Crickhowell Open Studios 2018 Guide

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Crickhowell Open Studios Spring Bank Holiday Weekend 26–28 May 2018








CRiC: Community and Open Studios Hub CRiC extends huge congratulations to Suzette and her team on the tenth anniversary of Crickhowell Open Studios which has given local artists the opportunity to showcase their work and their studios and given pleasure to so many visitors since its inception. We look forward to welcoming you again this year as we celebrate the vibrant, diverse and inspiring art within our community. So, book your bus tour, catch up with friends over coffee in CRiC and chat to our volunteers about the venues en-route – be inspired and enjoy ten years of Open Studios in Crickhowell! Jan Morgan, Centre Manager Crickhowell Resource and Information Centre Beaufort Street Crickhowell NP8 1BN Tel: 01873 811970 instagram/orielcric Registered Charity Number: 1106479. Company Limited by Guarantee registered in Cardiff 4668297.


Crickhowell Open Studios turns ten This milestone is the perfect time to reflect on the generosity of artists who open their doors allowing visitors the opportunity to see the unexpected, be inspired, diverted and delighted. With their support the weekend continues to be a celebration of art, craftsmanship and creativity in the Brecon Beacons and Black Mountains. We owe particular thanks to those artists who were willing to support the concept ten years ago. During 2018 you will be able to meet artists in a wide range of interesting places, talk about their work, watch demonstrations or simply feast your eyes on a huge range of creative activity, from painting, photography, textiles, sculpture and ceramics, to furniture, glass, jewellery and much more. This guide can help you to plan your visits: choose a route, or a particular form of art that interests you to make the most of the time you have to spend. Plenty of cafes, pubs and places of interest along the way make it an ideal way to plan an enjoyable day out in the stunning scenery and perhaps even come home with a unique work of art of your own. Thank you to everyone who has helped create this event, in particular the artists and makers themselves, the staff and volunteer team at CRiC and the Crickhowell Town Council for supporting the event. Suzette Pratten, Open Studios Co-ordinator Oriel CRiC Gallery, Crickhowell Email: Tel: 01873 813669

Left to right: Nicola Welton-Wall, Suzette Pratten, Cyril Teasdale, Jan Morgan and John Thomas 3


Open Studios parking Parking is always at a premium in Crickhowell and we would like all our visitors to be able to park and enjoy all the town has to offer. The following options are available and are signposted: 1.

There is a pay-and-display car park behind CRiC.


There are a small number of car parking spaces at the health centre, who have kindly given us permission to use the area over the weekend, but please DO NOT PARK IN THE SPACES CLEARLY MARKED FOR THE DOCTORS ONLY – in case emergency access is needed.


There is overflow parking at the Crickhowell High School car park in New Road, but please pop a donation in their fundraising box.


A field clearly signposted on the B4558 (from Crickhowell, cross the bridge and turn right at the T-junction – access to parking directly to your right). This field will have parking attendants between 9.30am and 5.30pm on each of the three days, raising funds for the Duke of Edinburgh’s Award Scheme as supported by the Crickhowell Volunteer Bureau (parking charge £3 for the day.) A leisurely uphill stroll will take you to the centre of Crickhowell, passing St Edmund’s Church.

Among its projects, the Crickhowell Volunteer Bureau supports the Going for Gold Duke of Edinburgh’s Award* which is specifically aimed at getting young people involved in their community through volunteering, building their skills and encouraging a healthy lifestyle. This project allows them to find placements for and support young people who are struggling to find opportunities and overcome barriers to achieve an award. *

The Duke of Edinburgh’s Award (commonly abbreviated to DofE), is a youth awards programme founded in the United Kingdom in 1956 by Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh, that has since expanded to 144 nations.








Open Art Competition at Oriel CRiC Gallery

The Crickhowell Open Art Exhibition has become one of the annual highlights of the gallery programme, eagerly anticipated by artists and visitors to the gallery. The exhibition is launched on Friday 25 May and continues until 7 July 2018. In 2017 the panel of judges consisted of Robert Macdonald, artist and President of the Royal Watercolour Society of Wales, Michael Howard, artist, and Oliver Fairclough, retired Keeper of Art at the National Museum of Wales. During the 2017 exhibition, the judges deemed ‘Pinion’, the entry by Aidan Myers in the ‘Young Artist’ category, a worthy overall winner with a prize of £500. Veronica Gibson was awarded the runner-up prize with her impressive Welsh landscape in oil. Michael Gregory won the Young Artist award with a charcoal portrait and Redvers John was awarded the prize in the ‘Legends of Wales’ category. During the Crickhowell Open Studio weekend visitors voted Jantien Powell’s painting ‘Down to the Sea’ as the Visitors’ Choice winner. Both the judges and the visitors to the exhibition were impressed by the standard of work exhibited, as expressed by Oliver Fairclough, “Take being included in this exhibition as a real compliment, as I was really impressed with the sheer invention and quality of work.“ Donations towards prize money in 2018 have been received from Ann and Cyril Teasdale, Patricia Kelly and CRiC. We are grateful for the support and encouragement of gallery friends throughout the year.

