Archive for July, 2016

Welsh Landscape – Tirlun Cymru

July 22, 2016

To co-inside with the Eisteddfod taking place in Abergavenny this year, I am showing a group of work at the Artshop and Chapel Gallery, Cross Street, Abergavenny, with three other artists: Dan Llywelyn Hall, Sarah Thwaites and Kumar Saraff. I’m showing large paintings, prints and drawings of the Black Mountains. It starts on 26th July and runs until 20th August.IMGP1530

From the Blorenge, charcoal on paper, 59x41cm




Llwyn Celyn Update May-July 2016

July 22, 2016



New scaffolding was put up in April/May and the site is now going through the next phase where building work is beginning and suddenly the place is busy with the transformation. I will use the colours and shape of this bit of tin roof from the back extension of the main building.


The back of the main house


The Cowshed with impressive cracks and corrugated iron sheets in front


Llwyn Celyn from Bryn Arw

On 14th July, the other Artists in Residence and I gave a presentation to members of the Arts Alive Creative Network and a representative from the Llanthony Valley history group. With sculpture, soundscape, film-making,photography, printmaking and drawing, we each have a different take on the subject using diverse media. It’s exciting to see all the work unfold.  I showed my sketches to date and talked about my plans for my large drawings which I will start in September. Three main themes are taking shape. The first is the idea of maps. I want to use my drawings from above and take elements from old maps I’ve researched to indicate the changes of agricultural use,  field names, pathways, and to devise my own map which would include quotes from writers and poets, illustrating some of the flora and fauna.

In the second drawing I want to make prints, or one big print, with monotypes, gum-arabic transfers, rubbings etc. of some of the found objects on the site such as bits of old farm machinery with the names of the makers, tools and kitchen items.

The third drawing will be about the occupants of the house – a kind of time-line including memories of the place from people I have met, with a drawing of the house from my sketches.

This is the plan at the time of writing – all subject to change!

IMGP1534 One of the Artists in Residence, Toril Brancher, trying out Stefan Caddick’s prototype sound-sculpture

Portfolio Year 4 Students Workshop at Llwyn Celyn 20th July 2016


A scorching day !

I was one of the participating artists in this workshop along with sculptor Matt Caines. It was part of a week-long project devised by artist Morag Colquahoun funded by Powis Council and Arts Council Wales. The aim is to give a group of 15-19 year-olds from local schools  who have an interest in pursuing a career in the arts some extra insights into art practice, including a visit to studios and to a public art gallery. For our day they were ‘Artists in Residence for a day’. With Matt they produced imaginative sculpture out of found objects from the site. With me they sketched from the buildings and fields, jotting down their ideas and colour notes. They produced paintings on discarded fragments of roof-tile, wood and other flat objects, leaving some of the interesting patinas of the surfaces to work with their paintings. The lovely enthusiastic group produced some inspiring work which will go on display when the Beasthouse is ready to be a permanent exhibition site. The artworks will adorn a specially commissioned Welsh dresser made by a local craftsman using some materials employed for the renovation of the house.