“Body experience … is the centre of creation. I rarely draw what I see. I draw what I feel in my body.  Barbara Hepworth



March 2020

The events that follow will most likely be cancelled due to C-19 so please do contact the organiser before thinking of going. We imagine most of the events, workshops, groups listed in Network News will not go ahead, but some the buildings are open still as of today 17/3/20. It’s also good to know that several of the Regular Weekly Classes are online or have Zoom facilities. Again, please contact the facilitator/tutor for guidance. Blessings to all beings

Conscious Café 07 With the Art of Eugene Halliday & Käthe Schuftan 8th March – 12th April. The German Jewish emigree artist Käthe Schuftan and Eugene Halliday were close friends and exhibited together in group exhibitions in Manchester in the 1940s and 1950s. Käthe was also a member of the Manchester Group of artists which included LS Lowry but was forgotten after her death in 1958. This is the first public exhibition of both their works since the 1950’s. Tan y Garth Hall, Pontfadog, Llangollen LL20 7AS. 0300 302 1936, tanygarthhallretreat.org

Oriel Brondanw Agored / Open 2020 15th March – 19th April. Here is another chance for artists, in any medium, to exhibit their work in the gallery’s wonderful space. Open 10am – 4pm. Plas Brondanw Caffi, Carreg Llanfrothen LL48 6SW, 01766 772772. 

Anj Smith Until 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

Nobuko Tsuchiya: 30 Ways to Go to the Moon Until  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

Gwyn Roberts, Elfyn Jones & Peter Turnbull 1st – 25th March. Ffin y Parc, Llanrwst 01492 642070, welshart.net

Kristina Veasey ~ My Dirty Secret Until 6th March. This experiential artwork exhibition was born from her frustration as a disabled person trying to keep up with the housework. Galeri, Caernarfon 01286 685222, galericaernarfon.com 

Various Artists Exhibition Until 22nd March. Artists include Stephen John Oliver, Teresa Urbanska, Rachel Stewart, Deirdre McKenna & Margedd Pendrell and Archie Miles. Open 10am – 5pm, daily (closed Tues).  Plas Glyn Y Weddw, Llanbedrog, Pwllheli, LL53 7TT. 01758 740763, oriel.org.uk

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

Susie Freeman: WOWI (What Was Once Imagined) Until 29th March. A retrospective of Susie’s work. Susie invented a knitted network of pockets using a monofilament thread: into each small transparent pocket she dropped a tiny object before safely sealing them with a further row of knitting, and repeating this to construct the cloth. Included is a collaboration with Dr Liz Lee – “Pharmacopeia” – huge garments constructed of metallic pill packets. Ruthin Craft Centre 01824 704774, ruthincraftcentre.org.uk. See back cover

Made in Chester ~ Art by Nicky Thompson Until 15th March. The new series of 1930s-style art pieces featuring iconic Chester views. Grosvenor Museum, Chester 01244 972197.

Iwan Bala Until 31st March. Working largely in paintings, drawings and assemblages he explores the themes of belonging and cultural identity and his art is synonymous with his political activism as he responds to the world around him. Oriel Caffi Croesor, orielgallerycroesor@gmail.com

Hwb Croesor Exhibition ~ Ffwligans  Until 31st March. The Ffwligans are a collective of Welsh artists that create “Propaganda posters that rhyme… some of the time.” Their work is a modern take on the images and posters of revolutions and resistance past. Oriel Caffi Croesor, orielgallery croesor@gmail.com

Button It Up ~ Cadwch Ar Gau Until 21st March. Early topics, such as the Woman’s Suffrage movement have been comprehensively covered by museums, but more recent social changes and hidden histories are only starting to be addressed. Large museums in Brighton and Liverpool have projects that explore LGBTQ+  communities and how their stories have been ignored or misrepresented in relation to their permanent collections. Storiel, Bangor LL57 1DT, 01248 353368, storiel.cymru

Martin Smith: Little Machines Until 29th March. An artist engineer whose mechanical sculptures are exhibited worldwide. Ruthin Craft Centre 01824 704774, ruthincraftcentre.org.uk

Jane Adam ~ Never The Same River Until 29th March. It became my mission to make jewellery that reflected as honestly as possible my own experience of the richness and variety of contemporary life, in the hope that other people would find in it echoes of their own. Ruthin Craft Centre 01824 704774, ruthincraftcentre.org.uk

Colin See-Paynton – Major Solo Exhibition 29th March – 22nd April. Ffin y Parc, Llanrwst 01492 642070, welshart.net