A: Pinion by Aidan Myers B: Portrait by Michael Gregory C: Cymru – Land of Legends by Veronica Gibson D: Myth of Cader Idris by Redvers John E: Journey to the Sea by Jantien Powell






Explore with the Art Bus The Open Studios bus tour has been an extremely popular addition to the weekend. Visiting some of the more remote venues, it offers the opportunity of a relaxed day out. As 2018 celebrates ten years, we are offering this on two days. The bus will run from 10.30am until approximately 4.30pm, starting and ending at CRiC. Spaces are limited to 16 so please reserve your seat beforehand by emailing, calling the gallery on 01873 813667 or popping into the Oriel CRiC Gallery. Prepayment of £15 is required, which includes the cost of a light lunch. On the day announce your arrival at the reception desk and we will direct you to where the bus is parked.

Sunday 27 May First call on Sunday will be St Peter’s Church in Llanbedr (venue 16) with an interesting and diverse mix of ceramics, furniture, painting and photography. A stop off at Cwmdu Studios (venue 18) never fails to impress and inspire. After an early light lunch at Tretower Village Hall (venue 17) showcasing the work of the Crickhowell Guild of Spinners, Weavers and Dyers, the bus will set out for the Court Cupboard Craft Gallery. (venue 26). If the passengers can resist the coffee and the views, the next stop will be Court Robert Arts (venue 27), where sculptor Christine Baxter works and teaches.

Monday 28 May Monday will combine old favourites with a visit to first-time participant Daren Greenhow (venue 23) – a sculptor who takes everyday objects, reinterpreting them in new and unexpected contexts. The second stop, Chapel Cottage Studio (venue 25), is always a popular destination where visitors can enjoy Jantien Powell’s paintings and guest artists’ work as well as warm hospitality.. Also in Llanddewi Rhydderch, Textiles in the Weir (venue 24) is home to textile artist Jan Thomas and it is not difficult to see why she is inspired by the surrounding countryside. After returning to Tretower (venue 17) for a late light lunch, the bus will continue to visit St Peter’s Church in Llanbedr (venue 16) showing an interesting mix of art, including ceramics, furniture, painting and photography. Please note, both these routes may be adjusted if time or weather dictates. A: Enjoying Chapel Cottage Studio hospitality B: Court Roberts Art C: Sculpture by Christine Baxter






Meet the artist at Oriel CRiC Gallery Saturday 26 and Sunday 27 May Glass artist Anne Robina will be showcasing her work in the conference room at CRiC for two days while demonstrating and chatting about the techniques involved in creating pieces which show the captivating transformation that takes place when light passes through coloured glass. Anne has developed and honed these skills over many years. All of her projects can be designed to employ one or more of the techniques of copper foiling, leading, glass painting, glass fusion or a combination of them all within one piece. Anne now lives in a rural part of Monmouthshire, surrounded by trees and woodland, and it is from this environment that she takes most of her inspiration. Her own designs display organic free flowing forms, where she creates her own pictorial language. The work that evolves is essentially Celtic and often spiritual, nostalgic for a time of folklore and legend.

Monday 28 May Jo Hughes is a weaver who lives in the Brecon Beacons. She uses a simple rigid heddle loom to make scarves,wraps, blankets, bags and table wear using lots of different yarns, wool, silk, linen, acrylic and sari ribbon. Jo will be spending the day at CRiC showcasing some of her work and demonstrating some of the techniques involved.

“The Open Studios Weekend is a great outreach opportunity for artists to talk about their work, both to the local community and to visitors from all parts of the UK and abroad.� Tim Rossiter, artist A: Anne Robina B: Anne Robina C: Jo Hughes






Open Studios highlights Crickhowell fully embraces the Open Studios Weekend and it is a pleasure to see art from participating artists in many of the shop windows, encouraging visitors to linger a bit longer and enjoy all the town has to offer.

Daily demonstrations

Many of the artists will have work in progress in their studios and some venues will have daily ongoing demonstrations. Lucy Corbett (Welsh Academy of Art, venue 18) will be doing a painting demonstration during the course of the weekend. Demonstrations of spinning and weaving will continue throughout the weekend at venue 17 (Tretower Arts and Crafts) Martin Truefitt Baker (venue 15) is offering a small programme of talks and demonstrations: Saturday 26 May 2pm he will chat about colour theory. Sunday 27 May 2pm there will be a short demonstration of reduction lino printing. Monday 28 May 11am there will be a short demonstration of reduction lino printing. 2pm he will chat about colour theory.

