NEWS: September

Dewiswch o’r blwch i gyfieithu. An Events Calendar has been added to this website, please look at it to see in more detail what activities are happening in the Gallery. There are two exhibitions to see in September. Bernard Barnes is exhibiting new work titled ‘Fragments of Barmouth‘, which has been open all summer and runs until the end of September (a selection of prints from that are available to buy from Red Bubble). The guest exhibition in September is Paintings and Prints by Jon George, which is on from 4th-30th September with a private view on Saturday 3rd September. There is also an opportunity to learn from Jon George about his unique Castprinting technique in a series of four 3-hour afternoon workshops on 24th, 26th, 27th and 28th September (read more).

Live acoustic music with a folk bias is every Monday evening from 7:30pm. Please note the gallery is closed on Mondays during the day.

Books by Bernard Barnes

Bernard has had a self publishing spree. 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.


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


Please note the gallery is closed on Mondays.

Fragments of Barmouth – Paintings by Bernard Barnes

     4 June – 30 September Read more…

Paintings and Prints by Jon George

     4 – 30 September Read more…
     Private View: 3 September @ 7:30pm
     Learn Castprinting 24-28 Sept 2-5pm Read more…

Monday Music Acoustic Sessions

     Every Monday @ 7:30pm Read more…

The gallery’s events also appear in:

Announcing September 2016 Exhibition by Artist Jon George

We are looking forward to presenting an exhibition of the work of artist Jon George 4th-30th September (every day 11-4:30 except closed Mondays). Please do come to the private view, if you can, on Saturday 3rd September at 7:30pm. Here is a preview of some of his work.

Print copyright Jon George
‘Vine’, photo-castprint 57x68cm (23″x27″)
Print copyright Jon George
Bath House Cafe, Barmouth, Wales. screen-print 66x49cm (26″x20″)
Print copyright Jon George
‘Baranyini’, hand-castprint 50×56 cm (20.5″x23″)

Read more…

Learn Unique Castprinting Technique from Artist Jon George


We have the exciting opportunity to learn from Jon George about his Castprinting technique in a workshop running over four afternoons (24th-28th September not including Sunday) at the gallery. The workshop will be along the lines of the workshops he runs regularly from his London studio.

The Castprinting Technique

Castprinting is a new block printing method, which Jon developed when wanting to ‘reinvent woodcut with brushes.’ In most relief printing methods the image is carved in the block. However, in the Castprint block it is derived from painting – not cutting.

The three basic stages of Castprinting are:

  1. Making artwork on a plate of glass.
  2. From the artwork a plaster block is cast.
  3. Print impressions are then taken from the block.

In our case the timetable is 2-5pm each day, as follows:

  1. Saturday 24th and Monday 26th Sept will be making the artwork on the plate of glass.
  2. Tuesday 27th Sept artwork to plaster block.
  3. Wednesday 28th Sept print impressions from the block.

Character of Castprinting

Castprinting is a successful form of printing. People of all kinds love its simplicity and find working with gesso as a painting medium appealing. While the final results in the print faithfully render the brushwork in surprising and unusual ways. Castprints share those qualities expected of block printing, such as solid deposits of ink and colour that one wants to touch.

It has a tonal quality

Due to a subtlety of relief depth in the Castprint block, a wide variety of ink deposit creates the equivalent of tonal variation in the final print. This is new to relief printing.

Mirror imaging is solved

A typical relief print produces a mirror image, as it has but two phases A-B. But the three phases of Castprint: painting, casting and printing make it an A-B-A process and so the print emerges right-handed.

It is a viable printing method

The hard plaster of the printing blocks, make them capable of producing any number of prints.

The workshop will be fun and can be experimental

Castprinting courses are always interesting and challenging and different groups have brought new approaches leading to innovations. An example of this was with some art students in Morocco who insisted on using toothbrushes to flick the gesso to get a textural half tone effect. Jon said it probably would not work – but it did and their work was lovely.

Workshop fees, materials and equipment.

