March 2019

NW Potters March Maker of the Month is Bev Bell-Hughes with her sculptural ceramics. “Each day is a journey of looking and experiencing nature’s change, of how mother earth presents herself to the world. Marks left in the sand by the receeding tide, sharp and clear, to deep gullies or smooth. Items thrown up by the tide, battered by storms. Different seaweed flowing in ribbons. The erosion of surfaces be they shells, rocks, driftwood or bone.” NWP Gallery Shop, 1 High St., Conwy. Visit: northwalespotters.org

Spectrum Until 9th March. A diverse group of painters who experiment with a variety of media and techniques, led by their tutor Anita Reid. Theatr Clwyd, Mold 01352 701521, theatrclwyd.com

Josephine Meckseper Until 3rd March. One of the foremost female artists of her generation working today, Meckseper melds the aesthetic language of modernism with the formal language of commercial display, combining them with her own images and film footage of historical undercurrents and political protest movements. Mostyn, Llandudno 01492 879201, mostyn.org

Grayson Perry ~ Julie Cope’s Grand Tour: The Story of a Life Until 15th April. Julie Cope is a fictional character created by Grayson Perry – an Essex everywoman whose story he has told through two large scale tapestries and an extended ballad presented in the exhibition. The tapestries are shown alongside a graphic installation, and specially commissioned audio recording of The Ballad of Julie Cope, a 3000 word narrative written and read by Perry himself that illuminates Julie’s hopes and fears. Opens 10am. Ty Pawb, Market St., Wrexham LL13 8BB. Facebook: of event name

On the Edge Until 3rd March. Disability Art Cymru. DAC members were asked to react to this title and submit work based on their own interpretation. The exhibition includes a wide range of work from artists at varying points in their creative development. DAC’s aim is to raise the profile of the artists involved; increasing artwork sales; support and develop career progression and to build relationships between peers and with exhibiting venues. Mostyn, Llandudno 01492 879201, mostyn.org

Ruth Gibson ~ Mapping Llŷn Until 17th March. A unique look at Pen Llŷn through clay, stone and wood. Plas Glyn y Weddw, Llanbedrog, Pwllheli 01758 740763, oriel.org.uk 

Helfa Gelf Artists 9th March – 20th April. Helfa Gelf, the open studios network, is now in its 14th year and has over 200 members spread across North Wales. This curated exhibition includes painting, sculpture, printmaking, photography, jewellery, ceramics and textiles by selected members and provides a great opportunity to appreciate their artistic talent in a gallery setting. Oriel Gallery, Theatr Clwyd, Mold 01352 701521, theatrclwyd.com

Louisa Gagliardi ~ Under the Weather Until 3rd March. Gagliardi’s work pulls apart the construction of an image, and of our society, in a digital age, while appearing to explore the codes and history of painting. Her works pose questions around ideas of figure and ground, flatness and depth. Mostyn, Llandudno 01492 879201, mostyn.org

Jack Crabtree Until 2nd March. Jack is best-known for his social realist work of the 1970s and in 1974-75 was commissioned by the National Coal Board to present an artistic record of the changing face of the coalfields of  South Wales. Theatr Clwyd, Mold CH7 1YA, 01352 701521, theatrclywd.com

Storiel ~ New Again Until 30th March. Examples of ‘recycling’ from Storiel’s museum collection. Some are beautiful pieces made from treasured fragments, others discarded broken objects used in a new way. Storiel, Fford Gwynedd, Bangor LL57 1DT, 01248 353368, storiel.cymru

Charlotte Hodes ~ After the Taking of Tea and Other Works Until 31st March. Ceramic work which is informed and inspired by the tradition of domestic everyday-ware and the manner in which it brought high art into the homes of a growing middle class. An overriding aspect of her work is the representation of women, and the manner in which they are both active and passive, weaving a dialogue between the other decorative elements and revealing a subversive subtext in contrast to the sweet colour and intricacy of the images. Ruthin Craft Centre 01824 704774, ruthincraftcentre.org.uk

Kate Haywood ~ The Language of Clay Until 31st March. Exquisite porcelain forms are at once assured and delicate. Made with keen attention to detail, each form is precise and elegant. Ruthin Craft Centre 01824 704774, ruthincraftcentre.org.uk

Collaborators and Rogues 11th – 30th March. Themed drawing group exhibition featuring sketchbooks alongside finished works. Community Gallery, Theatr Clwyd, Mold 01352 701521, theatrclwyd.com

Sautin + Sautin Until 17th March. A different take on familiar Pen Llŷn landscapes by Owain, while Lea takes her inspiration from local tales in this first joint exhibition by the brother and sister from Llanbedrog.  Plas Glyn y Weddw, Llanbedrog, Pwllheli 01758 740763, oriel.org.uk

Jonah Jones Centennial Until 17th March. sculptor, artist-craftsman and writer. Jonah is especially remembered as a sculptor in stone, letter cutter and painter of vernacular lettering. Learning both the traditional techniques of stained glass and the newer ones of concrete glass and dalle de verre, he left a fine body of work in Catholic churches around Wales and England. Plas Glyn Y Weddw, Llanbedrog 01758 740763, enquiry@oriel.org.uk

Balaclafa CARN 1st March – 6th April. Exhibition opens; the work relates to Bangor and District Women’s Aid; and all proceeds will go to the Centre. Opens 7pm. Balaclafa CARN, Ffordd Balaclafa, Caernarfon LL55 1TG. 07472 531813.

