Carnival and Open Day

If you are in Barmouth, we hope you will join us on Saturday 23rd July for our annual Carnival Day. There will be family activities during the day in the gallery and Talbot Square. If you would like to take part by being one of the giant puppeteers, please contact Bernard Barnes (07767862382) before the event to volunteer. Similarly, if you want to be involved in making puppets or the puppet theatre or you have some other performance that you want to do.

10:30 am Puppeteers arrive at the gallery.

11 am – 12 noon Talbot Square – giant puppets dancing including dragon, giant bubbles and live music.

In the gallery for the rest of the day, these activities will be taking place:

  • Various music performances
  • Caricatures with John Ruskin
  • Still life with Reyna
  • Calligraphy with Hakim
  • Puppet workshop with Sue
  • Poetry with Bernard Young
  • Puppet show

This is a chance to sample a variety of artistic activities, maybe have your caricature sketched, or join in one or more of the workshops.

4pm-ish Puppet Parade through the town (weather permitting). From the gallery, along High Street, round the harbour, past Bath House, along promenade, over the level crossing and back to the gallery.

The day’s events will be concluded by live music from Andy Wickett’s World Service . See separate entry for more information. During the day, members of World Service will also be performing acoustically, and so will artist and event organiser Bernard Barnes and friends, including Gwynfor Morris, Welsh baritone and bluesman.

The day time and evening events are both free, but with voluntary donations towards the running of the gallery.

Video of Puppet Parade from last year:

Draft Programme for Giant Puppet Parade and Open Day

The arrangements for the open day and parade are still fluid and the date as been POSTPONED (more info here). Anyone who would like to take part on the day or help with preparations, please contact Bernard by calling in to the gallery or ringing on 07767 862382.

The draft timetable for the day is: Continue reading

Video of the Giant Puppet Procession on the Gallery Open Day

The short video clips are available now to view all the way through on a YouTube playlist:

List of Events on Open Day in St Johns Hall

St Johns Hall Gallery (Centre for the Enquiring Mind)

This open day is a celebration of the establishment of a permanent centre for the arts in Barmouth. A new management company (Community Interest Company) is to be formed to oversee a varied range of activities including a changing programme of exhibitions, a media centre, a library, a programme of talks, activities like yoga and tai chi, a stage for performances of music and theatre, workshops, studio space for at least 2 resident artists and comfortable places to sit, meet, drink coffee, contemplate, discuss and so on.
It also signifies the beginning of a programme of restoration during which the beautiful old church hall will be restored to its original glory, and even improved.

This open day will introduce you to all these changes, give you a chance to meet the people involved, hear about out plans for the future, meet other creative people in the area, and learn about how you can become involved yourself.

Whats on During the Open Day.
Stay for the day or pick and choose what you come for.
Everyone is welcome to this Celebration of Art in the new Community Art Centre Barmouth.

12-1        Puppet Procession around the town.

1-1.30    Welcome and Refreshments

1.30 – 2.00 Meet Bernard Barnes the Manager and Harold Gassner the new owner of the Hall

2.00 -2.30 Bernard Young Poet Extraordinaire

2.30 – 3.00 Gallery Recorder ensemble plays its repertoire

3.00 – 3.30 Music from Gwynfor Evans and friends.

3.30-4.00 Bernard Barnes talks about his large painting ‘The Captives of the Cosmic Web’.

Jasper Elgood  introducing the idea of ‘friends of the gallery’.

4.00 – 4.30 introduces Ian Russell and Exploding Custard (Interactive science for fun)

4.30 – 5.00 Chris Knowles and Bernard perform a group of Clyde Holmes’s poems. Chris and friends then plays a little of their own music. Chris also introduces his concert with Katryn the following evening.

5.00 – 5.30 Peter Telfer introduces his work as a film maker and invites people to view his films.

5.30 – 6.00 A little more music to end the days events.

Evening event 7.30 – 10.00

Cabaret with local musicians compared by Barry Lim.

(We invite you to relax, bring a bottle of wine if you like, sit at a table and enjoy the music)

A Provisional Itinerary for the events of the Open Day on August 20th

This itinerary for the open day is posted here inviting comment. If you have a performing place in this list and wish for any changes, please contact me either directly on 07767862382, or using this blog’s comment facility.

 

12-1       Puppet Procession around the town.

1-1.30    Return to the gallery, welcome at the door and refreshments. Each person is handed a paper explaining the sequence of events throughout the day and a little about the gallery.

1.30 – 2.00 Jasper Elgood (Our master of ceremonies on the stage using the PA system) welcomes everyone, says a little about the plans for the day. Invites Bernard to say something about the new gallery, how it has come into being, its current set up, its plans for the future. The scope of the gallery, interpreting ‘the arts’ in the widest sense, the new media centre, the web site etc.

Harold Gassner, the new German owner of the building, may speak here also. Talk about his involvement with the project. Plans for the future renovations. His vision for the future.

Jasper introduces Bernard Young

2.00 -2.30 Bernard Young Poet. Bernard will entertain us with his own poetry, maybe accompanied on the guitar. He will speak about his poetry workshops, his work in schools. He may talk about the gallery’s intention to have a literary and educational dimension.

Jasper introduces:

2.30 – 3.00 Recorder ensemble plays its repertoire

Bernard talks a little about the Gallery’s hopes for a musical and theatrical dimension.

Bernard introduces Jan Wolf and asks her to say a little about her Tai Chi lessons and her coming Writing workshop.

Jasper introduces:

3.00 – 3.30 Music from Gwynfor Evans and friends.

Jasper introduces:

3.30-4.00 Bernard Barnes talks about the art in the gallery. He talks also about his large painting ‘The Captives of the Cosmic Web’.

Jasper says a little about the idea of community involvement in the gallery, introducing the idea of ‘friends of the gallery’.

4.00 – 4.30 Chris Knowles and Bernard perform a group of Clyde Holmes’s poems. Chris then plays a little of his own music, with Katryn if she is there. Chris also introduces his concert with Katryn the following evening.

4.30 – 5.00 Jasper talks about the gallery’s idea of being a centre for the enquiring mind.

introduces Ian Russell

Ian says a little about his work as a science presenter, gives us some examples – exploding custard etc.

Jasper talks about his involvement with the gallery, the talks that he has put on and any plans for the future in that respect.

5.00 – 5.30 Peter Telfor talks about film making, his life as a film maker, introduces him work, Culture Colony  and invites people to view his films.

5.30 – 6.00 Any more music

End of Open Main Days Events.

Evening event 7.30 – 10.00

Cabaret with local musicians compared by Barry Lim.

Some of the performers:

The recorder ensemble may play again
Gwynfor
Donna
Chris and Katryn
Some Folk music with Bernard and Ali

Who ever turns up.