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Arts Council of Wales has identified a new 'portfolio' of revenue organisations (RFOs) that will be at the heart of the Arts Council's future strategy to develop the arts in Wales.

The outcome of the Investment Review was published in the document Renewal and Transformation. As part of this we have reviewed how we support public art in Wales. We will be bringing forward a new framework for developing art in the public realm.

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In future we will:

  • re-focus the artists residency programme (currently operated as the Stwidio Safle programme) – we’ll take this back ‘in house’ and deliver it over the period 2011-14 through arrangements with our galleries and venues network
  • advocate and explain the value of public art – we’ll work with local authorities promoting and advocating a wide range of activity. The Arts Council has well-established structures for liaison and joint-planning with local authorities and with the Welsh Government. We’ll also include a new portal on our website relaying information and good practice
  • ‘broker’ new opportunities – we’ll ensure that potential new projects are matched with the growing body of knowledgeable freelancers who are now based in Wales
  • encourage creative collaboration across the areas of Visual and Applied Art, Architecture, Design and the Environment

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Opening Times: Open Tue - Sun 10.30am - 5.00pm Admission: FREE MOSTYN reopened in May 2010 following a prize-winning expansion and refurbishment programme by Ellis Williams Architects and is the main contemporary art gallery in Wales. Housing 6 galleries, excellent educational facilities, a large shop stocking a variety of exhibition related publications and limited edition prints and contemporary craft as well as a cafe serving delicious coffee and light meals MOSTYN, situated in the centre of Llandudno on the north Wales coast, is an ideal place to visit. The exciting and interesting exhibitions change seasonally and show the best from Wales, the rest of the UK and international artists with a comprehensive events and educational programme to accompany every exhibition.

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Bocs is a supportive network of young artists encompassing visual arts, music and performance. Their objective is to establish a focal point to act as a catalyst for excellence in young contemporary art.

Andrew Cooper

Multi media artist, Andrew Cooper studied at the Royal College of Art, London. During this time he worked with the renowned Sculptor and Artist, Eduardo Paolozzi and EPR Architects. Relocating to Cardiff he moved his studio practice into tactileBOSCH Studios in Llandaff North. Since moving back to Wales, Cooper has secured a number of prestigious commissions and awards from both arts & business bodies: including Artworks Wales, British Rail and British Gas. In 2007 he was invited to exhibit new work at Kingston Sculpture Biennial, N.Y. USA and was also presented with the Purchase Prize Award following a solo show at the University of Glamorgan. Andrew continues to exhibit both nationally and internationally at The Johns Hopkins University, School of Psychology, Baltimore, USA, 2008 and the Senedd, National Assembly for Wales Building, 2008. In 2009 he was granted a Creative Wales Award by the Arts Council of Wales.

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Small World Theatre

Small World Theatre is an artist-led emergent organisation, a self-organising entity. Constantly evolving, contracting and expanding, it is a complex system. Small World Theatre has 3 main streams of activity: Producing and performing our own original shows and events: creating theatre performances that can tour small and mid scale venues. Street shows and site-specific spectaculars as well as intimate, environmentally sensitive experiences. Running our own venue: presenting a range of arts and performance events, mentoring emerging artists/performers, hosting conferences, community events, classes and workshops. The building is an accessible, welcoming space that provides a model of sustainability for other organisations striving towards a zero carbon future. Implementing projects and facilitating workshops: developed and delivered in house, in the community by us and for other agencies. Designing and delivering international projects in arts and theatre for development. We facilitate workshops, design and deliver our own accredited training programmes and also for other organisations. These programmes build skills and confidence with people of different ages and abilities. We are pioneers in developing and using methodologies now increasingly called SEED SCALE

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Glynn Vivian Art Gallery

The Glynn Vivian Art Gallery is now closed to the public as preparations are underway for a multi-million pound redevelopment project. This major project will create a new and exciting visitor experience and bring the attraction into the 21st century, whilst conserving the original character of the 1911 building and improving access for all. Visit our website for more information For the duration of the closure, Glynn Vivian will present a full programme of events and workshops which will be made available at other venues in Swansea. Glynn Vivian Art Gallery is part of the City & County of Swansea and is supported by the Arts Council of Wales, Heritage Lottery Fund and Friends of the Glynn Vivian. Glynn Vivian Art Gallery is a partner of Tate, and exchanges programmes, ideas and skills with the Plus Tate network of visual arts organisations across the UK.

