“Creativity take courage” Henri Matisse



January 2020

OPEN CALL TO ARTISTS  ~ GALWAD ARORED AS ARLUNWYR Mixed show opportunities for 2020. If you are a professional artist or new and emerging, and you would like to exhibit your work here in 2020, then we would like to hear from you! Mixed media opportunities include: Coastal and Maritime; Summer Love ‘The Holiday’; Illuminate – The Night Sky of Snowdonia. For more info please email: mima@tymeirion.co.uk  Deadline for first round of submissions with proposed ideas is 24th January.

Ffŵligans ~ Chwyldao 15th January – 15th February. Propaganda posters that rhyme… some of the time. Caffi Y Garreg Café and Shop, Llanfrothen. Facebook: Ffŵligans

Winter Exhibition 22nd – 29th January. A variety of artists and media. Ffin y Parc Llanrwst LL26 0PT, 01492 642070, welshart.net

Jamie Barnes ~ Sea Structures Until 26th January. Inspired by his explorations of coastal paths around Wales, Anglesey, Northumberland, Cumbria and Scotland. A curious set of accompanying sea structures started to appear in Jamie’s work, not only the obvious structures such as lighthouses, but also more unusual, such as orientation beacons, transmitters and glowering power stations. Open Tues – Sun 10.30am – 4pm; Mostyn, Llandudno LL30 1AB. 01492 879201, mostyn.org

Llonau-U / U-Boat Until 5th January. The U-boat project 1914 – 18 is using the latest underwater imaging techniques to reveal wrecks from the Great War and support communities to seek out previously untold stories about their ancestor’s experiences. Some community stories are displayed alongside the underwater exploration results. Oriel Ynys Mon, Anglesey 01248 724444, kyffinwilliams.info

In-sight ~ 18 Helfa Gelf artists in the Café Until 26th January. A new collection of work by artists from North Wales upstairs at MOSTYN, in partnership with Helfa Gelf Art Trail. Artists are: Deborah Albrow / Mark Albrow / Louise Edwards / Helen Howlett / Wini Jones Lewis / Verity Pulford. Open Tues – Sun, 10.30am – 4pm; Mostyn, Llandudno LL30 1AB. 01492 879201, mostyn.org

Anj Smith Until 1st March. Working primarily with painting, Anj Smith is interested in reflecting on the very possibilities and limitations of the medium itself. Her work excavates often-overlooked art histories, which she combines with her lived experiences, to form the layers of her work. Exploring the very edges of representation, Smith’s intricately rendered paintings explore issues of identity, eroticism, mortality and fragility. Mostyn, Llandudno LL30 1AB. 01492 879201, mostyn.org Anj is in conversation with gallery director on 25th January see Calendar

Bill Kneale ~ Viewpoints/Golygfannau Until 9th February. “My paintings are visual journeys mostly into the mountains and coast of North Wales.” Oriel Ynys Mon, Anglesey 01248 724444, kyffinwilliams.info

Neil Bottle ~ All That Remains Until 12th January . Neil’s work is inspired by family photographs, a sense of time passing and how we remember things – in both real and false memories. The textile prints are accompanied by personal, sentimental objects that were the starting point for many of the stories Neil is telling – ‘I like the idea of objects that have history embedded in them,’ he says. Ruthin Craft Centre, LL15 1BB. 01824 704774, ruthincraftcentre.org.uk

Folklore & Fairytales of North Wales Until 5th January. An autumn and winter mixed exhibition by a group of artists depicting their interpretations of the Folklore and Fairytales that surround us in North Wales. Open: Tues & Thurs, 10am – 5pm, Sun 11.30am – 4.30pm. Oriel Ty Meirion, Dyffryn Ardudwy LL44 2DH. More information at tymeirion.co.uk

Crossing Beaches ~ Croesi Traethau Until 19th January. The Sian and Ken Owen Art Collection featuring over 80 paintings of Wales’ foremost artists. Oriel Kyffin Williams, Llangefni, Anglesey 01248 724444, oriel@ynysmon.gov.uk

Nobuko Tsuchiya: 30 Ways to Go to the Moon Until  1st March. Working primarily with sculpture, Tsuchiya’s practice uses a wide range of materials, often including household objects, collected over time, which she assembles and casts to create amorphous, hybrid minimalist mechanical objects. Mostyn, Llandudno LL30 1AB. 01492 879201, mostyn.org

Various Artists Exhibition 26th January – 22nd March.  Artists include Stephen John Oliver, Teresa Urbanska, Rachel Stewart, Deirdre McKenna & Margedd Pendrell and Archie Miles. Open 10am – 5pm, 6 days (closed Tues).  Plas Glyn Y Weddw, Llanbedrog, Pwllheli, Gwynedd, LL53 7TT. 01758 740763, oriel.org.uk

Lettering: Art & Illusion Until 12th January. The work depicts lettering that is created by hand through calligraphy, letter cutting, painting and engraving. Ruthin Craft Centre, LL15 1BB. 01824 704774, ruthincraftcentre.org.uk

