The book launches of Power Play have been going really well. I have enclosed some photos of Mair and I reading poems and talking about illustrations. The darker pictures are from The Olde Murenger Pub in Newport while the lighter pictures are from The Power Station in Cwmbran.
This cold January I have been busy oil painting to beat the winter blues. It has been so cold, and with the energy crisis, I found that my studio is the warmest place.
Here are two pictures. ” Star Jumper” which is inspired by a male ballet dancer and “In or Out” which shows broken bars in a beautiful blueish room.. It poses the dilemma is something breaking in or breaking out?
This January I took part in a PhotoRenga workshop in the Turner Gallery, Penarth run by David Sinden and Kate
Below is David Sinden describing the day
Kate and I were joined by a fantastic group of South Wales based photographers and artists, including Chris Glynn, Jill Powell, Natasha Hirst, Paddy Faulkner and Zara Mader It was hosted by Turner House in Penarth, the former home of Ffotogallery and a gallery purpose-built in the late 1870s to house a collection of Turner paintings, of course! It’s now run by Penarth Council and is a beautiful space. So nice to be back and we will be holding more this year… Enjoy!
This last weekend I took part in Newports Art Festival. I had a table in St Marks Church in Gold Tops.
I had a lovely time and sold two pieces of work. I had been trying out small abstract canvases with affordable prices to see how they went. I also exhibited my pet portraits and had prints for sale. I was very pleased. It was lovely to meet the other Exhibitors and it was a lovely setting. I also made it into The Argus, our local newspaper.
Late summer I was fortunately asked to do two pencil portraits of dogs. Ivy is a spaniel belonging to my dear friend Shiny and Spike’s request came via a poster in a Vets. Sadly Spike is no longer with us and this drawing was a present for his owner.
Through visual art, performance, and a soundscape Solidarity of Hope – I see you is a multi-disciplinary live art, sound, and digital performance that places professional disabled artists centre stage to express the challenges and hopes of the moment. Underpinning the performance will be the notion that disabled and vulnerable individuals “do not wish to be erased” and are now connecting, as an empowering force, to share their stories of physical and psychological survival. Through the many challenges they encounter, the performance will ultimately celebrate the abundant strengths that members of the collective draw upon to survive and retain their sense of hope. Solidarity of Hope Collective formed in 2022 to unite Dutch, Welsh, and UK creatives. Performance Artists: Rachel Gadsden Helen Roeten Violin: Emily Earl Composer, Videography, Lighting Design: Freddie Meyers Solidarity of Hope Artists: Samantha Dinsdale-Brown Rachel Gadsden Emily-Jane Hillman Grietje Margreet Killian Miek Knook Jill Powell Tina R Helen Roeten Jordan Sallis Linda & Bethany Sutton Margo van Strijp Rach Wellbeing Elly Wright With thanks to our funders: Arts Council of Wales Disability Arts Cymru The Embassy of the Kingdom of the Netherlands in the United Kingdom The Living Museum, Alkmaar
On Sunday 15th of May Kintsugi opened its doors to the general public. It is my first solo show and had been tricky to hang. John Briggs the curator helped me sort the exhibition out into different sections. There was a good crowd and my thanks go out to friends and family for making this day a lovely one to remember.