NEWS: April 2018

Dewiswch o’r blwch i gyfieithu.

The gallery is 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 started up again on 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

30 April @ 7:30pm
Preview of VopreKin
Paintings by Alexandra Cook
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New Exhibitions

3-28 April 2018
3 Dimensional Photography –
Holographic Art by Patrick Boyd
Read more

1-30 May 2018
VopreKin – Paintings
by Alexandra Cook
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Monday Music Unplugged

Every Monday @ 7:30pm.

The gallery’s events also appear in:

Recent work by Reyna Rushton one of the resident artists at St John’s Hall Gallery

Born in Penzance Cornwall, brought up beside the Mawddach Estuary at Bontddu, Reyna Rushton has art in her blood through her creative family.

In 2002 Reyna became a student on a part time art degree programme run by Bangor University. In 2010 she became one of the two resident artists in this gallery.

She finds, in her working technique, that her paintings ‘emerge’ after a spell of intense drawing.

Together with friends of the gallery, Reyna and Bernard organise a series of events throughout the summer aimed at bringing together work by professional and amateur artists, musicians, poets and philosophers.

Below is a selection of Reyna’s recent work. Click on any image to scroll through larger versions.

Please Support the Gallery’s New Fundraising Initiative

The gallery pays rent for the space to Harold Gassner. There are also running costs for electricity, water and publicity. The gallery’s income is derived from the sale of artwork, parking charges and the generosity of visitor’s donations. The gallery earns 20% from the sale of visiting artwork.

This year, as an experiment in funding the materials for production of the murals and the upkeep of the gallery, we are inviting visitors to buy a £5 raffle ticket for the chance to win one of Bernard Barnes’ paintings as prize. There will be a choice of 6 paintings in the raffle each month on view in the gallery and on the website here. The pictures in the April raffle are shown below. To get a larger view, and scroll through, click on any of the images. Please call in to the gallery to buy tickets.

A draw will take place once a month. At the draw, one ticket, purchased for the month up to that date, will be selected. The winner will receive the painting that they indicated they preferred. The draws will take place at the preview evenings on the following dates in 2018:

Monday 30th April

Monday 4th June

Monday 2nd July

Monday 6th August

Monday 2nd September

Buy a £5 raffle ticket for the chance to win one of these paintings in April

These are the picture options:

A Old Barmouth
B St Johns Church
C Pont Ysgethyn
D Pen Sarn Bridge
E Guild of Saint George Cottages
F Sky Architecture

You are invited to the preview of VopreKin on Monday 30 April

Preview Invite Alexandra Cook Exhibition at St John's Hall Gallery Barmouth 30 April

We are so pleased to announce that the guest exhibition at St John’s Hall Gallery in May is work from an artist who came to the gallery a couple of years ago for an Atelier Day. Alexandra Cook (aka Linandara) is based in Newtown, Powys. She submitted an exhibition proposal in answer to our open call and we liked her work a lot. In this exhibition there will be 10 artworks in mixed media (mostly acrylics and inks). All the work is part of a series that is about a possible technological future, neither dystopian nor utopian, but full of space wanderings and wonders. The exhibition is titled “VopreKin” (the name originates from Russian “Вопреки / Vopreki” – Despite), and is about imagining a bright future, what it is and what it is not, how to reach it.

The exhibition will be open each day 11am to 4:30pm from Tuesday 1st May to Thursday 31st May, except closed on Mondays.

If you are free, please come to the preview event at 7:30pm on Monday 30th April. There will be the usual refreshments and live folk music, and you can meet the artist.

Read more about the exhibition.

Photos and videos from the preview of Holographic Art by Patrick Boyd

There was a good turnout on Monday 2nd April for the first preview evening of the season, despite the awful weather – our best ever. Patrick Boyd’s unique artistic vision in holographic form looked stunning in the new gallery arrangement. The spotlights creating pools of light on each piece. There was a lot of scrutinising, people moving their heads from side to side and up and down to see the movement within a single image. Patrick gave a short talk about his process. He said everyone always wants to know how they are made, but he isn’t focused on the science of the process, it is just a medium for him to express the ideas that he has as an artist.

Below is a selection of photos and video clips to give a flavour of the evening (click on any image to open up the light box and scroll through a slide show of larger versions). Thanks as always to the musicians who provided a background ambience early in the evening and then shifted into the folk music performance later on.

Bernard Barnes launched the gallery fundraising initiative. An investment of £5 gives the chance of winning one of his original oil paintings of Barmouth. The first draw will be at the next preview evening on Monday 30th April.

If you weren’t able to come to the preview evening, please do come along and have a look at the exhibition, which will be on display until Saturday 28th April. You won’t see anything like it elsewhere.

You are invited to the first exhibition preview of the season

Invitation to preview of Patrick Boyd Exhibition at St John's Hall Gallery Barmouth 2nd April

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.

Poster for Exhibition at St John's Hall Gallery Holographic Art by Patrick Boyd

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.