“I recommend the Open Studios Weekend to the art loving public as a wonderful way to celebrate a Bank Holiday.� Morgan Llewellyn, artist

A: Work in progress by Tim Rossiter B: Art to be found throughout the town C: It is a weekend to linger, relax and enjoy


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1. Oriel CRiC Gallery Beaufort Street, Crickhowell, NP8 1BN. (Tel: 01873 813669) Sat 26 May: 10am–5pm, Sun 27 May: 10am–5pm, Mon 28 May: 10am–5pm. The Oriel CRiC Gallery is the perfect starting point during the Crickhowell Open Studios Weekend for a true celebration of art and creativity in the Brecon Beacons and Black Mountains. Hosting the annual Open Art Exhibition the gallery welcomes artists from far and wide. Supported by a team of welcoming volunteers, the gallery has become a destination in its own right as is reflected in the comments found in the visitors’ book. “Fascinating – will be back!” (Ross On Wye) “I don’t think there is a gallery anywhere that gives me more pleasure and creative inspiration than this one! Thank you so much.” (Rhymney) “A special place to visit.” (Brecon) “Wish this gallery was nearer to us.” (Glos) The programme for 2018: 9 July – 1 September

Summer Printmakers Exhibition

14 July

Open Day

3 September – 10 November Autumn Exhibition 19 November – 6 January

Christmas at CRiC

24 November

Mulled wine and mince pies

6 December Late night shopping in Crickhowell The gallery is in the centre of Crickhowell, adjacent to the pay-and-display public car park.

CRiC cannot accept any liability for any loss, damage or injury sustained by any member of the public while visiting a Crickhowell Open Studios venue. Visitors do so entirely at their own risk. Every effort is made by artists to ensure that their venues are as safe as possible. All copyright of images remains with the artists.

A; Ceramic sculptures by Mary Watkins and Phil Hughes B: Detail from a handpainted box by Jemima Jameson C: Visitors to the gallery during the Crickhowell Open Art Exhibition 2017


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2. Torfaen Art Factory Clarence Hall, Beaufort Street, Crickhowell, NP8 1BN. (Tel: 01633 483370 or 07421 119922) Sat 26 May: 10am–5pm, Sun 27 May: 10am–5pm, Mon 28 May: 10am–5pm. This is the group’s fifth year at the Clarence Hall and the highlight of their exhibition calendar. They extend a warm welcome to new and previous visitors – to meet the local artists and view their work, which they promise will be to their usual high standard. They have a large range of affordable art showing all mediums and styles. Next door to CRiC (Crickhowell Resource and Information Centre) on Beaufort Street.

3. Cag Rodwell Glass 1 Llangenny Lane, Crickhowell, NP8 1AN. (Tel: 07932 653665) Sat 26 May: 10.30am–5pm, Sun 27 May: 10.30am–5pm, Mon 28 May: Closed. Cag Rodwell has been designing and creating colourful, quirky and contemporary fused glass art for the past 13 years. Every piece of art is lovingly made in her home studio and is imaginative, humorous and bursting with personality. Through experimentation, research and commission work, Cag is able to constantly challenge herself, develop her skills and create bespoke pieces that make people smile. Walking from CRiC towards Abergavenny, pass the fire station, go down the hill, pass the health centre. Llangenny Lane is the first left. Only 5 minutes walk.

“The Open Studios Weekend fills the town with people on a mission – art explorers!” Kay Leverton, Tower Gallery






4. The CRiC Studio Beaufort Chambers, Beaufort Street, Crickhowell, NP8 1BN. (Tel: 01873 813667) Sat 26 May: 10am–5pm, Sun 27 May: 10am–5pm, Mon 28 May: 10am–5pm. Every year during the Open Art Competition visitors have the opportunity to vote for the art that they would like to acknowledge as worthy of winning a prize. This exhibition will reflect some of those choices and also bring together a collection of work that has appealed to visitors to the gallery. The variety of art combined with the great skill of the artists never fails to impress and delight. This exhibition aptly titled ‘Visitors’ Choice’ will showcase some of those favourites. The CRiC Studio is directly opposite CRiC, next to Latte Da. The entrance is through the main door. The venue is upstairs.

“I am grateful to the organisers for their energy in making the Open Studios the vibrant weekend it has become.” Pip Woolf, artist

A: Down to Mork Brook by Paul Burgess B: Roald Dahl by Callie-Ann Healey, winner of the 2016 Young Artist Award C: Autumn Beech in Park Wood by Mark Zytynski


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5. Lucy Garnet-Jones The Pantry at The Courtyard, Upper House Farm, Crickhowell, NP8 1BZ. (Tel: 07460 605296) Sat 26 May: 9am–6pm, Sun 27 May: 10am–4pm, Mon 28 May: 8.30am–6pm. Lucy has completed qualifications in art and design, fashion design and marketing. Since leaving university she has been working in the fashion industry as a buyer. But after doing this for around five years she felt she needed to get her creativity back and focus on doing what she loves, which is baking and painting. So this May she is opening The Pantry coffeehouse and brunchery, and getting back to her art. Lucy prefers to draw in ink, as she feels it complements her style of drawing. She likes to draw a variety of things, ranging from nature to automobiles, to food and more. If you are coming from the town car park, walk through the passage and turn right. Walk past Webbs bed shop, then in a hundred yards you will find The Pantry in the courtyard on the left hand side.


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6. Jeremy Thomas Book-ish,18 High Street, Crickhowell, NP8 1BD. (Tel: 07581 184125) Sat 26 May: 9am–5.30pm, Sun 27 May: 10am–4pm, Mon 28 May: 10am–4pm. Jeremy is originally from Ebbw Vale and is now based in Abergavenny where he works from his studio in the town centre. He produces intricate, quirky and atmospheric images with a strong sense of narrative. Within his paintings there are often hidden messages and stories. Jeremy usually works in oils, but is currently working on a series of detailed ink drawings that explore the themes of life, death and rebirth. Book-ish is in the centre of the High Street of Crickhowell.

