11 August 2010



Calling Gwynedd artists – be on course for success

A training course is available for those interested in exhibiting pieces of art and craft work.

The course could be the next step in a successful career for many artists as it is aimed at people who want to present work to exhibition planners in the hope of securing and exhibit.

The training session, which is free to artists from Gwynedd, will teach participants how to professionally hang an exhibition and includes a practical session. The tutors will be Delyth Gordon and David Huntington – both can draw on their vast experience in selecting artwork and hanging exhibitions.

Gwawr Roberts, Gwynedd Council’s Community Arts Officer, said: “Many artists may be confident enough in their work to want to exhibit it publicly; this training course could be a springboard to the next step of their career.

“Gwynedd can be proud of some truly talented artists, I hope that by attracting as many as possible to attend this course, and gaining the confidence to exhibit their work, we can build on our reputation of having a vibrant and exciting art scene.”

Those enrolling on the one day course should bring their own tools to the practical session – pencil, measuring tape, drill, screwdriver and spirit level.

The course will take place on Thursday, 30 September between 10am and 3.30pm. The morning session will take place at the Arfon Area Office at Penrallt, Caernarfon and the afternoon practical session at Oriel Pendeitsh, Caernarfon.

The course is free to artists from Gwynedd and a refundable deposit of £20 is required to secure a place. The course is £20 for non-Gwynedd residents. Refreshments will be provided but the course does not include lunch.

For more information about the course, and to book your place, contact Gwawr Roberts, Gwynedd Council’s Community Arts Officer, before 16 September on 01286 679721

Art trail boasts more artists studios than ever before

Helfa Gelf/Art Trail, North Wales’ biggest Open Studio Event, has had an unprecedented number of applications this year, bringing the total number of artists taking part to 171, with 125 studios opening their doors to the public this September.

The project is also opening some studios by appointment throughout the year for the first time, giving the public a chance to visit as many of the artists as possible.

Helfa Gelf/Art Trail is a unique chance for visitors to experience the normally hidden world of the artist and get to chat to them about their work.  It aims to make art more accessible to the community and to get the public involved in the creative processes taking place. There will be drop-in workshops taking place in a number of the studios, so people can try their hand at anything from painting and collage to lace making.

There is a huge variety of artists taking part this year, ranging from the traditional to the contemporary, from the figurative to the abstract and conceptual. The unique studio spaces are located in every kind of venue, from purpose-built studios and galleries to garden sheds and back rooms, in wild countryside and busy towns all over North Wales.

Sabine Cockrill, Project Coordinator for Helfa Gelf/Art Trail says: “I really think there is something to suit everyone.  Over three weekends in September, you can call in on painters, sculptors, photographers, jewellery makers, woodworkers, potters, textile artists, glass makers, basket weavers, digital artists and many more, each one with a highly individual skill.”

Helfa Gelf /Art Trail runs from the 10-12th, 17-19th and 24-26th September in Gwynedd, Conwy, Denbighshire and Flintshire.  Studios are open from 11am-5pm daily. For further details about the event, maps and information about the artists please visit our website.                                 

This project has received funding through the Rural Development Plan for Wales 2007-2013, which is funded by the Welsh Assembly Government and the European Agricultural fund for Rural Development.

A number of events have been arranged in Gwynedd, which include:

·       21 August 2010 (10.30am – 4.30pm) – Basket Making Workshop with Rowenna W Williams at Gwynedd Museum and Gallery in Bangor. Cost £10. You will need to book a place by 16 August.

·       28 August (9.45am – 4.30pm) – Jewellery Workshop with Ann Catrin Evans and Angela Evans at the Craft Workshops in Parc Glynllifon. Cost £10. You will need to book a place by 20 August.

If you would like to find out more information about the above events which will be held in Gwynedd, contact Gwawr Wyn Roberts, Gwynedd Council Community Arts Development Officer on (01286) 679721



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