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Arts Connection

Charitable community arts organisation working in all art forms across north powys and wrexham since 1994.

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Theatr Mwldan

Mwldan is a vibrant presenting and producing arts centre situated in Cardigan, in the heart of the beautiful West Wales countryside. Fully digitised and 3D and satellite equipped, the venue recently opened its third cineam screen making Mwldan Wales only truly independant multiplex. The venue welcomes 350,000 visitors through its doors every year, with up to 95,000 ticketed admissions per annum. With a dedication to innovation, vision and excellence, Mwldan has been described by The Arts Council of Wales as ‘exemplary’ and a ‘model of best practice and excellence’ for its touring and production work. Mwldan was recently given a Beacon Company Award for 2008 and 2009 from The Arts Council of Wales, one of only 22 arts organisations in Wales to receive this special recognition. It is also one of the Arts Councils eight dedicated Regional Performaing Arts Centres. Mwldan has an important role in contributing to the local economic, social and cultural regeneration of Cardigan and the surrounding area. Mwldan is a not-for-profit organisation that combines economic activity with a social and ethical purpose. At Mwldan’s heart is the belief that the arts can deliver life-changing and life-enhancing experiences that have the power to change perceptions and increase tolerance, breaking down cultural divides and allowing greater understanding – as relevant for the community we live in as it is for the planet we live on. This vision is at the core of Mwldan and all its activities.

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Disability Arts Cymru

Disability Arts Cymru believes that Disabled and Deaf People have an exciting and valuable contribution to make to the arts in Wales. We are committed to working with individuals and organisations to celebrate the diversity of Disabled and deaf Peoples arts and culture, and develop equality across all art forms.

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Aberystwyth Arts Centre

Award winning Aberystwyth Arts Centre is Wales’ largest arts centre and recognised as a 'national flagship for the arts'. It has a wide-ranging artistic programme, both producing and presenting, across all art forms including drama, dance, music, visual arts, applied arts, film, new media, and community arts and is recognised as a national centre for arts development. We welcome over 750,000 visitors a year, including over 100,000 attendances for performing arts and events featuring local, national and international work, 236,000 for exhibitions and over 100,000 for our unique community arts and education programme. In 2000 the Arts Centre completed a major £4.3 million redevelopment. In 2009 it undertook an additional £1.75 million development which added an artists and creative industries studios complex, and acts as the base for a major artists in residence programme. This gives Aberystwyth Arts Centre a range of facilities unrivalled throughout much of the UK. The Arts Centre is a department of Aberystwyth University, and sits at the heart of the university's campus, with stunning views over the town of Aberystwyth and along the coastline of Cardigan Bay.

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Rhondda Cynon Taff Community Arts

RCTCA believes in the transformational power of creativity. We deliver high quality professional art experiences to communities across the South Wales Valleys and beyond with regular classes in creative dance and dance theatre, as well as bespoke visual and public art projects and celebratory events. We are committed to ensuring that creativity plays a role socially, educationally, culturally by innovating, inspiring, including.

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Llantarnam Grange Arts Centre

Llantarnam Grange Arts Centre occupies a 19th Century Victorian manor house; it is the regional centre for the applied arts in South East Wales. The Centre instigates and presents a dynamic and exciting exhibitions programme which promotes the applied arts as well as providing an extensive education and participation schemes of work to the local community. Llantarnam Grange Arts Centre is a registered charity and is governed by a voluntary Board of Trustees. Llantarnam Grange Arts Centre is a revenue funded client of the Arts Council of Wales and holds a Service Level Agreement with Torfaen County Borough Council. The Centre also receives funding from Monmouthshire County Council, Cwmbran Community Council, Croesyceiliog & Llanyrafon Community Council and independent trusts and foundations.

