“Art is the most intense mode of individualism that the world has known”. 

Oscar Wilde



Diversity: Colours of Wales with Chimera Textile Group 2nd – 20th January. Eclectic and exciting new works from the Chimera textile group. The 9 members exhibiting are: Moya McCarthy, Alison Reynolds, Alison Corfield, Mary Sotheran, Ronny White, Di Fenn, Susanne Owen, Pauline Foster and Jane Jenkins. Open 9am – 5pm Mon; 9am – 7.30pm Tues – Sat. Theatr Clwyd, Mold CH7 1YA,  01352 701521, theatrclwyd.com

Photomarathon Llandudno 7th January – 28th February. On the 17th June 2017, 75 intrepid photographers set off on an amazingly sunny day and took the images you can see here in this exhibition. The 8 topics were: Your number – Yellow – I see a Creature – Connections – Sanctuary – Old – Common Ground – One and Only. The images by each participant are arranged in topic order and give a poignant insight into Llandudno life in the 21st Century. Venue Cymru, Llandudno 01492 872000, venuecymru.co.uk

Crossings Until 27th January. Adam Buick and the Legend of Tresaith featuring work by Valerie James, Marged Pendrell & Meri Wells. Adam Buick, potter and film maker, has developed this innovative project based on the story of seven Irish princesses sent across the sea to land at Tresaith to marry Welsh men. Tresaith (town of seven) is part of Ceredigion Heritage Coastline. Adam made seven moon-jars that were launched from Ireland to sail across the Irish Sea to hopefully land safely in Ceredigion. Their journey was recorded by tracking systems and charted on a webpage. Adam made a film about the project called Place of Seven that will be shown alongside maps and the surviving moon jars as part of the exhibition. Open 10am – 5pm daily, free. Ruthin Craft Centre LL15 1BB. 01824 704774, ruthincraftcentre.org

Right Here, Right Now: 21st Century Art Until 8th May 2018. Arranged around the themes of people and animals, landscapes and buildings, still life, faith and abstraction, the exhibition celebrates the quality and diversity of art made since the year 2000. Grosvenor Museum, Chester CH1 2DD, 01244 972197, grosvenormuseum.westcheshiremuseums.co.uk

Unexpected Elegance: Female Fashion From the 70s Until 1st July 2019. From 1970s minis to midis and maxis, in fabrics ranging from cotton and corduroy to polyester and fake leopard-skin, with designs by Ossie Clark, Givenchy and Zandra Rhodes, we celebrate some of the more subtle pleasures of 1970s fashion. Grosvenor Museum, Chester 01244 972197.

Open 2018 6th January – 10th February. A selection of work submitted by non-members of the Academy, offering a broad range of subjects and media. 11am – 5pm, Royal Cambrian Academy, Conwy LL32 8AN, 01492 593413, rcaconwy.org

Winter Mixed Show 20th – 31st January. By Gallery artists and 20th Century Exhibition. Ffin Y Parc, Llanrwst LL26 0PT 01492 642070, welshart.net

Techne: Creating Art  Until 4th February. Five artists – Chris Bebbington (photography), Greg Fuller (printmaking and drawing), Tom Hignett (digital), Tabitha Jussa (photography) and Chris Millward (sculpture). Their expertise covers a vast array of methods and techniques including modern and traditional processes. Grosvenor Museum, Chester CH1 2DD, 01244 972197. Tour on 16th, 2 – 3pm, £3.

NunoZukoScarves Until 27th January. In 2012, Nuno held a textile exhibition at Ruthin Craft Centre entitled Zoku Zoku – a Japanese onomatopoeia for hustle and bustle or excitement. This new scarf collection, co-produced with Gregory Parsons who designed that exhibition, is a creative development of our encounter with Ruthin. Please come see these truly Zoku Zoku exciting scarves! Open 10am – 5pm daily, free. Ruthin Craft Centre LL15 1BB. 01824 704774, ruthincraftcentre.org

Jewellery ~ Wearable Glass Until 27th January. This exciting new ‘wearable glass’ will be presented alongside the twelve artist’s more established work; allowing the viewer to compare the difference between artist’s work in glass and jewellery and what happens when they are brought together. Artists are: Chris Boland, Emmeline Hastings, Kate Haywood, James Maskrey, Dr. Joanne Mitchell, John Moore, Kaz Robertson, Dr. Ayako Tani, Christopher Thompson-Royds, Angela Thwaites, Maud Traon, Heather Woof. Open 10am – 5pm daily, free. Ruthin Craft Centre LL15 1BB. 01824 704774, ruthincraftcentre.org

Right Here, Right Now ~ Oils and Acrylics Until 8th May. Artists include Andrew Tift, Jude Howells, Marguerite Elliott and John Whitehall. Plus workshops and family activities. Grosvenor Museum, Chester CH1 2DD, 01244 972197. 

