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Launch of new premises for Premier Art Gallery in Newport Pembs!
The Gallery Yr Oriel Newport Pembs moved premises due to building and restoration work at the present site. It has moved 60 yards along the road to the old library, still on the main road through Newport, between the Castle Inn and the Royal Oak.
The gallery will be OPEN at the new premises from Monday 4th February, and launching the Spring Collection on Friday 15th February with an evening celebratory event from 6pm, all welcome for refreshments! We are really excited about the new premises, the space has been transformed into a lovely modern space with huge potential, come and browse!
The change of premises marks a five year milestone for the gallery in the promotion of Welsh Art in Newport, which opened its doors in March 2014, and continues to attract visitors from far and wide to view art from established and emerging artists. 2018 was a very successful year for fine art, ceramics and sculpture, and we are looking forward to welcoming you to view our new art collections throughout 2019.
The gallery will also be hosting this year’s WelshArtWeek in North Pembrokeshire, which will be launching on Friday 1st March, the programme will soon be available on our website www.thegallery-yroriel.com/whats-on-events/, it includes a week of events, book launches, Harp music, welsh culinary delights and talks celebrating Welsh Art.

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This Friday September the 14th, The Gallery Yr Oriel Newport Pembs in conjunction with Ysgol Bro Gwaun / Fishguard Secondary School, will be launching an exciting Community Art Competition!
‘We are looking for Art to display in the new build at Ysgol Bro Gwaun to inspire pupils creativity to connect with their environment. The competition is open to any age group in the area, any art medium can be used, and the minimum size has to be A2′.
We hope to get as many entries as possible for the competition, and encourage anybody in the Fishguard area to submit work on the theme – Land, Sea, Sky.
The submission date is Wednesday November 14th, and work should be handed in to the office at the new secondary school.

Please ensure that your name and contact details are on the back of the work.

Seven judges have been allocated to review the work, and following a decision, there will be a presentation and cash prize giving evening at the school on Friday December 7th.
All the work chosen will be displayed at the school for an agreed period of time up to a maximum of 3 years in the form of a loan, it will remain the property of the artist and not Ysgol Bro Gwaun / Fishguard Secondary School.

Please do call Helen on 01239 821514 if you have any questions!


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The Winners of the West Wales Junior Artist Competition 2017!
Age 7 – Joint 1st place to Scarlet Robinson Ysgol Bro Ingli, and Gwern Phillips of Ysgol Eglwyswrw; joint 2nd place to Lowri Davies of Eglwyswrw and Jonah Jones of Bro Ingli; joint 3rd place to Marley Ellis Williams of Ysgol Glannau Gwaun and Chloe Bevan of Roch Primary School.

Age 8 – Joint 1st place to Jakey Thomas of Ysgol Ger Y Llan and Ela Humphries of Ysgol Llandudoch; joint 2nd place to Shannon Goellnitz of Llandudoch and Finn Sutton of Eglwyswrw; joint 3rd place to Lois Morris of Ysgol Casblaidd and Ruth Morris of Ger Y Llan.

Age 9 – Joint 1st place to Megija Kalnina of Ysgol Ger y Llan and Gweni Edwards of Ysgol Maenclochog; joint 2nd place to Mail Richards-Jones of Ger y Llan and Iestyn Creese of Maenclochog; joint 3rd place to Jude Brown of Eglwyswrw and Kai Lewis of Holy Name School Fishguard.

Age 10 – 1st place to Lleu Hedd of Ysgol Llanychllwydog; joint 2nd place to Lydia Berry of Maenclochog and Andrew Johnson of Llandudoch; joint 3rd place to Carys Rycroft of Ysgol Wdig, Zoe McCarthy of Ysgol Casmael and Cerys Evans of Llanychllwydog.


Here are the Winners!

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We launched this year’s West Wales Junior Artist Competition in June 2017.
1 – This year the competition is for children aged 7 – 12 years, submission date will be Friday October 20th, and the theme is ‘Seaside’.
2 – The maximum size of paper, board or canvas should be A3 and any art medium can be used, watercolour, pastels, crayon, oil, acrylics, pencils or other.
3 – The name of the artist and their school or parent/guardian contact details should be clearly attached to the back of each piece of art.
4 – Each piece of art can be mounted or framed, photographic work is not accepted.
5 – If requested, arrangements can be made for the art work to be picked up on October 20th from schools in the West Wales area.
6 – The selected winners will show their work at The Gallery Christmas Show in December, and at Welsh Art Week in March 2018.
Please contact Helen at The Gallery Yr Oriel Newport Pembs if you need any further details on 01239 821514.

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Welsh Art Week London 2017
Supporting a new initiative Wales Week in London

Programme of Events Monday 27th February – Saturday 4th March
The show will be open all week from Monday 27th 10am – 6pm every day except Saturday which will be 10m – 3pm.

