Events for Friends

News of Friends and Other Events

Memo Arts Centre

Memo Arts Centre, Barry has lots of cinema and live shows coming up. We’ve got family shows, Welsh language theatre, live music, live broadcasts of theatre, opera and ballet, and a whole lot more.

We’re in a big building but we’re registered charity with a tiny, very local team of people and we would love to see you very soon.
For a taste of the live shows that we’ve got coming up:
🪄 Magic and comedy with Tom Brace: The Impossible
🏴󠁧󠁢󠁷󠁬󠁳󠁿 A new Welsh language version of Shirley Valentine
🚀 The Julia Donaldson & Axel Scheffler favourite The Smeds and the Smoos brought to life for younger children and their families
👑 Horrible Histories: Terrible Tudors live on stage for older children and their families
🎸 Memo favourite T Rextasy returns
🎟 Find out more and book tickets on our website:


The update below from Dr Jane Salisbury shows there has been plenty of activity during lockdown.

CONGRATULATIONS: Positive news from ACF Members


Congratulations to Antonia who, in this year’s Queen’s Birthday Honours (announced late this year in October) was awarded a British Empire Medal for services to Education, Housing and the Community in Barry. Antonia, who retired as the Chief Executive of Cynon Taf Community Housing Group in 2014, is Chair of Governors at Whitmore High School, and has been a Trustee of Memo Arts Centre for eight years.


Congratulations to our ACF Chairperson Dennis Clarke who in September 2020 was selected into the role of Deputy Mayor for Barry Town Council. Local on line press have captured Dennis in the wonderful robes as he undertook formal rememberance duties at the Memorial Hall Cenotaph.


Overall Winner of the Photo marathon which was organised by BARRY MAKING WAVES was

Nina Lazarou. Friends can see Nina’s splendid photographs at : The winners gallery. PhotoBARRYthon 2020 – Barry 

The photomarathon is a test of creativity, photography skills, endurance, and sense of humour! It was a competitive event with prizes, taking place over a set period of time. The PhotoBARRYthon format was12 topics, 12 photos, 12 hours, or 6 topics, 6 photos, 6 hours.

ACF member Pat Hollis an accomplished photographer herself and the Competitions Secretary of Barry Camera Club was one of judges for this well supported competition. Pat says:

This was a super way to engage people as well as capturing some absolutely great photographic images. We were delighted with the overall outcomes!”

Dave Brook -FILM MAKER.

Congratulations to Dave Brook who was commissioned by the Contemporary Arts Society for Wales(CASW) to make a film of the artist David Gould. In this short film “Why I paint trees: How I paint trees” we are introduced to the painter David Gould at work as he paints a tree and describes his processes in the early morning light of a Cardiff park. Gould shares his passion for landscape painting and the joy he has when working outdoors. He explains his simple and direct method of operating. We see him at work en plein air, using re-purposed firework sticks and inexpensive brushes to combine drawing and painting.

See the film at


CASW also commissioned a film of Harley Jones in conversation with Gerda Roper about his experience as a film maker. Gerda and Harley worked together in Newport College of Art where Harley taught at the Film School. Across a long career, Harley made films about diverse subjects, including the landscape painter Richard Wilson and industrial design. Gerda converses around several extracts from his films which are included in this film.

To watch the film of Gerda and Harley in conversation, please visit the CASW YOU TUBE Channel

Shaz Magill– FILM MAKER

The Women’s Arts Association of Wales(WAAW) commissioned ACF member Shaz Magill to make a film for their archives of the 2020 International Women’s day exhibition (IWD) which was on exhibition at Llanover Hall. This was shared on the WAAW Website and links sent to the many women members across Wales.

The short film can be seen at their website:

Alan Salisbury– WALES CONTEMPORARY 2020 “Overall Winner”

Congratulations to Alan whose winning painting is a political still life- a basket of fruit under attack by menacing Brexit Gremlins! The competition’s call for entries invited artists to submit work that is inspired by Wales’ ancient history, its art history, its heritage, its landscape (rural,urban or political).With £12000 given over to six prizes there were in excess of 1100+ entries from across the world. Dilys Jackson and Dave Brook also were successful, each had a work selected for exhibition at the Waterfront Gallery in Milford Haven which is hosting 150 works for the Wales Contemporary 2020 Exhibition which travels to London’s OXO gallery in late February. Congratulations to them all for making the final cut!

