“Creativity take courage” Henri Matisse



November 2019

Jamie Barnes ~ Sea Structures Until 26th January. Inspired by his explorations of coastal paths around Wales, Anglesey, Northumberland, Cumbria and Scotland. A curious set of accompanying sea structures started to appear in Jamie’s work, not only the obvious structures such as lighthouses, but also more unusual, such as orientation beacons, transmitters and glowering power stations. Open Tues – Sun 10.30am – 4pm; Mostyn, Llandudno LL30 1AB. 01492 879201, mostyn.org

Llonau-U / U-Boat Until 5th January. The U-boat project 1914 – 18 is using the latest underwater imaging techniques to reveal wrecks from the Great War and support communities to seek out previously untold stories about their ancestor’s experiences. Some community stories are displayed alongside the underwater exploration results. Oriel Ynys Mon, Anglesey 01248 724444, kyffinwilliams.info

In-sight 18 ~ Helfa Gelf artists in the Cafe. Until 26th January. A new collection of work by artists from North Wales upstairs at MOSTYN, in partnership with Helfa Gelf Art Trail. Artists are: Deborah Albrow / Mark Albrow / Louise Edwards / Helen Howlett / Wini Jones Lewis / Verity Pulford. Open Tues – Sun 10.30am – 4pm; Mostyn, Llandudno LL30 1AB. 01492 879201, mostyn.org

Neil Bottle ~ All That Remains Until 12th January. Neil’s work is inspired by family photographs, a sense of time passing and how we remember things – in both real and false memories. The textile prints are accompanied by personal, sentimental objects that were the starting point for many of the stories Neil is telling – ‘I like the idea of objects that have history embedded in them,’ he says. Ruthin Craft Centre, LL15 1BB. 01824 704774, ruthincraftcentre.org.uk

Anj Smith 9th November – 1st March. Working primarily with painting, Anj Smith is interested in reflecting on the very possibilities and limitations of the medium itself. Her work excavates often-overlooked art histories, which she combines with her lived experiences, to form the layers of her work. Exploring the very edges of representation, Smith’s  intricately rendered paintings explore issues of identity, eroticism, mortality and fragility. Mostyn, Llandudno LL30 1AB. 01492 879201, mostyn.org

Crossing Beaches ~ Croesi Traethau Until 19th January. The Sian and Ken Owen Art Collection featuring over 80 paintings of Wales’ foremost artists. Oriel Kyffin Williams, Llangefni, Anglesey 01248 724444, oriel@ynysmon.gov.uk

Brink ~ Ar Drothwy Until 3rd November. Exploring the evolving relationship between art and modern technology, artists Jess Bugler, Ruth Cousins, Sarah Holyfield and Matthew Day, embrace this digital context within their work to question the nature of our modern world. Art Gallery, Oriel Gelf, Llangefni LL77 7TQ. 01248 724444, oriel@ynysmon.gov.uk

Nobuko Tsuchiya: 30 Ways to Go to the Moon 9th November – 1st March. Working primarily with sculpture, Tsuchiya’s practice uses a wide range of materials, often including household objects, collected over time, which she assembles and casts to create amorphous, hybrid minimalist mechanical objects. Mostyn, Llandudno LL30 1AB. 01492 879201, mostyn.org

Lettering: Art & Illusion Until 12th January. The work depicts lettering that is created by hand through calligraphy, letter cutting, painting and engraving. Ruthin Craft Centre, LL15 1BB. 01824 704774, ruthincraftcentre.org.uk

Autumn Season Exhibition Until 24th December. New exhibitors are: Gwyn Roberts, Daniel Robertson, Teresa Jenellen, Billy Bailhole, NW Potters; plus Gallery artists. Plas Glyn Y Weddw, Llanbedrog, Pwllheli 01758 740763, oriel.org.uk

Dylan Arnol Cymru Gudd ~ Hidden Wales Until 16th November. “The idea for my Hidden Wales project grew from my lifelong fascination and love of exploring off-the-beaten-track places. Like many, I’ve always been drawn to the mysteries within hidden and derelict places. The stories that I imagined, contained within their silent, crumbling walls always fired my imagination. Someone once said there is beauty in decay. This saying has always resonated with me.” Storiel, Bangor 01248 353368, storiel.cymru

Chiara Camoni 9th November – 1st March. Working primarily across drawing, sculpture and installation, Camoni creates spaces imbued with poetic sensibility. Mostyn, Llandudno LL30 1AB. 01492 879201, mostyn.org