7. Helen Crawford The Courtroom Café, Market Hall, Crickhowell, NP8 1PD. (Tel: 01531 650386) Sat 26 May: 9am–4.30pm, Sun 27 May: 10am–3.30pm, Mon 28 May: 10am–3.30pm. Helen is inspired by the seasonal colours and atmospheric changes in the light on hillside woodlands and wild coastlines. She creates colourful textile landscapes and seascapes in silk paper and painted felt, with stitch, paint and collage. Also available will be mixed media paintings, prints and cards. The Courtroom Café is upstairs in the Market Hall, in the centre of Crickhowell.









8. Usk Valley Artists’ Co-operative Tower Gallery, 49 High Street, Crickhowell, NP8 1BH. (Tel: 01873 812495) Sat 26 May: 10am–5pm, Sun 27 May: 10am–5pm, Mon 28 May: 10am–5pm. Tower Gallery shows the work of a group of artists who all live locally. It is a not-for-profit organisation which they run themselves as a co-operative. They exhibit paintings and sculptures by Hannah Firmin, Graeme Galvin, Michael Howard, Kay Leverton, Lesley Lillywhite, Harriet Lloyd, Robert Macdonald and Philippine Sowerby. Specially featured during this weekend is work by Hannah Firmin and Philippine Sowerby. In the centre of Crickhowell, opposite Grenfells. Between the Old Lloyds Bank and the flower shop – upstairs.



A: Robert Macdonald B: Graeme Galvin C: Kay Leverton

D: Michael Howard E: Lesley Lillywhite F: Harriet Lloyd

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9. Louise Collis Landscape Artist Dragon Inn, High Street, Crickhowell, NP8 1BE. (Tel: 07949 187426) Sat 26 May: 10am–5pm, Sun 27 May: 10am–5pm, Mon 28 May: 10am–5pm. Louise has a passion for painting landscapes outdoors. She travels around with her painting kit and paints the wonderful views, whatever the weather. She is inspired by movement and ever-changing colours. Her outdoor work then inspires her studio work. Her paintings are always very expressive and full of colour and movement. The Dragon Inn is towards the bottom of the High Street, on the left hand side.

10. Beacons Art & Phill Ross Scout Hall, Castle Road, Crickhowell, NP8 1AP. Sat 26 May: 10am–5pm, Sun 27 May: 10am–5pm, Mon 28 May: 10am–4pm. Phillip Ross (A) paints original watercolours often inspired by street scenes, cafes and Wales’ industrial past. He exhibits regularly in galleries but enjoys the buzz of meeting people through the Open Studios Weekend. Beacons Art (B) displays the paintings of Alastair McDougall – oils, prints and 8” x 6” watercolours, inspired by his time walking in the magnificent Brecon Beacons. Refreshments on sale in aid of the local Scout group. 5 minute stroll from CRiC. Cross main road, down High Street, sharp left at end.

11. David Roy Kerton 36 Bridge Street, Crickhowell, NP8 1AR. (Tel: 01495 246146 or 07934 268776) Sat 26 May: 11am–4.30pm, Sun 27 May: 11am–4.30pm, Mon 28 May: 11am–4.30pm. David Roy Kerton has had a lifelong love of art, but spent most of his working life as a welder-fabricator in heavy industry throughout Wales. In the late 1970s he attended Hereford College of Art to study three-dimensional design. He has worked in all mediums from steel, ceramics and now acrylics. He works from memories and his own experience of the Welsh valleys. His paintings are about the atmosphere rather than place alone. Bridge Street runs from Crickhowell bridge up to the High Street. No 36 is covered in wisteria. 27

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12. Tim Rossiter 6 Bridge Street, Crickhowell, NP8 1AR. (Tel: 01873 810301) Sat 26 May: 11am–5pm, Sun 27 May: 11am–5pm, Mon 28 May: 11am–5pm. Tim Rossiter paints subjects from imagination, the landscape, poetry and myth. Most work is in oil, painted in a succession of glazes and the paintings are largely worked from memory, not direct observation. Bridge Street runs from the bottom of the High Street down to Crickhowell Bridge. Number 6 has a green door and a dragon knocker.

13. Rebecca Burn Penstaer House, 39 Bridge Street, Crickhowell, NP8 1AR. (Tel: 07843 053702 or 01633 309045) Sat 26 May: 10am–3pm, Sun 27 May: 10am–3pm, Mon 28 May: 10am–3pm. Rebecca Burn is an artist living in South Wales who paints with acrylic onto canvas and furniture in a variety of styles (portrait, abstract and seascape). Heading away from town, you will go past the Police Station on your right. Carry on down and the house is on the corner of Bridge Street and Lamb Lane.



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14. Art at St Edmund’s St Edmund’s Church, Church Lane, Crickhowell, NP8 1BB. Sat 26 May: 10am–5pm, Sun 27 May: 10am–5pm, Mon 28 May: 10am–5pm.

