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 info@stjohnshallgallery.com.

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.

PLEASE PASS ON THIS CALL TO ANY ARTIST THAT YOU THINK IT MAY BE OF INTEREST TO. THANKS.

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: http://stjohnshallgallery.barmouthwales.uk/putting-some-ideas-into-practice/

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

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 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