NEWS: July 2017

Dewiswch o’r blwch i gyfieithu. The gallery is open again after refurbishment over the winter.

The guest exhibition of paintings by Keith Durrant, titled ‘Times, Places and Dreams’ will be on 4-30 July. Read more.

The acoustic folk music sessions are running again every Monday, 7:30 pm start. On Monday 3 July this will be combined with a preview of Keith’s exhibition and a celebration of the reopening of the gallery.

The current Resident Artists’ Exhibitions have work by Bernard Barnes and Reyna Rushton, plus guest exhibitions by two of Bernard’s  progeny – Sasha and Alyosha Barnes.

Jasper Elgood will be returning for four evening philosophy talks. The topics are ‘Mysticism and Class‘ on 13 July and ‘Continuity‘ on 20 July and ‘Environmental Ethics’ on 27 July, and a recently added fourth talk ‘Mysticism and Class part 2: the politics of the contemplative life’ on 3 August. The talks start at 7:30pm. All welcome. No charge.

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. 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

Celebration evening (all welcome)
Monday 14 August 7:30 pm
Preview of Mawddach Art Group Exhibition and Acoustic Folk Music evening 

Philosophy Talks by Jasper Elgood
Thursdays 13, 20, 27 July & 3 August 7:30 pm

New Exhibitions

Work by Bernard Barnes, Reyna Rushton, Alyosha Barnes and Sasha Barnes
from 16 May 2017

“Times Places and Dreams” – Paintings by Keith Durrant
4 – 30 July 2017
Read more…

Mawddach Art Group Exhibition
12 August – 2 September 2017

Monday Music Unplugged

Every Monday from 15 May starts at 7:30 pm. Read more…

The gallery’s events also appear in:

Fragments of Devon catalogue available to buy from Amazon

Cover of Fragments of Devon by Bernard Barnes
The catalogue to accompany the exhibition of Fragments of Devon paintings and drawings by Bernard Barnes is now available to buy from Amazon.

The catalogue contains 24 works, completed in 2017, with descriptions connected with each one. The works are also displayed on his website. The book is full colour (matt), 8.5″ square, 64 pages.

We do not have a date yet for the reopening of the gallery and consequently this exhibition. Work is progressing well. It is hoped that the gallery will be open by June, but it may be earlier. There will be notification on the website as soon as we have any firm dates.

Buy from Amazon.

Open Day and Carnival

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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:

jaspers talks-for web

Announcing Exhibition: Fragments of Barmouth by Bernard Barnes

House of Eduard Guyard copyright Bernard Barnes, oil painting
House of Eduard Guyard copyright Bernard Barnes, oil painting

The Fragments of Barmouth Exhibition of Paintings by Bernard Barnes will be open 11am to 5pm every day (except Mondays when closed), from Saturday 4th June to Friday 30th September 2016. Most of the paintings in this exhibition are recent, painted over the winter while the gallery was closed for restoration work. Read more

Announcing Exhibition June 2016: Photographs by Helen Iles

We are pleased to announce that our first guest exhibition at the gallery for 2016 will be landscape photographs by Helen Iles. The exhibition will be open 11am to 5pm each day (except Mondays when the gallery will be closed), from Saturday 4th to Thursday 30th June.

Cwm Orthin Ruins copyright Helen Iles
Copyright Helen Iles

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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…

Gallery Closed for Renovation Work over the Winter

Oriel ar gau St John’s Hall Gallery closed for renovations

Because of the renovation work that is currently taking place, the gallery will be closed until the Spring (Update – probably mid to late May 2016). Work is continuing on the puppet theatre and Bernard will try to post updates here on that and the renovations.

Work being done on the windows on 10 Dec
Work being done on the windows on 10 Dec

The weather has been severe recently at times. A tree on the land adjacent to the gallery was blown down in strong winds in November. More info on that here: The road was cleared of the bulk of the tree fairly quickly and thankfully no-one was hurt.

Image from Daily Post
SWALEC are currently digging up the road. Not sure if that is linked to the tree and storm damage.
SWALEC are currently digging up the road. Not sure if that is linked to the tree and storm damage.

Part of the development of the puppet theatre the gallery

This crude experiment is the first stage in the development of a scrolling background in the puppet theatre. It has established a traditional method to create illusion of movement while the figure remains stationary. It will form part of our introductory sequence to the opening of the talking head theatre.