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Be there or square! 12.15 St Martins Sat 24th November for the unveiling!

George says: In 6 days, Saturday the 24th November at 12.15pm this sculpture I made, to commemorate 50 years since the pit at Ifton Colliery closed, will be unveiled in St Martin’s (opposite Stan’s Superstore)!!!
This is a picture of the clay which is missing the Davy lamp and a couple of other small features, that will be present! The finished piece is bronze and also sits atop a large steel plinth.
It has truly been a great honour to have created this sculpture and worked with some truly amazing, very hard working people to make this happen!! From the miner’s of Ifton to Castle Fine Arts Foundry and everyone who has donated and been part of this, thank you!!
Hope to see you there!
 — at Castle Fine Arts Foundry Ltd.

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WOMBWELL RAINBOW INTERVIEW
Paul Brookes spoke to David Subacchi
The Interview

1. What inspired you to write poetry?
My father’s death in 2011. He was born in Italy and had a huge influence on me. He had endured the horrors of war in North Africa and Italy during WW2 and his story telling of those days is deeply imprinted in my mind. His work was very hands on and physically demanding, so I saw much less of him than my son sees of me today. After he retired, the family thought that he would be unhappy because he never had the time for any hobbies or pastimes. To our delight and surprise, he began wood carving, a skill he had learned at school in Italy in Cremona in the 1930s. Despite having carved very little for a very long time, his work was exceptional and widely praised. My writing is inspired by him and sometimes tinged with sadness because it only blossomed after his death. So I am a latecomer to writing poetry, before 2011 my writing was occasional only and not that good.

2. Who introduced you to poetry?
I studied poetry at school but my introduction to writing poetry came when I joined one of the oldest established poetry writing clubs in my area ‘Chester Poets’. The club provided great encouragement and a positive outlook towards writing. I have never looked back.

3. How aware were you of the dominating presence of older poets?
I was at school in the 1960s and influenced heavily by the Bible, Shakespeare and Dickens. Also T S Eliot, Byron, Blake, Shelley, Keats, Yeats, Auden, Dylan Thomas, R S Thomas, Ted Hughes and Sylvia Plath. I am very aware of the standards that these and other great poets set , but have never allowed their influence to deter me from finding my own style and my own voice.

4. What is your daily writing routine?
I’m mostly an urban poet and a high output poet. I visit the town centre almost every day and spend time writing there in all sorts of ‘hide outs’ – bars, libraries, art galleries etc. I also scan the daily news for events to write about. There are quiet days but also days when I write non-stop.

5. What motivates you to write?
The need for self-expression and self-discovery and the desire to move hearts and minds.

6. What is your work ethic?
Strong. I get uncomfortable when I have not written anything for a day or two. I file, date and record my writing methodically. I never throw away anything I have written. What looks a lost cause today often presents possibilities when looked at a day or two later.

7. How do the writers you read when you were young influence you today?
They set standards of expression and showed me how to move the reader emotionally without descending into ranting and raving, over sentimentality or cursing.

8. Who of today’s writers do you admire the most and why?
I am something of a magpie with modern poets, taking a bit here and a bit there, very often from poets I see perform their work or that I meet, so I’m not going to name any, if that is allowed?

9. Why do you write?
Like most writers I am compelled to write by the desire to express my creativity. Also as mentioned above my desire is to move hearts and minds with the poetry I write. My poetry covers a wide range of subjects and is not restricted to any particular theme or topic. I prefer it that way. I have no campaigns or crusades that drive or dominate my writing.

10. What would you say to someone who asked you “How do you become a writer?”
Join a local writers club and interact with other writers. Have realistic expectations about publishing, making money from writing and achieving fame and success in the literary world. Any good writers club will act as a sounding board for your work and a source of good quality, unbiased, sensible advice.

11. Tell me about the writing projects you have on at the moment.
I have a new collection of poems (my sixth) which will be published in the first quarter of 2019. It is called ‘Where is Wales?’ and contains 62 poems on topics related to Wales where I was born and where I live, but typically for me it also contains poetry on many other themes and subjects. I’m very excited about it.
Also I’m writing a lot of poetry based on works of art produced by local artists and I’m reading some of my war poetry at a festival in honour of the World War 1 poet Wilfred Owen and also at another event honouring the role of women in the Great War.

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Footnote: Diana Baur is privileged to have received poetic responses to some of her paintings from this amazing man.

Affordable Art Exhibition Willow Gallery Oswestry!

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“Rosy Light on the River” by Diana Baur will be available as a framed print and also aas a mounted print, along with other limited edition prints of some of Diana’s original artworks.

THIS WEEK’S EXHIBITION           https://fishslabgallery.co.uk/

Interiors

07 NOVEMBER, 2018 TO 13 NOVEMBER, 2018

Preswyliad Artistiaid Helfa Gelf Artists in Residency

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Emily Meilleur Susan Williams
4.11.18 – 30.11.18

Fel rhan o bartneriaeth rhwng Helfa Gelf a Galeri, mae’r artistiaid Emily Meilleur a Susan Williams wedi cael gwahoddiad i gymryd rhan mewn preswyliad 4 wythnos yn ein hystafell gweithdy pwrpasol newydd, Safle CREU. Cynigwyd cyfle iddynt archwilio ac arbrofi gyda’u harferion celf a chreu gwaith newydd sbon dros y cyfnod.

Fel rhan o’r preswyliad, ar ddydd Sadwrn, 17.11.18 – bydd Emily a Susan yn arwain  gweithdai darlunio arbrofol i oedolion a phobol ifanc.

