Recordings of Summer Talks by Jasper Elgood

The recordings of the three evening talks by Jasper Elgood which took place in September 2015 at the Gallery are below:

The Transcendental Style in Cinema

(Is Robert Bresson “the greatest artist of the twentieth century?”)
An illustrated talk by Jasper Elgood
September 3rd 2015 at 7.30pm

The recording had to be split into 2 because of file size limitations. There wasn’t a break. The images that Jasper is referring to are included at the bottom of this post.
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Second part

Narrative versus Enquiry

(The duty to escape from the known to the unknown)
September 10th at 7.30 pm

The recording had to be split into 2 because of file size limitations. There wasn’t a break.
First part

Second Part

Getting out of the Light

(What should the self do with itself?)
September 24th at 7.30pm

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Exhibition of Photographs by Pete Telfer until 20th November

There is a new exhibition of photography by Pete Telfer on at the Gallery until 20th November. Pete will also be talking about the exhibition on Saturday 31st October at 6:30pm at the Gallery. Please do come.

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Photos from Puppet Carnival on 19/20 September

Walk through town on the Saturday

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At the Gallery

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Sunday in the Square

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Photos courtesy of Bernard Young.

Barmouth Puppet Carnival This Weekend (19 & 20 September)

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This is just a quick post to say that the giant puppets that have been under construction for the past few weeks will be walking through the town on Saturday 19th Sept and Sunday 20th September from 2pm to 3pm. Catch them on the promenade.

If you want to be part of the parade call in the the Gallery from 11 am. Volunteers welcome to operate the puppets, no experience required. Roles for large and small.

There will be live music on Saturday evening from 7:30pm. Bring your own drink.

Carnival Postponed

The Gallery has decided to try an experiment this year, holding the carnival after the excesses of August. We may possibly get more support from people who are too busy in high season. Maybe we could have the procession on a Saturday at the end of September. This will give us more time to explore some of the interesting new ideas that are arising in our planning.

For example: We have been considering giving the carnival a theme – and incidentally give the Gallery another range of activity to explore. The theme of ‘The Talking Head’ based on the return of Bran (mentioned in the Mabinogion) has been hit upon.

We intend and have already started making 4 new large figures (each requiring 3 people to operate). We intend these figures to form up, at appropriate moments in a walk, or while in the gallery, to create a puppet theatre complete with drawing curtain, lights, back projection etc. This theatre could be used for string puppets or glove puppets.

There will also be a large puppet of the head of Bran which will preside over the event, making comment at appropriate moments in the day, like a narrator. The large puppets who form the body of the theatre would also make a contribution at intervals, rather in the manner of the chorus in Greek theatre. Thus there will be three tiers of comment possible in a singe performance. Anyone interested in contributing to this unusual theatrical set-up, please ring 07767862382.

Captives of the Cosmic Web book now available from Amazon

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Captives of the Cosmic Web (the book about the wall) is a detailed look at the large wall painting in the hall. The book is now available from Amazon.

The work is a description of a large wall painting in St John’s Hall Gallery, Barmouth in North Wales. The work has been painted by artist Bernard Barnes. It is composed of 24 canvases painted in oil paint.

The painting is a modern cosmology, exploring different ideas about the origin of the universe and the place of the human world in it. It is a celebration of rational thought.

There is also a narrative in the picture in which Dante figures, emerging from the underworld. He is guide into the fresh air of rational thought where Beatrice will introduce him to Darwin, DaVinci, Mendelef, Max Plank, Rutherford, Maxwell, Crick and Watson, Bore, Feynman, and so on. Above is Newton, and finally Einstein and the Solvai conference.

The book is for sale through Amazon at the following link:

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Arabic Calligraphy Workshops on Wednesdays in August

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Seeking Volunteers to Help with Giant Puppet Making

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During August St John’s Hall Gallery will be busy preparing for the Large Puppet Carnival that will walk through Barmouth on August 26th.
THE CARNIVAL HAS BEEN POSTPONED but we are still looking for volunteers to help with puppet making (more info).

