Dorothy Morris’ Fine Art new gallery ‘Greenspace Gallery’ is open Tuesdays to Saturdays 10 to 4pm. Greenspace is a place where the public can take their time, sit and stare, sip tea, view art, read or just be still. Come and watch me work, book into one of my workshops or sample our home made cakes.
July 2018 Update
Greenspace gallery is trying to create a centre where children can have space to develop their self-worth through a creative outlet. Recently Greenspace Gallery held an open day to highlight an ambitious new project involving the attic space at Greenspace Gallery.
With the help of WWAMH, ( West Wales Action for Mental Health ) Greenspace is seeking funding to covert the top room into a state of the art studio/sanctuary so that youngsters who are experiencing difficulties at school can have a place to feel safe and enjoy art activities.
Mental health is very much in the media recently but the figures regarding the state of facilities and help for young people is quite shocking according to the foundation for mental health www.mentalhealth.org.uk.
Dorothy Morris (owner of Greenspace Gallery) was delighted when the mayor and mayoress of Carmarthen turned up as well as all the people involved in Children’s services in Carmarthen for the Open day and would like to thank them for their support.
In the picture from left to right-
Eva and David Moy, committee members of ‘Create at Greenspace’ a community association which promotes arts and crafts for the community.
Myself- Dorothy Morris, gallery manager and community artist.
Beryl Edwards committee member of ‘Create at Greenspace’
Marie Rocke Project manager of WWAMH.
and the girls kneeling in the front are Emily Green and Arwen Skinner who is a member of the school council at Q.E.H. and who is raising awareness of mental health in school.
Dorothy adds, ” I have been a part-time teacher and community artist for over 40 years and more recently have also worked as a project worker/art tutor for a local mental health charity based in Llanelli. All my experience has made it quite clear to me the benefits of art as a creative and therapeutic activity and it is my hope that we get the funding for this project to have the go-ahead to succeed.”
April 2018 Update
Sixteen members of South Wales Potters are exhibiting their work at the Greenspace Gallery and Tearooms, Carmarthen, this month (April 2018).
The hand made ceramics range from functional stoneware to delicate porcelain vessels are figurative work – and a wide variety of styles and techniques between. The exhibition opens on Saturday April 7 with the re-launch of the Greenspace Gallery and tearooms at new premises in Blue Street, Carmarthen (opposite the bus station).
Members of South Wales Potters exhibited in Greenspace’s previous Gallery in King Street and are very pleased to continue the link with this ethical business. “This has been an excellent venue for our members and a great way for us to celebrate the relaunch of the gallery”, said South Wales Potters chair Iona McLaggan
Gallery owner Dorothy Morris, added: “I am delighted to have South Wales Potters here along with members of Swansea Print Workshop and very talented artists including Karl Taylor, a wild-life artist. And in the visiting artist gallery on the second floor I have Rob Gale from Bristol exhibiting vibrant contemporary paintings.”
Greenspace Gallery’s ethos highlights social and environmental issues. The exhibition is titled ‘Home’ during which 30% of all sales will be donated to the charity Shelter.
South Wales Potters Members exhibiting their work are: Gill Bramley, Michelle Buckley, Trudy Ebsworth Espie, Jane Gibson, Samantha Hayes-Jones, Jacky John, Yoka Kilkelly, Graham Newing, Sally Newing, Pauline Paterson, Erica Pinney, Ann Rowe, Carole Spackman, Paul Taylor, Widge Thorpe and Chris White.
South Wales Potters is one of the largest groups of professional and hobby potters and ceramicists in the UK. It has more than 220 members, based in South, Mid and West Wales, and some in England and abroad. Members include full-time potters, sculptors and students as well as hobby potters. The club organises a full programme of events for members including demonstrations, ‘skill-share’ sessions and social events. Members can get discount on pottery supplies and equipment professional indemnity insurance, free website hosting and other benefits. They also receive a newsletter four times a year. They have an exhibitions programme giving members an opportunity to showcase and sell their work and welcome everyone interested in ceramics, whether you are a maker or not.
November 2017 Update
Greenspace Gallery is a new concept, deeply committed to the celebration of nature, preservation of the planet, life and well being.