The cost of the full course is £60 plus £5 for materials which will be provided. It would be best to try to come to all 4 sessions to have the chance to see and try out all steps in the process and produce your own art work with the technique. But if you are only able to come to one the cost is £15 for each plus materials used. Please wear appropriate clothing for getting messy.

Here is a video about the technique, of a workshop at Jon’s London studio. This workshop will be taking place at St John’s Hall Gallery Barmouth, which is a different set up.

About Jon George

Jon’s exhibition of paintings and prints can be seen at the gallery 4th-30th September.

More information about Jon George:

Vine print
‘Vine’, photo-castprint 57x68cm (23″x27″) copyright Jon George

Reyna Rushton Exhibition at the Treehouse Aberystwyth in August

The six paintings below by Reyna Rushton will be on exhibition at the Treehouse in Aberystwyth in August (on the top floor). Please click on the images to see larger.

Original oil painting copyright Reyna Rushton

Original oil painting copyright Reyna Rushton

Celebrating the Meirionnydd Landscape


An exhibition of paintings by Clyde Homes and Bernard Barnes inspired by the Meirionnydd landscape, and screenings of ‘Meirionnydd, a very special place’ by Greengage Films, will be open every day from 4th to 31st August, 11am to 4:30pm (except Mondays when the gallery is closed). The private view is on Saturday 6th August starting at 2pm.

Read more…

Fragments of Barmouth prints are available on Redbubble

A selection of the paintings by Bernard Barnes that are in the Fragments of Barmouth exhibition have been photographed at high resolution and are available as prints from a third party service, The prints are produced by this services and shipped to you direct with a percentage commission to the artist. Prints are available as posters, art prints (on high quality paper), framed art prints (with various frame options), canvases – all of which have various size options. The images are also available as greetings cards and postcards. The gallery is not responsible for any issues about the production or delivery.

Guide Prices

Check the Redbubble site for definitive prices. All prices need to add delivery. There are also offers from time to time. At time of writing 20% off with code CREEPY20. An indication of the range of prices is given below:

Art Prints

Small (300mm x 400mm) £12.47 to Extra Large (600mm x 800mm) £37.92

Framed Art Prints

Small (square 203mm x 203mm; rectangle 203mm x 256mm) £64.07 to Large (square 407mm x 407mm; rectangle 407mm x 511mm) £108.89
Framed prints have a choice of 2 frame styles, 4 frame colours and 3 mount colours, which may affect prices.

Canvas Prints (unframed)

Small (square 203mm x 203mm rectangle 203mm x 256mm) £48.00 to Extra Large (square 508mm x508mm; rectangle 508mm x 639mm) £108.00


Small option only (rectangle 418mm x 525mm) £10.31 to (square 418mm x 418mm) £11.79

Open Day and Carnival

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Giant Puppet Dance – Calling for Puppeteers


Fancy being a Puppet Master? We are experimenting with creating a Giant Puppet Dance Group, to perform, initially, at the Puppet Carnival on July 23rd. The aim is to create simple round dances that can be performed by these giants. Hard and hot work, but could be a lot of fun.

First meeting will be on Friday 15th July at 7.30pm in St John’s Hall Gallery, Barmouth

Just turn up if you’re interested.

Andy Wickett’s World Service playing at the gallery on 23 July


On Saturday 23rd July, former Duran Duran frontman Andy Wickett and his band World Service will be performing at the gallery from This should be a memorable one-off musical event not to be missed and will conclude the Carnival and Open Day. Read more…

Philosophy in July from Jasper Elgood

Jasper Elgood

For those interested in philosophy, Jasper Elgood is giving a series of 4 talks in July on Thursday evenings, each starting at 7:30pm. The titles and dates of his talks are:

  • Thurs 7th July: Malice – Invasion of the Narcissists from Hell
  • Thurs 14th July: Barrack Obama and Donald Trump – The Noble and the Base a Lost Theme in Political Discourse
  • Thurs 21st July: Walking Meditation – How to Get from A to B Without Leaving A
  • Thurs 28th July: What is ‘Why’? – Questioning Questioning

For a flavour of previous years’ talks, recordings are available here:

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