November 2018

Ruth Thomas ~ Printmaking, Stencil & Collagraph Until 27th January 2019. Ruth uses her late mother’s notebooks which documented her daily walks in the countryside, writing about the passing of the seasons, the sky, the weather, plants and all the wildlife she saw. Ruth has used fragments of her mother’s tiny handwriting blown up very large to produce an abstract gesture. Mostyn, Llandudno LL30 1AB, 01492 879201, mostyn.org

Anne Aspinall & Pete Monaghan Until 7th November. A variety of mediums. Ffin y Parc, Llanrwst LL26 0PT, 01492 642070, welshart.net

Michael Swire Until 10th November. Zimbabwe portraits and beyond. A former sculptor, Michael has worked primarily in soft pastel since 1987. He recently won The 2017 North Wales Open. Theatr Clwyd, Mold CH7 1YA. 01352 701521, theatrclwyd.com

Nexus Until 18th November. This exhibition looks at some of the ways in which 21st Century artists and makers are changing preconceptions about their art forms. The exhibitors in Nexus are linked by great technical skill, a capacity for free thinking and confidence in their ideas. Ruthin Craft Centre 01824 704774, ruthincraftcentre.org.uk 

Beth Fletcher Until 7th November. For this new collection of work Beth sends our eyes searching for the mountains, sky and sea. And she rewards us with glimpses of the sun, strands of trees possibly, or reeds floating at the water’s edge. Ffin y Parc, Llanrwst 01492 642070, welshart.net

Wayne Clarke Until 18th November. Prestatyn-based Wayne makes large sculptural pieces and smaller functional wares, generally from a stoneware body with additives of Ruabon red clay and coarse sand. He uses various ash and shino glazes, as well as vitreous slips to create fascinating surface effects. Ruthin Craft Centre 01824 704774, ruthincraftcentre.org.uk

Criw Celf Until 11th November. An exhibition combining the work of Gwynedd and Môn children and young people aged 9 – 18 who have worked with Criw Celf, Portffolio and Raising the Bar art groups. Oriel Kyffin Williams, Llangefni, Anglesey 01248 724444, kyffinwilliams.info

James Naughton Copr, Llechi a Cherrig and Deborah Butler Gwaith Newydd Until 24th December. New works in a variety of mediums. Oriel Plas Glyn y Weddw, Llanbedrog, Pwllheli LL53 7TT. 01758 740763, oriel.org.uk

NW Potters A selection of work by members,  November – December. Mostyn Art Gallery, Llandudno LL30 1AB, 01492 879201, mostyn.org, northwalespotters.wales

Pioneers of Welsh Pop Until 24th November. Photography exhibition featuring some of the Welsh language pioneers of pop, rock and folk entertainment from the 60’s and 70’s. Oriel Plas Glyn y Weddw, Llanbedrog, Pwllheli LL53 7TT. 01758 740763, oriel.org.uk

Poor Taff – Golwg Llundain ar y Cymry / A London View of the Welsh People Until 4th November. This  exhibition will show how the Welsh people were portrayed in the popular press in the 17th & 18th centuries. Some Welsh people adopted the images as acceptable representations of national identity. The exhibition explores how stereotypes of Welshness and Welsh identity evolved over time. Oriel Môn, Llangefni 01248 724444, orielynysmon.gov.uk

Tim Williams ~ Irrespective Until 17th November. Photographs from Derby, London and New York. Oriel Colwyn, Upstairs at Theatr Colwyn, Colwy Bay LL29 7RU. 01492 577888, orielcolwyn.org

Will Teather Until 24th November. Contemporary images that reveal an adventurous imagination combined with a mastery of traditional skills. The artist’s paintings and drawings are diverse in both subject and methodology, but bound together by an interest in escapism, allegory, the uncanny and a sense of spectacle. Theatr Clwyd, Mold CH7 1YA. 01352 701521, theatrclwyd.com

With Other Eyes Until 18th November. A diverse range of international artists and makers, who include photography as an element in their work and who, through this engagement, contribute to the on-going discourse on photographic representation in the applied arts. Ruthin Craft Centre 01824 704774, ruthincraftcentre.org.uk

Rhodri Owen ~ To The Quick / I’r Byw 10th November – 6th January 2019. Rhodri contrasts his own hand-crafted furniture with transfigured pieces in visually unexpected ways. Oriel Môn, Llangefni 01248 724444, orielynysmon.gov.uk

