NEWS: February-March 2018

Dewiswch o’r blwch i gyfieithu.

Up to 2nd April the gallery is only open formally at the weekends while it is being prepared for the new season. From 3rd April onwards it will be open every day 11am to 4:30pm except for Mondays when closed.

We are in the process of adding to the website the information about the guest exhibition programme for the spring and summer selected from our open call. The first exhibition is of Holographic Images by Patrick Boyd. We are looking forward to seeing this fascinating mix of science and art. The exhibition will be showing from Tuesday 3rd to Saturday 28th April with a preview evening at 7:30pm on Monday 2nd April. All welcome. (Read more)

As well as the guest exhibition there is always the marvellous Captives of the Cosmic Web painting by Bernard Barnes to see, covering the whole north wall of the hall. Bernard and Reyna Rushton continue to use the space as a working studio, so you can see their work in progress and finished on display. Bernard Barnes is working on panels which will eventually be added to the ceiling. You can read about progress with those on his blog at

We have also allocated a space to the Mawddach Art Group to showcase a picture by one of their artists in rotation through the season. The first artist showing her work in this space will be Erica White. The art group will be exhibiting work from all of their artists in August (Read more).

The regular Monday evening acoustic folk music sessions will start up again from Monday 2nd April.

Books by Bernard Barnes

Bernard is a published author as well as artist. Check out his titles on Amazon or signed copies available in the gallery. The Captives of the Cosmic Web, City as Superorganism, Travels with an environmentally friendly puppet and The cat who said woof. The catalogue of his most recent work, Fragments of Devon, is also available to buy.


Goethe Quote

“Whatever you can do or dream you can, begin it. Boldness has genius, power and magic in it.”

Quote from Goethe, or is it?

Upcoming Events


Evening Events

2 April @ 7:30pm
Preview of Holographic Art
by Patrick Boyd
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New Exhibitions

3-28 April 2018
3 Dimensional Photography –
Holographic Art by Patrick Boyd
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Monday Music Unplugged

First open session combined with exhibition preview
on Monday 2 April @ 7:30pm.

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You are invited to the first exhibition preview of the season

Patrick Boyd Exhibition 3rd-28th April 2018 St John's Hall Gallery Barmouth

St John’s Hall Gallery is delighted to be showing a very unusual exhibition of 3 dimensional holographic images by artist Patrick Boyd as the first exhibition in our Spring/Summer season. This work is an interesting fusion of science and art.

If you are free, please come to the preview event at 7:30pm on Monday 2nd April (Easter Monday). Patrick will give a short talk about the process and there will be wine and live acoustic music.

The exhibition is showing from Tuesday 3rd to Saturday 28th April – 11am to 4:30pm each day, except closed on Mondays.

Read more about the exhibition.

Call for Exhibition Proposals – Deadline 31 January

Call for Exhibition Proposals Deadline 31 January St John's Hall Gallery

We are inviting proposals for exhibitions at the gallery over the Summer of 2018.

In the last few years, as well has having a varying display of work by the two resident artists, the gallery has exhibited the work of artist friends. This year, for the first time, we are opening up a formal proposal process to any artist who feels they have a body of work suitable to exhibit in the space.

Before submitting a proposal, please read the guidelines in full that are available to download as a PDF in English and Welsh. If you have any difficulties with the guidelines, please email

This is not an opportunity that is likely to result in a lot of sales, but rather is a chance for your work to be seen in a gallery setting by a new audience. PLEASE NOTE THE GALLERY DOES NOT PAY ARTIST TO EXHIBIT.

There are no restrictions on where you are based, but we would like to make connections with and support local artists. IF YOU ARE NOT A LOCAL ARTIST, PLEASE TELL US HOW YOU PROPOSE TO INSTALL AND TAKE DOWN YOUR EXHIBITION.

This call is open to artists at any stage of their career. We are looking for work of a high professional standard.


Review of 2017 – St John’s Hall Gallery, Barmouth

Repairs to the Hall

I’m pleased to report that the Gallery, in its 7th year as such, has been open and busy for all of the summer. It took some time to get going this year after a winter of momentous interruption. Over the winter 2016/17 the gallery closed completely for the first time and the main work renovating the actual hall came to a conclusion. It required a clear out of all the inner partitions and furniture, the safe removal and storage of all the artwork so that the remaining insulation work on the east wall could match that of the west wall. It also required that the large painting on the north wall (Captives of the Cosmic Web) be taken down and stored, so that an insulated plywood layer could be added. The ceiling was painted white and much electrical rewiring and new lighting was carried out at the same time.

