New departures for Spring 2015
We are delighted to announce quite a few “firsts” for King Steet Gallery coming up this Spring. Two exhibition firsts, in conjunction with Carmarthen School of Arts, see the works of the Foundation Course group displayed in late March followed in late April by two second year groups. In keeping with our commitment to the promotion of art in all its forms, it is a pleasure for us to help encourage and display the work of the artists of the future and we hope that these will become regular events.
Continuing the theme of promoting art in all its forms, at the end of March we have the Chate Room’s first ceramics workshop, with a two day life modelling course with Mick Morgan.
March also brings our first Postcard Art event, following along the lines of the Royal College of Art’s annual ‘secret’ postcard exhibition and sale. We hope that this will raise much needed funds for both the gallery and our chosen local charity, Tŷ Cymorth.
Details of all these events and more can be found below.
In the run-up to the 50th year of Foundation Art and Design at Carmarthen School of Art, the college’s Foundation students present an exhibition relating to Coleg Sir Gar’s cross-campus ‘Respect’ initiative. The initiative encourages staff, students and the wider community to show respect to the environment and those around them and covers issues such as consumerism and sustainability through to bullying and religious discrimination. This is the third time a group of the college’s students have explored this theme using a variety of different media ranging from painting through photography and the moving image to 3D art, fashion and textiles.
The exhibition, entitled ‘Respect’, runs from 20th – 26th March, with an opening event on 20th between 5.30 and 7.30pm.
To visit the Foundation Course Facebook page, click here.
The Carmarthen Life Drawing Group, formed in 2010 to enable residents within the county to share the cost and facilities required to study and work from life models, will be exhibiting with KSG again this year, continuing our commitment to local art. The members are drawn from various artistic disciplines and include illustrators, printers, ceramicists, stained glass artists and those working in and teaching art. Within the group, members are free to pursue their own approach to drawing or painting from life, with no formal tuition, and a general freedom and respect for members methods and working practices are encouraged.
The exhibition will be held in the Chate Room from Saturday 4th to Thursday 16th April. You can meet the artists between 2pm and 4pm on Saturday 4th.
Carmarthen School of Art
The second exhibition from Carmarthen School of Art 2nd Year Fine Art students comes in two parts, with each week long exhibition showcasing the work of nine of the eighteen artists involved.
‘Turning Points’ reflects upon not just final results, but the process of creating an artwork. As Clare Zeevi, one of the exhibiting students, explains: “Each piece is an attempt to capture the turning point of a potential inspiration – that moment of possibility where one can sense a new beginning on the journey to an unknown destination.” Accompanying each piece will be a photographic timeline charting the different steps in the process leading to each creative response.
Both groups will be hosting a ‘Meet the Artist’ launch event at the gallery; the first on Friday 24th April, the second on Friday, 1st May.
‘Turning Points’ runs from 24th April to 7th May and will be closed for the changeover on 30th April.
Osi Rhys Osmond – ‘Looking Back’
We were all saddened to hear of the loss of Osi and our heart felt sympathies go out to his family. For those who haven’t yet seen it, this inspiring exhibition of his work will be on show until Wednesday 19th March.
Clay Life Modelling Workshop
3D modelling workshop with Mick Morgan
10am – 4pm
£120 per person for the two days, including all materials.
This will be our first venture into ceramics workshops and it promises to be a very interesting addition to our usual Life modelling workshops. Mick will be running an exploratory workshop with a life model, using a variety of clays, but mainly paper clay made by Mick. The theme is the human figure and developing techniques of interpreting it. No previous experience is necessary but a little imagination will go a long way.
You will be using formers and other materials (provided) but if you have, or can borrow, a heat gun/culinary blow torch please bring it with you as this will help to speed things up.
DAY ONE will cover three poses:
1. Stick Insect
DAY TWO: Squat Figure
This workshop is a great opportunity for 3D artists to work using a life model and for 2D artists who would like to develop a greater understanding of working in three dimensions.
All materials and equipment will be provided but you are welcome to bring any tools.
Tea and coffee are provided and there will be a break for lunch.
You can bring your own food to eat in the gallery or there are plenty of nice places in the town.
Contact the gallery to book:
Email firstname.lastname@example.org or 01267 220121
Adapting a successful fundraising idea used for the last 20 years by the Royal College of Art, KSG artists were invited to produce and donate to the gallery one, two or more 4×6” images in any medium to raise funds for development of the gallery and for the local Carmarthen hospice, Tŷ Cymorth.
We will be offering these works, up to about forty unique pieces, for people to acquire by “lucky dip”. The “lucky dip” will be in the form of a pen, available from the gallery for £20, 20% of which will go to the charity. The pen will contain a number which refers to one of the artworks.
There will be an equal number of pens to artworks so every pen is guaranteed to get one of the postcards “Off the Wall”, you just won’t know which! That’s where the fun comes in. The suspense comes in by us not revealing the numbers on the artworks until the evening of the 1st May, when we open our Summer Exhibition.
The pens will be on sale, and the artworks on display, from Monday 23rd March.
We have decided to move the dates for our annual Open Competition from January to September. We know what a busy period pre-Christmas is for all of us so thought that September would provide more time over the summer to produce our best work. Hopefully, this year’s theme, ‘Celtic Coastline’, will present as big an opportunity for colour and imaginative interpretations as “Carnival’ did earlier in the year.
The exhibition will be held in the Chate Room between 4th – 17th September 2015.
The deadline for entries is Saturday 29th August, so there is plenty of time to prepare. Entry forms will shortly be available in the gallery and to download from the website.
With any luck we are now fully past the uncertainty of winter and can begin to get out and be creative again. If not, there is always plenty of inspiration to be had from the works of others. We hope to see you in the gallery soon!