 and an afternoon tea at 4:00 – 4:30 for £3. Please indicate when booking if a buffet or tea ticket is required.

All- day ticket £10 for adults and £7.50 for under sixteens.
Workshop ticket £3 adults and £1 under sixteens
Afternoon poetry and open mic ticket £5 adults and £3 under sixteens
Evening concert £5 for both adults and under sixteens.

Sun 23rd Jul 17
Sun 3rd Sep 17
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

Fri 28th Jul 17
Fri 25th Aug 17
Children's Summer Holiday Workshops
A varied programme of fun activities for children 7-12 years. Run by professional artists and experienced teachers in the art studio every Friday 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).
These are popular courses and early booking is advised.

Mon 8th Jul 24
Sun 13th Aug 17
STARTS 10 am
Residential 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 practise 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
Contact Cathy on 07970671819 or info@midwalesarts.org.uk to book a place
for group and individual bookings