new gallery in Wales

New gallery in Wales

Two weeks ago, an opportunity to open a new gallery in Wales with a working studio came up for grabs. Art by Osian will be featuring the recent work of Powys based Welsh artist Osian Gwent, deep in the heart of mid-Wales.

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Celf gan Osian / art by Osian

As one door was closing another was opening, which promptly shut again. Much to my disappointment.

Life wouldn’t be life without a few deviations

In April 2018, the lease on my former studio and gallery in Aberystwyth came to an end. I enjoyed working by the sea but the two-hour commute was the least favourite part of the day. Not so bad in the summer but a drag during short winter days.

I had inside information that a commercial building close to home was about to become vacant. The timing and the location couldn’t be more perfect. Thus, I could move from one building into another. Secretly, I had been keeping my eye on this particular building as a potential new gallery in Wales for the previous 12 months. Therefore, I put my name forward as soon as I heard it was available. However, to my disappointment, someone beat me to it.

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Plan and prepare

In short, I now had to work from home. Not ideal by any means but I made the best of the situation. I converted the main bedroom into very a presentable studio, even down to the display and the lighting. The rest of the house became the new Welsh gallery I was yearning for.

Thus, I got on with life and painting whilst keeping an eye open for further opportunities.

Some say it’s luck. Others, it’s meant to be.

To which I reply; it may be both but it’s really about planning and preparation meeting opportunity.

Summer’s treat was travelling and painting around Italy for three weeks.

contemporary oil painting of Venice
Venice Rain 18″ x 12″ oil on canvas 2018 sold

Before long, Autumn was knocking on the door. I then headed out of Wales for Christmas and New year. On my return, I noticed the premises I longed for appeared to be semi-vacant. The following day it was completely empty and back on the market. I jumped without hesitation. And this time, I can announce that a new gallery in Wales will be officially opening in the next few days.

New year – new gallery in Wales

I signed the lease 13 days ago. Work began immediately with repairing the front display. To begin with, the wood rot was replaced with sound timber.

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New Welsh gallery painted Hague Blue

Next, came painting the exterior. I am rather fond of jade, teal, aqua and turquoise as a family group of colours. But for this building, the colour sample wasn’t working. With time at a premium, a quick decision had to be made. I looked at the Farrow and Ball website for ideas. A friend suggested Hague Blue. It is perfect for this building. This new gallery in Wales is aiming for a classy look. Sophisticated metropolitan city meets intimate Welsh town.

In the meantime, attention turned to painting the interior. The greys, in particular, took several coats before everything was final because they are darker in nature.

By the way, living in Welsh Wales, it is important to feature the native language and give it equal recognition to English. Firstly, bilingual lettering appeared on the windows. Secondly, a suitable hanging system for galleries was researched and later installed. Stas gallery hanging system is a perfect choice. In addition to this, a condensation issue was also fixed. In the meantime attention to storage and organisation was finely tuned as this is also a working studio.

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Art by Osian

Art by Osian opens as a new gallery in Wales and a working studio from 10am-2pm Monday to Friday. Saturday 12pm-4pm. These are the core hours. Private appointments are welcome. Call 07484 763507‬ or email hello@osiangwent.com to discuss arrangements.

Visitors are welcome to meet the artist, chat or even watch the process of painting in real time.

Paintings by the artist are currently on show at The Mid Wales Arts Centre and Laurels Gallery.

Art by Osian • 3 Short Bridge Street • Llanidloes • Powys • Wales • SY18 6AD

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Artist Opportunities

ARTIST OPPORTUNITIES: OPEN CALL

The VIA Arts Prize Open call for Visual Artists is an open call Ibero-American themed contest. Submit original works on the theme ‘Dialogues’. We accept painting, sculpture, photography, mixed media, collage, drawing, engraving, digital print, textiles and tapestry. Film and performance art is not accepted.

1st prize £5,000, 2nd £2,000.

visit: http://www.viaartsprize.org/

**Deadline 22 October 2018

B&R Productions – Time to Stare Bursary

open call for visual artists

Residential bursaries for small to medium-sized arts companies. However, applications are welcome from individual practitioners and arts partnerships.  Especially from those seeking to develop the first stage of a new work.

B&R Productions acknowledge the need for practitioners to become more resilient and innovative. Generally, seeking sustainable ways that do not compromise an original passion or creative process. So to enable this, we have secured Arts Council England. This funding is to launch residential bursaries for the development of a specific project or work. The programme responds to the need for small/medium sized companies. Including arts partnerships to escape from the daily demands of management and delivery.

