Gas Gallery | Oriel Nwy, Park Avenue, Aberystwyth will be closing its doors on September 25th at 5pm. This will be a sad day but Celf Ceredigion Art has had a fantastic two and half years of exhibitions and a very wide variety of events.
Thank you to Ceredigion County Council for letting us use this wonderful building.
Since the start of Gas Gallery in May 2013 there have been 41 exhibitions; this includes 2 Ceredigion Art Trail hubs and 5 OPEN exhibitions including 2 Photography OPEN exhibitions and a Drawing OPEN with over 300 artists putting a very high standard of work forward for selection. Exhibitions have shown work by local artists, artists from all over the UK as well as international; with Tjibbe Hooghiemstra from Holland, artists from Germany with the Welsh Group Exchange, artists from USA and Australia in ‘Knowing Place’. It has been a varied and exciting programme of a very high standard.There have been well over 400 artists showing work at the Gas Gallery/Oriel Nwy! This shows the wealth of artists in Ceredigion, who need spaces to show their work.
The primary aim of Celf Ceredigion Art is to bring art to a wider public and this we think has been very successful. We have had to date over 15,000 visitors through the doors. The feedback from the public has been complimentary and almost every exhibition has raised questions and enabled people to see things in a different light.
As well as exhibitions Gas Gallery encouraged a wide variety of events. These included each first Wednesday of the
month ‘Stories by Gaslight’ organised by Peter Stevenson with wonderful performers such as Michael Harvey, Sild, Guto Dafis, Francis Maxey and Maria Hayes, Laura Simms, Clive Hicks-Jenkins, Lynne Denman who delighted audiences with spellbinding storytelling as well as music, mime, drawing, dance and performance.
There were also a series of “Response Time 48 Challenge” with Scriptography Productions where artists, poets, performers, dancers and musicians made their own reaction to the art works on show. Every third Friday in the month
there was a Surrealist Salon, an evening of surrealist parlour games with Mary Jacob. There have been music nights with The Hitties launching their CD, there have been drawing evenings with ‘The Paper Club’ bringing 30 + young people to the gallery. There have been artist’s talks, walks and talks to complement Maps and Makers exhibition, walks to discover the hidden areas of Aberystwyth, poetry evenings, launch of Welsh Short Stories book, an ekphrastic writing for Wellbeing workshop responding to Marged Pendrell’s exhibition, a Christmas Bazaar and other impromptu events – a wide variety of creativity to enjoy.
There has been a huge amount going on – musicians use the space for rehearsals, arts groups have used the gallery for meetings – it will be missed.
A huge thank you needs to go out to all those who have supported Gas Gallery since its start; it has been entirely run by volunteers and totally self funded. The Gallery cannot open without a very committed team of people giving a lot of their time and energy to making everything work. Over 90 people have been involved in invigilating the gallery and supporting putting on events. They are absolutely essential and without their help and commitment to Gas Gallery the doors are closed tovisitors! CCA have been particularly keen in involving students and giving work experience and involvement in running a gallery and creative space.
A huge THANK YOU to everyone who has visited the gallery and helped run it. It will be missed.
Celf Ceredigion Art will continue and we plan to carry on with Pop Up events and exhibitions and hope to continue with the OPEN exhibitions. Watch this space!
The building will be empty until the Mill Street Development is complete; when it will revert to a commercial rented building. If you want to use the space for a Pop-Up exhibition or event please contact Ceredigion Council Estates: Jason Jones