Agoriad Arddangosfa Gan / Opening Exhibition by Swci Delic 1st March – 12th April. The number 7 is a holy number in many beliefs and religions – a symbol of good luck. Certainly the number is lucky to the artist Swci Delic. When she was struck by brain cancer in 2010 the prognosis was she’d live for another two years. Opening night is 1st at 6.30pm; discussion on 2nd @12pm, £5. Galeri, Caernarfon 01286 685222, galericaernarfon.com

John Grayson ~ Enamel/Substrate Until 31st March. John’s practice is rooted in a fascination for exploring the creative value of processes employed by defunct Midland metal working ‘toy’ trades and a passion for satirical story telling through object making. Ruthin Craft Centre 01824 704774, ruthincraftcentre.org.uk

Cywrain: Tide Until 30th April. ‘Cywrain’ is a project for applied arts and contemporary craft and design, celebrating makers and artists from the Celtic regions at Galeri since 2013. The theme for this opening season is Llanw (Tide) – with 10 makers presenting work influenced by this special theme – the light, colour, energy of the waves, seascapes and the life of the shoreline. Includes Katy Mai Ceramics, Callie Jones Illustrations, Karen Williams, Irene + Edith,  Rachel Stowe and others. Galeri, Caernarfon 01286 685222, galericaernarfon.com

Eirian Lloyd ~ Sense of Place / Cynefinoedd Until 3rd March. Eirian Llwyd was fascinated
by Anglesey’s history, culture, traditions and landscape. Through the medium of print she captured her impressions of the island where she spent her most productive years as an artist. Oriel Ynys Mon, Llangefni, Anglesey LL77 7TQ, 01248 724444, kyffinwilliams.info

Collect 28th February – 3rd March. Ruthin Craft Centre will be showcasing the work of Welsh makers at Collect 2019 – International Art Fair for Modern Craft and Design presented by The Crafts Council. Adam Buick, Jin Eui Kim, Rauni Higson, Nigel Hurlstone, Simeon Jones, John Neilson, Mary Ann Simmons, Neil Wilkin, Yusuke Yamamoto. Open daily 10am – 5.30pm, free. Ruthin Craft Centre 01824 704774, ruthincraftcentre.org.uk

Ros Hornbuckle ~ Weaving the Coast / Gwehyddu’r Arfordir Until 9th June. “These tapestries celebrate the beauty of the coast of Wales. Mountains, sea, beach, rocks, birds and sky, and the ever changing effect of weather and light, are all my inspiration. The many hours spent weaving the coast enhances my affection for and relationship with this country”. Long Gallery, Oriel Ynys Mon, Llangefni, Anglesey LL77 7TQ, 01248 724444, kyffinwilliams.info

Drawn From The Collection / O’r Casgliad Until 7th July. Previously unexhibitied broad range of works on paper. Includes work by Williams, Tunnicliffe, Leslie Jones, TG Walker, Keith Andrew, Iola Spafford and others. Oriel Ynys Mon, Llangefni, Anglesey LL77 7TQ, 01248 724444, kyffinwilliams.info

Charles Tunnicliffe – The Commercial Artist Until  1st September. Showcasing the artist’s role as a creator of timeless and evocative images, and presents original artwork from both public and private collections. Oriel Ynys Mon, Llangefni, Anglesey LL77 7TQ, 01248 724444, kyffinwilliams.info

Lisa Eurgain Taylor ~ Between ll Lights Until 6th April. A series of paintings that exist somewhere between reality and fantasy. They are imaginary, otherworldly and mystic places, but have been inspired by the striking mountains of Snowdonia. Storiel, Fford Gwynedd, Bangor LL57 1DT, 01248 353368, storiel.cymru

Mike Briscoe ~ Venice 3rd – 27th March. These paintings are meticulous in their detail, but are not merely photographically objective. Mike arranges his scenes precisely, heightens the colours and tones, and intensifies the contrast between the light and the shadows. The images become laden with feeling, foreboding and control. Ffin Y Parc Gallery, Llanrwst LL26 0PT, 01492 642070, welshart.com