2019 has been another busy year for me, a transformational year in many ways. Thank you to the organisations and individuals who continue to support me on this journey.
I have now finished my time at Ruthin Craft Centre as artist in residence. The residency signalled the beginning of the ‘Production’ phase of my ‘Gardens of the Mind’ project. I have been lucky enough to gain a further grant from the Arts Council of Wales to allow me the opportunity to continue with this project. I am working towards a Porthole exhibition at the Craft Centre in Sept 2020. During the residency I spent time evaluating the successes of the Research and Development phase (over the last year and a half) and planning which elements I would like to expand upon in this next phase. This project has marked a real change in my practice, it has allowed me the time to play and experiment, developing new ways of working.
Also coming to an end is my time spent working with patient groups in Mold and Glan Clwyd Hospitals for BCUHB. Once again I have delighted in the way art can enliven, engage, sooth, entertain, heal, bring together and inspire people. I have delivered a variety of workshops including working with inks, paint, collage, print, ceramics and glass. I am currently organising displays of patients work to be installed in the various wards. I find these experiences truly inspiring- the honesty, strength, bravery, kindness and humour of people in difficult situations and also the way art can be used as a medical tool –physical and mentally. Art is often seen as an add-on, a hobby, a luxury. Many people I encounter say ‘oh I’m not artistic- it’s not for me’. But these experiences confirm to me that once people let go of that fear, art can bring great joy and healing. Every group I have worked with demonstrate this and staff often say they wish it were more integral. It brings people together, is a great leveller- people talk and open up, it engages, encourages use of affected limbs (as with stroke patients), gives satisfaction and pride, can give patients a new interest or rediscover a love of art, unpick hidden emotions, give alternative forms of communication- this can be because the patient is unable to talk or just a more subtle form of communicating, makes people laugh- there is always laughter! Thanks to all of the patients and staff who have made me so welcome.
On Sat 30th November I will be holding my annual Christmas Sale at my home studio in Eryrys, Mold. There will be discounted pieces- old stock, slight seconds or test pieces for sale as well as new work. Mince pieces, good coffee and drinks will be available.
The following day I will have a stand at the Ty Pawb Christmas Fair- Wrexham. There will be over 40 stands, all local makers and beautiful work for sale as well as lots of Christmassy loveliness 🙂
‘Maker in Focus’- Mission Gallery, Swansea. Exhibiting work from my ‘Gardens of the Mind’ project. 15/01-21/03
‘Making a Difference’ – Bluecoat Display Centre, Liverpool. New work to be displayed including vessels and lightboxes. 25/01-07/03
Workshop dates for the New Year can be viewed and booked at the below website…