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Discovery Room Exhibition at Oriel y Parc


Discovery Room Windows Exhibition

Carmarthen Artists Network

1 September - 31 October
Carmarthen Artists' Network was set up in 2011 to offer encouragement to art graduates who want to develop and maintain their artistic practice within a supportive group. CAN is run solely by its members and aims to provide an artistic platform for developing artists living in rural West Wales. Currently CAN has 20 members, who have a large multi-disciplinary skills base.
Crewyd Rhwydwaith Artistiaid Sir Gâr yn 2011 er mwyn calonogi graddedigion celf a fynnai ddatblygu a dal ati â'u hymarfer celf nhw o fewn grŵp cefnogol. Trefnir CAN gan ei aelodau yn unig i'r perwyl o ddarparu llwyfan gelfyddydol ar gyfer artistiaid datblygol sy'n byw yng Ngorllewin Cymru. Ar hyn o bryd 20 aelod sy gyda CAN, yn meddu ar sylfaen eang o fedrau aml-ddisgyblaeth.
Carmarthen Artists' Network regularly exhibits in the West Wales area, and since 2016, the group has been creatively collaborating at the National Botanic Garden of Wales with the Regency Restoration Project. This exciting scheme is continuing into 2020 to restore the 18th century landscape and water park created for Sir William Paxton. 

For the Oriel Y Parc Gallery, members of Carmarthen Artists' Network have designed a ‘Cabinet of Curiosities’ to entice the visitor with our artistic responses to a sense of place within National Coastal Park.  The concept of what creates a special identity in an area through its landscape, history and communities is part of the Welsh Tourist Board’s 2019 Discovery theme.
David Brown, Fay Palkimas, Geoff Hockley, Rahmat Haverkamp, Sian Swann, Tanya Rotherfield,  Allison Rudd Mumford, Victoria Malcolm, Johanna Moss, Carole Fletcher and Viv Albiston have created a collection of “curiosities” using ceramics, paint, print, fabric, paper and sculpture. We hope you will all enjoy the work, which ranges from the representational to the abstract.
The Cabinet of Curiosities exhibition runs from September 1st to October 31st 2019

Artists who will be exhibiting in September.

Tanya Rotherfield

Walking around the rock pools on Amroth beach, part of the Pembrokeshire Coast National Park, I was transported back to my childhood and the excitement I felt when I discovered some new creature or plant going about it's life right in front of my eyes.

This body of work, in the medium of print, is created around the movement of the crustaceans in their watery homes and the beautifully intricate marks and patterns they leave behind in the sand.

Carole Fletcher

Fragment of Wasp Nest

The garden of my Pembrokeshire Workshop provides a wealth of study material. Fragments of an abandoned wasp nest offered a glimpse into a hidden world one might easily overlook.  Microscopic imagery of these complex constructions, beyond comprehension to the eye,  suggested characteristics of materials and construction techniques.

Rahmat Haverkamp.

Dutch born artist Rahmat Haverkamp moved to Wales in 2001 and hasn’t looked back.

In the various disciplines that can be found in her practice she has always tried to incorporate preloved materials to avoid them ending up as landfill.

Rahmat has hand-made customisable jewellery pieces especially for this unique exhibition taking inspiration from the beautiful ever changing Pembrokeshire coastline.

The use of reclaimed materials for these tactile necklaces has diverted the textiles and leather from the waste stream whilst giving an exciting, repurposed new lease of life.

All her pieces are one of a kind.

Allison Rudd-Mumford

My inspiration has always been the natural world.   In my work I reflect nature and try to bring the sense of peace held in the open spaces of the world.

Geoff Hockley B.A. Fine Arts (Sculpture)

I came into fine art from an engineering background. My work reflects my wide range of interests rooted in nature, science and industry.

Pembrokeshire has a rich industrial heritage including coal and iron and is both geologically and ecologically diverse.

This provides a productive source of inspiration which I hope is reflected in my work.

David Brown.

' Holidays in Wales' is influenced by the many times that I visited this part of the country with my wife and children during the summer break. The art work indicates that Pembrokeshire has been a place for worship and pleasure for many decades.

Johanna Moss.

Johanne Moss is a Surface Pattern Designer who specializes in textiles and wallpaper. Her Pembrokeshire surroundings provide inspiration for her creations, to which she adds humour with quirky animal characters.

Sian Swann      

I use the scalpel as a pen to combine hand-cut paperwork with collage and drawing. The cut paper is also enhanced to create 3D effects by using negative space, light and shadow. The imagery is based on my own botanical observations and historical botany illustrations.

The fuchsias that grow wild in the National Coastal Park hedgerows originate from Haiti and the Dominican Republic, brought to Europe in 1703; first grown in Kew Gardens in 1788 and became popular Victorian garden plants.

So this series of papercuts is titled ‘The Escapees’.

Vivienne Albiston:

 I am interested in the  inter- relationship between people and the land. Within the National Park, husbanding and managing these two factors, I`m sure, has to be a delicate balance for it to work. These pieces try to reflect this symbiosis.

Victoria Malcolm.

'These drawings are monochrome tonal studies of the landscapes within the park.'

Fay Palkimas.

Fay Palkimas’ sculptures ‘Ironcore One’ and ‘Comet’ were created through experimental iron and bronze casting, using wood and iron found in the local area. The metals were heated to their melting point then poured into a space created within a block of wood. The heat burns the wood, the metal fills the cracks created and then cools. The wood burns away into ash and leaves the metal exposed resulting in sculpture with wonderful textures. Fay pours these moulds herself and has been through a journey of discovery learning about the reactive process, which turns out to be very unpredictable, slightly dangerous but very exciting.


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