Dydd Sadwrn 17.11.18
11yb – 1yp gyda Susan Williams
2yp – 4yp gydag Emily Meilleur

Tocynnau :  £15 y sesiwn, £25 ar gyfer y ddwy

Canllaw oed : 14+

In partnership between Helfa Gelf and Galeri – artists Emily Meilleur and Susan Williams have been invited to take part in a 4 week residency in our new workshop space Safle CREU. They have been offered a opportunity to explore and experiment with their practice and create new body of work.

As part of the residency, on Saturday 17.11.18 Emily and Susan will lead two experimental drawing workshops for adults and young people.

Saturday 17.11.18
11am – 1pm with Susan Williams
2pm-4pm with Emily Meilleur

Tickets: £15 per session, £25 for both Age guide : 14+

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Beth sydd ymlaen / What’s on
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Safle Celf
Go Home, Polish
21.09.18 – 3.11.18gan/ by Michal Iwanowski
Sgwrs gyda’r Artist / Talk with the artist
3.11.18 2pm £3

Safle CREU
Uned o Fesur / Unit of Measure
21.09.18 – 28.10.18
gan / by Llyr Erddyn Davies
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Ffurf a Siâp / Form and Shape
21.09.18 – 31.12.18
gan / by Anna Pritchard, Elin Horgan,
Ifan Emyr, Kay  Morgan, Laura Spring, Laura Thomas, Llio James, Louise Hall, Marged Owain, Marian Haf, Miriam Jones,
Nia Rist, Notch Handmade,
The Magpie Woodman, The Store Hus

a mwy / and more.
Nesa / Next
Safle Celf
Agored 18
09.11.18 – 14.12.18Alan Whitfield, Alana Tyson, Aveline Kyffin, 
Beth Horrocks, Brian Horsey,  Darren Hughes,
Duncan de Silva, Elin Vaughan Crowley, 
Ewa Konior,  Fflur Owen, Francesca Williams,  Huw Morris-Jones, 
 Iolo Penri, 
Jenny Cashmore, Justine Montford, 
Katherine Fiona Jones, Kerry Baldry, 
Leigh Thomas Sinclair,  Llio James, 
Manon Awst, Mari Rose Pritchard, 
Marie Jones Kochi Kochi,  
Melissa Beardmore, Mike Ryder, 
Sera Wyn, Sion Webb

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Emily Meilleur Susan Williams
4.11.18 – 30.11.18

Fel rhan o bartneriaeth rhwng Helfa Gelf a Galeri, mae artistiaid Emily Meilleur a Susan Williams wedi cael gwahoddiad i gymryd rhan mewn preswyliad 4 wythnos yn ein hystafell gweithdy pwrpasol newydd, Safle CREU. Trwy gynnig cyfle i archwilio ac arbrofi gyda’u harferion celf ac yn creu gwaith newydd sbon dros y cyfnod.

Fel rhan o’r preswyliad, ar ddydd Sadwrn, 17.11.18 – cynhelir gweithdai darlunio arbrofol i oedolion a phobol ifanc.

Dydd Sadwrn 17.11.18
11yb – 1yp gydag Susan Williams
2yp – 4yp gydag Emily Meilleur

Tocynnau £15 y sesiwn, £25 ar gyfer y ddau 14+

In partnership between Helfa Gelf and Galeri – artists Emily Meilleur and Susan Williams have been invited to take part in a 4 week residency in our new workshop space Safle CREU. They have been offered a opportunity to explore and experiment with their practice and create new body of work.

As part of the residency, on Saturday 17.11.18 Emily and Susan will lead two experimental drawing workshops for adults and young people.

Saturday 17.11.18
11am – 1pm with Susan Williams
2pm-4pm with Emily Meilleur

Tickets £15 per session, £25 for both 14+

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We open on 3rd November- 23rd December, 2 pm- 8 pm, Wednesday- Sunday. It is exciting!

We are selling the work of well over 50 makers. Including: Aardvark Illustration, Adam Birch, Alice Draws the Line, Anna Photography, Allanah Piesse, Anne Reeves Jewellery, Butterbelle, Cariad Cakes, Carol Davies Illustration, Charlie Adlard, Charlotte Clark Ltd, Chloe Crochet, Claire Ankers, Dea Paradisos, Debbie Williams Designer, Diana Baur, Dorothy Harrison, Ellen’s Finger Print Jewellery, Emma Woodhouse, Flowerdog Photography, Gemmipop Design, Gill Crozier, Glory Goldsmith, Graham Mitchell, Hanny Newton, Heather Maund, Helen Duckworth, Helen Sian, Ironbridge Candle Company, Isabel Bradley, Isolde Nicholson, Jo Mollart-Highfield, Judith Harrison, Life of Riley-Pet bakery and Boutique, Linda Edwards, Melanie Bailey, Merrythought, Moonsalt Jewellery, M.Valentine Williams, Odin’s Sauces, Pear of Peas, Peter Williams, Proppa Toppa, Rachael Montgomery, Rascal pack, Rebecca Sarah, Sarah Isaacs, That’s Sew Becky, The Rocking horse workshop, Tinsel & Tutu, The Vintage twist Company, W.G.F.Howson Instruments, Tom Hayes and John Wragg….What a team!

Wrexham Open!

Wrexham Open at Ty Pawb and Un deg un opened last night with many visitors coming to enjoy the show. Lots of different works from a large number of artists in large light galleries.

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BATTLE’S OVER – 11th November Beacon lighting

Your invitation to WREXHAM OPEN!!

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