Each month a different King Street Gallery artist is featured in our Spotlight Room. Throughout December artist Charlotte Leadbeater will be showing her work. We caught up with Charlotte to find out more about her art and her inspirations…

How would you summarise your approach as an artist?

I like to draw from the object – that underlines everything I do as an artist. I derive my inspiration from the beauty of nature, which includes human beings, and the drama of being 'in the moment' with a concentrated performance from a talented artist, whether it is a model, dancer or a musician.

When and where do you like to work?

Initially I like to work 'in situ' whether it is within a landscape, portrait or performance. I might take a photo to remind me of detail, but nothing beats delving into the real thing.

I then take the work back to my studio, where I try and work from 10.00am – 2.00pm every day. If I am 'in the flow' I work on until end of the day.

What are your favourite materials and tools?

This depends on my mood or the subject. I nearly always paint portraits in oil, occasionally in acrylic if I am on a tight schedule.

I love destroying a white surface with charcoal, torn paper and acrylic, especially if it is a moving subject. Then I complete with oil pastels, ink, pastels. Still life is of course a contemplation, as is landscape drawing – observation first, creating a new reality second. I also love printmaking but it is more time consuming, and I am naturally a messy person!

Who is your favourite artist and why?

Rembrandt Harmenszoon van Rijn – such humanity in his portraits; wonderful feeling of light, and of chiaroscuro in his paintings. His etchings are marvellous too. Mashkov, Vincent van Gogh, Emil Nolde and Paul Klee also.

What is the most memorable exhibition you have ever been to?

So many marvellous occasions! Alberto Giacometti in the Tate Modern in the 60s; Sergei Eisenstein's drawings for the film ‘Ivan the Terrible’ exhibited in the Victoria and Albert Museum; Natalia Goncharova (designed for Diaghilev) resurrected from the vaults in the Russian Museum, St Petersburg; Paul Klee's exhibition in the 1990s made me cry.

What five things make you happiest?

  • Seeing family and my children and grandchildren.
  • Getting into my studio to draw and paint, or a day out to do the same.
  • Having a magic day trip with my husband, exploring the Welsh countryside (with sketchbook of course).
  • Travelling, seeing friends and live performance.
  • Knitting!

Charlotte will be presenting a talk on “What happened to the Russian Ballet during the Revolution of 1917” on Friday December 15th at 6.45pm: this will encompass a short free talk based on Charlotte’s paintings in the Gallery.

Charlotte is also exhibiting in Oriel CRiC, Crickhowell with the Royal Watercolour Society of Wales this month and is part of a group show at Llangathen Hall which runs until 10th December.

Find out more about Charlotte Leadbeater…


Showing in the Chate Room until 13th December, “Frozen in Time” showcases John Slater’s highly original photography which explores the ways in which a subject can ‘melt into its background’ to produce a new and exciting image.

John explains: "I have continued to work with narrative from the natural environment, exploring the subtleties and nuances of natural systems, and relating to the meanings that we take from our experiences. I had been seeking to express the wider frame of vision that includes an understanding of the individual as part of a connected whole. Ice links all within itself. ‘Frozen in Time’ is an exhibition which attempts just that, freezing time for all to enjoy."


We have a fantastic Winter Show of new work by KSG artists which runs until early January.

In the Winter Show you’ll find a wide array of work, from painting and fine art ceramics to photography, sculpture, textiles and jewellery.

Come and see what we have to offer!


A work of art can be the most unusual, personal and thrilling present to receive at Christmas. “Affordable Art at Christmas”, a Chate Room exhibition which runs from 15th December - 3rd January, presents a wide variety of pieces by KSG artists, with all works priced at £100 or less.

This is a great opportunity to find a seasonal gift of original art for that special person. The exhibition includes fine art paintings, sculpture, ceramics, prints, photography and textiles - something for everyone!


KSG Members would like to say a huge THANK YOU to our landlord Jeremy Lodwick who has very generously paid for a new display cabinet for the Gallery.

The unit was made by local cabinet maker Alan Turrell and provides a fantastic space to show off our ceramics and sculptures.

Pictured left: work by Olwen Thomas, Neill Curran, Jonathan Cox and John Bellis.


Excellent news! KSG has been rated as one of the top three art galleries to visit in Carmarthenshire.

Read more here… And thank you all for your continued support for the Gallery!


King Street Gallery is the official sponsor of the Carmarthenshire Herald 2017 Christmas Card Competition!

The competition is open to pupils aged up to 11 who attend a school within Carmarthenshire. The first prize is 100 Christmas Cards (inc. envelopes) of your winning design plus a Christmas party for up to 50 guests which will include a bouncy castle, disco and ice cream van as well as a visit from Santa with a gift for each guest!

KSG will display the winner’s printed cards at the Gallery, plus we’ll show several of the best entries. The prize will be presented to the winner at the Gallery later this month.

Find out how to enter…

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