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Arts in the Tawe Valley February Newsletter

There is a lot to cover in this months newsletter.
Firstly thank you to our members who completed the survey. We've compiled some of the results which are outlined beneath.
We had a large increase of members. Every month I'll be introducing three new members. This month we bring a warm welcome to Jude Flaherty, Jackie Hannam Brown and Sonia Williams

We've another call out for the next Oriel Lliw exhibition, kindly sponsored by Goodhand Glass.
And details of our next Arts in the Tawe Valley members event. 

There is a lot of info here, so grab a cuppa and enjoy. 

Arts in the Tawe Valley team

Submission deadline is the 22nd March

Private view is 7 - 10pm 31st March
The Oriel Lliw is closed for refurbishment from the 3rd of March and is back running at normal hours from the 1st of April

If you've got artwork in the Oriel Lliw please make sure it's collected between 1st and 2nd of March before 5pm. Before removing your art please make sure you confirm collection by filling in the paperwork. 

Dear AitTV members 

Due to reasons detailed below, we have to make some changes to the 2017 AitTV Art Week.

Proposal for 2017 Art Week
  •    New Art Week Date - 23rd June - 2nd July
  • This year’s art week will be supported with a bilingual leaflet detailing open studios, exhibitions and workshops held within the week, rather than a brochure and art trail map that will require further funding
  •  We are continuing to apply for funding to have workshops where the Artists and their materials are paid for. Funding will be split between workshops held in artist’s studios and at the Pontardawe Art Centre.
  • The AitTV Members exhibition will be held in the Oriel Lliw Gallery for a six-week period and will be a magnificent affair again.
  •  We will encourage, support and promote All members (as we hope they will encourage, support and promote fellow members), who are still encouraged to open their studios, organise group and solo exhibitions throughout the area.
The Reason
The Reason is a good thing.
 AitTV has been managed by a small group of volunteers who give up their own time to support this new adventure. Just over a year ago we set a target of 10 members for 2016 and we got 40! This year we thought we had peaked at 40 and already we have 104 members.
As a group we never expected to be running the Oriel Lliw Gallery, which has been a real asset to local artists and our community, so we are growing positively and in the right direction, but also stretching our resources to the full.

The committee has had many meetings to plan for an Arts Week and we have come to several conclusions.

We are listening …

Recently you have sent a survey about AitTV. Thank you so much for your replies.
 Here is the summary of some of the data gathered. (Percentages don't add to 100% as members selected multiple options)

Question 1
Which of these elements are the most important to you in your AitTV membership?

62.5% members voted for Net working opportunities
67.5% members voted for Annual Arts Week 
80% members voted for Oriel Lliw Gallery

 Question 2

What do you feel are the most important aspects of the AitTV arts week?

52.5% members voted for exhibiting with all AitTV members in Oriel Lliw
42.5% members voted for Networking/Meeting other artists
37.5% members voted for having a group exhibition

Proposal for improving Membership

 Another Key result in the Survey was a high response to networking events.
 In the next few 
weeks, we are planning some dates for networking events for 2017.
All your ideas are welcome?
What do you want to do? …. Speakers & workshops? Pint & curry nights? wine & canapés?  Or a combination of different types of networking events.

Going forward
 To make the 2018 Art Week an even greater success we need to get more support ……  and guess what? You little beauties, the Survey reported back that our members wanted to get more involved (We will be contacting you soon…. So thank you).
 I hope that the adjustments to our plans with our proposal for this year meet with your approval. Please feel free to contact us if you feel as a member that AitTV have not come through with all its promises, we will refund your membership 
without quibble.
The AitTV journey we have 
traveled in the last 14 months has been an amazing one, let it continue.

 Rhian Goodhand  

AitTV Chairwoman

AitTV members meeting up on
Friday 17th March
7pm - 9.30pm
Pontardawe Art Centre

Please join us for a chat about AitTV.  There'll be opportunities to meet other members, listen to live music, learn IT skills and more. More info will be on our facebook page and members facebook group

If you're not on our facebook group please join.

Jude Flaherty, batik, mixed media

I was first introduced to Batiking at the age of 14 and immediately fell in love with the colour, shapes and textures. After completing a degree in art and design at Ravensbourne I went o to work as a graphic designer and typographer and from there into the new media/advertising sector.

Ten years ago I moved from busy London to the tranquility of the Welsh mountains. In 2010 I met and then married James, who loves nothing better than a long walk in the Brecon Beacons. These huge skies and breathtaking landscapes have inspired me to return to batiking and explore the wonderful colours and shapes of nature.

Batiking is for me a wonderful way of capturing the beauty of life, from the smallest flower to the grandest vistas. I wish to share the joy of what I see every day and hope this comes out in my work.


facebook: www.facebook/JudeFlahertyBatiks/

Jackie Hannam Bowen, painting, sculpture, collage

My name is Jackie and I live in Ystalyfera. I’m originally from Newcastle, I’ve also lived on the sunny south coast in Sussex before moving to this beautiful country of Wales in 2004. I run and own a Muscular Therapy business in Ystalyfera which sees me working with my hands most days, helping people with various muscular problems.

Since I can remember I’ve created. Presently I work/experiment with various media, acrylic on canvas, glasspainting, collage, clay sculpture, each piece of work is unique. I’ve been lucky enough to sell bits and pieces of my work over the last twenty years in various shops and markets My art is really about time for me, a time to express my mood, a time to play without knowing where it takes me. It’s very much a learning process and an expression which reveals to me a clear reflection of my own limitations. I believe all creativity allows us to expand these limitations as we move into the creative ‘zone’.

Phone: 07981 65 29 39
Facebook: Revive

Sonia Williams, painting, textiles

I am a contemporary painter and textile artist living in West Wales. I take my inspiration from the world around me. Using flowers, the cycle of nature and the landscape behind my home as a catalyst, I enjoy emulating my love of colour, shape and surfaces in paint and other media. Being experimental in my approach, I relish playing with new processes. I have developed my own style of work alongside school and community projects and enjoy facilitating groups to engage in the making process.

F/Book  Soniawilllamswelshartist

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