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Torch Theatre

The Torch is a celebrated producing theatre company, and the striking new theatre was re-launched in March 2008 with a highly acclaimed version of the award-winning musical 'The Hired Man'. The Torch Theatre Company boasts an impressive repertoire including 'One Flew Over The Cuckoo's Nest', 'Neville's Island', 'Abigail's Party', 'The Little Shop of Horrors', ‘The Norman Conquests’, ‘An Inspector Calls’, ‘Accidental Death of an Anarchist’ and The Christmas show is always a firm family favourite. The Torch Theatre also screens the latest movie blockbusters alongside art house and off-beat films and visitors can also take pleasure in viewing paintings, photographs, ceramics, crafts and installations by local and national artists in the Joanna Field Gallery. The programme changes regularly, and entry is free. The Torch Theatre is a modern and vibrant centre for the arts which prides itself on extending a warm Pembrokeshire welcome to all visitors.

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Theatr Brycheiniog

Situated at the end of the picturesque Brecon to Monmouth Canal in the pretty market town of Brecon on the edge of Brecon Beacons National Park, Theatr Brycheiniog offers a popular and acclaimed programme of performing arts and entertainment throughout the year. Other facilities on the theatre site include a a year-round programme of visual arts by artists from the region in the Andrew Lamont Gallery and a nationally acclaimed bistro Tipple'n'Tiffin. Theatr Brycheiniog is funded by the Arts Council of Wales, Powys County Council and Brecon Town Council. Theatr Brycheiniog has recently become the first solar-powered theatre in Wales, generating a small proportion of its energy requirements through the recently installed photo-voltaic cells on its roof. Theatr Brycheiniog opened in 1997.

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Wales Millennium Centre

Wales Millennium Centre opened in 2004 and has already established its reputation as one of the World`s iconic arts and cultural destinations. The vision of the Centre is to be an internationally significant cultural landmark and centre for the performing arts, renowned for inspiration, excellence and leadership. The Centre is one of the most unique and lively performing arts centres in Europe, opened by Her Majesty The Queen in 2004. Look beyond the amazing exterior, as featured in Torchwood and Dr Who, and you will come across a bustling atmosphere that makes our visitors want to return time and time again. We’re so much more than a theatre. Our visitors come to enjoy blockbuster West End musicals, opera ballet and contemporary dance, hip hop and stand up comedy, art exhibitions, workshops, training days, free daily foyer performances, guided tours, bars and restaurants..... there really is something for everyone.

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A distinct and different meeting place for independent film, performance, art & ideas where you can have fun, take risks and open your eyes to new perspectives. Chapter is one of Europe's largest and most dynamic arts centres with cinemas, theatres, exhibition spaces, studios, cafe, shop, award-winning bar, over 60 cultural workspaces and more. If you want to be amazed by a performance, watch life-affirming films that lift your spirits and warm your soul, see an exhibition that's thought-provoking, playful and provocative or just linger over coffee in the cafe join us at Chapter - we'll make sure you feel welcome.

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As the major force for contemporary photography in Wales, Ffotogallery is recognised as the forum for contemporary debate and a focus for new developments in British and international photographic art. As a national organisation, its view is naturally outward looking, with an exhibition programme featuring photographers from Wales and the rest of the world. Ffotogallery seeks to widen its range of influence through touring exhibitions, collaborations with other organisations and galleries, through publications, and an expanding education programme.

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Venue Cymru

Venue Cymru is the largest Arts and Conference centre in North Wales. As a receiving house we are able to accommodate large scale touring musicals from the West End, top class Opera from the Welsh National Opera and many other genres including pantomime, contemporary dance ballet and outreach and educational activities. Venue Cymru can also offer catering with the beautifully positioned Y Review Restaurant which overlooks the bay of Llandudno.