The socially distanced opening and the judges reviewing comments can be seen in 2 short vimeo films at

Dave Brook– ROYAL WEST ACADEMY Open Exhibition.

Congratulations to Dave whose gicelee print ”The Last Chance” was selected into the 2020 exhibition. Government restrictions, mean that RWA are unable to open the 168 Annual Open Exhibition and have postponed the physical exhibition until  January 2021.  However, all artworks can be viewed and purchased online HERE [Dave’s work is exhibit NO. 173]

Barbara Castle – “WORKING VALLEYS”

ACF member and painter Barbara Castle has an exhibition in Cynon Valley Museum and Gallery, Aberdare  CF44 8DL. Her exhibition of paintings has been digitised and can be viewed at the gallery’s third space ”Exhibitions at home”

OTHER EXHIBITIONS of ACF Members and their groups:

VOGA- Vale of Glamorgan Artists

This regional group exhibited a number of works at Barry Community Hospital and continue to show regularly in rotation at the Awesome Wales Store in Holton Road. ACF members exhibiting as part of VOGA included Ann Townson, Eve Hart, Richard O’ Connell, Judy Stevens, Nina Lazarou.


A number of members of AC friends are part of this well established pan Wales group of Artists, including Robert Harding, Gerda Roper, Kay Keogh, Sue Roberts, Mary Husted, Alan Salisbury, Dilys Jackson, Jean Walcot, Shirley Anne Owen.

The exhibition:” Across Two valleys” will be a bi-located show with members exhibiting in two valleys Merthyr and Cynon simultaneously. It is currently scheduled for March 2021.


Also see our Facebook page for links to virtual arts events.


The digital project by the Memo, Barry, The Space Between Our Thoughts, is now online. See for links.

Members will know that the Memo Art Centre manager Kate Long is always mindful in her programming of films, to include a splendid mix of filmed live theatre productions and Art films. Many of us AC friends have enjoyed both. Alongside other residents in the Vale, ACF were all disappointed when ‘Easter in Art’ and ‘Frieda Khalo’ films were cancelled along with all of the venue’s Spring and subsequent programme of events.

In November and after considerable preparation, the MEMO piloted a safe cinema screening of “Bohemian Rhapsody”. This was most impressive. Volunteers and staff had undertaken rigorous training; Guests were temperature checked; arrival times were staggered; one way systems carefully designed and of course, socially distanced seating was in place. The sample audience of around 60 were surveyed and the evening was deemed a big success- participants felt very safe and cared for.

Sadly within a day of this safe cinema event, Government directives prevented the MAC from opening as a cinema. The December programming had to be cancelled at very short notice.

Other community outreach activities underway and planned can be found at Please stay “in touch “with our MAC and continue with your support in the months ahead. Friends can keep up to date with all plans for What’s on at the Memo by signing up to the digital newsletter here

Barry Making Waves

A number of Friends volunteered to participate in group “workshops” organised by the Barry Making Waves place officer Mererid Velios. A printing workshop where we experimented tinting and subverting copies of Victorian and Edwardian postcards of “old Barry” took place at St Francis Millenium Hall. We also undertook mono printing and silk screen printing around the theme of logos and symbols of Barry.

A further group gathered with two writers to share stories of growing up in the town. The narratives collected were to inform some play scripts which would help capture the town’s social history. The Barry Making Waves website is under development but can be found at: Mererid would welcome feedback and ideas for content via the online survey at


The Contemporary Arts Society of Wales, CASW, is currently online providing its members with emailed newsletters; CASW Behind Closed Doors showing work by members, and, CASW Choices, providing information and links on Welsh artists.

Free lectures organised by CASW are currently suspended. Lectures will be online for the time being. The lectures last about an hour and are FREE. The speakers are practising artists or art historians. CASW is also providing additional virtual events, videos and interviews.

Further details and short abstracts for each of the talks as well as the video and interview links can be found on the official CASW website Membership of CASW : Anyone wishing to join CASW, can contact the membership Secretary Steve Bowkett tel: 07715 297877 email: [email protected]

Membership of Art Central friends: For those of you who need to renew our Forms are on display in the gallery or make a request through our Contacts page.