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Where Are We Now?

Oriel Canfas, Cardiff.
23rd March - 13th April 2024

Launch: Saturday 30th March, 2024, at 3.00pm through until 6.00pm 

Have the pandemic years impacted on or changed the way we make art today and has an increased awareness of our mortality altered the way we look at the world? These are some of the questions five women artists are hoping to explore.

Jacqueline Alkema

Jacqueline Jones

Kay Keogh

Karin Mear

Jess Woodrow

(Image: 'Girl and her Dog' by Jacqueline Alkema)

Jacqueline Alkema Girl and her Dog.jpg

About Time

Queens Street Gallery, Neath
2nd - 30th March 2024

Launch: Saturday 2nd March, 2024, at 2.00pm through until 5.00pm 

This exhibition brings together artists who make work about time explicitly, or who explore variations on a theme or subject over time, often over many decades.


Paul Edwards' self-portraits trace changes across a lifetime of working in the studio, ‘a mirror to the world’. Jennifer Allan makes work that is introspective and seeks to make sense of the self. Dilys Jackson makes structures that take as subject pollens that existed in the world before humans, before art and over millennia. Pip Woolf makes work that explores our place on the planet focussing on a combination of practical, physical, emotional, political and philosophical questions. Philip Watkins paints images of the urban environment, he paints ‘in between places’ the kind of place you walk through on the way to somewhere else.


A single image contains time - the time it took to make the image, sometimes minutes, sometimes hours, sometimes days, and this can be the subject. There are particular transient subjects that are associated with time - light, weather, growth and decay - the things that are fragile and transient. These things are commonplace and observable and can be easily recorded with time-based media, but painting requires different strategies. Monet used repetition in order to observe the light and the weather making thirty images of Rouen Cathedral between 1892 and 1894.


Monet says, ‘Once more I have undertaken things which are impossible to do.’ Taking time as a subject for painting, sculpture and drawing is impossible to do….but then again, it isn’t.
Paul Edwards

(Image: 'A lot of hot air' by Jennifer Allan)

Jenny Allen A lot of hot air'.jpg

2024 / 2025: 8 Shows

8 Shows

The Welsh Group is a collective formed and run by artists, where there is no dominant style or particular agenda; rather the group provides a snapshot of work out of artists studios across South and West Wales and establishing a connection with current concerns and practices.


This project aims to bring the Welsh Group to a wider audience and to focus on particular ideas or aspects of fine art practice by a series of small themed shows.

 

‘8 Shows’ begins at Queens Street Gallery in Neath, auspiciously on March 1st - St. David's Day - and ends in the landscape of Ceredigion in the Spring of 2025.


‘About Time’ Queens Street Gallery, Neath:
An exhibition that brings together artists who make work about time explicitly, or who explore variations on a theme or subject over time, often over many decades.
March 2 - March 30


‘Where are we now?’ Oriel Canfas Cardiff:
Have the pandemic years impacted on or changed the way we make art today and has an increased awareness of our mortality altered the way we look at the world? These are some of the questions five women artists are hoping to explore
March 23 - April 13


‘Genius Loci’ Oriel Canfas, Cardiff:
This is an exhibition where artist respond to nature, going beyond the mere surface of things, finding a quality described as genius loci or spirit of place - a quality that defies description but is present nevertheless.
July 2 - July 20


‘Seen and Unseen’ Bay Art, Cardiff:
As artists we gather memory sensations, specific observations and feelings. Sometimes this results in dreamlike, disembodied spaces. Chromatic intensity heightens the mood. Absence of specific colour also creates gaps for new space sensations and feelings to occur. Some artists delve into a fantastically rich European tradition of colour density and Eastern sensibilities of emptiness…
Part of the Autumn programme at Bay Arts


‘Making Space / Shaping Space’ West Wharf Gallery, Cardiff An exhibition that exploits the architectural environment either by making sculpture that explores the interior architectural environment, - actual space and actual object - or by exploiting the illusory space contained within the edges of the picture.
November 6 - December 31


‘Witness’
Online project. Andy Warhol said ‘Voyeurism is a director’s job description. It’s an artist’s too. An online showing of work that exists in the digital world alone or that reframes an event or happening.
Screening December 6


‘Unexpected’ Studio Cennen, Llandeilo:
In some ways all artists deal with the unexpected, sometimes explicitly and more often by default.
Georgia O’Keeffe describes it this way ’making your unknown known - a rediscovery’ or as Magritte puts it ‘The beauty of art lies in the unexpected connections it makes between things’.
March 20 - April 26, 2025


‘In the Landscape’ Woodland, Llandysul, Ceredigion:
A project where artists make work that responds to place, an area of land in Ceredigion approximately 30 acres of woodland, meadow, reed beds, an area that is a wildlife habitat. The work for this project has a haptic presence using materials found on site to form structures that are hand made and then changed by the passing of time and the action of nature.
April 4 - May 9, 2025

(Image: 'Self Portrait with Bo' by Paul Edwards)

Self Portrait with Bo Paul Edwards.jpg

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