Chris Heneghan (A) Chris is a retired professional who took up pottery on retirement. His work is mainly thrown decorative kitchen and table ware, with a wide variety of glazes. He is happy to discuss his work and to take commissions. For more info call 07917 078561, email or visit

Kwong Kuen Shan (B) Kuen Shan was born and educated in Hong Kong. She has lived and worked in London and now Wales for over three decades. She paints in her own style developed from traditional Chinese brush painting techniques, painting mainly cats, landscapes and flowers. Her published work includes her paintings combined with sayings from classical Chinese literature, and they have been translated into 16 languages. She has exhibited in London and Wales, and more recently in Paris and Milan. For more info call 07917 078561, email or visit

The Splatter Group (C) The Splatter Group, from in and around Brecon, meet on a weekly basis. They are a diverse group of innovative artists painting in a variety of media. Listing for Art at St Edmund’s continues overleaf.

It is a real pleasure to spend the weekend showing off your work to a wide range of admirers and to discuss it in the intimate environment of your studio.” Morgan Llewellyn, Artist






14. Art at St Edmund’s continued Frances Green (D) Frances has several strands to her art, from re-purposing driftwood, botanical painting and icons. She has recently completed a diploma in botanical art, and has studied icon painting at home and abroad. All reflect her love of colour and are brought together to celebrate saints, flowers and the natural world.

Mark Zytynski Photography (E) Mark is a fine art photographer with a passion for trees and woodlands. He produces limited-edition mixed media artworks and fine art ‘painterly’ prints. His aim is to create artworks that will evoke the same feeling in the observer that he experienced in the ‘wild’.

Minerva Rodriguez (F) Minerva is a fine artist based in the UK. She holds a Bachelor Honours degree in Fine Art from Spain, where she specialised in printmaking and graphic design. Previous experience of participating in the Crickhowell Open Studios Weekend brings her back to Crickhowell again this year to exhibit her watercolours and acrylics. Taking her themes from nature, her style is mainly realistic and true to the subject. From CRiC drive towards Brecon. At the T-junction at the petrol station, turn left. Parking is available on the right hand side in the secondary school car park. St Edmund’s Church is on the opposite side of the road. If walking from CRiC, follow the arrow directions down Silver Lane (see Crickhowell map on page 33).

St Edmund’s has proved a very popular venue within easy walking distance from the various car parking options (see page 5). The wonderful array of cakes on sale will once again raise funds for Christian Aid every day during the opening hours of the exhibition.






15. Martin Truefitt-Baker Rose Cottage, The Dardy, Crickhowell, NP8 1PS. (Tel: 07813 722822 or 01873 810710) Sat 26 May: 10am–5pm, Sun 27 May: 10am–5pm, Mon 28 May: 10am–5pm Martin’s studio is just outside Crickhowell, facing across the River Usk. He mostly produces acrylic paintings and carefully designed lino-prints. The wonderful local landscape, wildlife and the changing seasons have become central to his work. Drive from Crickhowell via the bridge. Head into Llangattock and turn right to pass St Catwg’s Church. Here there is a signpost for the Dardy. Rose Cottage is the second house along the bottom road. Please park opposite the phonebox.

16. Art at St Peter’s St Peter’s Church, Llanbedr, Crickhowell, NP8 1SR. (Tel: 01873 811330 or 07740 537694) Sat 26 May: 10am–4.30pm, Sun 27 May: 10am–4.30pm, Mon 28 May: 10am–4.30pm St Peter’s is a charming 11th century church, with beautiful textile panels worth a visit at any time. Now filled with fascinating artworks and with delicious teas available – don’t miss it!

Sean Crawford (A) Sean is a fine-art landscape photographer who works in the wonderful landscapes of the Brecon Beacons National Park – as well as elsewhere in the British Isles, and far beyond. Sean aims to convey the mystery, solitude and elementary forces of nature, and the freedom he feels on his walks amongst the hills and mountains. As well as Sean’s fine prints, his cards and calendars will also be for sale.

Gilbert Crawford (B) As an established furniture designer-maker, Gilbert’s designs are contemporary with a traditional core – simple, graceful and practical pieces to suit any environment. Each item is inspired by the potential colour, graining and figure of each particular timber from native and temperate sources. He also designs and makes relief puzzles – intricate puzzles in relief, cut from a single block of wood with an interesting figure and colour. Each puzzle is unique, and range from single to multi-layer (not for the faint-hearted). Gilbert also makes zithers and psaltery musical folk instruments and various wooden items. He’s a member of Herefordshire Guild of Craftsmen.





16. Art at St Peter’s continued Ann Corbett (C) Ann is a ceramic artist living and working in London and the Black Mountains. A 2017 graduate of the City Lit Ceramics Diploma course in London, her recent work has been a personal response to the demise of coal mining in the South Wales valleys. Work is fired in saggars (containers) in gas and electric kilns, using a variety of clay bodies and other media, such as paper, metal, fibre glass and organic material. The results are often fragile and decaying.