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Articulture Wales

Articulture is a creative organisation that aims to bring together public arts practitioners in Wales to generate and support innovation, collaboration and production of unique outdoor performance and spectacle.

Wyeside Arts Centre

The Wyeside Arts Centre is a presenting venue for live and visual arts, and for cinema. From Jack Dee to the UK Ballet, from Music and Drama to the very latest in film, Wyeside's commitment is to offer a programme of arts and culture accessable to all. With a long history of providing entertainment to the local community, including one of the oldest cinemas in Wales, there is something to suit all tastes at Wyeside.

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John Howes

I am a visual artist and musician and currently an Advisor with ACW in Visual Arts and Traditional Music. I was formally Programme Director for BA Fine Art and MA Visual Arts Enterprise in what is now Swansea Metropolitan University. I served on the Board of Cywaith Cymru and on the Friends of the Glynn Vivian Committee. Over the last 12 Year I have been associated with Sculpture Cymru:Sculptors in Wales

Audiences Wales

Audiences Wales is dedicated to increasing access to the arts and cultural sector in Wales. Our Mission is to provide strategic and tactical marketing support, services and expertise to enable arts organisations to build beneficial relationships with current and future audiences. We provide a range of tactical and strategic marketing services for professional, amateur or community based arts organisation or artists. All of our services aim to support the business performance of arts organisations and help them to understand and reach audiences, and to encourage greater levels of engagement in the arts in Wales.

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Gwynedd Community Arts

The Gwynedd Council Community Arts Unit works to promote, support and develop arts activity in the County’s communities. Community arts provide opportunities for everyone to participate in the arts regardless of experience, age or background. The Unit works with a wide range of community and voluntary groups, in various fields such as regeneration, education, health and wellbeing etc. Community arts are a medium which provide opportunities to ... 1. develop skills 2. socialise and relax 3. be self-expressive 4. build confidence 5. foster a sense of pride and ownership 6. foster a sense of self-awareness and achievement 7. create and express without criticism 8. develop, share and experiment with ideas 9. communicate and express opinions 10. keep healthy, both mentally and physically

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Royal Cambrian Academy of Art

The Royal Cambrian Academy of Art is a charity whose aim is to create enjoyment of visual art through a lively exhibition and education programme. The RCA is the longest surviving artist-led organisation in Wales with up to 100 Academicians.

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The Romani Cultural and Arts Company

The Romani Cultural and Arts Company was formed in September 2009 as a not-for-profit company limited by guarantee (No. 07005660) and is a registered charity (No.1138150). Working through the arts the Company raises funds to take community development and educational projects onto Gypsy, Roma and Traveller sites and into Gorjer and ‘country-folk’ communities across Wales.

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Beyond the Border

Beyond The Border Wales International Storytelling Festival aims to promote excellence in and understanding of the art of performance storytelling, and to celebrate the richness of the world’s oral traditions. From the outset the festival has sought to raise the status and increase understanding of storytelling as an artform suitable for all ages; to showcase performances by leading practitioners from Wales and the World involved in exploring the retelling of traditional stories for a contemporary audience; and to help develop and provide a platform for an emerging new generation of performance storytellers. At the heart of this work has been the three-day Beyond The Border festival, already regarded as one of the leading international festivals of storytelling in the UK and among the finest festivals of its kind in Europe. In addition, BTB actively promotes storytelling on a year-round basis at venues in Cardiff and across Wales.

Arts & Business Cymru

A&B Cymru’s role is to promote, enable and develop mutually beneficial partnerships between business and the arts. From offices in Cardiff and Llandudno, the Wales team works with a range of arts professionals, from individual practitioners to flagship organisations, and the private sector from micro businesses through to multi national corporations. A&B Cymru’s work has proven value in the current economic climate of Wales. The impact it has can be felt on children, people in the workplace, communities large and small. A&B Cymru knows that when business and the arts work together in truly mutual partnership, both become stronger with the results benefiting our society in far reaching and tangible ways.

