“Art enables us to find ourselves and lose ourselves at the same time”. 

Thomas Merton



Clive Hicks-Jenkins : Hansel & Gretel 1st – 24th September. For the past four years, Clive has been intermittently exploring the theme of Hansel & Gretel. Family dysfunction, unhealthy appetites and manslaughter are at the heart of a world in which Liquorice Allsorts are deployed as weapons and gingerbread men bite back. Open Mon – Sat 11am – 4.30pm. Oriel Tegfryn, Menai Bridge LL59 5EW, 01248 715128, tegfryn@artwales.com, www.artwales.com/gallery-ot-en.php

Apurva’s Paintings 9th & 10th September. A one-off exhibition. Sat 2 – 7pm; Sun 11am – 4pm. The Church Institute, Park Road, Llanfairfechan (behind the Spar) LL33 0AE, 07421 994873, apuunder@yahoo.co.uk

NW Potters: August Maker of the Month – Carol Morris ~ Ceramics “Inspired by my surroundings, I am now concentrating on slab-built limited editions which share a common design concept with a range of domestic stoneware.” 1 High St., Conwy. northwalespotters.wales

Narratives in Making Until 24th September. The exhibition reflects on the 28 designers and the contribution contemporary craft makes to our well-being, through the life enhancing intelligence of the makers hand, the delight in what it produces and the joy of owning it. As you become absorbed in their world, you also become a part of these narratives in making.  Ruthin Craft Centre 01824 704774, ruthincraftcentre.org.uk

Jan Gardner RCA ~ Reveries 16th September – 14th October. Selection of works in bright bold media. Upper Gallery, RCA, Conwy 01492 593413, rca@rcaconwy.org

Paintings, Sculptures, Prints, Photographs Ongoing exhibition by local artists. Open 11am – 4pm, Tuesday – Saturday. All are welcome. Oriel Bangor Arts Initiative Art Gallery is in the Deiniol Centre in Bangor; bangor.arts.initiative@outlook.com or see www.facebook.com/bangorartsinitiative

Galeri Betws Y Coed On-going, ever-changing selection of paintings, prints, drawings and mixed media by well known and emerging artists from Wales. Open weekdays 10am – 4.30pm, Sat & Sun 10am – 5pm. Holyhead Rd., Betws Y Coed LL24 0BW, 01690 710432, info@galeribetwsycoed.co.uk

Art For All Exhibition Until 5th September. A chance to see the wide range of work exhibited in Ucheldre’s 26th annual Art for All Competition. Paintings by adults for sale. Ucheldre Centre, Holyhead 01407 763361, www.ucheldre.org

Paul Joyner RCA ~ Welsh Icons 16th September – 14th October. Open Tues – Sat 11am – 5pm. Lower Gallery, RCA, Conwy 01492 593413, rca@rcaconwy.org

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.

Bet Huws Until 16th October. “This is a collection of different periods and styles which reflect the pleasure of experimenting with new techniques. As a costume designer for over two decades I focused on textiles as a medium but recently I’ve come back to drawing and painting”. Electric Mountain, Llanberis 01286 870636, electricmountain.co.uk

Dylan Arnold’s Photography ~ Hidden Valley Until 2nd September. Dylan’s work consists largely of landscapes of Snowdonia and Anglesey. Storiel, Bangor LL57 1DT, 01248 353368, storiel@gwynedd.llyw.cymru

Anne Gibbs ~ The Language of Clay Until 24th September. Anne models and casts work in bone china, using a bright palette of colours. The sculptural ceramics she presents are punctuated with objects she has collected. Anne’s work maps her life journey so far and does so without presuming what we, as viewers, might see in it. The exhibition is accompanied by a variety of engagement activities. Ruthin Craft Centre 01824 704774, www.ruthincraftcentre.org.uk

Academicians Annual Summer Exhibition 29th July – 9th September. Collection of various media. Royal Cambrian Academy, Conwy LL32 8AN, 01492 593413, rcaconwy.org

Birds of Wales 16th September – 5th November. Artists and makers from across Wales and the borders depict the ‘Birds of Wales’ in their own unique way. Oil, watercolour, print, feather art, mixed-media, jewellery, basket-ware, silk painting, embroidered textiles, felt-work and ceramics. Stone, metal, wood and bronze sculpture. Planned artist-led master classes, talks, children’s workshops and family activity days. Oriel Ynys Mon, Llangefni 01248 724444, kyffinwilliams.info