Veronica Gibson (D) Veronica is a professional painter and printmaker. She is a member of the Welsh Group and teaches drawing, painting and printmaking for Aberystwyth University in the Brecon and Crickhowell area. She will be exhibiting her expressive paintings depicting the Welsh landscape in its many facets. Veronica’s work is widely acclaimed and is included in collections in Britain and Sweden. She has exhibited widely in Wales and England. From Crickhowell turn north up Greenhill Way, then right. Two miles up over the hill, then left to Llanbedr. The church is in the centre of the village.

“I am delighted that the Open Studios Weekend continues to offer opportunities for local artists and am grateful to organisers for their energy in making it the vibrant weekend it has become.” Pip Woolf, artist 41






17. Tretower Arts and Crafts Tretower Village Hall, Tretower, NP8 1RF. (Tel: 01981 240416 or 07970 911115) Sat 26 May: 10.30am–4.30pm, Sun 27 May: 10.30am–4.30pm, Mon 28 May: 10.30am–4.30pm Crickhowell Guild of Weavers, Spinners and Dyers will be displaying their members’ work including hand-dyed, spun and woven goods. Many items will be for sale. Demonstrations of spinning and weaving will continue throughout the weekend. The group meets every Thursday at Peak (formerly known as Arts Alive Wales) in Crickhowell (NP8 1DG) from 10am to 3pm. Members of the guild form a mixed-ability, enthusiastic group who encourage and preserve the tradition of weaving, spinning and other textile-related crafts. There is an ethos of generosity between members to share their skills and experience. This includes in-house courses, passing on know-how, specialist speakers and visits. Over the development of the guild, since its inception in 1982, they have gathered together equipment and reference books which are available for members to borrow. This valuable resource enables members to try out different aspects of textile crafts. They always welcome new members and visitors. In the spirit of inspiration the group also organises entry-level courses in spinning and weaving, bringing in external tutors, to encourage more people to take up these skills. In 2017 they held a basic 8-day course in weaving and will be holding a similar course in spinning in the autumn. The successful completion of the spinning course will lead to the Agored Cymru (Welsh awarding body) Level 1 certificate. For further information about the guild visit The Textile Café will serve tea, coffee, homemade cakes and light lunches throughout the event. Tretower Village Hall is 4 miles northwest of Crickhowell on the A479, located close to the church and Tretower Court. Parking available outside the court.







18. Cwmdu Studios Cwmdu Studios, Cwmdu, NP8 1RU. (Tel: 01874 730693) Sat 26 May: 10am–4.30pm, Sun 27 May: 10am–4.30pm, Mon 28 May: 10am–4.30pm

The Welsh Academy of Art (A) This year the WAA will be displaying a selection of recent student work alongside alumni and academy tutor Lucy Corbett. Lucy will also be demonstrating a themed portrait painting using the sight size method over the course of the three days. The Welsh Academy of Art offers a range of courses that are centred around this traditional method, from cast drawing through to landscape painting. You are invited to come and watch at any time and see the portrait develop. Painting will commence at 10am and finish at 4pm each day.

Lee Wright (B) Lee is well known for his lino prints which capture the beauty and tranquillity of the Brecon Beacons. Lee will be exhibiting a new series of lino prints during the Open Studios Weekend. Lee is also an accomplished portrait painter. Many of Lee’s portraits will be on display in this exhibition and he will be on hand to discuss commissions.

Cwmdu Studios is in the old Victorian School on the main road through Cwmdu. From Crickhowell, head towards Brecon on the A40. After a couple of miles, turn right on the A479 at The Nantyffin Cider Mill Inn. Head through Tretower then on to Cwmdu. You will pass Cwmdu Studios on your right, with parking a little beyond the building.

“The Crickhowell Open Studios is a wonderful opportunity to meet many people interested in art, to talk about art and to showcase my new work.” Lee Wright, artist







19. Richard Renshaw Pentwyn Farm, Cwmdu, NP8 1RU. (Tel: 01874 730996) Sat 26 May: 10am–5pm, Sun 27 May: 10am–5pm, Mon 28 May: 10am–5pm Richard is a sculptor working mostly in stone.

(Money raised from refreshments will go to charity.) Take the A40 from Crickhowell towards Brecon, turn right at Nantyffin Cider Mill Inn onto A479. In Cwmdu, turn right at Farmers Arms, then immediately right, opposite the church, passing a campsite on the right. Continue until the road turns sharply left uphill between two houses. Pentwyn is at the top. Park in the farmyard before the house.

20. All in a Spin Pen Y Caeau Farm, Cwmdu, Crickhowell, NP8 1RT. (Tel: 01874 730907) Sat 26 May: 1–5pm, Sun 27 May: 11am–5pm, Mon 28 May: 11am–5pm Dunja Roberts is an award-winning spinning and weaving tutor. Her textile studio, on her traditional sheep farm, is a treasure trove of almost-forgotten skills. Come and see her unique hand-spun yarns, hand-woven cloth and the tools used to create them from the farm’s sheep. You can even have a go on a loom yourself! Refreshments available. At Cwmdu village hall on A479 take the lane and follow for 1.5 miles.