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Jein Devlin

Jein Devlin is a multidisciplinary creative studio and gallery space in Conwy, owned by artist and graphic designer Ronan Devlin with academic writer and lecturer Dr Gillian Jein. Ronan works as a cross disciplinary artist making photographic, typographic and moving image works. His recent work and (ACW funded) research draws parallels between meditation and technology through a combination of analogue and digital media. He has been exhibited locally, nationally and internationally. His creative studio Jein Devlin works on graphic design projects for the cultural sector - books, branding, catalogues, exhibitions, promotional literature, signage systems and web / interactive design. The studio offers free consultation to both individual artists and arts organisations and will assist with budgeting design elements of grant applications (including third party production costs). Gillian is a lecturer in French at Bangor University. Her writing and research interests can be collectively gathered under the rubric of ‘urban cultures’. The gallery 'Oriel Jein Devlin' is open for specific exhibitions and will participate in Helfa Gelf 2013.

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Artis Community

Artis Community/Cymuned believes in the transformational power of creativity. We deliver high quality professional art experiences to communities across the South Wales Valleys and beyond, with regular classes in creative dance and dance theatre, as well as bespoke visual and public art projects and celebratory events. We are committed to ensuring that creativity plays a role socially, educationally, culturally by innovating, inspiring, including.

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Phil Lambert

Based in Cardiff and with a background in the Sciences, my artwork is exhibited across the UK, and Europe. Works are held in private and public collections. I hold a distinction in Masters level Fine Art from Swansea Met, along with a BSc in Human Sciences from University College London. My work has been recognised by both The Bath Royal Society of Artists and the Welsh Artist of the Year competition (winner of the student category in 2010). I was also featured as a cover Artist for AN magazine in April 2012 and selected by AXIS as one of the top five graduating artists in Wales in 2011 and 2012. Inspired by my unusual perspective as a colour-blind artist and my background in human sciences, my work has developed from observational painting and drawing to consider perception in a much wider sense. I use a multi-media approach, which includes, painting, drawing, film-making, audio, working with the public and public engagement. My work combines bold aesthetics with conceptual interest created through extensive research in philosophy, science and art history.

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King Street Gallery

King Street Gallery is an artist-led cooperative gallery formed in 2004 and incorporated as a not-for-profit limited company at that time. KSG generally has 25-30 artist members and has recently relocated to street level premises to raise its profile and expand its areas of activity. We are currently developing a dedicated room for use as a workshop and external exhibition space as an adjunct to the cooperative's own gallery and retail area. We aim to maintain membership from applications submitted by regional artists and makers working to a consistently high standard and have been a Collectorplan approved gallery for many years. Our objective is to show and sell our own work to the regional market and encourage each other's professional practices as both artists and administrators of a contemporary commercially self sufficient gallery.

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Deborah Claire Procter

Deborah Claire Procter is an interdisciplinary artist, actor and video-maker from Cardiff (Wales), and a Creative Wales Award winner. She began her training in theatre, and worked with companies like Theatre Alibi. Simultaneously she developed a love for experimental theatre, creating many solos and duets that play with perspective and scale, mixing ideas from theatre, dance, sculpture and performance art, and incorporating the use of various kinds of projection. Her work has been seen in galleries such as the Ferens (Hull), Oriel (Cardiff), and Spacex (Exeter), and theatres like the Hemsley (Madison) and the Museum Theatre (Madras). She maintains a strong interest and practice in movement, including contemporary and post- modern dance, as well as yoga and martial arts, and has trained extensively in improvisation and performance with Ruth Zaporah, Gardzienice Theatre, and Skinner Release Dance with Gaby Agis. In 2003, with the help of commission by Welsh Independent Dance, she began making videos with dancers and performers, one of which Am I This? was chosen for The Dance on Screen Festival at The Place, London. Since then she has made over ten videos, shooting in locations in Wales, Argentina and Austria. She was a part-time and guest lecturer in many institutions, including teaching performance at University of Glamorgan, and voice for broadcast journalists at the University of Wales, Cardiff, and has taught many youth and community groups.

