24 October 2009

Nant Gwrtheyrn Wales Ireland Residency


The spectacular location of Nant Gwrtheyrn and excellent weather made for a good afternoons painting on the works for Off Straits. Joining Pamela de Bri, Eileen Keane, Margaret Becker, Alison Craig, Linda Davies, Ian Williams, Eirian Llwyd, Ross, and Don Braisby there was time for collaborative drawing and plenty of discussion. It is just what the painting needed, an injection of tertiary colour in response to the unfolding horizon...
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23 October 2009

Parrys Mountain Ynys Mon Bangor Team Exploration


Spectacular day exploring Parrys Mountain Ynys Mon overground during the day and then underground at night. Some of the tutors at Bangor University met for a really enjoyable lunch and tour of Mike Knowles studio before we were taken to the location of Parrys mountain copper mines. Noelle Griffiths, Wanda Zyborska, Noel McCready, Marged Pendrell, Joanna Evans and myself descended in to the dark depths of the labyrinth of mining tunnels emerging finally at 10pm..spectacular underground mineral formations, ochres and oxides making a subterranean landscape of elemental dimension.

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11 October 2009

Off Straits: Wales – South Australia

During Novemeber and December I will be visiting Adelaide, South Australia to research and develop a future collaborative project for presentation in Wales and South Australia. During the visit I will be participating in three art events:

Off Straits – An exhibition by Veronica Calarco (printmaker/painter, Australia), Suzanne Laslett (photographer), Andrew Smith (painter, Wales) and Gareth Wyn Jones (photography, Wales). (Off Straits – Off implying away, somewhere else, distant and Strait being a connecting waterway between two areas or pools of water). This exhibition will open at 6pm Thursday 10 December 2009 at the Parks AXIS Gallery, Port Adelaide. http://www.portenf.sa.gov.au/site/page.cfm?u=1307. I am now making works on paper for this exhibition, see the next post!

Celtica Festival: Celtic Roots II - The Celtica Festival 2009 will be during 4,5 and 6 December 2009 http://www.celticafestival.com.au/. As part of the Festival Celtic Roots II
http://www.celticafestival.com.au/location.html will be presented at the Newland Gallery and Gaff Gallery in Port Adelaide with selected work from open submission, 28 November -10 December 2009 and opens on Sunday 29 November 2009. As well as exhibiting artwork, I will be leading a workshop during the festival with 5 other artists (Danica Headland: Printing without a press workshop; Andrew Smith: concept/drawing/construction workshop; Sandy Elvard: Basket Weaving; Veronica Calarco: Stretching a canvas; Veronica Calarco: Polychromatic Printing; Lucy Thorley: Introduction to Painting; Sunshine March: Clay work)

Le Chéille, a Welsh-Irish Collaborative Project - The touring Welsh/Irish collaborative printmaking exhibition, exploring themes of land, language and place with seventeen artists from Wales, Ireland and Australia in this version of the original Co. Kildare exhibition. The project is ongoing and currently organising a residency in Nant Gwtheyrn on 19th-21st October 2009 with new members from Ireland and Wales and is now entering the phase of touring South Australia. The opening of Le Chéille in Adelaide will be at The New Land Gallery, Port Adelaide on the 27 November 2009 during its substantial tour of South Australia. As well as having several pieces of work it his exhibition including one substantial work, the exhibition in Adelaide will be a very good opportunity to discuss the idea of exchange as a process and further projects with artists, curators and exhibition organisers. http://www.countryarts.org.au/catalogs/whats-on/sa/le-chéile-223665.php