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?

Photos from the Mawddach Art Group preview of the exhibition that is open until 2 September

There was a very pleasant evening of art and music yesterday at the preview of the Mawddach Art Group exhibition combined with the regular Monday acoustic folk music. If you have chance to call in and have a look at the exhibition before it closes on 2nd September, it is well worth a look. A variety of styles and materials and perhaps something you would like to buy at a very reasonable price. Here are some photos of the evening (if you click on any image the set will open up to scroll through in a larger format).

Photographs by Bernard Young

Dissonant Britain Painting by Bernard Barnes

Painting copyright Bernard Barnes St John's Hall Gallery Barmouth

For this latest work by Bernard Barnes he has cut up two of his paintings and swapped pieces between the two paintings to see the effect of merging one into the other.

Recordings of Jasper Elgood Philosophy Talks Summer 2017

The recordings of the talks by Jasper Elgood will be added to this post as they become available.

Please note, a fourth talk has been added to the programme to be given on Thursday 3rd August.

Mysticism and Class 13 July 2017

1 hour 23 minutes. First 7 seconds blank. Click on play button on the left of the bar..

Continuity 20 July 2017

1 hour 9 minutes. Click on play button on the left of the bar.  The recording below is the end part with audience discussion. The cut point was arbitrary as there is a file size limit on the recorder.

20 minutes. Click on play button on the left of the bar.

Environmental Ethics: I’ll fault s’abêtir 27 July 2017

Because of a technical fault there is unfortunately no recording of this talk.

Mysticism and Class part 2: The politics of the contemplative life 3 August 2017

Not yet available

A Return of Jasper Elgood’s Philosophy Talks Thursdays in July

Update 23/7/17: A fourth talk has been added to the programme on 3rd August

Jasper Elgood has given philosophical talks at the gallery for a few years now in July. This year there will be three four talks. The topics are ‘Mysticism and Class‘ on 13th July, ‘Continuity‘ on 20th July and ‘Environmental Ethics: I’ll fault s’abêtir‘ on 27th July and ‘Mysticism and Class part 2: The politics of the contemplative life’ on 3 August. The talks start at 7:30pm. All welcome. No charge.

For a taste of previous talks, there are some recordings from 2015 in this post.

The area of philosophy that Jasper will be talking about on 27th July is sometimes called Environmental Philosophy, Ecolosophy or Environmental Ethics. There is an interesting article on this subject here: “Three Challenges for Environmental Philosophy”, Jim Moran, Philosophy Now (2012) https://philosophynow.org/issues/88/Three_Challenges_For_Environmental_Philosophy

If you wonder what the purpose of philosophy is, here is a video:

Photos from the Preview of Keith Durrant’s Exhibition and Celebration of the Gallery Reopening

There was a good turn out on Monday for the celebration event. Lovely harp music early on from Chris Knowles, and acoustic folk session towards the end of the evening. These pictures should give you a flavour of Keith’s exhibition which is on until 30th July, but please do come and have a good look at them in the flesh. Please click on an image below to view larger.

Photos by Bernard Young and Karen Cropper

Please Come to Celebration Party and Guest Exhibition Preview 3 July

Please come and join us on Monday 3rd July, starting at 7:30 pm, to celebrate the reopening of the refurbished gallery and preview the guest exhibition of paintings by Keith Durrant, titled “Times, Places and Dreams” and the Resident Artists’ exhibitions. There will also be live music from the regular Monday night acoustic session musicians.

Announcing July Exhibition of Paintings by Keith Durrant

Times, Places and Dreams 4-30 July

The gallery is pleased to announce the guest exhibition 4-30 July will be paintings by Keith Durrant titled “Times, Places and Dreams”. The exhibition will be open as usual 11am to 4:30pm, every day except Mondays when the gallery is closed.

Painting copyright Keith Durrant
The storm will pass the sea remains – Acrylic on canvas – 31.5″ x 23.75″

Artist’s Statement

I served with the Royal Air Force on ground radar, both in this country and the Middle and the Far East for seven and a half years. When in Cyprus, I was immensely proud to serve under Squadron leader Ginger Lacey. D.F.M., who in 1940 as a Sgt pilot was the highest scoring Battle of Britain pilot. It is no accident that there are two paintings in the exhibition dedicated to his memory. After demob, I finished up working on Hunter’s and Canberra’s for the MOD at RAF St Athan. It was on finishing at the latter, that I opened my sign writing business in a very small cowshed by the ford in Llanblethian. It was while so engaged with paint and brushes that I really began to develop my interest in fine art. Although I still remember the exquisite joy of selling a black and white emulsion seascape to a fellow aircraft fitter for thirty bob!

Painting copyright Keith Durrant
Derelict quarry men’s cottages – Acrylic on canvas – 12″ x 10″

A change in family circumstances in the late eighties caused the painting to be laid aside. There were a few false dawns between then and now. It is said that if the artist is within you, it will keep pressing to get out until it is free again… Well it is out and on the rampage!

Some of my earlier scene painting work and murals still survive on the walls of a number of visitor centres in North Wales. Large scale, some hangar wall size! While the sign I painted on the old guardhouse at the entrance to what was Maes Artro Craft Village in Llanbedr in 1979, steadfastly refuses to completely be obliterated!

Painting copyright Keith Durrant
Paired for life. Canada geese over Glaslyn – Acrylic on canvas – 16″ x 12″

The work that I am presenting to you here at St John’s Hall Gallery comprises recent work of both Mid and North Wales. Almost all painted since my move back to this my home town of Brecon. Alongside others, mostly aviation and marine subjects, done while living in North Wales

Writing this artist’s statement has brought a smile to my face. I realise that while my home town is Brecon. My soul belongs up here with you all. For it is here in North Wales that I have spent more years than anywhere else. Hiraeth…

Keith Durrant May 28th 2017