Tawe Valley Art Competition March – April 2018

Arts in the Tawe Valley’s annual art competition begins on 2nd March from 7pm – 10pm at the Oriel Lliw Gallery in the Pontardawe Arts Centre when the public voting begins. You have until the 6th April to view the work and vote for your favourite pieces. On the 6th April the judges will be voting and prizes for all the winners will be awarded. The exhibition runs until 23rd April.

Judges this year are:

Rose Davies AKA Rosie Scibblah – “artist, scribbler, printmaker, blogger, headbanger, cakemaker, mudwrangler, madcatwoman, wild, Welsh and opinionated. Graduating from Art College at the end of the 70’s, I survived punk, post-modernism and the rise of Thatcherism with my belief in traditional art values and particularly drawing, intact. Majoring in printmaking, I continued to draw after leaving college, but like many other struggling young artists at that time, I developed a secondary career, spending years working with severely damaged and excluded people, which has had a profound influence on my art.”

Peter Finnemore, Is an artist working within photographic art, multi media installation and video. He has represented Wales in the Venice Bienale and won accolades in the National Eisteddfod. His work is in public and private collections in Wales, Scotland, England, Belgium and the USA. He is artist, lecturer, visiting professor and all round ‘good guy’.

John Abel – John is a prolific painter and print maker ‘My aim through work is to represent human feeling as honestly as I can with no intellectual mediation, in an effort to understand myself.’ Abell was born in Cardiff in 1986 and graduated from Camberwell college of art + design in 2009. He has exhibited widely and his prints + publications are included in museums, libraries + national collections worldwide, including the Victoria & Albert museum, National Museum of wales, the British Museum, the National Library of Australia, the National Library of Canada and Columbia University library, new york. We are very happy to welcome him!

Below is a gallery of the work in the competition. Drop by Oriel Lliw and vote for your favourite. Photos by Sandeha Lynch.

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Thanks to our Sponsors: Cake Academy Wales, Nifty & Co, Pontardawe Film Club, Awelon Healthcare, Lliw Building Supplies, Sherwood Florist and Old & Bold. Like our event on Facebook and to be kept up to date.



Hidden Voices Exhibition – Eleanor Flaherty, Paul Steer 12th Jan – 26th Feb

‘Hidden Voices’ an exhibition by Eleanor Flaherty & Paul Steer is opening at the Oriel Lliw Gallery on Friday 12th January at 7pm.

This multimedia exhibition has seen the Artists exploring the western Brecon Beacons, from wooded valleys to the remains of industry and the dark underground world. Books and postcards of the exhibition will be available to purchase from the Gallery.

‘There are voices in the landscape that lie hidden until we seek them out. Voices that tell of a different world at the edges of our imagination and underneath our feet.’ Paul and Eleanor were interviewed about their work and the creation of this exhibition. You can read the full interview with them here>>

The exhibition runs from 12th January – 26th February 2018

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Oriel Lliw Birthday and Christmas Exhibition 10th November

We are very excited to announce it’s been nearly a year since we launched the Oriel Lliw gallery at the Pontardawe Art Centre!

To celebrate we will be having a private view and birthday celebrations on 7pm – 10pm Friday 11th November. This is a great event for our community to showcase the wealth of art on offer from our Arts in the Tawe members.So if you are looking for a unique gift look no further!

The exhibition runs until the 9th January. All are welcome and please bring friends and help support your local artists and the Pontardawe Art Centre. Hope to see you there!

Photographs by Sandeha Lynch

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‘Over Thirty’ Contemporary Art Quilts – Bethan Ash

11th August – 18th September 2017, Oriel Lliw Gallery, Pontardawe
Private View Friday 11th August 7pm – 10pm

Bethan Ash is a quilt artist who loves to paint. Her work, while based in the tradition of quilt-making, is in fact more akin to collage and this exhibition will display a colourful selection of her art quilts and collages.

