NEWS: October-December 2018

Dewiswch o’r blwch i gyfieithu.

The gallery is on winter opening hours. There are no visiting guest exhibitions over the winter and renovations works are taking place.

The large painting by Bernard Barnes “Captives of the Cosmic Web” is still available to see and there are other pieces by Bernard Barnes and Reyna Rushton to see including work in progress if you are available to call in. If you are happy to turn up on spec, if the lights are on knock and someone will probably be there. Otherwise ring 01341 280261 first to make sure someone will be there to let you in.

The events calendar has brief details of the things we have planned, for the 2019 season.

It is now too cold in the gallery for the regular Monday evening acoustic folk music sessions. The open sessions will resume in the Spring.

The adult pop choir is now meeting at Bendi-gedig. For information contact Donna on 07825446280 or via her facebook page

Photos and Videos from Egg Tempera Painting course Sept 2018

Here is a sample of images and videos to give a flavour of the Egg Tempera Painting course ‘from drawing thru to exhibition’ by Jon George, which took place 4-8th September 2018 at the gallery.


Click on any image to view the set larger in a light box.





Live Poets Society Evening 20th September – Share Old Favourites or Own Work

Advert for Live Poetry Society 20 Sept

If you like poetry, please come along to our third poetry evening. There’s no microphone. It’s not about getting up on stage in front of a big audience, more about people who like poetry sharing either their own or their favourites with other like-minded friends, like a workshop or a social gathering. We are trying to make poetry live. If you like poetry, please come and join us  on Thursday 20 September at 7:30pm for this free event. Bring a bottle if you want a drink.

This is the last event at the gallery this season before it closes for the winter.

You are invited to the Monday 3rd Sept Preview of Jon George’s Exhibition

Advert for Preview on 3rd Sept Jon George

We hope you will be able to join us this coming Monday eve for the final preview event of this season. This is to showcase the exhibition of drawings and paintings by Jon George that will be in the gallery from 4th to 29th September. Read more about Jon George and his exhibition here.

The evening will include an improvised performance by well known local musician, Barry Lim, in conversation with the exhibiting artist, Jon George, in which they will explore the stories of Jon’s travels and his art, with original musical compositions by Barry. The two have performed this improvised format for a previous event, entitled ‘Africa on a Bike and other Journeys,’ at Chisenhale Studios before an appreciative audience.

While Jon is with us, he is running a 5 day workshop in Egg Tempera Painting from Tuesday 4th to Saturday 8th September. There are still a couple of places left if you want to join that course and learn about this fascinating historic method of painting. Read more about the course here. The work from the participants of this course will be exhibited alongside Jon’s.

The conversation with Jon and Barry will be followed by performances from the regular Monday night acoustic folk musicians.

This is the last of the preview evenings for the season, as we do not have any guest exhibitions in the Autumn and Winter. The programme will start up again next April.

A Week Working in Wales – Presentation 17 August Artists Pete Clarke and Georg Gartz

On Friday 17 August Pete Clarke and Georg Gartz will present the results of their week working collaboratively in Barmouth and the surrounding landscape. They arrived in the area on 11th August. There is a video below of them talking about their practice and what they will be doing. The evening presentation will start at 7:30pm all welcome. Read more about the collaboration of these two artists here.


Open Poetry Night This Thursday (9 August)

Open Poetry Night Poster 9 August

If you have an interest in poetry, please come along on Thursday 9th August at 7:30pm. It will be like an open mic night. You can perform/read your own poetry or favourite pieces from other writers, or just listen if performing is not your thing.

There’s no charge. Please bring a bottle (alcohol or soft) to share.

This is a new venture for the gallery, just the second time we have tried it. Maybe if it is popular it will become a regular event.

If you are thinking of coming, please would you email to give us an idea of numbers. It is fine to come along even if you haven’t emailed.

Book Now for 5-day Egg Tempera Painting Course 4 to 8 September

Poster advertising Jon George Egg Tempera course 4-8 Sept

Egg tempera is a painting process that uses egg yolk to bind pigments. On this 5 day course (Tuesday 4th to Saturday 8th September), participants will learn from Jon George how to make gesso and prepare a board to receive the egg tempera. Then there will be a session of sketching preparatory drawings outdoors, then making a painting from the sketches. The paintings can then be exhibited along side the exhibition of work by Jon George. The course will be 10:30am to 5pm each day. The fee is £130, which includes materials. Please email to book a place. More info here.

Amazing photographs of wild birds in flight by Martin Garnett

photograph copyright Martin Garnett

We are fortunate to have some wonderful video slideshows of amazing photographs made by Martin Garnett playing on a large TV screen in the gallery. They will be available to view for the rest of the summer and are well worth a visit.

Birds in flight in a new light

photograph copyright Martin Garnett

Martin Garnett’s love of birds and bird song are combined in these wonderful video slideshows of his photographs. Commonly, to capture birds in flight, very fast shutter speeds are used to achieve crisp sharp images. Instead Martin has experimented with longer exposure times, deliberately catching ethereal motion. Using shutter speeds from 1/60th of a second and longer, rather than 1/1000th, he shifts our attention from the individual bird to the phenomena of flight. In making this subtle shift, he makes stunning images with a quality of art.

photograph copyright Martin Garnett

Bluebells and Ferns

In another video slideshow Martin has captured the magical essence of a Welsh bluebell wood in Spring using long exposures with deliberate movement to create an impressionistic photograph. The background track is bird song also recorded by Martin.

photograph copyright Martin Garnett

6 Ways You Can Support the Gallery  

If you value St John’s Hall Gallery and want it to continue to be viable and grow, you can support it in the following ways:

  • Buy a piece of art from one of the exhibiting or resident artists
  • Make a donation when you visit
  • Bring a bottle when you attend an event
  • Buy a raffle ticket (£5) in the monthly art raffle
  • Park your car in our car park (£3 for 12 hours/£5 for 24 hours)
  • Tell people you know about the gallery and encourage them to visit

You can choose from the paintings by Bernard Barnes below in this month’s raffle, which will be drawn at the next preview evening on Monday 6th August.