The opening event is Monday 27th February - Professor Dai Smith CBE talks about his new work of fiction What I Know I Cannot Say/ All That Lies Beneath, Published by Parthian Books 6 – 8pm

Dai Smith is one of the leading Welsh writers of his generation with a national and international profile. His work encompasses ground-breaking history (Wales, Wales), biography (Raymond Williams A Warrior’s Tale) and fiction Dream On. He has also found time to write accounts of the those intrinsically Welsh institutions in The Fed the biography of the NUM (with Hywel Francis) and Fields of Praise, a biography of The Welsh Rugby Union. In addition he has been head of programmes for BBC in Wales and Chaired the Arts Council of Wales for eight years and is the series editor of the Library of Wales series. He was awarded a CBE in the 2017 New Year’s Honour List for services to the Arts in Wales.

On St Davids Day Wednesday 1st March, we will have harpist Carys Hughes playing for us from 6 – 8pm, this evening is a favourite as Carys is a renowned player and really sets the scene amongst all the beautiful art work.

The event on Thursday 2nd March is for the winners of the West Wales Young Artist Competition 2016, and the top three pieces will be on display with our regular artists from 6 – 8pm, very much a young artists event and a great opportunity for the students to experience showing their work in a high profile London gallery.

Our final event on Friday 3rd March is the launch of the new book by Hilly Janes “Ugly, Lovely”, Hilly will be in conversation with the well known Arts Writer Jasper Rees on Friday evening, the book is published by Parthian Books, 6 – 8pm.
“An exciting new publication that allows us to inch ever closer to this genius of a man” Cerys Matthews

Hilly Janes found a stunning 1950s photo album made by her aunt Ethel Ross depicting the places that Dylan Thomas wove into his work in Swansea and Carmarthenshire, which is published alongside the first UK edition of the Dylan Thomas playlet Lunch at Mussolini’s.

Ethel Ross’s niece, the journalist and biographer Hilly Janes, author of The Three Lives of Dylan Thomas, continues her exploration of the poet and his life in her new book, Ugly, Lovely: Dylan Thomas’s Swansea and Carmarthenshire of the 1950s in pictures. Her work has been praised as “an engaging, accessible biography” (Natasha Tripney, The Observer). Personal and unpretentious, it altered the myth of Dylan Thomas by presenting the man through the eyes of his creative Swansea friends, and particularly Hilly’s father, the artist Alfred Janes.

Cerys Matthews has written the foreword, and John Goodby, editor of the The Collected Poems of Dylan Thomas and Professor of English Literature and Creative Writing at Swansea University, has contributed an essay about the literary significance of the places in Thomas’s work.
This engaging book, which brings together Dylan Thomas’s haunts and writing, also includes a satirical sketch previously unpublished in the UK, written by Dylan Thomas as a commentary on fascism.

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All of the events will be held at the Woolff Gallery 89 Charlotte Street W1.


Winners of the West Wales Young Artist 2016

Ieuan Thomas

Owen Mountstevens

Theo Crutchley-Mack

Aaron Davies


The Gallery Yr Oriel has just launched the West Wales Young Artist Competition 2016, please click on the link below for the application form. After last years successful competition we are inviting all young artists between 16 – 25 years of age to submit work by October 20th, this years theme is “Abstracts in the landscape”.

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The Gallery Yr Oriel in Newport Pembs


The Gallery – Yr Oriel is situated in the pretty coastal town of Newport Pembrokeshire. The exhibition space has been created with a minimalist look, for a modern, clean feel to the gallery. Several well known and established artists show at the gallery, including sculptors, ceramicists and a jeweller. Most of the works exhibited are contemporary original works, carefully selected to showcase Welsh talent.

The Gallery opened a St Davids Day exhibition at Brand Exchange in the city of London in 2015, which was very successful and attracted over 200 visitors to the exhibition over 7 days of events. Many of the artist’s whose work was shown in London, will be exhibiting at the gallery throughout this years’ season.

In 2015, running alongside the continuous exhibition at the gallery, young artists from West Wales were invited to submit themed work by October. The competition received 43 entries from schools and colleges in the area, and the top six artists had an exhibition/show at the Newport gallery in December. The top three, Theo Crutchley-Mack, Ieuan Thomas and Owen Mount Stevens, were showcased this spring for Welsh Week in London at the Woolff Gallery Charlotte Street W1. During Welsh Art Week the gallery exhibited work from each of its regular artists, as well as the three winners of the competition, and all these artists can be viewed on the home page under the list of exhibitors.

We are about to launch West Wales Young Artist Competition 2016, please check the website for details.
Please contact Helen for more details on hmanleyjones@hotmail.com

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