ARK Sculpture Until 15th October. 90 works of art by more than 50 celebrated sculptors including Damien Hirst, Elisabeth Frink, Barbara Hepworth and Antony Gormley. ARK is for everyone. We will also be running an education programme alongside the exhibition. Join us for masterclasses, lectures and workshops for all ages. Chester Cathedral 01244 324756, chestercathedral.com

MOSTN Open 20 Until 5th November. 20 selected artists of all ages/media. MOSTYN, Llandudno 01492 879201, mostyn.org

Slate or State: Artists in Residency Exhibition Until 8th October. ‘Slate or State’ pays tribute to the Great Strike Penrhyn; highlighting the importance and international significance of the longest strike in labour history and what it means today. By renowned artists Walker and Bromwich. Open 12 – 5pm, admission charges. Penrhyn Castle, Bangor 01248 353084, penrhyncastle@nationaltrust.org.uk

Amanda Ward ~ My Habitat, My Love, My Saviour ~ Photography Until 16th October. “I have spent every minute possible walking the paths above Llanberis, surrounded by its raw nature; from the haunting cry of the buzzard to the playful, happy tune of the skylarks and the wild roar of the Ceunant Mawr waterfall.” Electric Mountain, Llanberis 01286 870636, electricmountain.co.uk

Naomi Lee Williams ~ Niamo Until 16th October.  I work mainly in stitch, text, embroidery, and inks, but also like working with collage and copper. I also like to experiment with photography and film making. Designer of the ‘Urdd Eisteddfod Learner of the Year 2017’ trophy. Electric Mountain, Llanberis 01286 870636, electricmountain.co.uk

In-Sight 12 – In the Café ~ Gill Crozier | Mike Flory | Carys Roberts | Dave Thomas | Sarah Whiteside Until 1st October. This showcase offers you a glimpse of Helfa Gelf Art Trail, Wales’s largest open studio event, which takes place across Gwynedd, Conwy, Denbighshire, Flintshire and Wrexham. MOSTYN, Llandudno 01492 879201, mostyn.org

Galeri Betws Y Coed An on-going, ever-changing selection of paintings, prints, drawings and mixed media by well known and emerging artists from Wales. Open weekdays 10am – 4.30pm, Sat & Sun 10am – 5pm. Holyhead Rd., Betws Y Coed LL24 0BW, 01690 710432, info@galeribetwsycoed.co.uk

SummerPGYW Until 30th September. A varied, mixed media show; with an opportunity to buy some art. Oriel Plas Glyn-y-Weddw, Llanbedrog, nr Pwllheli 01758 740763, www.oriel.org.uk

Sarah Ross-Thompson Until 1st October. Sarah’s work combines the vibrant colours of oil-based etching inks with the highly textural nature of collage printing blocks. This collection of limited edition collagraph prints explores the geographic variety of the British countryside. MOSTYN, Llandudno 01492 879201, mostyn.org

Matthew Wood and Sharon Griffith Until 13th September. Ffin y Parc, Llanrwst LL26 0PT, 01492 642070, welshart.net

Modern Watercolours Until 22nd October. British painters have excelled in the art of watercolour – landscape remains a favourite theme, but the variety of subjects now includes architecture, still life and abstraction. This exhibition demonstrates the continuing vitality of the medium. Grosvenor Museum, Chester 01244 972197.

Luned Rhys Parri & Tegwyn Francis Jones Until  10th September. Luned portrays the life of ordinary people. For this exhibition she has travelled to Spain. Luned’s technique is a unique combination of three dimensional modelling, painting and collage. Tegwyn’s work is a fusion of different techniques and ideas – painting and printmaking exploring elements of language, mythology and memory. Oriel Ynys Mon, Llangefni, 01248 724444, kyffinwilliams.info

Flora Until 24th September. This group exhibition shows works in many different genres, ceramics to wood engraving, glass to silver and textile and steel; all look at flora as their central theme. Ruthin Craft Centre 01824 704774, ruthincraftcentre.org.uk

Castle Gallery Ongoing exhibition of various artists, media, and most are for sale. Open 9am – 5pm Mon – Sat.1 Castle Square, Criccieth LL52 0D, 01766 522803.

Illuminarté Ongoing exhibitions. Stained Glass – Photography – Mosiac. Designers and creators of beautiful traditional and contemporary handmade stained glass and mosaics for all your living spaces. Ysgubor Isaf, Bala LL23 7NW, 01678 520256, illuminarte.co.uk

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

Barbara Hepworth