Paul Davies ~ ‘Welsh Not’ Until 28th March. Part 2 of a retrospective of Paul Davies’ work. Featuring previously unseen items, with a focus on the now iconic Welsh Not lovespoon, part of a performance at the Wrexham National Eisteddfod in 1977. Paul Davies was the driving force of Beca. Storiel, Bangor LL57 1DT, 01248 353368, storiel.cymru

18% Collective – Original Copy 27th February – 21st March. Showcasing the group exhibition from 2nd year students completing Llandrillo College’s FDA Photography course. Includes Callum Humpreys: “The aim of the project was to reconnect with a place I call home, and to decode the conditioning that once propelled me to leave it behind.” Oriel Colwyn, Upstairs at Theatr Colwyn, Colwyn Bay LL29 7RU. 01492 577888, orielcolwyn.org

Show & Tell Exhibition ~ Geithin Ceidiog Hughes March. Geithin has created a range of Japanese denim scarves using indigo dye and techniques mastered by traditional weavers – and uses Halen Môn (Anglesey Sea Salt) as a finishing agent. The new textile range is the result of six months of painstaking research and experimentation. Ruthin Craft Centre LL18 1BB, 01824 704774, ruthincraftcentre.org.uk

Rhithganfyddiad by Efa Lois and Morgan Owen 9th March – 10th April. The project documents their impressions of different areas of Wales, through poetry and art. Galeri, Caernarfon 01286 685222, galericaernarfon.com

David Brightmore RCA: Dal Ati – Keep On Keeping On Until 14th March. Vibrant, vigorous and energetic work influenced by the landscape of Clwyd; exploring figure-scapes’, searching for the rhythm of land and figure, often in primordial settings. Open 11am – 5pm, Tues – Sat. Royal Cambrian Academy, Crown Lane, Conwy LL32 8AN. 01492 593413, rcaconwy.org

Niall McDiarmid ~ State of Independents Ongoing. A new set of portraits to shine a light on and celebrate our Independent Traders and Shopkeepers based in and around Colwyn Bay, Old Colwyn and Rhos on Sea. 24 large scale portraits displayed in the six promenade shelters between Rhos on Sea and Old Colwyn with each shelter exhibiting two portraits on either side, the project links the town together via photography. More from Oriel Colwyn, 01492 577888, orielcolwyn.org

New Members Exhibition Until 14th March. An introduction to the work of six new Royal Cambrian Academicians. Open 11am – 5pm, Tues – Sat. Royal Cambrian Academy, Crown Lane, Conwy LL32 8AN. 01492 593413, rcaconwy.org

Jack Latham – Parliament of Owls 27th March – 15th May. A 2,700-acre retreat owned by the exclusive gentlemen’s San Francisco Bohemian Club, is frequented by the political and business elite of the US. Shrouded in secrecy, the activities at the grove have become the subject of countless conspiracy theories and rumours. In Jack Latham’s Parliament of Owls, he investigates the secrecy of the club and the wider political effects this has caused. What happens when the country’s top lawmakers, politicians, artists, lawyers and businessmen meet behind closed doors? Jack’s photographs also depict the rise of Alex Jones – conspiracy theorist and founder of InfoWars; Jones’ profile as a far-right activist spring-boarded Infowars to become an influential outlet of fake news in recent US politics. Oriel Gallery, Upstairs in Theatr Colwyn, Colwyn Bay LL29 7RU, 01492 577888, orielcolwyn.org ~ jacklatham.com

NW Potters In March. This month’s maker is Richard Daniels. NW Potters’ Gallery, 1 High St., Conwy. northwalespotters.org

Parallel Lives by Clare Marie Bailey. 6th March – 19th April. A variety of female characteristics and scenarios exploring the hidden unknown feelings of loneliness, longing and ambivalent sense of disconnection and connectedness. Centre of self-portraits and heavily influenced by cinema, the counter-culture of the 1960s and b-movies. Galeri, Caernarfon 01286 685222, galericaernarfon.com See Calendar 8th /talk

John Peacock Until 7th March. Mixed media stitched collage. Commmunity Gallery, Theatr Clwyd, Mold 01352 344101, theatrclwyd.com

Helfa Gelf Spring Show – New Beginnings 15th March – 19th April. Variety of makers and mediums! ; Launch 15th March 2.30 – 4.30pm. Oriel Ty Meirion, Y Brief Heol, Dyffryn Ardudwy LL44 2DH. tymeirion.co.uk