The 5-day residency, valued at £2,000, includes mentor sessions and project reviews with B&R
Productions directors, and 5 nights self-catering accommodation in East Sussex, in February 2019.
Find out more here: www.bandrproductions.co.uk/the-studio/time-to-stare-bursary/

**Deadline for this open call for visual artists 19 October 2018

Qube Arts Open

AIR GALLERY, Altrincham
Open call for visual artists: MONITOR
We are seeking artworks that explore the relationship between ourselves and the technology we use.
Examples of topics could include:
 Social Media
 Avatars and online presence
 Internet
 Virtual selves vs reality
 Impact of technology on our lives
 Our reliance on technology
 VR and fictional worlds
 The act of monitoring others online and how online services monitor us
 And anything else that could fall into the overall theme.
This is free to enter. Artists must provide their own equipment. All art forms are welcome.
DEADLINE: 1 November 2018

Call for Artists: PLAY
We are seeking sculptural work that explores the theme of Play.
However, we are particularly interested in work(s) that encompasses one of the following:
 Encourage new thinking about sculpture or sculpture history
 Raising public awareness and/or appreciation of sculpture
 Has an element of interactivity
 Has an element of public engagement.
 Is a unique approach to sculpture and/or pushes the boundaries of sculpture today.
Artists can enter up to three works for consideration. Artists can also enter new works or concepts for works as long as they have a track record of completing projects and can provide a detailed description of what they are proposing to do. So this is free to enter for an exhibition in late 2019. For more information, please visit our website: www.airgallery.space/airopen2018

 **Deadline 11 November 2018

Lightnight 2019, Liverpool

Artist commissions

LightNight is a free one-night arts festival. Namely, it aims to shine a spotlight on Liverpool and celebrating its world-class cultural offer. Furthermore, LightNight is back in Liverpool on 17 May 2019. The theme for the festival is ‘Ritual’. We are looking to offer commissions to individual artists or collectives (£1 – 3k). This will be for a small number of new works to be presented at next year’s festival. Proposals are welcome across all art forms. Coupled with visual arts, including performance, sculpture, spoken word, technology, installation, light art or any combination of these.

For more information, read the full brief on our website: lightnightliverpool.co.uk/

** DEADLINE: 5 November 2018

OPEN CALL FOR VISUAL ARTISTS, PHOTOGRAPHERS & FILMMAKERS

Jerwood/Photoworks Awards

These awards support photographers, or artists using photography. However, it is intended for those who make new work and explore new experimental approaches to photography. The Awards are open to arts practitioners using photography who are within 10 years of establishing their practice. There is no application fee. As a result, two Awardees will each receive:
 £10,000 to support the making of new work
 Access to an additional production fund of £5,000
PLUS High-profile mentoring support, a two-person exhibition in London and a UK joint exhibition tour.
Visit the website for full information: www.jerwoodvisualarts.org/opportunities/jerwoodphotoworks-awards/

** DEADLINE: 5 November 2018

OPEN CALL FOR WRITERS

WRITERS Online
Adult Fairytale Competition 2018

Can you bring a classic up to date? Or weave a magical fantasy world entirely of your own devising? The choice is yours, but entries for this competition will need to meet a definition of fairytales. Including, a length between 1,500- 1,700 words. Furthermore, the winner will receive £200.
** DEADLINE: 15 October 2018

Picture Book Prize 2018

Do you want to win a consultation with literary agent Julia Churchill? Or maybe a critique from children’s author Amy Sparkes in our exclusive Picture Book Prize. So then, the award is open to all unpublished writers. Including, un-agented writers. Furthermore, it is an opportunity for you to submit picture book texts. Similarly, entries must reflect traditionally published picture book texts which do not rely on pop-ups. Including tabs or touch to help deliver the story. Above all, the story should be fiction and can be rhyming or non-rhyming. Thus, the word count should be no more than 800 words.

So the first prize winner will be offered a lunch consultation with top children’s fiction agent Julia Churchill, including a year’s subscription to Writing Magazine and £200.

**DEADLINE: 31 October 2018

Autumn Poetry Competition

First of all, submit poems in any style but on autumn themes. The season has provided creative fuel for generations of poets. So then, your biggest challenge will be finding something new to say, or a new way to say it. Finally, there are no restrictions other than the 40-line limit. The winner receives £100.
** DEADLINE: 15 November 2018

Flash Fiction Open Call Competition

Write on any subject or theme you wish. Similarly, in any genre or style. However, keep it tight, because your length limit is just 500 words. The winner will receive £200.
** DEADLINE: 15 November 2018

Entry fee £5. To see details of all our writing contests, visit:
www.writers-online.co.uk/Writing-Competitions/Open-Competitions/

JOBS & VOLUNTEERING

DIDSBURY ARTS FESTIVAL

Freelance Festival Manager
First of all, we are looking for a Freelance Festival Manager to join the delivery team for DAF 2019.
Furthermore, the Festival Manager will oversee the coordination of the festival programme. Thus, ensuring logistics and requirements are managed effectively. Hence all events must run smoothly. Finally, we are looking for someone with:
 Firstly, at least 2 years’ experience working on a Festival, or other arts-related events/projects in a
coordination/management role.
 Secondly, experience in working with a wide range of partners and organisations.
 Flexible approach to working thus willing to work weekends and evenings as and when required.
 Excellent time management and prioritisation skills.
 Good IT skills.
 Good communication skills.
 Positive and enthusiastic attitude.
 Finally, some technical knowledge of sound and venue equipment.
For more details, visit: www.didsburyartsfestival.org/

**DEADLINE: 15 October 2018

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