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Chairperson’s Summer Bulletin 2018

Art Central Friends. Summer Bulletin 2018

Dear Friends,

Summer is upon us and it is timely that I communicate details of forthcoming Exhibitions in the Art Central Gallery and other plans we “friends” have for the summer.

You will be interested to also learn that from 1st April 2018, the gallery space is available for hiring. The intention is to generate some income and encourage both community and commercial hiring for various events, activities and occasions. It is as we all know a very lovely, light airy space with flexible, moveable walls and a garden terrace. A number of ACF members have over the last couple of years participated in diverse events at the gallery :- seminars, lectures, workshops and book launches for example. We have attended charitable events such as specialist Whiskey and Gin tastings. More recently the gallery has been the setting for Vale Mayor Janice Charles’ fund raising Fashion Show and Dinner Dance.

Do please contact the Vale Council for hiring rates and terms and conditions. My understanding is that there are carefully differentiated fees for Community and Commercial hire.

The Gallery Director Tracey Harding has planned a lively exhibition programme which is detailed in the table below. One or two details remain to be confirmed but the DATES of openings are fixed so please ink them into your calendars and diaries [or mobile phones!]

INVITATION from Arts Development officer:

Launch Event – Friday, 11th May at 8:30 pm. ‘Pillars of Light’ , a new art installation at the Barry Island Western Shelter. Torch-lit parade from Eastern Shelter by the Climbing Wall.

PILLARS and PARADE! Is an art project by two of Wales’ award winning artists Simon Fenoulhet and Thomas Goddard. Fenoulhet a Public Realm light artist and Goddard a Community Engagement Artist have been working with local groups and individuals to create a spectacular Light Parade and Installation at the Western Shelter, Barry Island.

Alan and I will now be out for a short evening walk on Friday to support the launch of this Vale of Glamorgan Public Art project ! We hope to see you there!

Warm regards,


Current and Future Exhibitions-An Update from Gallery Director

Shiftwork – Dr Daniel Baker and Artur Conker

Romany Culture and Arts Company , Exhibition duration: Sat. 5th May – Sat. 2nd June

Formal Opening: Sat.5th May, 11.00am-2.00pm included “gallery walks & talks” with Artists.

CAVC Students End of Year show

Exhibition duration:Sat. 9th June – Sat. 23rd June

Formal Opening: Thursday 14th June , 6pm -8pm

“MIXING IT!” GCSE & A level Students from Bryn Hafren and Barry Comprehensive School

Exhibition duration: Sat. 30th June – Sat 21 July.

Formal Opening: Saturday 30th June at 2pm

Peter Sainty – Solo Exhibition -Sculptor

Exhibition duration: Sat. 28th July – Sat 8th September

Formal Opening: Sat 28th July- Time tbc

Frankie Locke -Solo Exhibition – Ceramicist and Painter

Exhibition duration: Sat 15th September – Sat 27 October

Formal Opening: Sat 15th Sept Time tbc

Charles Burton (painter) & Peter Cattrell (photographer)

Commemorating the Centenary of WW1 1918 – 2018

Exhibition duration: Sat 3rd Nov – Sat. 1st Dec. 2019.

Formal Opening: Sat 10th November -Time tbc

Phillip Muirden- Solo exhibition -Painter

Exhibition duration: Sat. 8th Dec.- Sat. 19th 2019.

Formal Opening: Sat. 8th December -Time tbc


Other Events “off site” for Art Central Friends

Thursday 19th July 7.30pm-10.30pm

Social Supper evening at St Francis Millennium Hall which will involve light entertainment and an informal quiz around the theme of “Desert Island Pics”! Members will have the opportunity to send in a single image of an art work [electronically or by post] which they would choose to enjoy if stranded ! Please SAVE THE DATE. Details will follow about the supper options, but it is a BYO event [bring your own booze] and tickets will be just £5-00 each for ACF members and £7-00 for non-members who come along as guests.

Life Drawing Sessions [next date Thursday 24th May ]

These continue with an enthusiastic core group of 12 members with new people joining and attending when possible. We are occasionally a group of 18 ! To date we have held 6 sessions and are now using the larger hall. We are a mix of generations, established artists and amateur enthusiasts. The professional life model is superb and the session acts as a resource for us all. The next dates are: 24th May; 19th July and 20th September. They operate from 1-4pm on Thursday afternoons at St Francis Millennium Hall and the fee is £12 which includes refreshments.

Booking is essential of course [ tel 01446 748341 or email]

ART and the EISTEDDFOD :A weekday during 3-11th August [date tbc]

The committee agreed that a train ride into Cardiff Bay during the National Eisteddfod period would be fruitful and on our doorstep! It is proposed to visit an exhibition of various CASW purchased works curated by PETER WAKELIN showing at The Futures Gallery in the Pierhead Building. It will also be possible to see Exhibitions at the Eisteddfod Festival within the Wales Millennium Centre. With such possibilities available to us locally this year- the ACF committee felt that the expense coach trip was not necessary this summer.

Local Exhibitions and Members’ News

TRAVELLERS’ IN MIND GALLERY, Platform 1 Barry Station, CF62 7AE.

Bernard Van Lierop has an exhibition “ Some I made Earlier…!” showing work that he has undertaken across the decades and before he moved to Barry in 1996.

Exhibition duration: Sat. May– Sat. June 2018.

Formal Opening: Saturday 19th May, 6pm-8pm- All Welcome!

Textile Artist Judy Stephens, a member of ACF, CASW and the Women’s Arts Association (WAA) has various of her wonderful textiles on show across the UK this year. Judy has pieces in prestigious group shows:-

Contemporary Quilters West whose exhibition called “Unfolding Stories 3” is on show in Harbour House Centre, Kingsbridge Devon in April and early May. Later in August she is showing at the Swansea festival of Stitch which will offer Textile Art Master classes around sites of Swansea, see

PROCESSIONS: Saturday 10th June 2018.

A number of members of ACF who are also members of the Women’s Arts Association[WAA] will be participating in the mass Women’s Art event which is taking place in various cities across the UK. The WAA have been funded to create a Banner with women from S.W ales which will feature in a large processional march in Cardiff to celebrate women. The route of the Cardiff procession will be announced nearer the date , but over 100 women’s groups and girls’ organisations will be participating.

Trisch Zaid Chair of WAA explains

“Our banner is not artist designed; individual women, women’s groups in the community, organisations that work with and for women and members of Women’s Arts Association were given a free hand to design squares 12″x12″ which will be assembled to make our banner. There will be 27/30 squares: all will relate to women or the suffragettes, incorporate the suffragette colours in the design or be entirely green, purple and white. “

Main contact: Patricia Ziad Mob: +44(0)7946 608 316

Senedd Celebration of 100 Inspiring Women

Former active member of ACF the late Audrey Jones was celebrated at the Senedd on Tuesday 8th May and identified as one of 100 inspiring women of Wales along with Dame Tanni Grey Thompson who was taught by Audrey at St Cyres school in Penarth. I was delighted to represent Audrey’s family and the Wales Assembly of Women at the gathering. Many ACF members will remember Audrey and her husband Huw serving jolly good wine at Private View receptions in the early years of the Friends.

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