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Oriel Wrecsam

Oriel Wrecsam is our premier visual and applied art venue. It is our intention to develop our programme over the next 5 years to broaden our visitor and community's experience of the arts in Wrexham. The focus for programming at Oriel Wrecsam will be on Drawing, Print and Graphic-based work in the widest possible sense. We are keen to work with artists on projects that relate to us in some way. We provide a platform for contemporary visual art but we want to extend our offer to become a creative hub including performance, music, and other events. We’d love artists to experiment with us and to engage with individuals and communities in innovative, exciting and sometimes challenging ways. It is our aim to become a focus for a vibrant and stimulating cultural scene in the region. We present up to 18 exhibitions per year showing Welsh and international contemporary art. We also work closely with emerging artists and are committed to supporting the development of new work. Entry to our exhibitions is free.

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Outcasting started as an online moving image gallery in 2007 by artist Michael Cousin. Based in Cardiff, this is an organisation that offers an international platform for experimental practitioners. Now in its sixth year it will be looking at representing new media practice in any form, audio, digital imagery and web-based projects as well as moving image practice. Outcasting aims to present exciting work in online and offline venues, support the production and distribution of work through new commissions and distribution networks plus represent moving image talent on an individual basis. Outcasting also assists artists in production of new work.

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Bocs is a young artists’ co-operative who will spearhead ground-breaking fine art exhibitions, performance events and provide a hub for the growth of excellence in the arts. Bocs’ mission is to: Establish a focal point for excellence in young contemporary art. Provide a space to exhibit, perform and work. Provide a space to exchange ideas and share skills. Engage with the local community

Marja Bonada

I am an environmental artist. I do workshops and residencies, as well as arranging joint projects for artists and musicians in Wales.

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Arts Alive Wales

Arts Alive Wales is an educational arts charity based in Crickhowell, Powys. We use the arts to engage, inspire and enhance the quality of life of our local rural communities. We believe that creative expression is fundamental to the wellbeing of individuals and communities and that participation in the arts can transform lives. We work with professional artists at our venue in Crickhowell, Powys and in communities across South and Mid Wales to provide the highest quality of opportunity and experience to participants.

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REDHOUSE is a new creative industries centre located in the Old Town Hall in the heart of Merthyr Tydfil. The building houses a theatre, multi media atriumed courtyard, dance and recording studios, music practice rooms and dedicated art gallery, as well as café/bar, conference facilities and heritage interpretation components.

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Ruth McLees

Fine artist involved in exhibiting, commissions and collaborative projects with Welsh industry and science. Also provider of training and teambuilding using the arts to museum and corporate groups.

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Deborah Ann Withey

I am a Welsh-American artist whose early career was in visual communications: in journalism, print, digital design, and illustration, working as an illustrator, designer, art director and finally as design director for a group of 36 publications. I continue to freelance internationally as a designer and illustrator. In 2009, I decided (not due to redundancy) that I wanted to move away from work in publishing to find new successes in teaching, making and most honestly, to live a more varied creative life, for this I emigrated to Wales. In Pembrokeshire, I teach creative awareness and OCN art courses for adult learners, NEET, children of all ages and lead workshops county-wide. From my own studio, cheese and pickles, I lead intensive workshops which help to prepare individuals in their own careers in design an illustration. For my own creative expression, I work as a painter, printmaker and collage relief artist, drawing inspiration from my surroundings, medieval and Celtic art, Welsh language, history, and beliefs. I have been a lead artist for Cauldrons and Furnaces 2012, held an artist-in-residency, and show in public and private galleries. My work is held in private collections around the world.

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Gwanwyn is a month-long national festival held across Wales in May each year celebrating creativity in older age. The festival is led by Age Cymru and funded by the Arts Council of Wales and the Welsh Government

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Registered Charity Number 1034245