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.
Click on this link to listen to Hilly Janes, or copy and paste it into your browser;
All of the events will be held at the Woolff Gallery 89 Charlotte Street W1.
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”.
WELSH ART WEEK LONDON 2016
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 email@example.com