There is so much going on at Greenspace, as well as new local artists work on display, Greenspace studio in Ferryside runs art, textile, and pottery classes. Greenspace Gallery runs a monthly book club/ Cygnus Cafe for lovers of books on life and all things deep and meaningful. Greenspace Gallery’s Christmas Exhibition is now on, do call in and take a look. In the visiting artist’s gallery, Jeff Rees Jones is showing his new work and I have some new local artists on board such as Karl Taylor and Caroline Hartley. And my new work is based on winter in Ferryside. And if there are any vegans out there, then Greenspace Gallery & tearoom now caters for you too, do pop in and see whats on offer.
Greenspace is also giving a shout out to artists whose work is concerned with environmental issues to have a chance to take part in an exhibition entitled “Our Plastic World’ for next February. Any artists interested in this exhibition needs to send jpeg images of their work to me Dorothy_morris@hotmail.com by mid-January 2018.
And most exciting of all our newly formed community association ‘ Create at Greenspace’ is awaiting funding to develop art courses to reach the wider community! So watch this ( Green) space!
Greenspace is situated on the 2nd floor above Community Crafts, 30 King St, Carmarthen, SA31 1BS. view in google maps here. The Greenspace gallery has a small but effective charity shop in the back room and every penny helps Carlo Gondew’s charity “Invisible hands” surviving by providing monthly installments so she can pay the rent and keep the 8 youngsters housed, fed and educated. Greenspace aims to help people unwind, slow down and enjoy their surroundings.
For more information please visit: www.dorothymorris.co.uk/greenspace-gallery
May 2017 Update 2
Dorothy Morris shares 10 reasons to support Greenspace Gallery
My staff who all need Greenspace Gallery to be successful (for the sake of their jobs) tell me I an far too modest about what we have achieved at Greenspace so here goes …
- Greenspace is a new concept in Business, a contemplative space which aims to promote ethics above profits and dearly hopes this approach to commerce will be appreciated by like-minded people who also seek a new way of going about their business.
- Most people don’t know that Greenspace also has a small charity shop and every penny spent in the shop goes directly to a charity called Invisible hands run by a 28 year old young lady who manages to house, feed, and educate the young people in her care directly because of the money we send her monthly. Without Greenspace these children would probably still be malnourished living on the streets, abused or even worse, It was Greenspace that gave them the money to register as a charity and they have been going from strength to strength, but we need people to know this and it isn’t possible without local support.
- Greenspace has also run exhibitions in aid of and highlighting the work of Greenpeace, and other environmental organisations such as The End Ecocide Campaign which is determined to make it illegal for big businesses to mindlessly pollute, litter or damage the planet in any way. (Plastic are killing our oceans and now there are Islands thousands of miles away where man’s waste is polluting and killing off the sea life, this is but one example there are sadly thousands more!)
- Greenspace have involved local schools in environmental projects and through their art they have become aware of just how endangered our wildlife has become.
Greenspace has had a speaker in from Age concern alongside and an exhibition entitled ‘Painting Mother’ showed the work of a variety of artists whose work involved praising feminism , motherhood and women generally.
- Another exciting exhibition was called ‘My favourite Things’ and I invited artists whose work I liked to exhibit alongside me. One of the artists was an incredibly talented artist/ musician called Cheryl Beer and her installation was an incredibly moving work entitled ‘Postcards from louis’ depicting memorabilia regarding memories and Alzheimer’s. Cheryl has gone on to win many awards for her community work with the elderly and I am proud to think Greenspace had a small part to play in her journey.
- Greenspace is very grateful for West Wales Action for Mental Health believing in us and funding a Carers Club which gives cares a few hours respite from their busy and demanding role. Currently they are working on art, textiles and ceramic projects and recently held their halfway exhibition at Greenspaces Visiting Artists Gallery on the first floor.
- Greenspace also runs a Cygnus Community Cafe once a month which gives people an opportunity to talk about deep issues regarding life, death and everything in-between. For some this is the only opportunity they say they have had to really talk to anyone on a meaningful level. ( a sad reflection on our age I think)
- Greenspace Has promoted the work of newly qualified graduates and holds an exhibition of their work each year giving them an important opportunity to show their work to the general public for the first time.
