Chairperson's Bulletin January 2018

Art Central Friends Winter Bulletin no 1:

January 2018

Dates for your diary: WHAT IS ON at the ART CENTRAL GALLERY

Exhibitions and Talks

20th January-24th February

Michal Iwanowski International documentary photographer and teacher

shows his work CLEAR OF PEOPLE


Tharien King, new graduate artist, illustrator is showing WE ARE ALL THE SAME.

Saturday 27th January 11am-1.30pm

Formal opening and Introductory talk on the exhibited works and book by Photographic Artist MIKAIL IWANOWSKI

3rd March- 28th April

Women's Arts Association Open show celebrating 2018 International Women's day.Work of all media from women across Wales and beyond!

Saturday 10th March


Formal official opening to include Artists, guests and Art Central Friends

Sat17th March at 11am

Illustrated talk by Dr Judith Foy; ART and MEDICNE

Coffee + cakes. Event sponsored by ACFriends

5th May- 2nd June

Shift Work: Romany Cultural Arts Company

To include work by

Dr. Daniel Baker, Billy Kerry, Artur Conka, and Shamus McPhee

Sat. 9th -23rd June

Cardiff & Vale College Students ' exhibition

OTHER EXHIBITIONS confirmation of dates awaited

Artists with forthcoming exhibitions at the gallery in 2018 include:

Peter Sainty, Charles Burton, Franke Locke

Bryn Hafren Girls School and Barry Boys' Comprehensive school are merging into a co educational establishment in September 2018. A short exhibition is planned in the summer which showcases work from their senior 6th form students .

Please consult the ART CENTRAL GALLERY website managed and updated by the Vale Council for more frequent updates. Art Central Gallery - Vale of Glamorgan Council

Our own ACF website is still available and with help from Diane Brook the committee hope to update it appropriately.

FACE BOOK for Art Central friends

At the AGM in October it was proposed and agreed to establish a FACE BOOK page for Art Central friends .The idea is to share relevant updates and interesting news.We realise that not everyone uses this form of social media or even the ACF Website but members felt it was timely to to this. Of course friends will still receive email update bulletins and hard copies will be circulated to those members not “on line”.

How to join FACEBOOK group for Art Central Friends.

If you are a FB user just make a request to join. If not please contact our new IT coordinator DIANE BROOK [ ] who will be happy to contact you and arrange a tutorial or telephone explanation.

Other Talks, Events & Exhibitions of interest locally for “Friends”

Travellers' Gallery Platform 1 Barry Station.

A fascinating collection of Railway Badges is currently on display in the Travellers cafe gallery. Note that the gallery is open from 7.30am to 12 noon on Mondays to Fridays.

BAY ART: Bute St.

Exhibition of works by the late JOHN SELWAY 20th Jan.-16th Feb 2018.

Formal Opening and gallery “Walk and Talk” with Phil Nichol and Jon Gower on Saturday 20th January at 5pm.

Life Drawing Sessions.

Art Central Friends have established a monthly 3 hour afternoon session with a very experienced life model. Two sessions were fully booked and attended in November and December, the next 3 sessions will take place on THURSDAYS 1pm -4pm at St Francis Millennium Hall , Barry on:

Thursday 25th Jan; Thursday 22nd February and Thursday 22 March.

Pre booking is essential [email or tel; 01446 748341].

Cost £12 per session including refreshments. Any individual pre-paying and booking 3 sessions for £36 is of course guaranteed a place.

Free Artists talks and Art Lectures open to public organised by the Contemporary Arts Society of Wales [ CASW]

CASW organises a series of free lectures/talks each year, on Tuesday evenings which are open to the public . These take place at 7.30pm in the Bute Building [which houses the School of Architecture and School of Journalism ], on King Edward VII Avenue. The Bute building is just a 6 minute walk from Cathays Train Station.

The next TWO dates for these are 23 January and 20February.

See links below.

Stella Lyons – Margaret MacDonald and the Glasgow Four – 23rd January 2018

Stella Lyons is a Cardiff based art historian. Educated in Cardiff, she gained a BA [1st Class Hons.] in the History of Art at Bristol University during which she spent a year in Florence studying the art of the Renaissance. This lecture will look at the Glasgow Four, who included the painter and glass artist Margaret MacDonald. This group was influential in the movements of the time – the Arts and Crafts Movement, Japonisme and the Celtic Revival.

Sean Vicary – Animated Landscapes – 20th February 2018

Sean initially studied painting but became increasingly attracted to working in time-based media. Found objects, even detritus, serve to stimulate the creation of his Animated Landscapes or assemblages. ” I am currently working with ideas of the uncanny , re-wilding and contemporary manifestations of Genius Loci “, ipse dixit. His work is in demand and seen all over the world from Finland to Korea. He now lives and works in West Wales

NOTE: Other interesting material on previous Artist talks,Trips and events can be found on the CASW website .


Thankyou for your ongoing support.

We do have to treasure the wonderful gallery on our Kings Square and I hope to be able to continue to fundraise via trips and events so that we can continue to sponsor some “hospitality” refreshments at Exhibition Openings and also to fund Artists' Talks in the gallery space. We are a very resourceful group of enthusiasts with broad skills and experiences and clearly, a love of Art! The Gallery Director is very appreciative of what we achieve by way of sharing ideas, supporting her to increase footfall and participation in gallery events.

If you can as a “friend” offer

a]A morning or afternoon once per fortnight to sit in gallery as a “greeter”


b] Assist in the TAKE DOWNS or SET UPS/HANGINGS of exhibitions [plugging holes, sanding walls, painting out stains, screwing mirror clips to frames etc..]

Please contact me and I will add you to a very small list of volunteers which we would very much like to enlarge.

Warm regards,


[Chair ACF]