“Creativity is allowing yourself to make mistakes. Art is knowing which ones to keep.”
Scott Adams

Arts in the Tawe Valley 

November Newsletter

In this months newsletter

Key Dates
"Star Light Star Bright" Christmas Parade
Oriel Lliw Exhibition 
Expression of Interest in 2018 "Art Week"
New committee members
Introducing three new members


 December 1st # "Star Light Star Bright" Christmas Parade
January 2nd # Oriel lliw shop Submission deadline "The Natural World"
January 9th # Oriel lliw drop off and collection
January 12th # Private /view "Hidden Voices" exhibition by Eleanor & Paul 

Oriel Lliw Birthday and Christmas exhibition 

Here are some photos from the Private view
*Photos courtesy of Sandeha Lynch (Aitv member/photographer)

A warm welcome to some of our new committee members

Vivian Rhule  

AitTV Deputy

Vivian Rhule is well known for her extensive experience in community arts and art education; her community art work ranges across many visual art techniques and areas including print making, textiles and environmental art.
Her passion for inclusive arts practice has seen her work with a broad range of people; always with the aim of potentially creating transformational experiences or at least creating equal opportunities’ in community arts practice.
Her personal art practice has seen her use themes such as origins, transformation and fauna & flora to explore the environment or heritage and create links between peoples past and present. Essential to the art she produces is her desire to experiment with drawing, felt making, mixed media and printmaking.

Heather Punder  

AitTV Secretary

Heather has painted and written all her life. She worked in higher and community education she is now retired and is learning to make work in fused glass. Arts in the Tawe Valley is a unique opportunity to bring all kinds of artistic endeavours together in the lovely Swansea Valley. She looks forward to many exciting and interesting events in 2018.

Dawn McIntyre  

AitTV Membership Secretary

I experienced a disabling illness a number of years ago and since then I have been developing my skills in painting and drawing using a mixture of media. I enjoy working on a variety of projects including: still life, landscape and self-portrait. It has been good being involved with Arts in the Tawe Valley as it presents an opportunity to show my work to viewers and get feedback on my work.

Introducing one of our new members

Sheree Murphy

Sheree Murphy is a contemporary Welsh artist who’s practice involves an autobiographical approach to her art making. She covers a variety of different media, including analogue photography, painting and drawing. Her subjects have included ‘coming of age’, ‘popular culture’ ‘politics’ and ‘ancestry’.

Murphy’s practice looks at the connections between the every day and the surreal. Exploring familiar subjects and exposing the intrinsic nature of memory and human behaviour. Her work is about the mystery to life and the unanswered questions that are often posed within the every day.


Introducing our new member

Ian Fair


I took a Foundation course in art when I left school in 1977, but put everything on hold when I started work, though I always kept my hand in with drawing and sketching as a hobby.For many years my favourite style was the classic panel sequence comic strip, a once regular feature of many newspapers and magazines, but now sadly outmoded and rarely found.

However, I did draw the monthly cartoon strip ‘Alwyn’s almanac’ for the community magazine based in Ystradgynlais from 2004 till 2007. Shortly after this, I started painting, largely self taught. Having tried a variety of mediums I settled on acrylics, which although not always a popular choice, I have found offer great versatility. I live in Cimla in Neath, and work in Swansea as a bus driver.

Introducing our new member

Jess Young

instagram: Jessyoungart
facebook: Jessyoungartist

My work discusses the dialogue between the external and internal landscape, seeing my surroundings as mirror and measure to conflicts, joys, crises and retreats, searching for connections and common ground.
 Through intimate, at times cosmic or claustrophobic, images of nature and the landscapes of my home I explore themes of security, relationships, displacement and changing identity.
 I graduated in 2013 with a BA in Fine Art from Plymouth College of Art. In 2013 I was awarded the Ben Hartley Prize for Fine Art and was invited on a 5 month long residency with Plymouth contemporary art gallery KARST. I have exhibited in Plymouth and London.I have painted with oils and acrylics for many years developing my knowledge or colour, texture, design and spacial awareness.  I am now exploring the creation of felt, hand made fabrics, paper collage and mixed media to create expressive pictures.

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PayPal £248.26
Outgoing AGM buffet £95

Balance : £972.46

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