- Most people don’t know that Greenspace tearoom only uses fresh local, fair trade and ethically sourced products. There are so many products out there that we buy and have no idea just how dreadful the conditions are for the animals, habitats or workers. Greenspace actively seeks out responsible ethical and fair trade products and much of the meals are homemade. All Greenspace staff have level two or level three food hygiene certificates and we aim always to maintain the highest standards and modest prices!
- I just want to add my staff are very loyal and have put up with very ‘thin weeks’ sometimes a grumpy boss with a grasshopper mind, but one who has a vision and I truly believe in what Greenspace is trying to achieve and yes there are lots of lovely cafes in Carmarthen and on King Street ( very near me) but if after reading this you can see the need for places like Greenspace to survive flourish and catch on then please support the work we do.
If you have time and after reading this you feel moved to share this please do, Greenspace needs all the support it can get. Better still call in…
May 2017 Update
Greenspace Gallery manager, Dorothy Morris, is to lead a 14 day painting holiday in the foothills of the Himalaya
I, Dorthy Morris (artist and manager of Greenspace Gallery & Tearoom) have been asked to lead a painting holiday in Northern India, staying at Amritsar, Basunti and Mcleod Ganj . I was lucky enough to have been on this trip a few years ago and had an amazing time ( probably the best holiday I have ever had!). This time the owners of the wonderful Basunti retreat have invited me to lead a painting holiday, which will be mainly based at Basunti. I cannot describe Basunti as anything else than a little taste of paradise on earth. This time I am honoured to lead the art group and
I shall be incorporating tuition in the technique of batik ( I am the rep for Wales for the batik guild ) so I am fairly qualified! I also have many years of teaching experience to all sectors of society and an MA in fine art so the students will have plenty of opportunities to draw on my experience.
I am really excited about the chance to revisit Basunti; this time we will include 2 nights at Amritsar where we will be visiting the sacred Golden Temple, which is the main place of worship for the Sikh people. We will spend 8 days at Basunti, with its magnificent views over the lake that surrounds it and the Himalaya range beyond (visible on clear days); here we will be able paint and explore different techniques of batik making, in between walking, exploring, swimming or just relaxing, enjoying the quiet, the wildlife, and of course the sumptuous food…
We will then travel to McLeod Ganj, the home of the Dalai Lama and the Tibetan people in exile. Plenty to visit, paint and shop here.
We will return to Amritsar for 1 last night, before departure.
The holiday will take place in November 2018.
Anyone interested in this Amazing trip of a lifetime can contact me for prices and dates tel 01267 267652 or email me – firstname.lastname@example.org
For more information about Basunti go to www.basunti.com
For more information about Dorothy Morris and Greenspace Gallery visit: www.dorothymorris.co.uk
October 2016 Update
Greenspace Gallery & Tea Room welcomes the South Wales Potters with their Christmas Selling Exhibition at the Visitors Gallery within Greenspace Gallery. Situated in King Street, Carmarthen the exhibition is on from Thursday November 17th to December 24th. Greenspace Gallery is open Tues – Sat 10am- 4pm. What an ideal opportunity to buy your friends & family the most wonderful ceramic for Christmas, that will remain a constant reminder of your gift.
In the wake of the BBC’s ‘Great Pottery Throwdown’, the popularity of pottery has increased, with evening classes full and the public intrigued by the pottery process.
South Wales Potters, now a group of 180 members, was formed in 1964 “to share skills, experience, technical knowledge and indefatigable enthusiasm” (Walter Keeler, honorary president). This Christmas selling exhibition showcases the work of eleven members, illustrating a diverse range of pottery, from functional to sculptural, currently produced by members.
Sue Carr expresses her love of the vibrant, rich colours of exotic flowers, butterflies and birds in the decoration of her large porcelain dishes. These are useful as serving platters or can be wall hung. In contrast, the delicacy and translucency of porcelain is seen in Cathy Yeates’ brightly coloured boats, that are inspired by her many sailing adventures.
Fascinated by the native birds around Llanddeusant and the textures and colours of the surrounding wild flower meadows, Carole Spackman makes bird sculptures that interpret the hunting habits of owls watching for prey or the loud song of the tiny wren. Her practical tableware is decorated with the colours of meadow flowers. Birds also feature in Andrew Trimby’s whimsical cockerel and jug forms. Using coiling, throwing and piercing techniques, Andrew exploits the opposing plastic and leather hard qualities of the clay during construction to make thin, lightweight free standing forms.