21. Sally Mills Brynteg, Station Road, Gilwern, NP7 0BY. (Tel: 07745 035215 or 01873 830005) Sat 26 May: 10am–4pm, Sun 27 May: 10am–4pm, Mon 28 May: 10am–4pm Sally is a mixed-media artist, passionate about textures and exploring new techniques. She describes her art as somewhere between impressionism and abstract. She has a love of water and its many patterns and reflections, whether it is the sea or local waterways and their tangled wildflower banks. Sally has also created a range of scarves, tote bags and cushions based on her original artworks. Top of Gilwern village (Main Road), left over new horseshoe bridge crossing over the A465. Up the hill, first right turn. 47





22. David Haswell Invergowrie, 7 Windsor Road, Abergavenny, NP7 7BB. (Tel: 01873 850440) Sat 26 May: 10.30am–5pm, Sun 27 May: 10.30am–5pm, Mon 28 May: 9.30am–5pm Highly textured, original paintings and limited-edition prints of the Welsh landscape. A selection of new prints and originals will be available. On the western side of Abergavenny, 200 metres from Nevill Hall Hospital, turn off the A40 into Belgrave Road. At the top of this road turn left at the T junction, and then first right into Windsor Road. Number 7 is the penultimate house on the right.

23. Daren Greenhow Maenllwyd Cottage, Elms Lane, Landdewi Skirrid, NP7 8BL. (Tel: 01873 850872 or 07546702629) Sat 26 May: 11am–5pm, Sun 27 May: 11am–5pm, Mon 28 May: 11am–5pm An exhibition of innovative and completely original outdoor metal sculptures. Daren is a full-time sculptor and he exhibits widely across the UK. His work encompasses a diverse range of sizes and subjects to suit all tastes and budgets. From A465 take the B4521 to Skenfrith. Take the second right, signposted Tredilion Fruit Farm and Monmouth. At the top of the hill bear left onto Elms Lane. Maenllwyd Cottage is 1.5 miles further, on a sharp right bend.

24. Textiles at The Weir The Weir, Llanddewi Rhydderch, NP7 9TW. (Tel: 01873 840299) Sat 26 May: 10am–4pm, Sun 27 May: 10am–4pm, Mon 28 May: 10am–4pm Jan Thomas is a textile artist who is inspired by nature and the countryside where she lives. She runs courses using a range of textile techniques, which cater for all abilities. She also sells unique woollen products made from the fleece of her Coloured Ryeland sheep. 10 mins from Abergavenny, off B4223. 49





25. Chapel Cottage Studio Chapel Cottage Studio, Llanddewi Rhydderch, Abergavenny, NP7 9TT. (Tel: 01873 840282 or 07935 934898) Sat 26 May: 10am–4pm, Sun 27 May: 10am–4pm, Mon 28 May: 10am–4pm Chapel Cottage Studio is a small, art-teaching studio nestled in the Welsh countryside with stunning views of the Black Mountains range. Run by mother-daughter team Jantien Powell and Tirza Snook, the studio hosts a vibrant, year-round programme offering a range of friendly, informal art classes to suit all abilities. Subjects include watercolours, pastels, acrylics, oils, pencil drawing and mixed media. Jantien Powell, the resident artist and tutor, leads many of the classes, alongside a selection of the very best artists and tutors from the area, as well as several from further afield. Jantien’s work centres around the faces and places of South Wales and she is well known locally for her vibrant rural paintings. There will be an exhibition of her work on display over the weekend, as well as a varied exhibition of works by the talented students and fabulous guest artists who visit the studio. Visitors are welcome to relax and chat in the cosy conservatory with a cup of tea or coffee and a slice of homemade cake, or enjoy the acre of garden and patio area taking in the amazing views. There is plenty of space for children to play outdoors, so visitors are very welcome to bring the family. From the A40/Hereford Rd in Abergavenny take the B4233 to Rockfield/Pen-y-Fal. Continue for approx 2.5 miles before turning right to Llandewi Rhydderch/Coed Morgan. At Llanddewi Rhydderch village green turn right, past the church. After a quarter of a mile cross the junction and Chapel Cottage Studio is on the left. Visit our website for more detailed directions:

“The Open Studios is such a great event and has been since year one.” Kay Leverton, Tower Gallery 51








26. Court Cupboard Craft Gallery New Court Farm, Llantilio Pertholey, NP7 8AU. (Tel: 01873 852011) Sat 26 May: 10.30am–5pm, Sun 27 May: 10.30am–5pm, Mon 28 May: 10.30am–5pm The Court Cupboard Craft Gallery is housed in a beautiful old barn just outside Abergavenny, which nestles in a picturesque setting by the Skirrid Mountain. The gallery showcases a wide variety of collectible art and craft created by members of the Black Mountain Circle and is open 7 days a week, all year round. As a co-operative, the gallery is run by its members, so each day visitors are welcomed by one of the artists, who can often be seen working on their particular speciality. The gallery currently has about 26 members, including painters, hand weavers, spinners, knitters, basket makers, wood workers, jewellers, textile artists, blacksmiths, printers, ceramic artists and more. During the weekend some members will be working and demonstrating their skills in the gallery, workshop and outside area. The gallery hosts nine-weekly guest exhibitions throughout the year and a growing number of affordable workshops. Visitors can relax by the wood-burning stove in the comfortable coffee area and, when the weather permits, on the patio enjoying views of the Skirrid and Sugarloaf mountains. Take the A465 north towards Hereford. After about two miles take the first right (towards Skenfrith B5421) and follow the brown ‘craft gallery’ signs.

