Mid Wales Pop Up Arts Exhibition
Deep in the heart of Wales, lies one of the most beautiful towns in the country. It’s one of Wales’ best-kept secrets. For that reason, it is a magnet for artists and creative individuals. Llanidloes or ‘Llani’, punches well above its weight for the number of artists, writers, musicians living there. The recently formed Llanidloes Artists Group have been meeting to support and encourage each others practice. Meanwhile, the artists are about to show their work in a joint Mid Wales Pop Up Arts Exhibition.
The exhibition will be held at the former Nat West Bank in Great Oak Street, Llanidloes. It opens on December 1, and the show closes on December 8th.
Late night opening is on Saturday, December 1st from 5pm-7pm. This coincides with the switching on of the towns Christmas lights. All other opening times will be from 10:30am-2: 30 pm daily, except Sunday.
The work on show includes photography, printmaking, ceramics, drawings and paintings.
The artists represented include; Irene Gardiner, Nia Newson, Bronwyn Strugnell, Terri Sweeney, Andy Warren, Leanne Cordingley-Wright, Sandy Craig, Vivi-Mari Carpelan, Diane Rose, Gini Wade, Marg Munyard, Annie Levy, Erin Laura Hughes and Osian Gwent.
For more information about the group visit facebook.com/llanidloesartists
Featured Artist: Erin Laura Hughes
“Erin Hughes received her MA in Painting at the Royal College of Art, London 2018. After completing her BA in Fine Art at the Ruskin School of Art, Oxford, she spent four years living and working in Berlin. She is a co-founder of Cypher Space, Berlin and Cypher Billboard, London. Recent works use fake wood and marble laminates to recreate inlay effects like parquet flooring or Pietre Dure.”
Erin will be exhibiting at the Mid Wales Pop Up Arts Exhibition. Get in touch with Erin, or see more of her work via the link below.
Featured Artist: Leanne Cordingley-Wright
“Leanne Cordingley-Wright is a graphic designer with a background in psychology and sociology. Her artwork sees the fusion of these areas of interest as she uses a variety of media, including collage and screen printing to explore ideas surrounding identity, the subconscious mind and social, political and environmental issues.
Leanne lives and works in Llanidloes, where she runs the art and graphic design practice, Studio Mayfly.”
Leanne will be exhibiting at the Mid Wales Pop Up Arts Exhibition.
Featured Artist: Diane Rose
“I work in various artistic mediums and subject matter and particularly the natural world.
The ever-changing moods of the elements and the forms and shapes within the land are what defines my art. I find working within the landscape itself particularly rewarding where my preparatory work connects me directly with the individuality and character of the seasons.
Having lived in numerous different geographic locations throughout my life – including ten years resident in Spain, and now beautiful Mid Wales, the fascinating diversity of nature remains a strong motivational factor and is the constant inspiration for original new projects.”
Diane will be exhibiting at the Mid Wales Pop Up Arts Exhibition.
Featured Artist: Gini Wade
“Gini Wade, originally from London, has lived most of her life near Llanidloes.
After a long career writing and illustrating children’s books, she now works in a variety of
media, including printmaking, animation, oil painting, & ceramics. She is a director of Aberystwyth Printmakers and her prints and animations have been exhibited worldwide.”
Gini will be exhibiting at the Mid Wales Pop Up Arts Exhibition.
Featured artist: Annie Levy
“My collage work uses a thousand pieces, collected into ever smaller bits, to speak about: memory and imagination; discovery and loss; dream and hyper-reality; past and future; the domestic and the wild; rupture and repair.
I think a lot about ecological emergency and how beauty can be salvaged and whether a fragment represents loss or the possibility of regeneration.
I also try for a visual balance in composition and colour. Many pieces are three-dimensional, mixed media constructions. In ripping and cutting, I question “permanence” and “the future” and material culture in a vulnerable world. There is a strong affection for recycling and reuse — the medium is the message — in many of my pieces.”
Featured artist: Vivi-Mari Carpelan
“I’m a mixed media and sound artist from Finland who relocated to Llanidloes in 2010. I have exhibited in several countries since 1991.
In my work, I explore transition, transformation, paradox and change. Through methods of collaging and layering, I offer an impression of reality that surpasses that of the material world and points to the ambivalent realm of the inner self.
My current medium of choice is photography. The creative process of layering my photographs is done on an iPhone and printed onto high-quality paper using high-quality ink.”
Vivi-Mari will be exhibiting at the Mid Wales Pop Up Arts Exhibition.
Featured artist: Marg Munyard
My four visits……… have been an ongoing spiritual journey. They are where I go not to solve the riddle but to sense the mystery” Courtney Milne: landscape photographer
I’ve been making mainly landscape photographs since the late 1970’s. I make and make (often almost the same) images. I eventually figured out it’s about my connection with The Mystery.
It doesn’t matter how often I see filtered light on water; sun through foliage; freezing waterfalls, fading blooms or thunderous seascapes; every time I’m spellbound. Every time feels to be the first.
I continue to make that connection.
Marg Munyard December 2018
“Man has lost the capacity to foresee and to forestall. He will end by destroying the earth”
Albert Schweitzer: Philosopher (pre 1962)
Featured artist: Bronwyn Strugnell
“I paint in different media according to the subject and what I want to express.
This varies from landscapes en plain air to detailed still life paintings in oils, following the style of the Old Dutch Masters.
I am a member of the Valley Arts and Crafts group at Lake Vyrnwy and have exhibited at various venues such as Hafren theatre, Oswestry Visitor and Exhibition Centre and have another exhibition there during the month of May in 2019.”
Featured artist: Sandy Craig
“My work explores the theory of Endurantism, investigating the persisting identity of places and objects across time. I am drawn to those that continue, often beyond their intended time and function; domestic and sentimental objects, places and tools of bygone industry, ephemera, weather-worn buildings and landscapes.
My practice involves drawing, painting and printmaking. Currently, I am exploring somatic mark-making and repetition drawings as a perceptive and emotional interaction with the subject as it experiences subtle change.
I live near Llanidloes and have exhibited in the United Kingdom, USA, Australia and New Zealand. Publications include the Imago Mundi catalogue of the Luciano Benetton Collection ‘So Many Different Suns ~ Contemporary Artists from Wales’, 2017.”
Featured artist: Nia Newson
“I’m an illustrator and surface pattern designer originally from Llanidloes. I’ve recently returned to the area having spent eights years studying textile design and then working in the design industry in Cardiff. I now split my time between teaching Art & Design at Newtown college and creating illustrations for prints, cards and educational resources. I work digitally and enjoy creating patterns and texture within my illustrations. Having grown up in Mid-Wales, my work tends to be inspired by the outdoors and the people who explore it.”
Featured Artist: Osian Gwent
Traditionally trained, I spent four years at art school, as a figurative fine art painter. However, in contrast, my recent work is morphing into an expressive, intuitive, contemporary modern art style. I am considered by many to be a prolific painter.