Disguise is the central theme for Helen Higgins’ animal and human ceramic figurines, as they each take on their own personal characteristics and mannerisms. Wearing hoods or masks, these creatures seem to be hiding their fragile self-esteem behind robust façades.
The work of Paul Taylor, Jane Blair and Widge Thorpe shows different innovative uses of the traditional terracotta clay. Paul Taylor takes slabs of textured terracotta, assembling and firing many times. With the final smoking, he aims to transform very simple materials into pottery vessels with a timeless quality. Jane Blair decorates her terracotta with white slip to highlight relief and texture. These individual sculptural pieces are incised with characters taken from her sketches while out walking. Widge Thorpe’s favoured materials are also white slip on terracotta, but with added coloured floral patterns. Using the medieval pottery techniques of slip trailing and sprigging these glazed dishes and mugs are both practical and decorative.
The soda glazed and wood fired pots of John West are enjoyed not only for their practicality but also as items of beauty. Functionality is also important to Trudy Ebsworth-Espie whose ‘Coal’ range tableware uses the unique colours of coal from the mines.
Exhibitors will be talking about their work and demonstrating making such items as hares, owls, love spoons or decorating tiles and plaques on selected days throughout the exhibition.
Further details can be found on the South Wales potters or Greenspace Gallery’s websites:
Details of images :-
The streeet view of Greenspace Gallery
Cathy Yeates Porcelain Boat
Carole Spackman working on her stoneware birds
Andrew Trimby Cockerel Earthenware Ht. 40cms
Paul Taylor Smoke Fired Terracotta Vessels
Carole Spackman Barn Owl 26cm Stoneware
September 2015 Update
This summer Dorothy Morris took time to visit the degree shows at both Trinity and Coleg sir Gar. Impressed with what she saw that she invited 10 graduates to exhibit with her at Greenspace Gallery. The exhibition was opened by Kathryn Campbell one of the curators at Oriel Myrddin (just across the road). Greenspace Gallery is not a whitespace experience but as the name suggests it has an organic, intimate and habitable feel to it. Greenspace concerns itself with social or environmental themes, hence it was fitting to highlight the work that particularly spoke to her of our welsh heritage and our environment. Dorothy says “I am delighted with the results of the show and hope the public will come and support Greenspace in its attempt to support and showcase the works of these new and upcoming artists.”
Greenspace also offers teas, coffees and home made cakes as well as a place to sit and stare or just be still in a comfortable creative environment.
Artists taking part in this exhibition include, Hywel Edwards, Ffion Roberts-Drakley, Leanne Vaughan-Phillips, Jess Journeaux, Meinir Mathias, Eirian Davies, Alice Davies, Beth Pritchard, Tirion Haf, Michelle Lennon.
The exhibition continues until September 5th.
June 2015 update
Dorothy Morris of Greenspace Gallery told Welsh Country about the galleries summer.
“I can share some of the fantastic images of some of the paintings that will be on show at Greenspace gallery for ‘Inspired by India’ running till 30th June with the inspirational artists
1, Charlotte Leadbeater.
2 Ann Roch,
3,Allison Rudd- Mumford
4, Dorothy Morris
5, Susan Sutton,
In July I have selected prominent wildlife artists to take part in the ‘One in Six’ exhibition highlighting
the horrendous prediction scientists have made regarding that they way we are heading one is six of all animal species on earth will be extinct by the end of this century!
‘One in Six’ an exhibition at Greenspace Gallery is a group exhibition by local professional wildlife artists whose work highlights our beautiful wildlife. The title ‘One in six’ represents the number of species scientists estimate will become extinct by the end of this century due to man’s impact on the environment. It really is up to us to bring about change so this dreadful prediction doesn’t become a fact.
Image attached is a painting by Elaine Franks acclaimed wildlife artists who lives in West Wales.
August see’s me curating ‘Graduates 2015’ which highlights my personal choice of what I was particularly excited by this year in both the art college and at Trinity Saint Davids Carmarthen. …. it’s going to look great!