Forest + Found ~ Walking the Line Until 18th November. Booth’s large, abstract textile pieces are rooted in the conceptual language and materiality of painting, while Bainbridge’s sculptural forms hewn from wood, reflect a need to create a tangible, physical presence in space. Ruthin Craft Centre 01824 704774, ruthincraftcentre.org.uk

Pierrots Exhibition Until 31st December. An interactive exhibition showcasing an era of traditional seaside fun about Pierrots in Wales, Will Caitlin and concert parties. 10am – 5pm, Venue Cymru, Llandudno LL30 1BB, 01492 872000, venuecymru.co.uk

In Black and White ~ Mewn Du a Gwyn Until 17th February 2019. This exhibition represents examples of Charles Tunnicliffe’s wood engravings and etchings, showing fine art prints alongside works intended for publication and commercial purposes. Oriel Charles Tunnicliffe, Llangefni 01248 724444, kyffinwilliams.info

Land of Legends Brenin Arthur a’r Mabinogion Until 3rd November. See some of the medieval manuscripts that preserved the first written versions of the Four Branches of the Mabinogi and include some of the earliest references to King Arthur including the 14th century Llyfr Gwyn Rhydderch (the White Book of Rhydderch) and Geoffrey of Monmouth’s Historia Regum Britanniae (History of the Kings of Britain), both on display for the first time in north east Wales. Wrexham Museum, Regent St., LL11 1RB, 01978 297460. 

Go Home, Polish ~ Michal Iwanowski Until 2nd November. Bringing together two journeys: a physical one, made by the artist on foot from Wales to Poland; and a spiritual one, made in search of home. Michal is giving a talk on 3rd November, 2pm. Galeri, Caernarfon 01286 685222, galericaernarfon.com

Cywrain ~ Form and Space Until 31st December. A project for applied arts and contemporary craft and design, celebrating makers and artists from the Celtic regions. Galeri, Caernarfon 01286 685222, galericaernarfon.com

Then + Now Until 24th November. A special exhibition of a selection of the Contemporary Art Society for Wales’ collection, which includes work by artists such as Gwen John, Brenda Chamberlain, Emily Jenkins, Ernest Zobole, Josef Herman and Ceri Richards. Oriel Plas Glyn y Weddw, Llanbedrog, Pwllheli LL53 7TT. 01758 740763, oriel.org.uk

Dorothy M Williams Until 18th February 2019. Dorothy is attracted to the man-made environment, often including figures; using sketches with a rich palette. Free entry, open 10am – 5pm. Oriel Hir, Kyffin Williams Gallery, Llangefni, Ynys Mon LL77 7TQ, 01248 72444, oriel@ynysmon.gov.uk

Tom Pryce Until 5th November. An exhibition on the life and career of Tom Pryce, the Formula 1 driver from the Vale of Clwyd. Open Mon & Thurs 2 – 4pm, free. Denbigh Museum, Grove Road, Denbigh, LL16 3UU. 07792 315723, gwyneth.kensler@denbighshire.gov.uk

Ian Phillips ~ Printmaker Until 4th November. Open Weds – Sun 2 – 6pm. Tŷ Meirion Arts & Culture, Dyffryn Ardudwy, Snowdonia National Park Contact mima@tymeirion.co.uk

The 2018 Wrexham Open Exhibition Until 16th December. Hosted by Tŷ Pawb and Undegun, Wrexham with the support of Wrexham County Borough Council, THIS Project, East Street Arts and the Arts Council of Wales. 6 – 8pm. Undegun, Regent St.,  Wrexham LL11 1SG. Contact Anders Pleass, Co-ordinator: anders@wrexhamopen.com

Niall McDiarmid ~ Hidden Hospitality Until 2019. A celebration of the people who welcome you to Llandudno. On view publicly on The Promonenade, Llandudno. Info from Oriel Colwyn, Colwyn Bay, 01492 577888, orielcolwyn.org

She Sees The Shadows Until 4th November. The first off-site collaboration by DRAF (David Roberts Art Foundation). “She Sees The Shadows” is a group exhibition of works that resonate with the ideas found in Space and Sight, by over 40 contemporary artists. Each artist has re-conceived day-to-day objects and materials in unexpected ways – a bench, plug socket, grate, section of railing or broom – inviting viewers to see alternative qualities and narratives therein. Mostyn, Llandudno LL30 1AB, 01492 879201, mostyn.org

RCA Members Christmas Exhibition Until 29th December. A selection of members work. Open 11am – 5pm, free. RCA Crown Lane, Conwy LL32 8AN, 01492 593413, rcaconwy.org