Colour is the backbone of her work and she loves to make collage, using a technique of fusing and layering the fabrics that she has previously painted and finishing by stitching each piece. Her work is strongly influenced by social and popular culture that most of us can relate to, such as consumer goods, the environment, popular culture and dieting – mixing a combination of social issues and abstract ideas with colour, texture and stitch.

Bethan Ash is a full-time quilt artist living in West Glamorgan, South Wales. After studying textile design at Art College, she specialised and graduated with a fellowship in shoe design before embarking on a career as a designer in the fashion industry. Her work has been shown in many solo and group exhibitions, both at home and abroad and it has been acquired by public establishments in the UK and US, including the Museum of Art and Design (MAD), New York.

Private View of her exhibition is on Friday 1th August from 7pm – 10pm and we look forward to seeing you there.



Art Week 23rd June – 2nd July 2017

Our second Art Week is happening from the 23rd June – 2nd July. Scroll down for information on all the workshops, open studios and exhibitions or click on the image below to download the leaflet (8Mb)


1. Carole Spackman
Crincae, Llanddeusant, Llangadog SA19 9UP   01550 740619
KEY:  open studio, items for sale, demo, toilets, disabled access, parking.
Open 24th& 25th June, 10-5 pm
Carole Spackman will be making hare & owl sculptures or wheel-thrown tableware. The landscape & wildlife of this remote western part of the Brecon Beacons inform her work. carolepottery@hotmail.co.uk

2. Hilary Bryanston
Berllan Las, Llangiwg Rd, Ynysmeudwy, Pontardawe SA8 4PL   07718937499
KEY: exhibition, open studio,  items for sale, demo, toilets, parking, workshop.
Open 25th – 30th June, 10-4 or by appointment
Visitors can view many and varied works by Hilary. Demos and workshops available. info@hilarybryanston.co.uk

3. Purple Art Group  
Gnoll Visitors Centre, Neath SA11 3BS
KEY: exhibition, items for sale,  toilets, parking
Open 24th & 25th June
See a selection of work by this group. Tutored by Trefenna Collins, the group met in Neath YMCA during the term time. As enthusiasm for painting and drawing grew, the group met additionally in a local community centre. juliewhitehouse957@btinternet.com

4. Jane Carpenter 
2 Leyshon Rd, Pontardawe SA8 4LP  07749835542
KEY: exhibition, open studio,  items for sale, demo, toilets, parking, workshops.  26th to 30th June, 10-4
Glass! Explore the possibilities. A series of workshops and demos. info@arowndit.com

5. Pontardawe Arts Group
Ynysmeudwy Community Centre, Pontardawe  SA8 4PL
KEY: exhibition, items for sale, toilets, parking
Open Monday 26th June, 10-5
A one-day exhibition of this local arts group, with a varied selection of work on display and to purchase. victorjames@ntworld.com

6. Gordon Grattidge and Martin Davies
48 Pheasant Rd, Trebanos   01792 869597
KEY: exhibition, items for sale, toilets, limited parking.
These two artists present a unique exhibition of watercolours and acrylics for all of Arts Week.
Open 23rd June to 2nd July, 10-4 pm daily  

7. Julia Harris
Ty Newydd, Danycoed, Abercraf  SA9 1XX
KEY: exhibition, items for sale, toilets, limited parking
Open 26th to 28th June, 10-4pm
Julia‘s workshop will be open to visitors for three days with a selection of artwork on view and for sale. Later in the week, look out for Julia leading mural painting in the Buskergynlais event. Get involved!

8. Marcella O’Hare: based in Oriel Lliw
KEY: toilets, disabled access, parking
Open 28th June, 1-5 pm
Colour Mindfulness.  An easy and gentle way to express yourself in colour. marcellaartworks@hotmail.com

9. Ron Madge  
Awelon Healthcare, 73 Pontardawe Rd, Clydach SA6 5NS
KEY: exhibition, items for sale, toilets, disabled access
Open 30th June, 1-5 pm
Visit Ron in Awelon care home to see his collection of work.

