July 2018

Llanw a Thrai ~ Ebb and Flow 1st – 26th July. On display are around 50 recent individual works of art in a variety of media and styles. The artists involved in the exhibition are members of both new and established art groups, all led by Mari Rose Pritchard, the resident tutor. The artists on exhibit are of all ages and from different backgrounds, and bring their life and artistic experiences to their work. Held at Canolfan Beaumaris Centre, LL58 8AL. Various opening times information from 01248 811200, canolfanbeaumaris.org.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.

Living in the Landscape 21st – 25th July. An exhibition of work by Local Artists with a focus on textiles. Free entry, Pentredwr Community Centre, Llangollen LL20 8DH. Part of the Llangollen Fringe, llangolenfringe.co.uk

Art For All 14th July – 4th September. A chance to see the wide range of work exhibited in Ucheldre’s 27th annual Art for All Competition. Many adult paintings are for sale. A variety of mixed media work. Exhibition opens 5pm, winners announcement at 5.30pm. Free entry, Ucheldre Centre, Holyhead 01407 763361, ucheldre.org

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

Wales For Peace & The Four Quartets Exhibitions Until 8th July. A celebration of what Wales has done for Peace over the last one hundred years; and an exhibition of work, created in Mind Art Classes, to tackle the stigma around mental health. Ucheldre Centre, Holyhead 01407 763361, ucheldre.org

Andrew Logan ~ Cornucopia Until 15th July. This new exhibition – or as Andrew names it ‘a creative cornucopia’ – is a selection of new work; here to celebrate ‘an abundant supply of good things’ as well as our 10 year anniversary. Andrew is also having an exhibition called The Alternative Miss World 21st July – 23rd September. Celebrating the different and defining the new. Since 1972, artist Andrew Logan has hosted his celebrated pageants, attracting global audiences and contestants, whenever he feels the time is right. Logan says: ‘It is about Peace and Love for Humanity.’ Ruthin Craft Centre 01824 704774, ruthincraftcentre.org.uk

Lasting Impressions 21st July – 23rd September. A closer look at what craftspeople make and the processes they use to produce a lasting object. Ruthin Craft Centre 01824 704774, ruthincraftcentre.org.uk

Justine Allison ~ The Language of Clay: Shifting Lines Until 15th July. Justine has her own language of clay. Balanced between functional and sculptural, her ceramic practice is rich and original. Ruthin Craft Centre 01824 704774, ruthincraftcentre.org.uk

Shezad Dawood ~ Leviathan Until 1st July.  In dialogue with a wide range of marine biologists, oceanographers, political scientists, neurologists and trauma specialists, Leviathan explores interconnections between these fields of work which  will be presented through sculpture, textiles, museum specimens, films, conversations and online resource material. Dawood will also work with community groups based on the coastal location asking questions about how these issues might come to evolve in a future 20 to 50 years from now, and what that future might look like. Mostyn, Vaughan St., Llandudno LL30 1AB, 01492 879201, mostyn.org

Audrey Walker ~ Observations: A Retrospective 21st July – 23rd September. Audrey Walker is celebrated as she reaches the age of ninety. Momentary glances, encounters, inward smiles, the simple pleasures of life have long fascinated the artist, as has the ability of centuries old images to make powerful connections with today. Ruthin Craft Centre 01824 704774, ruthincraftcentre.org.uk

James Green ~ Entering Donkey World Until 30th September. I can’t say exactly what drew me to specifically create that image, but it opened up a whole new avenue for expression. I felt compelled to celebrate donkeys (who I don’t consider are represented very well in the history of art, or sometimes appreciated generally) and create these compositions showing them having adventures in a mysterious world, free from any human control or servitude. Mostyn, Vaughan St., Llandudno LL30 1AB, 01492 879201, mostyn.org

Photographic Exhibition Until 27th July. Duncan de Silva shoots in black & white, using severe landscape and other wordly seascapes to accentuate the contrasting and comparative natures of body, mind and environment. Caban, Brynrefail, nr Llanberis LL55 3NR. 01286 685500, caban-cyf.org

Denbighshire Arts Society Summer Exhibition 30th June – 15th July. Paintings in all medias will be on show and visitors can vote for their choice which will win an award. 10 Penrhos Rd., Colwyn Bay, Conwy LL28 4DB. Contact 07808 473357. 

