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

Oscar Wilde



Welsh Mountain Goats of Dinorwig Quarry ~ Photographs by Stuart Hill 3rd March – 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’s began photographing and observing these amazing animals. Compelled to do more, the idea for an exhibition showcasing these fantastic animals was conceived in December 2017. Electric Mountain, Llanberis LL55 4UR, 01286 870636, electricmountain.co.uk

Anglesey Arts Forum ~ Fforwm Gelf Ynys Môn 10th March – 8th April. An exhibition of at least one piece of work from each participant of the fifteenth Anglesey Arts Weeks: Open Studios. This year 57 artists and 8 galleries open their doors to visitors over the Easter period. Ucheldre Centre, Holyhead 01407 763361, ucheldre.org See Calendar 24th – 8th April

Joy – Yellow is the New Blue ~ Jilly Edwards Until  8th April. ‘I watched as the field sizes and divisions changed, a dry stonewall, a hedge, a wooden fence and huge fields with no divisions. The work is about the surface, its depth, its construction, the quiet, crisp whites, the dense warm yellow, sensuous dark soil with lozenge shaped stone walls with bright yellow lichen patches. The spaces are important, as are the gaps between.’ Jilly Edwards. Ruthin Craft Centre LL15 1BB, 01824 704774, ruthincraftcentre.org

Steve Des Landes, Elfyn Jones and Susan Kane ~ Paintings 4th – 28th March. Open Weds – Sat 10am – 5pm, Sun 11am – 5pm. Ffin y Parc Gallery, Betws Rd., Llanrwst LL26 0PT, 01492 642070, welshart.net

Jeremy Yates PRCA: Recent Paintings and Drawings Until 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

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

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

Our Colour Reflection ~ Liz West 1 Until 1st March. The installation creates a conversation between the viewer and the setting using hundreds of mirrors made of coloured acrylic. West creates vivid environments that mix luminous colour and radiant light. Working across a variety of mediums, West aims to provoke a heightened sensory awareness in the viewer through her works. She is interested in exploring how sensory phenomena can invoke psychological and physical responses that tap into our own deeply entrenched relationships to colour. Mon – Sat 11am – 5pm. Chester Cathedral CH1 2HU. 01244 324756, chestercathedral.com

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.

New Members of the RCA Until 17th March. Exhibitors include: David Bower, Lynne Cartlidge, Carl Chapple, Patricia McParlin, Barry Morris, Ondre Nowakowski, Wil Rowlands and Vivienne Williams. Open 11am – 5pm. Royal Cambrian Academy, Conwy LL32 8AN. 01492 593413, rcaconwy.org

A Darker Thread Until 8th April. Wales has a much celebrated tradition of creating both utilitarian and decorative textiles of distinctive design. From power-loomed blankets to hand-stitched quilts, textiles are a key part of Welsh visual culture and history. Ruthin Craft Centre LL15 1BB, 01824 704774, ruthincraftcentre.org

Made For The Table Until 8th April. Contemporary silver from the Goldsmiths’ Company Collection, together with the curated work of leading UK artisans in furniture design, glass, ceramics and textiles. Ruthin Craft Centre LL15 1BB, 01824 704774, ruthincraftcentre.org

Opening Exhibitions 2018 Until 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

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. Broken bits of old jetties, rusted metal and other manmade debris linger amongst  the  stones and more familiar beach treasures. Mostyn, Vaughan St., Llandudno LL30 1AB, 01492 879201, mostyn.org

Mike Perry ~ Land/Sea 3rd March – 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

RSPB Art Exhibition 30th March – 1st April. Inspired by the natural world and wildlife – enjoy originals, prints and stationary by Louise Scott, an artist printmaker specialising in etching. 10am – 4pm, free entry. RSPB Conwy LL31 9XZ. 01492 581025, conwy@rspb.org.uk

NW Potters Gallery Maker of the month is ceramacist Janet Edwards. 1 High St., Conwy LL32 8DB. 01492 593590, pottersgallery.co.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; from his early influences and training at the Slade, to his foreign travels, portraits and well-known landscapes. Oriel Ynys Mon, Llangefni 01248 724444, kyffinwilliams.info

Shezad Dawood ~ Leviathan 3rd March – 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

Susie Liddle and Barbara Larkin Until 17th March. Contemporary paintings using the ancient medium of encaustic wax. Theatr Clwyd, Mold CH7 1YA.  01352 701521, theatrclwyd.com

Association of Anglesey Arts Clubs Until 4th March. A diverse range of contemporary two- and three-dimensional artworks by members of the various art groups on Anglesey. 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. This exhibition shows a selection of these detailed studies, together with some of the finished works they inspired. Oriel Ynys Mon, Llangefni 01248 724444, kyffinwilliams.info

Sam Ryley: Finding The Wild ~ Wildlife Photography Until 11th March. Focussing on the wildlife of the UK and images from Sam’s travels. Grosvenor Museum, Chester CH1 2DD. 01244 972197.

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.

Gill Benjamin ~ Paintings 8th & 9th March. A chance to see and chat to the artist at work. Old Padeswood Golf Club, Flintshire CH7 4JL. fvacn.org.uk

Iron Maidens ll: Made in Wales 10th March – 21st April. A group show by artists united by an excitement for the nature of cast iron as a sculptural medium. Theatr Clwyd, Mold 01352 701521, theatrclwyd.com

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

Barbara Hepworth