Oriel Myrddin Gallery joined with thousands of women in Cardiff on Sunday 10 June 2018 to march in celebration of 100 years of votes for women.
We worked with an inter-generational group of women, including young women from Dr Mz’s youth project in Carmarthen, and artist Rhiannon Williams to create our warrior butterfly banner.
The day was amazing. We were very proud to be represented alongside women from across wales enjoying the sunshine and marching together in solidarity through the streets of the city.
You can see more images from the day here
Thursday 7 June 2018 11am
“The construction of stick chairs is as basic as it gets. Small sections of hedgerow timber are banged into a plank seat, creating a low-cost article that can stand daily use and be easily repaired.”
This talk will trace the development of the stick chair in Wales from the medieval period through to the present, and look at the cultural and craft context in which this versatile form flourished. Richard Bebb is an Honorary Research Fellow at National Museum Wales.
At Parc Howard Museum and Art Gallery, Felinfoel Road, Llanelli SA15 3LJ
In association with the U3A, part of Oriel Myrddin Gallery’s 50+ programme
Saturday 7 April 2018 11am-1pm
Celebrate Visit Wales’ Year of the Sea with artist Jo Shapland.
Meet by the dolphin sculpture next to the Pentraeth Road car park at 11am.
Sketchbooks and drawing materials provided.
Free event, open to all ages and abilities, no need to book, children under 12 must be accompanied by an adult, wear sensible shoes and outdoor clothing.
Image: Trish Steel
Oriel Myrddin Gallery’s Young Artist Club will be visiting elysiumgallery and Studio in February to experience the magic of artists work spaces. elysiumgallery is an artist led, not for profit, social enterprise with 83 studio spaces and a contemporary art gallery over 3 venues in Swansea. Established in 2007 elysiumgallery offers a collaborative and participatory experience and is at the epicenter of the vibrant creative community in Swansea.
The Young Artists Club will visit the gallery and studios and get the chance to work with painter Kate Bell who has a studio at elysium’s Orchard Street building. This term they have been exploring layers and textures and will be working with Kate exploring techniques using wax and paint.
The trip has been inspired by the current exhibition Roger Cecil + Four Contemporary Painters. The late Roger Cecil was known for the beautiful and fascinating studio he worked in at his house, photographs of which can be seen in the book Roger Cecil: A Secret Artist by Dr Peter Wakelin currently for sale in the gallery shop.
Thursday 22 February 2018 – 11am – 3pm
Come and learn about charcoal making, both small and large scale, and make your own to take home. You’ll have the opportunity to explore and draw within the National Botanic Gardens wider estate and learn about the restoration of its picturesque grade 2 listed landscape. Free entry to gardens included.
£5 per person
8+ booking essential
Oriel Myrddin Gallery created a very special sewing project in collaboration with the Men’s Sheds in Ferryside, Carmarthenshire in the autumn of 2017.
Participants made work aprons with brilliant local seamstress and sewing teacher Camille Jacquemart of Thimble. “I enjoyed every minute” participant Ken Day said “and I am really pleased with the apron I came away with.”
Sewing is often seen as a women’s domain but there is in fact a long history of men sewing. As well as the big names in fashion like Paul Smith and Alexander McQueen there is a longer history of men and sewing that stretches beyond Saville Row and tailoring. For instance 19th Century sailors were handy with a needle and thread and to pass the time on long voyages would embroider ‘woolies’, beautiful designs depicting life at sea and the ships that they served on. And during WWI, men who were severely injured were given embroidery projects as a form of rehabilitation – an early example of art therapy, which the British Army still uses today.
Men sewing is also a big new trend that is now beginning to spread out of urban areas. Mr X Stitch is the self-styled kingpin of contemporary embroidery or manbroidery as it is sometimes known. Across Britain an army of men and women are joining sewing and knitting groups, enjoying the rewards of traditional needle skills. And social media platforms such as Pinterest, Instagram and YouTube have created vast virtual communities of crafters sharing tutorials, ideas and inspiration.
This could be a sign of the times as Polly Leonard, founder of Selvedge magazine, talked about in a recent Guardian article:
“At times of economic stress and social upheaval, we often turn to craft, as creating something with our hands makes us feel good. The rhythmic, repetitive moments necessary to knit, sew or crochet are proven to have therapeutic benefits and improve mental health and emotional wellbeing, increasing serotonin production and inducing a natural state of mindfuness.”
The Mens Sheds movement has similar ideas around how coming together to make things is good for you. As it says on their website “Reclamation, reuse and restoration will feature strongly – and some say that is true of the men too!” The Mens Shed members at Ferryside talk openly about how important the Shed has been to them and other members in terms of health and wellbeing – getting them out of the house, meeting new people and being in a social environment where there is a shared purpose. Most of the work done in Ferryside is with wood so the sewing project has been a new experience for most of the members.
The project tied in with Oriel Myrddin Gallery’s textile exhibition A Darker Thread which included work by Wales’ very own star manbroiderer Spike Dennis.
Saturday 7 October 2017, 10:30 am – 4:30 pm
Oriel Myrddin Gallery are going out and about for this year’s Big Draw event!
Join us and award winning textile artist Laura Thomas for a giant weaving extravaganza at the National Wool Museum , Dre-fach Felindre, SA44 5UP
As part of this year’s Big Draw theme, Living Lines! our giant weaving will be filmed and turned into a time lapse animation which will be shown at Oriel Myrddin Gallery.
If the weather is fine the weaving will take place on the National Wool Museum’s giant ‘tenter’ frame outside in the grounds, if it’s wet it will take place indoors in the Long Gallery.
Open to all ages and abilities- everyone is welcome
Free and drop in