Open Call – A4 Doable 2020

Deadline 12th October

Artists from all over Wales are invited to submit up to 3 images of works made in 2020 for a Christmas exhibition. To be held at Mid Wales Arts Centre and as part of a digital exhibition.

The theme of the exhibition is in recognition and response to the challenges of 2020. Works should be no larger than A4.

Work can be 2 and 3 dimensional and in any media. The artworks should be no larger than A4 – post-able and affordable. Please submit good quality, medium size jpegs.

To submit work for the exhibition please fill in the application form here.

Watch our first Live Stream

On the 6th September we made another first for MWA and broadcast our first live stream, a double bill of poetry and live music.

Our September Promises live stream was broadcast simultaneously on YouTube, Facebook, Periscope and Twitch and featured an outstanding lineup of local poets and musicians.

The poetry kicked off at 1:30pm and featured Chris Kinsey, Kate Garrett and Glyn Edwards, who each read a selection of their work and took part in a Q&A with compare Pat Edwards.

The concert began at 4pm and featured young singer songwriter Abi Foster and headliners Jeb Loy Nichols and Clovis Philips.

It was a really successful day and we’d like to thank everyone who joined us for the event and the live stream.

Meet the Artist in Residence

Megan Elinor recently graduated from art school in Liverpool and has returned to Mid Wales Arts Centre to do an artist residency in our new textiles room.

Visit the gallery on Thursday to Sunday throughout August to meet Megan and gain an insight into the professional life of an artist. Meg will be sharing her creativity in the upcoming children’s holiday workshops: she will be running two fun, safe and socially distanced workshops in which your child will learn to make their own pompom headdress (4th & 5th Aug) and a 3D mask construction (11th & 12th Aug). Book now while places are available!

We hope you will come along and meet her.

Sculpteen 2020

We know it’s last minute but… we are very happy to announce we can run our 2020 Sculpteen programme after all!

Sessions start this Monday 27th July! We have approved risk assessments and feel confident we can offer a safe environment.

Classes will be limited in size (maximum 6 young people per session to maintain social distancing) so all attendees will get close attention. They will work with professional artists in the studio and wherever possible in the outdoors, enjoying the fresh air.

Classes will run every Monday, 10-4 and are suitable for all teenagers. The sessions will be £15 per teenager, family discounts apply. Please contact us asap for a booking form: office@midwalesarts.org.uk or tel 01686 688369 / 07970671819 during office hours.

27th July:

Cathy will start the sessions with a basic Introduction to Sculpture. Together we will discuss work from our current exhibitions, look at slides and some examples of work in progress. We will then have a fun speed drawing session and develop ideas for individual work.

Making Maquettes: We will learn about and make maquettes and armatures. This will give us the opportunity to learn about and explore the possibilities and limitations of different sculptural techniques and materials.

3rd August:

Glenn Morris is a well known Welsh Sculptor who has has work in several important collections in Wales including MWA. He is a member of Sculpture Cymru and has several years experience of teaching sculpture.

This session will  focus on using flat and geometric planes to make constructions using thin sheets of card, balsa and wood. We will look at the principles of shape and space with particular reference to Anthony Caro and other constructivist artists.

10th August:

Ben Martin recently graduated from UWE Bristol with a degree in Fine Art, and is now a freelance artist and graphic designer. He works with found and recycled materials, creating wire sculptures and faces in reclaimed materials such as wood, scrap metal and nails. In this workshop you will use your imagination to make 3 d constructions out of found objects. We have a wealth of ‘finds’ that have uncovered over the years on the farm and encourage you to bring any interesting items of your own. This will be a fun day and can be as figurative or abstract as you wish.

17th August:

This week Glenn will work with the group to develop larger pieces based on their original ideas made in weeks 1 and 2.

24th August

Sculpture Cymru member Kevin Blockley has just filled the SC space for 2020 with new work made during lock down.  We will use his one man show, an exhibition of plaster figures, as a starting point, Glenn will show you how to use plaster to build a sculpture.The advantage of using plaster is that it sets rapidly, this will enable us to work quickly. You will then be able to sculpt a relatively soft material, practise experimental mark making and use natural materials to create texture, tone and depth. The only limit will be your imagination!

2021 Young people’s sculpture exhibition starts here!

Children’s Workshops

Children’s Holiday Workshops

Suitable for children 7-12 years old. These classes will be limited in size (maximum 6 children per session) to maintain social distancing, meaning all children will get lots of attention. They will work with professional artists in the studio and where possible in the outdoors, enjoying the fresh air. Each workshop will last one day, 10am-4pm and will run twice to ensure everyone gets an opportunity to participate.