NW Potters ~ Maker of the Month in November is Ceramicist Pea Restall. 1 High St., Conwy LL32 8DB, 01492 593590, northwalespotters.org

Bill Kneale ~ Viewpoints/Golygfannau Until 9th February. “My paintings are visual journeys mostly into the mountains and coast of North Wales.” Oriel Ynys Mon, Anglesey 01248 724444, kyffinwilliams.info

Creative Textiles Exhibition 1st & 2nd November. NW Embroiderers’ Guild members will be showcasing over 200 items highlighting a diverse range of techniques. These items will not have been in any of our previous exhibitions. 10.30am – 5pm on 1st; until 4pm on 2nd, £2. United Reformed Church, Colwyn Avenue, Rhos on Sea, Conwy, LL28 4RA. 01492 585310, Facebook of same name

Kim Atkinson & Ian Phillips ~ Bardsey Until 2nd November. The rugged coast, wildlife and people at work portrayed in limited edition relief prints by these two well-respected artists. Storiel, Bangor 01248 353368, storiel.cymru

Folklore & Fairytales of North Wales Until 5th January. An autumn and winter mixed exhibition by a group of artists depicting their interpretations of the Folklore and Fairytales that surround us in North Wales. Open: Tues & Thurs, 10am – 5pm, Sun 11.30am – 4.30pm. Oriel Ty Meirion, Dyffryn Ardudwy LL44 2DH. More information at tymeirion.co.uk

As It Is: Man’s Footprint on the Welsh Landscape Until 26th January. Celebrated Magnum photographer David Hurn is one of Britain’s most influential reportage photographers. Of Welsh descent, Hurn gained his early reputation with his reportage of the 1956 Hungarian revolution. He eventually turned away from coverage of current affairs, preferring to take a more personal approach to visual narration. Mostyn, Llandudno LL30 1AB. 01492 879201, mostyn.org

Elemental Connections: Liz Ellis November. An exhibition in two parts but similarly connected:- Walking the Littoral (a celebration of the wonderful diversity of life and of the commonality and connectivity of all living things) & In the Company of Ravens – The Gathering (Ravens gather to socialise and grow strong. They, like the other beachcombers, are foraging for food along the shoreline before flying off to continue their search in the adjoining countryside). Ruthin Craft Centre 01824 704774, ruthincraftcentre.org.uk

Chloe Holt Until 6th November. A day on Ynys Llanddwyn, an island off an island off an island…The end of the line. A place of escape, and rest, and secrets! Ffin y Parc, Llanrwst LL26 0PT, 01492 642070, welshart.net

The Welsh Group at 70/ Y Grwp Cymreig yn 70 Until 16th November. an artists’ collective, with the purpose of exhibiting and “giving a voice” to the visual arts in Wales. Open 11am – 5pm. RCA Conwy, LL32 8AN. 01492 593413, rcaconwy.org

Chris Neale Until 6th November. His economical palette, clean simple lines and stylized shapes may suggest his background and training as a graphic artist, but he uses them to great effect. His selective, observant eye is able to capture the rhythm of the landscape, and the way our buildings and roads fit and fold into it. Ffin y Parc, Llanrwst LL26 0PT, 01492 642070, welshart.net

Robert Pitwell Until 6th November. Often inspired by a poem or phrase, a picture or event, the landscape sliding into dusk or a brief moment of weather and light, they are at once instinctive and refined. Here is revealed the sudden flash of inspiration and the slow flow of the journey. Ffin y Parc, Llanrwst LL26 0PT, 01492 642070, welshart.net

Wil Rowlands ~ Erosion Until 4th January. Wil explores the erosion of things we see and things we feel, and considers the consequence of that change. At the heart of his way of working lies experimentation that often leads the artist and viewer to the unexpected. Open Tues – Sat, 11am – 5pm. Storiel, Bangor LL57 1DT, 01248 353368, storiel.org

Ann Catrin Evans Until 16th November. An internationally renowned sculptor and jeweller, a black, silver and goldsmith. Ann Catrin’s work enhances the narratives of our everyday lives and landscapes. Open 11am – 5pm. RCA Conwy, LL32 8AN. 01492 593413, rcaconwy.org

William Selwyn 1st November – 1st December. Oriel Môn, Rhosmeirch LL77 7TQ. 01248 724444, oriel@ynysmon.gov.uk

Jackie Wyddfyd 8th – 24th November. Oriel Caffi Croesor, Hen Bryn Gelynen, Croesor, LL48 6SS. Exhibition Opening on 9th @ 2pm.

The Art Hut Contemporary art on Llandudno Pier LL30 2LP. Contact 07729 337868.