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The Gallery will only be open to public at weekends over the winter

Painting copyright Bernard Barnes
Progress as on 7th October 2017

For the winter months the gallery is reverting to being a studio for Bernard Barnes and Reyna Rushton on week days, and will open as a gallery on Saturdays and Sundays only, 11 am to 4:30 pm.

But, if you visit on a week day and the lights are on, you can still knock on the door to have a look around and say hello to Bernard and Reyna. If the lights are off, they are probably not there.

The music unplugged evenings have also finished until the Spring. Please subscribe to this website or have a look back in the Spring for notifications of the sessions starting up again.

Bernard is currently working on a large piece in one of the bays, which will eventually be installed as one of the ceiling panels. A recent picture is above in this post and an earlier incarnation below. Read more about the ideas behind this piece here:

Copyright Bernard Barnes
Earlier stage before the figures were added over the top and the protruding sections.

Putting some ideas into practice

A busy few days has seen the central panel of the picture mounted in one of the bays of the gallery. Visitors may easily see the progress.

The central panel 8′ x 4′ will form the centre of a larger picture that may take its place on the ceiling of the gallery.

Its subject is the 20th century, leading to the enlightenment that is displayed on the north wall. It is a mystery that men who have behaved so badly can still have any redeeming features at all.

Copyright Bernard Barnes

I am planning to add a ring of events surrounding the inner chaos. Events of momentous proportions, the wars, the great characters, the arts and cultural references. My original hurricane shape based on the vortex I am thinking of bearing the multiple images.

Copyright Bernard Barnes

Throughout the images I am looking for small bubbles of tranquility where I can paste a small scene, an aside, a reference that together will all the rest paint a summary of a momentous century.

Copyright Bernard Barnes

You may be able to see from these pictures that I have cut boards that fit around the edge of the central picture. It will be made up of pieces that I will fit together on the wall, but which I can work on separately on the easel.

I am also beginning to adapt the central image, adding new ideas to fit the theme. I have been experimenting with an optical illusion that can be built out from the surface of the picture to give the illusion of an inner recession.

Copyright Bernard Barnes

Here I am interested in suggesting the receding streets of fear exploited by Giorgio de Chirico in the surrealist paintings and it does add to the tension of the work.

A new ceiling panel is taking shape, and will be on display in the gallery from 18th September

Original painting copyright Bernard Barnes

This painting is 12′ x 6′ and intended for a place on the ceiling of the gallery along with 7 other pictures. Its theme is the 20th century, and it reflects a century of turmoil, war, etc. This image is an artist’s mockup, showing my intent. I will be adding the decorative border while the picture is on display. Here on a blog, I will try and document the development of the picture.

Address of Blog:

Bernard Barnes

You are invited to the Preview on Monday 4 Sept for New Exhibitions

We hope that you will be able to join us on Monday 4 September starting at 7:30 pm for the preview evening for exhibitions of art by Richard Morgan and Julia Wilson. There will be wine and folk music as part of the preview evening.

If you aren’t free on Monday, please do come and have a look at the new exhibitions at some point while they are on view. The gallery is open every day from 11 am to 4:30 pm, except for Mondays when it is normally closed during the day.

Paintings, Prints, Photography and Sculpture by Richard Morgan

Open to view 5 – 30 September

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Exhibition of art by Richard Morgan at St John's Hall Gallery Barmouth 5-30 September 2017

Paintings by Julia Wilson

Open to view 5 – 17 September.

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Paintings by Julia Wilson Exhibition 5-17 Sept 2017 at St John's Hall Gallery Barmouth

Experimental ‘Mixed Tape’ Video Evening

On Wednesday evening (23 August) at the gallery we had a trial run of a format for an evening of sharing video clips from YouTube (could be from other sites, but YouTube has the playlist facility).

This is the playlist that was prepared before the evening, if you wanted to look.

The idea we have had is that instead of watching things on individual devices by yourself, watching with others gives another dimension. People laugh at the same points, you can discuss things that come up, you see things you wouldn’t have come across otherwise. There could be themed evenings on a particular topic. Or like this one an eclectic mixture of things that the audience may not have seen and may find interesting.

The test evening was to try out equipment. Getting a good sound quality is important if you are listening to music. By the end of the evening we had a working set up that sounded good, but there were lots of cables all over, so that still needs some working out.

The projector and internet worked well. From a practical point of view it would be better to set up the projector as a ‘second monitor’, so that one screen can be used to cue up other extra videos suggested by the audience while one is playing. These could be added to the playlist while it is running.

Other things to note: You do have to be ready to skip adverts and alter the volume because the levels vary between videos.

What name could we give to these evenings? Any suggestions?