“The Crickhowell Open Studios is a highlight of my artistic calendar.” Lee Wright, artist

A: Sandro Provini B: Keith Foster C: Sioni Rees Handweavers

D: Barrie Hartley E: Wye Valley Woodturning F: Penny Turnbull





27. Court Robert Arts Court Robert, Tregare, Raglan, NP15 2BZ. (Tel: 07763 485638) Sat 26 May: 10am–4pm, Sun 27 May: 10am–4pm, Mon 28 May: 10am–4pm Based at Court Robert, Christine Baxter and Alex Brown will be opening the Court Robert Art School in April. Students will be taught about the craft of clay-making by Christine, from creating pinch pots to sculptures using the pottery wheel. Alex will be educating students on a variety of artistic skills from oil painting to charcoal – all in the purpose-built teaching studios. From the absolute beginner to the experienced, Court Robert Arts caters for all skill sets. If you’re coming from Abergavenny on the old Raglan Road, it’s the first turning on the left after Wyevale/Raglan Garden Centre. If you’re coming from Raglan direction, it’s the second right after the Cripple Creek Inn.

28. Robert Rattray Cwmgu-Fawr Farmhouse, Crickhowell, NP8 1RG (Tel: 01873 812693) Sat 26 May: 10.30am–5pm, Sun 27 May: 10.30am–5pm, Mon 28 May: 10.30am–5pm Robert was born in Ireland and grew up in the Welsh countryside. He studied sculpture at the City and Guilds of London Art School. His work is increasingly recognised by collectors, with commissions in the US, Europe, Australia and the UK. Portraits and animal pieces, both sculpture and drawings, provide the backbone of his work. His recent Windsor Greys Statue commission gained him a short listing from the Public Monuments and Sculpture Association’s (PMSA) annual Marsh Awards. He works from his studio in Wales. From Crickhowell towards Brecon on A40: Turn right after Gallops Salvage sign, up the hill till you see barn with big blue doors on left.




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Name Venue Page All in a Spin 20 47 Art at St Edmund’s 14 35, 37 Art at St Peter’s, Llanbedr 16 39, 41 Baxter, Christine 27 55 Beacons Art 10 27 Burn, Rebecca 13 29 Cag Rodwell Glass 3 17 Chapel Cottage Studio 25 51 Collis, Louise 9 27 Corbett, Ann 16 41 Corbett, Lucy 18 45 Court Cupboard Craft Gallery 26 53 Court Robert Arts 27 55 Crawford, Helen 7 23 Crawford, Sean 16 39 Crawford, Gilbert 16 39 CRiC Studio 4 19 Crickhowell Guild of Weavers, Spinners and Dyers 17 43 Cwmdu Studios 18 45 Firmin, Hannah 8 25 Galvin, Graeme 8 25 Garnet-Jones, Lucy 5 21 Gibson, Veronica 16 41 Green, Frances 14 37 Greenhow, Daren 23 49 Haswell, David 22 49 Heneghan, Chris 14 35 Howard, Michael 8 25 Kerton, David R 11 27 Kwong Kuen Shan 14 35 Leverton, Kay 8 25 Lillywhite, Lesley 8 25 Macdonald, Robert 8 25 McDougall, Alastair 10 27 Mills, Sally 21 47 Oriel CRiC Gallery 1 11,15 Powell, Jantien 25 51 Rattray, Robert 28 55 Renshaw, Richard 19 47 Roberts, Dunja 20 47 Rodriguez, Minerva 14 37 Ross, Phill 10 27 Rossiter, Tim 12 29 Sowerby, Philippine 8 25 Textiles at the Weir 24 49 The Splatter Group 14 35 The Welsh Academy of Art 18 45 Thomas, Jeremy 6 23 Thomas, Jan 24 49 Torfaen Art Factory 2 17 Tower Gallery 8 25 Tretower Arts and Crafts 17 43 Truefitt-Baker, Martin 15 39 Usk Valley Artists’ Co-operative 8 25 Wright, Lee 18 45 Zytynski, Mark 14 37


Key to symbols Please consider the symbols at each venue before planning your visit: Suitable for disabled access. (Toilet facilities may be limited if at an artist’s home)

Toilets available

Parking nearby

Tourist information available

Parking in town car park

Some refreshments may be for sale

Ongoing demonstrations

The Open Studios Weekend is the result of strong teamwork between CRiC staff members, volunteers and artists. We appreciate the wonderful support from local businesses through advertising, display and exhibition space which helps to create the welcoming atmosphere in the town.

Crickhowell Resource and Information Centre, Beaufort Street, Crickhowell, NP8 1BN. Tel: 01873 811970 Email:

Front cover image by Lee Wright (venue 18) Back cover image by Susie Grindey (Crickhowell Open Art Exhibition) Guide designed by