Celf Ceredigion Art will secure the future of the Gas Gallery when they officially sign an extension to their license withCeredigion County Council that will see them keep the Gas Gallery as a new home for the arts in Ceredigion for the next few years.
The Gas Gallery was opened back in June 2013 as a flagship project for Celf Ceredigion Art, initially secured as a year-long pilot Celf Ceredigion Art’s future was jeopardised when they received the news a few months ago there was no possibility of an extension to the lease and that no other replacement building was available. With a determination which marks this 20 year campaign to find an artist led space for Ceredigion, CCA continued to battle and have now secured permission from Ceredigion County Council to keep the space hopefully until the development is completed and the organisation is currently in the process of signing the new license with Ceredigion County Council.
Celf Ceredigion Art is an artist-led collaboration of artists, and over many years artists have tried to find a space which could be a centre of excellence for Ceredigion artists; showing work in a gallery space, offering artist studios at low cost and working in collaboration with other partners to produce an exciting calendar of events which cross disciplines and platforms.
In just 6 months and with the imminent threat of closure hanging over them Celf Ceredigion Art have turned the Gas Gallery into a thriving space which has exhibited the work of almost 100 Ceredigion artists, this has included first exhibitions for many young and emerging artists alongside internationally renowned artists like Mary Lloyd Jones.
In addition the Gas Gallery is home to two regular performance nights with the monthly Stories by Gaslight managed by Peter Stevenson and the monthly performed response project managed by Sandra Bendelow for Scriptography productions. Stories by Gaslight has already featured storytelling nights from Clive Hicks Jenkins, Lynne Denham and Michael Harvey alongside storytelling collaborations with musicians Sianed Jones and Ailsa Mair Hughes and artists Maria Hayes.
The Response Time project has created a 48 hour challenge in which young and emerging artists work alongside experienced performance makers and local performers and writers to respond to the exhibitions creating an exciting mix of new writing, performance art, immersive theatre, storytelling, spoken word, physical theatre, music and dance which is then shared with an audience.
During it’s time in the iconic listed building on Park Avenue many new collaborations and partnerships have been formed such as the sculpture and storytelling collaboration between Peter Stevenson and Alison Lochhead which was featured in the latest edition of Planet magazine.
The Gas Gallery is also home to a dynamic partnership between Celf Ceredigion Art and Aberystwyth Printmakers who were given the opportunity to create a new studio space and develop an extensive education programme. Although the new Aberystwyth Printmakers studio will unfortunately be lost, as part of the Mill Street Development, Aberystwyth Printmakers are hoping to secure a new space very soon and will continue to work closely with Celf Ceredigion Art.
Exhibitions in the next few months include Sculpture Cymru’s Response to Place project, Barbara Matthews, Annie Morgan Suganami, an Open Photography exhibition and also the winner of the Open art Exhibition Rebecca Backshall.
This summer will see the Gas Gallery enter the new phase of its development, being able to build on successes of the first year and forge forward into the next stage. It is now looking for new artists to showcase with exhibitions alongside more established Ceredigion artists many of whom have never exhibited in Ceredigion. In addition they are looking to add more events to their exciting calendar.
Alison Lochhead said, ‘This is a wonderful development for Gas Gallery/Oriel Nwy as it will give all those involved the ability to put on many exciting events and give a lot more opportunities for the vast creative talent in Ceredigion and beyond to show their work’