Volunteers are needed during August to help build the large puppets.

Last year’s carnival procession can be seen on YouTube.

We will return to the hall for a day and evening of interesting events – performances and entertainment.

We encourage groups to form and create their own puppet for this event. Let’s get together and make something hum. Come and see what we are doing. Make suggestions. A sort of Madi Gras of large puppets would liven the procession up a bit.

Barmouth Puppet Theatre Project

At the same time we will be running puppet workshops where you or your child may like to help build a puppet theatre, which will perform its play during the carnival. We will make puppets, scenery and the theatre itself. Think of a simple play, write the words, and make the music. The more children and parents come the more puppets we will have to use in the theatre.

Puppet workshops will take place on Thursday and Saturday between 2pm and 4pm.

Cost per person £5

Bring old clothes. We supply all the materials.

Maybe this will become a puppet festival.

Please call in to the gallery for more information or ring 07767862382.

Announcing: Summer Exhibitions 23 May to 16 August 2015 at St Johns Hall Gallery

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Bernard Barnes – City as Superorganism

Saturday 23 May – Sunday 16 August 2015
Gallery open every day 11am – 5pm

This exhibition and the accompanying book are the result of an idea that occurred to Barnes when he was teaching in a North Wales Art College. On his desk were two pictures. They are here at the beginning of this exhibition. One is a diagram of a living eukaryote cell , the other is the excavated ground plan of a Neolithic Greek settlement. Their similarities in form and function played on his mind as he went for a night walk above the iron locks in Cheshire where his boat was moored at the time. Suddenly in the darkness he found himself looking down on Chester at night. It was like looking down on a giant amoeba, dynamic, hot, noisy.

These coincidental observations set him thinking along lines that have produced several large exhibitions of paintings with this show in St Johns Hall Gallery as the latest in a series. Now there is the book which this exhibition displays.

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Robert Perry – Pictures of the Black Country and Wales

Saturday 23 May – Sunday 16 August 2015
Gallery open every day 11am – 5pm

Robert Perry is a landscape painter who uses a combination of traditional and unorthodox techniques. He works exclusively on location, in oils, gouache and mixed drawing media from his unique “mobile studio workshop” (a purpose converted Renault Trafic van). His works are in both private and national collections in Britain, Germany and France and are featured in “BBC Your Paintings. Uncovering the nation’s art collection, in partnership with PCF (Public Catalogue Foundation)”.

This exhibition is of landscapes of the Black Country and Wales. Given the strong connection between Barmouth and the West Midlands, we believe this subject matter will resonate with many of our summer visitors. Born, brought up and educated in the industrial zone of the English West Midlands, known since the Industrial Revolution as “The Black Country”, Perry’s exposure to its culture of hard work, engineering, problem solving and craftsmanship has profoundly influenced the development of his working practice and methods.

Robert Perry and his mobile “Field Studio” on site near Jenlain, Northern France
Robert Perry and his mobile “Field Studio” on site near Jenlain, Northern France

“For me, drawing/painting is simply a kind of lens which both enables and stimulates me to study the world in greater depth. The resulting images/pictures are merely a by-product, and not an end in themselves” he writes in An Artist’s Diary (an account of a trip to the Somme Battlefields Winter 2000).

There is an account on his website of his trip to Barmouth in November 2014 when he produced some of the pictures that are in this exhibition. The trip was sadly marred by vehicle problems and then followed a bout of illness, but there is a happy ending to the tale.

Article in Planet Magazine

The gallery and Bernard Barnes were recently featured in an article by Jasper Elgood in Planet magazine. An extract of the article is available online where the magazine can be purchased. There are several copies of the magazine available at the gallery. We also now have the stage set up as a library and comfortable place for reading. Do call in and have a browse.