Different Horizons 26th May – 5th June. An exhibition of paintings by North Wales 5, a group of talented artists creating work influenced by the land, sea or sky. Launch on 26th, 6 – 8.30pm. Chester Arts Centre, Northgate St., CH1 2HT,  fvacn.org.uk

Mike Perry ~ Land/Sea Until 1st July. The work engages with significant and pressing environmental issues, in particular the tension between human activity and interventions in the natural environment, and the fragility of the planet’s ecosystems. Free entry. Mostyn, Vaughan St., Llandudno LL30 1AB, 01492 879201, mostyn.org

NW Potters Gallery ~ July Maker of the month is Terry Bell-Hughes. 1 High St., Conwy LL32 8DB. 01492 593590, pottersgallery.co.uk

Michael Sandle: Monumental Rage Until 7th October. In direct response to the horrors of our age, his work presents a passionate critique of the abuse of power in global conflict, politics and culture, and the accompanying cynicism and hypocrisy. Grosvenor Museum, Chester CH1 2DD. 01244 972197.

North & Mid Wales Lace Exhibition ~ A Celebration of Lace 30th June – 8th July. An exhibition of traditional bobbin lace, needle lace, crochet and knitted lace, tatting, group projects. Includes Anglesey Doll’s House Miniatures, Gwynedd Spinners and Weavers and Stable Lodge Beads. Alongside is an  exhibition of handmade poppies for the Centenary of the end of WW1.10am – 4.30pm, free, all welcome. Electric Mountain, Llanberis LL55 4UR, 01286 870636, electricmountain.co.uk

Tunnicliffe’s Measured Drawings Until 2nd September. The artist’s personal visual reference library, which he used for commercial illustrations and finished paintings. Oriel Ynys Mon, Llangefni 01248 724444, kyffinwilliams.info

Pensychnant Wildlife Art Until 30th September. Originals, prints and photographs in various styles and media. 11am – 5pm, £2.50. Pensychnant, Conwy LL32. 01492 592595, pensychnant.co.uk (Contact us if you want to exhibit)

Exhibitions at Ffin Y Parc: Until 18th July. Chris Neale A new collection of landscapes; clean lines and stylized shapes. James Guy Eccleston : beautifully painted ‘portraits’. Lyndon Thomas : open and sparse landscapes. Sharon Griffin : Sculptures of resilience and survival. Ffin y Parc, Llanrwst LL26 0PT, 01492 642070, welshart.net

Exhibitions at Plas Glyn y Weddw: Until 15th July. David Barnes ~ Land and Coast: David’s work is a response to the beauty around him in Snowdonia and coastline. Di Metcalfe ~ Seeking Solace Finding solace in painting the beautiful beaches and coves of Llŷn and Anglesey. Elfyn Lewis ~ Nesa Peth I Ddim New work. Morag Colquhoun ~ Trofannolismo Contemporary rural Wales and environmental issues. Plas Glyn y Weddw, Llanbedrog, Pwllheli 01758 740763, oriel.org.uk

Himalayan Craft Exhibition and Mountain Wear Bazaar Until 21st July. Tibetan rugs, dresses, incense, jumpers, modern micro fibre clothing, handmade paper and lanterns, silver jewellery, videos, books and maps. We welcome donation for the projects in Nepal. 10am – 4.30pm. Electric Mountain, Llanberis LL55 4UR. 01286 870636, electricmountain.co.uk

Angus Suttie 1946 – 1993 Until 15th July. Suttie’s allusive, energetic, hand-built ceramics were powerful contributors to the postmodern art of the 1980s.  He said that he wanted to make pots ‘that shock us, console us, that are life-affirming or that haunt us’. He was a visionary for ceramic art. Ruthin Craft Centre 01824 704774, ruthincraftcentre.org.uk

Kyffin Williams: Celebrating a Centenary Until 1st July. In honour of Sir Kyffin, this exhibition will provide a glimpse into his life and work; foreign travels, portraits and well-known landscapes. Oriel Ynys Mon, Llangefni 01248 724444, kyffinwilliams.info

“As my artist’s statement explains, my work is utterly incomprehensible and is therefore full of deep significance”

Calvin Hobbs