As well as all this…. I run a Cygnus book club for people who want to talk more in depth about life, well being, spirituality and Cygnus books that have inspired them. to find out more email me email@example.com.
So Greenspace is the place to be and of course you can just pop in for some real coffee and real homemade food!”
Greenspace Gallery a truly inspirational place where life is considered holistically and replicated in art
May 2015 Update 2
‘Inspired by India’ is the result of a group of British artists painting trip to India.
The exhibition runs from 6th to 30th June at Greenspace Gallery.
There is also a Meet the artists event on Saturday 6th June from 2 to 4pm all are welcome.
May 2015 Update 1
Dorothy Morris opens the doors of Greenspace Gallery for wildlife
Dorothy Morris of the Greenspace gallery in Carmarthen tells Welsh Country of her love and thoughts
and efforts to help wildlife in this world of climate change:-
” I have just read a headline announcing…’ ONE IN SIX SPECIES FACES EXTINCTION BY END OF THE CENTURY FROM CLIMATE THREAT’…… isn’t this more important than endless debates on TV amongst our battling politicians?
This is a much bigger battle… so Greenspace Gallery is curating an exhibition in July/ August based on our beautiful but depleting wildlife.
All donations and 10% of all sales will go towards the WWF and a British wildlife charity ( yet to be decided.).
If you are a professional artist, student or talented amatuer please contact me if you would like to take part in this summer exhibition. This exhibition hopefully will help us all appreciate what we have and what might be lost for ever.
Hope to hear from you, Dorothy Morris ”
Dorothy Morris of Greenspace Gallery helps community in Malawi
Dorothy Morris is to donate not only her time but 40 paintings to help those in Malawi
Next October 2015 I plan to travel to Malawi with a local charity http://www.hopemalawiuk.com/ that is trying to help a community to educate themselves and learn skills to lift them out of poverty.
In order for me to to raise money for my travel costs I am holding a silent auction of many of my own paintings at Greenspace Gallery 30 King Street, Carmarthen Sa31 1BS .
The exhibition runs from 3rd to 7th March 2015, gallery open Tues to Sat, 10 to 4pm.
I am looking for local support for this exciting opportunity for me to go out to one of the poorest countries in Africa and teach sewing, designing, textiles and batik and help create craft products and create a website to sell their work internationally.
I shall be posting many of my paintings online on Facebook on Greenspace Gallery/ facebook, do take a look, but I shall also have more at the gallery.
You can also make an offer for this period of any work on my website- http://www.dorothymorris.co.uk so if you want to snap up a bargain please contact me on firstname.lastname@example.org …
40 paintings will be on show at Greenspace Gallery in Carmarthen, from 3rd to 7th March as part of my silent auction in aid of my Teaching Trip to malawi with a local charity. To coincide with this event, and to speak about the work of HOPEmalawiUK , Chris Samuel will be giving a talk on the charities work out in Nkhata Bay, Malawi on Friday 6th March at 10.30. All are welcome..
The gallery will be serving free teas, coffees and cakes during Chris’s talk.
Please come and support this interesting informative event.
More information about the work of HOPEmalawiUK can be found on their website.
Images of all 40 paintings up for auction can be found on Greenspace Gallery’s facebook page.
There’s A Lot Going On At Greenspace Gallery
As well as a range of Dorhty Morris ‘s Fine Art, Silks & Ceramics, there is also a programme of events.
Every Tuesday there is a Book Club from 10.30 to 11.30. If you love books, and chatting about them over a coffee and meeting new people then pop along and join us.
Every Wednesday 2 to 4pm, Batik for beginners £10 per session all materials provided.
Art for Beginners on the first Saturday of each month from 2 to 4pm, £10 per session all materials provided.
Throughout June I am hosting ‘ My Favourite Things’ and inviting professional artists to exhibit up to three pieces of work. If you would like to be included in this exhibition please e-mail me for details, Dorothy_Morris@hotmail.com.
From 19th July to 2nd August Ferryside School will be exhibiting ‘It’s My World Too’ based on the rainforests of the world.
Greenspace Gallery, 30 King Street, Carmarthen, SA31 1BS | www.dorothymorris.co.uk