Oriel Nwy Gas Gallery is celebrating the amazing success of the first year and the securing of a new license agreement which will see the project continue to run for at least another year, until June 2015, with a day long programme of activities on Saturday 10th May which is open to all.
The packed itinerary of events and activities will include: interactive storytelling for Children with Merrymakers; taster workshops through the day with Aberystwyth Printmakers including lithography, screen printing, etching, lino, woodcut and monoprint; artists talks including Barbara Matthews, a talk from some of the exhibitors in the current Open Photography exhibition in the Upstairs Gallery, stone carving demonstrations from Richard Brown, live drawing from Kim James Williams, performed responses to art from Response Time, storytelling with Stories by Gaslight and the Private View of Expansive the Open Exhibition winner Rebecca Backshall; opened by John Harvey; Aberystwyth School of Art.
Opened in June 2013, Oriel Nwy Gas Gallery has already firmly established itself as playing a vital role in the cultural landscape of Ceredigion. In that year over 100 artists have exhibited in the main exhibition programme, and over 50 performance makers, musicians and artists have participated in the two live-performance nights Stories by Gaslight and Response Time; as well as many other creative events. Already over 5,000 people have visited the Gallery.
Celf Ceredigion Art is an artist-led collaboration of artists. For over twenty years artists have worked 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.
The exhibition programme has included young and emerging artists like Abbie Lewis and Annie Suganami alongside internationally renowned artists like Mary Lloyd Jones and sculptors from Sculpture Cymru.
It has two monthly performance nights – Stories by Gaslight a cross disciplinary night of storytelling, music and art, run by local storyteller, writer and artist Peter Stevenson and Response Time, a unique-to-Wales, response to art project involving young and emerging performance artists and writers, run by local writer and arts producer Sandra Bendelow.
Oriel Nwy Gas Gallery is also home to a dynamic partnership between Celf Ceredigion Art and Aberystwyth Printmakers. Though their new home in the studio at Oriel Nwy Gas Gallery will be lost once the Mill St Development begins and Aberystwyth Printmakers will be moving to a new studio, the partnership will continue and will be exploring ways to work together to ensure a long term future and homes for both Aberystwyth Printmakers and Celf Ceredigion Art.
The packed programme of exhibitions for the next year will include sculptures by Marged Pendrell, posters by Ag Cain, installation by Jess Allen and an exchange exhibition Here and There between the Welsh Group and BBK Dusseldorf.
Sandra Bendelow from the Celf Ceredigion Art steering group said “The Spring celebration will showcase the best of what has been happening in this amazing space in the last year, there will be artists talks, open studios, taster printmaking workshops, stone-carving demonstrations, performances, live drawing, music, children’s storytelling and in the evening Stories by Gaslight and Response Time – the two regular performance nights – will be offering some very special samples of these unique evenings.
The day will be a big thank you to everyone who has helped out at Oriel Nwy Gas Gallery this last year, beyond the Celf Ceredigion steering group which oversee the running of the building and the exhibition and events programme, there is a massive team of volunteers who help out looking after the gallery each day, distributing leaflets and invigilating exhibitions. We have a large Friends of Celf Ceredigion Art scheme which is growing every day, people who have not only offered vital donations to support the gallery but help with the organisation.
Everyone knows the iconic building that sits on Park Avenue but what has been really exciting has been watching the programme and activities at the gallery build so that what is happening inside is as becoming as iconic as the outside. It has these big open windows that allow people to see art on their way to work. During the Sculpture Cymru exhibition – the Glen Morris sculpture Rest by the Wayside – made so many people simply stop and stare through the windows and then they came in just to get a closer look.
Alison Lochhead said, “We are overwhelmed by the support of the local community and the number of people who now visit Oriel Nwy Gas Gallery on a regular basis but we know there are still so many people who have not made it in through the door yet and so the Spring Celebration is a day of saying – why not come in and have a closer look and see what we get up to in this beautiful space. Beyond creating a space for artists and for people to see art we want to create a home for local artists and a place that the community can enjoy.
The future of Oriel Nwy Gas Gallery is not secure, we have been given another year to make the most of it and we really hope we can create something extremely special for artists and for the Ceredigion community. We want the Spring Celebration to be a day for everyone to enjoy the gallery, the amazing achievements of the first year and to look forward to a really exciting second year in the space. We are also really grateful to Aberystwyth Town Council – who are supporting the event.“
The programme of activities will begin at 11am – a full programme is listed to be though some items may be subject to change .
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o 11am – 3pm – Merrymakers Storytelling for Kids
o Live Drawing with Kim James-Williams
o Sculpture demonstrations with Richard
o 11.30am – lithography
o 12.30 – screenprinting
o 1.30pm – etching
o 2.30pm – lino with Stuart Evans
o 3.30pm – woodcut
o 4pm – monoprint
– 12 noon – Arthur Bates
– 1pm – Arthur Hayford-Taylor
– 2 pm – Solomon Edwards
– 3 pm – Dave Dalley
– 4 pm – Ilya Stavroullavich
– 5 pm – Pixie & Jen
– 2.15 pm – Photographers
– 3.15 pm – Barbara Matthews
o 6 – 8pm – Rebecca Backshall Private View
opened by Professor John Harvey
o 8 – 8.15 pm – Response Time Performances
o 8.30 pm – Stories by Gaslight