10. Black Mountain Gallery: Mark and Muriel Williams 
2 Bryn Rd, Cwmllynfell,  Swansea SA9 2FJ
KEY: exhibition, items for sale, parking
Open 24th, 27th June to 2nd July, 10-5
Mark and Muriel Williams welcome you at the gallery to view their impressive collection of work.  muriel@murielwilliams.com.

11. Rebecca Buck
Osprey Studios, 57 Ynyswen, Penycae, Upper Tawe Valley, SA9 1YT
KEY: exhibition, open studio,  items for sale, demo, toilets, parking, workshops
Open 23rd to 26th & 30th June & 1st- 2nd July
Open Studio, Sculpture Garden, ‘How to set up water features’ display, Osprey Studios Annual Sale: discounts 30%-75%. Appointments welcome for any extra visiting times. Free homemade refreshments. osprey.studios@btinernet.com www.ospreystudios.org

12. Rhian Goodhand
Unit 6, Abernant Workshop Pontardawe Abernant SA8 4SX  07709460544
KEY: open studio, items for sale, demo, toilets, parking
Open 24th June to 1st July, 10-4 daily
Visit Rhian during Arts Week in her glass studio where she will be creating her summer fayre collection. rhian@rhiangoodhand.co.uk  www.rhiangoodhand.co.uk

13. Amanda Dagg
Ysgol House (former Ynyscedwyn school), Pantyfynnon Rd, Ystradgynlais SA9 1EU 07947056298
KEY: exhibition, items for sale, toilets, disabled access, parking
Open 24th June to 2nd July, 10 – 5.30 pm
See Amanda’s wonderful paintings in this vibrant home interior space with showroom and open gallery space. amanda@dagg.co.uk  www.dagg.co.uk

14. Viv Rhule: based in Oriel Lliw
KEY: toilets, disabled access, parking
Workshop runs 28th June, 10 – 2
Gwneuthuriad felt / Felt making. Family felt making workshop Oriel Lliw, Wednesday.
Making felted pictures or hiding something in felt! vivianrhule@gmail.com

15. Ewa Czarniecka
EvaArt.Studio Gallery, 88 Gwilym Road, Cwmllynfell  SA9 2GU   07989354839
KEY: exhibition, items for sale, toilets, disabled access, parking                                                             Open 23rd June, 2nd July 11-5pm
Ewa will be opening her studio for the first time.  Call in to see her amazing collection of artwork.
infoeva@btinternet.com  www.evaart.net

16. Leanne Vaughan – Philipps  
Exhibition in the Chameleon Café, Heol Glantawe, Ystradgynlais, Swansea SA9 1ES
KEY: exhibition, items for sale, toilets, disabled access, parking
Open with Private view event June, 27th to 11th  August 11 am -11pm Tuesday to Saturday This exhibition celebrates the feminine through adornment.
arts4all.lvp @gmail.com www.arts4all.wales
Still life workshop 1-4pm Oriel Lliw Thursday 29th.

Oriel Lliw Gallery Group Exhibition, Pontardawe Arts Centre
23rd June – 6th July (Private View 23rd June 7pm)
Arts in the Tawe Valley at the Oriel Lliw Gallery presents our 2nd annual AitTV summer exhibition. The exhibition will show a variety of art from our members.

Look out for the Yellow Balloons! They will guide you to the workshops, exhibitions and open studios.










Soul Searching a Jayne Harding Exhibition

12th May – 12th June 2017, Oriel Lliw Gallery, Pontardawe (Private View 12th May 19.00)

Arts in the Tawe Valley at the Oriel Lliw Gallery presents ‘Soul Searching’, a Jayne Harding exhibition.

Jayne Harding is an artist who explores the concept of her own, individual investigation and development of the soul, in a personal search for a sense of place within existence. This is visualised through the influence of imagery captured by the Hubble Telescope.’ Jayne is the first external artist to be exhibiting with Arts in the Tawe Valley at the Oriel Lliw and we are delighted to welcome her.

Please join us to view this exciting new work and for a complimentary drink on the 12th of May.

Soul Searching – Jayne Harding