Video Interview with Bernard Barnes and Harald Gassner from 2014

We’ve recently rediscovered a video from 2014 of an interview with Bernard Barnes where he talks about his life as an artist, the large painting on the north wall, ‘Captives of the Cosmic Web’. He and Harald Gassner also talk about their hopes for the gallery to become a Centre for the Creative Mind. The interview and the video were made by Larissa Siegrist.

Scene 1: The army sets out

An experiment in story telling with a ‘frame of puppets’.

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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.

Rob Gordon talks about the Pub Philosophy Movement


Groups are meeting in Machynlleth and Dolgellau to talk about philosophy. Why not here in Barmouth?

Rob Campbell has run philosophical discussion groups at various locations since 2000 and is currently facilitating a group at The Stag Inn, Dolgellau and at Cafe Glas, The Tabernacle, Machynlleth, as mentioned in the video. His website with contact details is here: http://www.alltogethermusic.co.uk/about-rob.html

Miranda Duffy tells us about the amazing animations of Studio Ghibli

Bernard had a stimulating chat with Miranda when she visited the gallery recently. The earlier part of the conversation about Japanese Outsider Art is covered in a separate post. The conversation then moved on to similarities between Bernard’s mural, Captives of the Cosmic Web, and the animated films of Studio Ghibli. A snippet of the conversation is in the video clip below.

Here is a trailer for the Princess Mononoke movie she mentioned.

And another trailer in Japanese.

There is a full version of Spirited Away, also from the Studio Ghibli.

Miranda Duffy talks about her work as a ceramic sculptor in London

The sculpture that Miranda is referring to is by Shinichi Sawada and can be seen here. and below. This was exhibited in the Souzou Outsider Art from Japan exhibition at the Welcome Collection 28 March – 30 June 2013
Below is a short video showcasing some of the art from that exhibition.

The sculpture that inspired Miranda

Spikey monstor ceramic scupture
Shinichi Sawada‘s spiked ceramic works depict a world populated by fantastical sea-monsters and mythical demons.

If you are interested in learning more about outsider art the BBC Imagine series did a documentary called “Turning the Art World Inside Out”, which I think includes Shinichi Sawada.

Lawrence and Bernard mess around

A thank you to all the friends who celebrated the recovery of Bernard’s clarinet.

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Penny Gibbons from Towyn talks about setting up her new studio

Retired teacher begins new life

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Showreel from a Mid Wales Ethical Film Company

This is a demo showreel from Greengage Films. We found it enchanting, full of beautifully filmed and observed clips, each one of which is a little gem.

Greengage Films (greengagefilms.co.uk) is an independent production company based in Mid Wales, providing outstanding films for internet and broadcast purposes. Greengage Films is a socially and environmentally responsible company, grown out of a passion for the natural world and its preservation. They believe that communication through film can have a positive impact on the world we live in.

After graduating in fine art, Malka worked as a photographer for RTL television in Germany, then went on to assist the environmental and wildlife photographer David Woodfall. Malka then specialised in moving imaging. After breaking into the TV industry working on various programmes, including Time Team (C4), Climate Chaos (BBC4) and Iolos Welsh Safari (BBC Wales) it became apparent that Malka wanted to work closer to the subject she was filming. She started volunteering for NGO’s and charities including the London Wildlife Trust and the RSPB, getting her hands dirty digging, hedge laying and fulfilling other tasks required. From this the seed for Greengage Films has grown.

Puppet Parade through Barmouth, Part 2

Part of the Puppet Carnival 19/20 September 2015 organised by St John’s Hall Gallery. Second stage of the parade on the Saturday.

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