Previous Speakers

You can look at the work and CV of some of the people who have given up their time to come to Art Central FRIENDS and talk about their work

Geoffrey Swindell
internationally known ceramicist Geoffrey Swindell came to show us his work in March 2013. Apart from some very interesting images and amusing talk, Geoff brought samples of his work, which he generously offered up for sale to the assembled members. Geoff’s pots are made from porcelain and are quite small in size but are perfectly formed. His glazes are really unusual and unique to him as he spends hours sequestered in his glazing she perfecting new combinations and effects. He shows his work at the more prestigious craft fairs such as Hatfield as well as galleries in London, New York and other high profile cities.

Gigi Jones
Gigi’s work was exhibited at the Gallery during December 2012 as part of a touring exhibition called ‘Common Sense’ which also featured music by Mervyn Burtch and English poetry by Professor Tony Curtis with welsh poetry by Grahame Davies. She had done a series of paintings showing the landscape through all the seasons and moods of Gelligaer Common. She agreed to talk to FRIENDS and give her thoughts and inspiration underlying this large body of work.

Terry Setch
Terry Setch is a painter and Royal Academy member who lives in Penarth, Wales. Setch attended Saturday classes at Sutton and Cheam School of Art, followed by a degree course at the Slade School of Fine Art, London. While at college he was recognised and took part in the Young Contemporaries exhibitions in 1957, 1959 and 1960. He moved to Cardiff, Wales in June 1964 to become senior painting lecturer at Cardiff College of Art. He uses wax to create his art along with oils – encaustic effects to achieve a 3D outcome.

Billy Adams
Billy Adams hails from Derry in Northern Ireland but lives in Cardiff and works and teaches in Barry. He is a most enthusiastic potter and has created a wide variety of pots using the landscape of his native land as inspiration. His talk to Art Central FRIENDS showed how his worked has changed over the years and he has created a most unique style. He exhibits all over the country but locally his work can be seen in Craft in the Bay next to the Wales Millennium Centre.

Tracy Baker
Tracey came to speak to FRIENDS about her work which was on exhibition in the Gallery and based on World War. She has a life long interest in horses and her them was the work of the War Horse. She had made several casts of the insides of horses skulls and had fashioned them from ceramic and she had also applied this method to her horses hooves which she had made from casts of horses feet. She showed the audience a power point presentation of her inspiration and work and then the assembly had a tour of the work in the exhibition.

Jon Pountney
At the same exhibition, photographer Jon Pountney had displayed many of his photographs within the same theme – however Jon had used his father’s old camera to visit the churchyards of the Vale and photograph WWI gravestones, Rolls of Honour and memorial plaques.

Charles Byrd
Charles Byrd although not born in Barry, has become closely associated with our town. Now in his ninth decade, he has begun to give away his artwork and kinetic models. Art Central FRIENDS has been the proud beneficiary of six of Charles’ paintings which are displayed currently in the Barry Library as is one of his kinetic models.
Charles Byrd was born in 1916 in Pontypridd, Glamorgan. He is a self-taught painter, sculptor and kinetic artist. In 1948 he attended evening classes at Cardiff School of Art and in 1950 became a full-time artist. Until then he had a variety of jobs from photographer to aircraft fitter. He has lived and worked in Cardiff for most of his life. In 1970 HTV showed a feature film about Byrd called “Wheels, Bells, Spirals!; in 1984 a film was made about him for the 5th Celtic Film and Television Festival in Cardiff and screened under the title ‘The Time and Motion Man’; ‘The Charles Byrd Documentary’ since when it has been in storage in Swansea to become eventually a part of the Grand Theatre Complex and the Old Bus Depot. Cardiff Central Library exhibits a bust of Charles Byrd sculpted by Chris Kelly and his Museum of Magical Machines was on show at The Old Library Cardiff from 1989 – 1996.

Josephine Sowden
In March 16th, visual artist Josephine Sowden spoke to FRIENDS about her work, which she has called ‘Journey’ – Josephine is currently working with Gallery manager Tracey Harding as an Arts graduate intern.
Josephine Sowden graduated from the University of Wales Newport in 2012 achieving a BA Hons in Photographic Art. Since then her work has been exhibited in PLATFORM 2012, GRADUATE 2012, Bloomberg New Contemporaries 2013 and was awarded the Gold Medal for Fine Art at The 2013 National Eisteddfod of Wales; as well as appearing in the Catlin Guide: an introduction to the top 40 most promising artists in the UK. After being commissioned by Bristol based Hand in Glove, she produced work for a solo exhibition at Motorcade/Flashparade on the 8th of March 2013. She is currently living in Cardiff and working as an Arts development assistant at The Vale of Glamorgan Council.
Her work explores the insanity of modern men and women and our lost links with the spiritual. She hopes her art can serve as a catalyst: to break down the walls of separation we have built which have caused a drastic breakdown of our relationships with each other and planet. This separation has been created by hundreds of years of being identified with thought…

Sally Moore
Sally Moore a daughter of Les and Eira Moore and who lived in Barry in her early years came to the Gallery to show her video of her work and life in London. After the video, she was engaged in a question and answer session with Professor Tony Curtis.
Sally has been selected for the 2014 National Portrait Awards at the National Portrait Gallery, London.
Sally was born in Barry, South Wales in 1962. She trained at the Ruskin School of Art in Oxford and subsequently won a scholarship to study at the British School in Rome.
From an early stage in her career Sally’s paintings made an impact, winning her awards at the National Eisteddfod, and at the Discerning Eye exhibition in London, where William Packer awarded her the critic’s prize. Sally also won the Welsh Artist of the Year Award in 2005.
The painstaking, detailed style of Sally’s work has necessarily meant a very low output of paintings, with the result that her solo exhibitions are infrequent and always eagerly anticipated. Her surreal, often humorous paintings are in numerous private and public collections, including the National Museum & Gallery of Wales, National Library of Wales, Newport Museum and the Contemporary Art Society.
Source – Martin Tinney Gallery