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OCTOBER 2017 NEWS

SPOTLIGHT ON KSG ARTIST HELEN LLEWELYN!

We are delighted to announce a new feature at King Street Gallery. We are opening our newly refurbished small gallery space for solo shows by Gallery members. Each month a different artist will be featured.

This October Helen Llewelyn, our award------winning textile artist, will be showing her work. We caught up with Helen to find out more about her work and inspirations:

 

KSG: How would you summarise your approach as an artist?

Helen: The approach to my textile art, whether a commission or exhibition, is one of story-telling.

KSG:  When and where do you like to work?

Helen:  The story starts outdoors but is brought to life on the table loom and sewing machine in my ‘never big enough’ studio space whose French window lets in the glorious daylight - ideal for a textile artist. The calm relaxing atmosphere of the garden also permeates through the window but is always at odds with the loathed yet necessary deadlines.

KSG:  What are your favourite materials/tools?

Helen:  As with flowers and trees, the colours and textures of fabrics are inspirational. No favourites, but the plain red woollen flannel from Felin Teifi was excellent quality. Dip-dyeing natural cotton yarns helps create subtle painterly colour palettes, with acrylic yarns and Swarovski beads an additional delight. A good stash of material is not only essential but a joy, as too the many techniques from Soumac to Shibori.

KSG:  Who is your favourite artist, and why?

Helen:  Visiting exhibitions by contemporary textile artists such as Pauline Burbridge, Fiona Hutchison, and Bethan Ash is a passion, but I also greatly admire the work of Annie Albers, Gunta Stölzl and others from the early 20th Century.

KSG:  What’s the most memorable exhibition you have ever been to?

Helen:  One of the most memorable exhibitions, as a participant, was the Nadelwelt at Karlsruhe, Germany in 2017, particularly the monumental international quilt Where Do You Come From?, and meeting the ‘Quilt around the World’ team whom assembled together 85 unique blocks by artists from 22 countries world-wide, and based on local heritage. 

KSG:  What things make you happiest?

Helen: Taking part is always a pleasure and more so if the art work pleases others. Seeing different places, scenery and cultures is much appreciated, and there is great pride in knowing that the contemporary textiles continue a culture from the dawn of history.

Want to find out more about Helen’s work? Helen will be available for you to meet and talk to at the gallery on Saturday 21st October between 11am and 3pm.

 

NOW SHOWING: NIKITA ALTAY, SHADOWS OF THE SOUL

Following the success of his previous exhibitions at King Street Gallery, we are pleased to present an exclusive collection of new paintings by Nikita Altay from St Petersburg, Russia. “Shadows of the Soul” runs until 25th October in the Chate Room.

Nikita Altay pursued a career as a fashion model and rock singer before devoting himself to the visual arts. Both his parents were well known artists. He trained in the Repin Institute in St Petersburg and his work is exhibited in Russia, Europe and the USA.

Don’t miss this opportunity to see some highly original work from an internationally-renowned artist!

 

EKPHRASIS: BETWEEN IMAGE AND WORD

A new exhibition which opens on 27th October in the Chate Room, King Street Gallery, showcases a dynamic new collaboration between KSG painter Maria Pierides and poet Stella Pierides.

Ekphrasis: Between image and word” presents new paintings by Maria Pierides – and a response to each of those paintings by Stella Pierides with haiku, the shortest of poetic forms.

Maria Pierides’work is inspired by her surrounding landscape, cultural identity, history, myth, time – and poetry. Maria’s visual abstractions are the outcome of conversations with the artist’s being in a particular place at a given time, shortcuts of her lived experience in colour, in texture, in paint.

The collaboration with Stella Pierides, who responds to the paintings with haiku, adds layers of meaning that expand in ever widening circles and offer new and unexpected inroads into the paintings.

The show runs until 15th November, and there is a private view in the Chate Room on Friday 27th October, 5.30pm-7.30pm. All are welcome!

 

A WARM WELCOME TO OUR NEWEST MEMBER JULIE DAVIS

We are delighted to welcome our new member, Julie Davis, to King Street Gallery!

Julie’s work is primarily figurative. She likes to portray the human situation in a range of emotions, sometimes using the metaphorical, and is interested in how we inhabit our bodies, how we act, interact and cope with the human condition.

We hope you enjoy Julie’s stunning new work in the Gallery!

 

CONGRATULATIONS TO OUR OPEN COMPETITION WINNER!

We had a wonderfully diverse range of entries in our Open Competition last month which was on the theme of Welsh myths and legends.

Museums Development Manager Morrigan Mason judged the competition and the winner was Anna Warchus (pictured above with her stunning ceramic piece).

Many thanks to all entrants your excellent work!

 

VIVIENNE ALBISTON AT THE FESTIVAL OF THE SENSES

The full-of-life paper mâché figures made by KSG ceramicist Vivienne Albiston have been selected for the Festival of the Senses event in Llandeilo, which his year has a ‘recycling/repurposing’ theme.

The Festival of the Senses is a weekend of fun, entertainment and shopping opportunities which runs from 17th – 19th November.

During the three days of the festival thousands of visitors and locals flock to Llandeilo to enjoy gastronomic delicacies, live music, a colourful firework display – and, of course, some wonderful art!

 

COMING IN 2018: VERA BASSETT IN THE CHATE ROOM

We are delighted to announce an exhibition of work by the late Vera Bassett which will take place in the Chate Room, KSG in May 2018.

Vera Bassett was born in Pontarddulais in the summer of 1912. Her work caught the attention of a very famous Welshman, Richard Burton, and his first wife Sybil, who became collectors.

Vera Bassett has been exhibited all over the world - from Swansea’s Glyn Vivian, the National Library of Wales and Cardiff to Newcastle-on-Tyne, London, New York, Massachusetts, Paris and Biarritz.

Don’t miss this landmark exhibition in the new year!

 

AUTUMN SHOW NOW ON

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

In the Autumn 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!

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