Chiara Camoni Until 1st March. Working primarily across drawing, sculpture and installation, Camoni creates spaces imbued with poetic sensibility. Mostyn, Llandudno LL30 1AB. 01492 879201, mostyn.org

Josie Russell Until 6th January. Textiles, embroidery and sewing visions of local landscapes. Oriel Ynys Mon, Llangefni 01248 724444, kyffinwilliams.info

Owain Fôn Williams ~ Snippets of Life / Tameidiau Bywyd Until 4th January. Portraying everyday simple things, people at work or at leisure, within a sense of community fundamental to all. Storiel, Bangor LL57 1DT, 01248 353368, storiel.cymru 

Susie Freeman: WOWI+ A retrospective of Susie’s work. 18th January – 29th March. A textile artist of great originality; she invented a knitted network of pockets using a monofilament thread: into each small transparent pocket she dropped a tiny object before safely sealing them with a further row of knitting, and repeating this to construct the cloth. Included is a collaboration with Dr Liz Lee – “Pharmacopeia” – huge garments constructed of metallic pill packets. Ruthin Craft Centre 01824 704774, ruthincraftcentre.org.uk

Open Art Exhibition 2020 11th January – 8th February. A variety of talented artists from North Wales. Open 11am – 5pm. RCA Conwy,  01492 593413, education@rcaconwy.org

As It Is: Man’s Footprint on the Welsh Landscape Until 26th January. Celebrated photographer David Hurn is one of Britain’s most influential reportage photographers. Of Welsh descent, Hurn gained his early reputation with his reportage of the 1956 Hungarian revolution. He eventually turned away from coverage of current affairs, preferring to take a more personal approach to visual narration. Mostyn, Llandudno LL30 1AB. 01492 879201, mostyn.org

The NW Project – Y Gogledd/The North 11th January – 22nd February. Championing photography in North Wales. An exhibition by Hazel Simcox, Roj Smith, Ethan Beswick, Philip Jones and Robert Law. Five photographers share their personal observations and stories concerned with North Wales. In a response to an area rightly known for its wonderful landscapes, the North Wales Project’s aim is to bring photographers together who document and give a voice to the overlooked or intriguing, and collectively offer an honest portrait of this special region and its people. Oriel Colwyn, upstairs in Theatr Colwyn, Colwyn Bay LL29 7RU. 01492 577888, orielcolwyn.org

Sampler Prints / Printiau Sampler Until 31st January. Documenting an exploration into quilt inspired prints, an opportunity to develop and further the  practice through a variety of printmaking techniques such as collagraphs, wood cuts and blind embossing combining form, texture and colour with heritage and nostalgia. Galeri, Caernarfon 01286 685222, galericaernarfon.com

Made in Chester ~ Art by Nicky Thompson Until 15th March. The new series of 1930s-style art pieces featuring iconic Chester views. Grosvenor Museum, Chester 01244 972197.

Cywrain: Land ~ Tir Until 5th January. The Cywrain space will be showcasing a variety of makers from Wales, Ireland, and Scotland whose work is influenced by the material from the land or by its form, movement and colour from nature to our epic mountainous landscape. From traditional crafts to contemporary our ‘Cywrain’ showcases will suit a vast audience. All items for sale. Galeri, Caernarfon 01286 685222, galericaernarfon.com

Wil Rowlands ~ Erosion Until 4th January. Wil explores the erosion of things we see and of things we feel, and considers the consequence of that change. At the heart of his way of working lies experimentation that often leads the artist and viewer to the unexpected. Open Tues – Sat, 11am – 5pm. Storiel, Bangor LL57 1DT, 01248 353368, storiel.org

Martin Smith: Little Machines 18th January – 29th March. An artist engineer whose mechanical sculptures are exhibited worldwide. Ruthin Craft Centre 01824 704774, ruthincraftcentre.org.uk

Jane Adam ~ Never The Same River 18th January – 29th March. It became my mission to make jewellery that reflected as honestly as possible my own experience of the richness and variety of contemporary life, in the hope that other people would find in it echoes of their own. Ruthin Craft Centre 01824 704774, ruthincraftcentre.org.uk

Bagpipes ~ Bagbibau Until 31st January. Artist, musician and instrument maker Alan Ginsberg’s eclectic mix of traditional and folk instruments from Wales and Europe are on display alongside his painting and drawings. These paintings show that the instruments still form part of the lively, vibrant culture. Galeri, Caernarfon 01286 685222, galericaernarfon.com

Niall McDiarmid ~ State of Independents Ongoing. A new set of portraits to shine a light on and celebrate our Independent Traders and Shopkeepers based in and around Colwyn Bay, Old Colwyn and Rhos on Sea. 24 large scale portraits displayed in the six promenade shelters between Rhos on Sea and Old Colwyn with each shelter exhibiting two portraits on either side, the project links the town together via photography. More from Oriel Colwyn, 01492 577888, orielcolwyn.org

Dewi Tudur ~ Dewey & The Dragonfly 22nd – 29th January. A new collection of work; the images are almost otherworldly, like smoke or dream-remnants. Ffin y Parc, Llanrwst LL26 0PT, 01492 642070, welshart.net