NEWS: January – March 2019

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 on display 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.

The events calendar has brief details of the things we have planned, for the 2019 season. The first guest exhibition will be work by Stephen West 2nd-30th April (read more) and a preview evening on Monday 1st April starting at 7:30pm, with the usual refreshments and live folk music at the end.  Jean Napier, photographer and author, is giving an illustrated talk on Thursday 18th April at 7:30pm about her two books: “Bardsey – Now and Then” and “Rhinogydd – Ancient Routes and Old Roads” (read more).

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

Upcoming Events


Evening Events

Friday 25 January @ 7:30pm
Live Poets Society
Read more

Monday 1 April @ 7:30pm
Preview of Stephen West Exhibition
Read more

Thursday 18 April @ 7:30pm
Jean Napier Illustrated Talk
Read more

New Exhibitions

2-30 April
Stephen West Exhibition
Read more

Regular Music

Monday Acoustic Folk Music will be open to guests in the Spring

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Please join us for an evening of wintery poems on Burns Night

Live Poets Society Friday 25 Jan 2019

Please join us on Friday 25th January at 7:30 pm for an evening of poetry with a winter theme. We have picked Burns Night for the date as it seemed like a good hook, so there will be a nod to the Bard. But as with previous poetry evenings that we’ve had, please bring and share any poems that are your favourites or your own, especially if they have a winter theme.

All poetry lovers are welcome. The gathering will be in the newly refurbished room at the back right corner of the hall, which is quite cosy while the rest of the unheated hall is very cold this time of year. If you haven’t been before, please contact in advance so that you know how to get in and don’t get lost (email or Tel 01341 280822).

This year we are introducing a fee of £2 per person for all events to contribute to the running costs of the gallery.

Background image of promotional graphic was created by Kjpargeter –

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