Exhibitions

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

Oscar Wilde

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E X H I B I T I O N S

NW Potters Gallery ~ May Maker of the month is ceramacist Jenny Murray. 1 High St., Conwy LL32 8DB. 01492 593590, pottersgallery.co.uk

Josie Russell ~ New Work 28th April – 10th June. Views and vistas from all over Wales, famous landmarks, traditional images and flora made by sewing, embroidery and stitching. Open daily 10am – 5pm, free admission. Oriel Mon Llangefni, Anglesey LL77 7TQ, 01248 724444, oriel@ynysmon.gov.uk josierussell.com

Right Here, Right Now: 21st Century Art Until 8th May. 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.

Andrew Logan ~ Cornucopia Until 15th July. 10 years ago, as part of the re-launch of the Craft Centre, there was a celebration and retrospective exhibition of Andrew’s work: An Artistic Adventure. 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. Ruthin Craft Centre 01824 704774, ruthincraftcentre.org.uk

Patchwork and Quilts Until 3rd June. A display of patchwork and quilts made by members of the WEA classes held in the Centre which Eunice Lord has been tutoring for the past 19 years. Ucheldre Centre, Holyhead 01407 763361, ucheldre.org

Gallery Artists Group Show Until 14th May. A large changing exhibition by our gallery artists with a wide range of styles and subject matter and prices ranging from £50 – £15,000.The exhibition includes work by Wales’ leading artists, past and present, and as work is sold it is replaced immediately. Oriel Tegfryn, Menai Bridge LL59 5EW, 01248 715128, artwales.com

Poor Taff – Golwg Llundain ar y Cymry / A London View of the Welsh People 26th May – 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 72444, orielynysmon.gov.uk

Welsh Mountain Goats of Dinorwig Quarry ~ Photographs by Stuart Hill Until 28th May. A familiar sight to walkers and climbers it is thought these goats have been in the Snowdonia mountain range since at least 4500BC. A chance encounter over two years ago has led North West photographer Stuart Hill to start a photographic project which has turned into a quest to try and get these magnificent animals some form of protection from being hunted as we do not know how many are left in the wild. Stuart began photographing and observing these amazing animals. Compelled to do more, the idea for an exhibition showcasing the goats was conceived in December 2017. Electric Mountain, Llanberis LL55 4UR, 01286 870636, electricmountain.co.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

David Lloyd Griffith RCA and Mary Lloyd Jones RCA 5th May – 30th June. Lower Gallery – Kyffin Williams PPRCA – Centenary Celebration. Royal Cambrian Academy, Conwy 01492 593413, rcaconwy.org

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

Gareth Owen Until 18th June. Gareth’s artwork from his book Rhyw LUN o Hunangofliant. Long Gallery, Oriel Ynys Mon, Llangefni 01248 724444, kyffinwilliams.info

Clwydian Art Society 30th April – 4th June. Open Mondays, Fridays and Saturdays, 11am – 4pm; Sundays 11am – 3pm. Private view on 4th May 7 – 8.30pm, with light refreshments. The Carriageworks, Love Lane Denbigh LL16 3LS, 01745 797647.

Angus Suttie 1946 – 1993 Until 15th July. Angus 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

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. 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

Estella Scholes ~ Circles, Stones and Fragments from the Shore Until 3rd June. Many of  Estella’s references are gathered from direct observation whilst wandering along  the  shorelines of North Wales, in particular  the  Llyn Peninsula, where evidence of an almost vanished industrial past can be found. Mostyn, Vaughan St., Llandudno LL30 1AB, 01492 879201, mostyn.org

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

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

Rhian Davies Black 24th April – 12th May. Canolfan Beaumaris, Anglesey, 01248 811200, canolfanbeaumaris.org

Red Square: Paintings by Adrian Sumner ~ Inspired by the Art of Russia Until 7th May. This exhibition explores the ideas, innovations and styles of The Russian Avant-Garde ground-breaking work, filtered through Adrian’s unique way of contrasting and complimenting cultural references old and new. Looking at the Great War, the October Revolution and Suprematism, among other themes. Grosvenor Museum, Chester CH1 2DD, 01244 972197.

Andreas Ruthi – Plus Artists Until 20th May. A Place on the Table  – work by Andreas Ruthi based on the Nantgarw Porcelain collection; and Still Life Settings – Work by Andreas Ruthi and other artists. Plas Glyn Y Weddw, Llanbedrog, Pwllheli LL53 7TT, 01758 740763, oriel.org.uk

Colin See-Paynton and Carl Chapple 27th May – 20th June. Ffin y Parc Gallery, Llanrwst LL26 0PT, 01492 642070, welshart.net

Aled Pritchard Jones ~ Snowdonia Scenes  Until 20th May. Includes a wide selection of dramatic lakes, rivers and mountains in oils on canvas contrasting with some gentle flower pastels. Plas Glyn Y Weddw, Llanbedrog, Pwllheli LL53 7TT, 01758 740763, oriel.org.uk

Peter Welford 28th April – 9th June. These paintings are not comforting salon pictures, but rather meant as a form of journalism. Their themes are provocative and sometimes political, not soliloquies but dialogues with the viewer. Theatr Clwyd, Mold 01352 701521, theatrclwyd.com

The Button Project Until 3rd June. It began when writer and curator Jo Dahn sent a message to ceramics practitioners, asking them to make a button and post it to her; you can now see about 700+ here. Ruthin Craft Centre 01824 704774, ruthincraftcentre.org.uk

Sarah Carvell – Exhibition and Book Launch 29th April – 23rd May. Ffin y Parc Gallery, Llanrwst LL26 0PT, 01492 642070, welshart.net

Pensychnant Wildlife Art Until 30th September. Originals, prints and photographs in various styles and media. (Do you want to exhibit with us?!) Pensychnant, Conwy LL32. 01492 592595, pensychnant.co.uk

Karl Davies – the Welsh Landscape and Us Until 20th May. Oil and ink wash paintings inspired by the characters and landscapes of South Wales. Oriel Plas Glyn y Weddw, Llanbedrog, Pwllheli 01758 740763, oriel.org.uk

Michael Sandle: Monumental Rage 19th May – 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.


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

Barbara Hepworth