Opening Exhibitions 2018 27th January – 18th March. Ap Tomos Family Tribute – an exhibition to celebrate the legacy of Gwyneth and Dafydd ap Tomos, who saved the Plas from dereliction in the last quarter of the 20th century. Work by Gwyneth and a selection of gallery artists, old and new. And Group Exhibition ~ Petals and Claws Celebrating the 50th anniversary of Alan Garner’s novel The Owl Service, based on the story of Blodeuwedd, a woman created from flowers and later turned into an owl in The Mabinogion. Plas Glyn y Weddw, Llanbedrog, Pwllheli 01758 740763, oriel.org.uk

Paula Salmons 22nd January – 3rd February. Seascapes and local landscapes in oil. Theatr Colwyn, Colwyn Bay 01492 577888, theatrcolwyn.co.uk

Miles of Creativity Until 18th February. Over 20 artists exploring the creative act and its relationship to Llandudno. Open 10.30am – 4pm. Mostyn, Llandudno 01492 879201, mostyn.org

Jeremy Yates PRCA: Recent Paintings and Drawings 20th January – 3rd March. “For many years I have been interested in painting water and its fluid, transparent and reflective properties – in the rivers, lakes and rains of north Wales”. Theatr Clwyd, Mold 01352 701521, theatrclwyd.com

Madoline Keeler Until 27th January. “Within this group my focus has been to make each piece an individual, but also have a collective feel. The use of colour in combination with areas of white is an ongoing challenge and constant source of intrigue; black adds another dimension to the infinite puzzle.” Open 10am – 5pm daily, free. Ruthin Craft Centre LL15 1BB. 01824 704774, ruthincraftcentre.org

In-sight 13 Jan Gardner, Angie Hoopert, Andrew Smith, John Smout, Catherine Taylor Parry, Katy Mai Webster. Until 28th January. A new collection of work from N Wales artists in partnership with Helfa Gelf Art Trail. In the Café, MOSTYN, Llandudno LL30 1AB, 01492 879201, mostyn.org

Evgeny Antufiev ~ Organic Resistance: Body & Knife – Crossing the Border. Until 18th February. Inspired by the traces of shamanic practice in the Siberian region of Tuva, where he was raised, the artist slowly crafts his own mythologies through a semi-anthropological approach to exhibition making, mixed with a degree of kitsch aesthetic. He combines imagination with aspects of Russian and international cultures, personal stories, and a skilled appreciation for the effect on human culture of different materials such as stone, bone, wood, amber and bronze. Mostyn, Llandudno 01492 879201, mostyn.org

John Hedley ~ Natural Forms Until 28th January. Celebrating contemporary printmaking, John’s work is an evolving organic abstraction, focusing on the similarities between processes such as layering and corrosion in both nature and printmaking. Mostyn, Llandudno 01492 879201, mostyn.org

Making It Now Until 27th January. An exhibition of work produced by emerging makers and recent graduates: a view of ‘what’s new’ and ‘what’s happening’ in the Applied Arts. Artists are: Rob Anderson, Lanty Ball, Ilona Broeseliske, Yi Cao, Helen Carr, Dovile Kondrasovaite, Katy Gillam-Hull, Ruth Elvira Gilmour, Alice Heaton, Ffion Lewis, Lauren Nauman, Diana Novikovaite, Marged Owain, Alexander de Vol, Sheng Zhang. Open 10am – 5pm daily, free. Ruthin Craft Centre LL15 1BB. 01824 704774, ruthincraftcentre.org

NW Potters During January. Plenty of wonderful ceramics to purchase and enjoy. 1 High St., Conwy LL32 8DB. 01492 593590, northwalespotters.wales

Jane Farrington: Behind the Curtain Until 13th January. Jane explores The Magical World of Theatre and Performance to create imagery using combinations of mixed media, drawing and collage.  These qualities are reflected in her unusual pieces which are inspired by the traditions of Theatre and Pantomime. Her lifelong passion for collecting theatrical objects, toys, puppets, masks and costume have been a constant influence on her work. Theatr Clwyd, Mold 01352 701521, theatrclwyd.com

I rarely draw what I see. I draw what I feel in my body.

Barbara Hepworth