What’s on

This is a list of news & events involving our members.

The UnCredited Woman”  at Llanover Hall, Romilly Rd, Cardiff CF5 1FH

Free entry.

Exhibition dates 6th November – 11th December 

Llanover Hall opening hours: Mon – Fri 10-5, Sat 10-12



The Women’s  Arts Association  AGM is on the 18th November 2017

At Llanover Hall 2pm – 4pm with a talk by Pamela Jones about her work – all welcome, free

2.00pm Talk by sculptor Pamela Jones  http://www.pamjonesceramics.com/

2.45pm Tea  3.00pm Open Meeting

(always welcome: new committee members and trustees)


At Bayart, 54b/c Bute Street, Cardiff Bay CF10 5AF
Contact  T: 029 2065 0016  E: bayartcardiff@gmail.com

Open Tuesday to Saturday 12 to 5

Jacqueline Alkema, Mabli Jen Eustace, Llinos Thomas
11 November – 8 December 2017

Three artists who share an interest in exploring intimacy, both through the choice of image and through the constructed surface.

Dutch by birth, Jacqueline has been living and working in Cardiff and the Welsh Valleys since 1979. Her familiarity with Flemish and Dutch painting is clear in much of her work. There is a definite feeling of Northern European expressionistic sensibility. Her work is often dark and intimate, depicting the human figure that is either staring straight at you, or lost within their own thoughts. Neither allegorical or overtly symbolic, they seem to encompass something of a universal human fragility.

Mabli’s work is a fusion of figure and abstraction, her imagery engages in a sensual and stylistic melding of the figure and its surrounding space. It presents ambiguities that asks the viewer to work out what is form and where is subject. In her words- “My practice currently involves working with the relationship between the human figure and its environment. I work from collaged photographs of myself to create drawings and paintings that suggest an ambiguity of gender and narrative”.

Llinos establishes an idiosyncratic world of humour and delight. In her words – “My work consists of figurative objects that move around the picture plane and interact with abstract shapes. Some- times the objects sit on top of the abstract shapes, sometimes they sit behind, sometimes the objects become the abstract shapes. The objects in my paintings are often ambiguous, inspired by Cervantes ‘Don Quixote’ where windmills are giants and inns are castles. My paintings are not still lifes – they are ‘nature vivante’, paintings of living objects.”


WAA member RUFUS MUSAFA has a new album

The album launch for Fur Coats From The Lion’s Den, is on the

1st December 2017, at

Cinema and Co, 17 Castle Street, SA1 1JF Swansea

with support from Poets on the Hill, Millimagic, Karl Beer, Ffion Wyn Morris, Beatbox Tangent, Eric Ngalle Charles, Jamey P, Ferny Mac, Avant Cymru, Craze The Jack, and Wounded Healers. The evening will be filled with poetry, beatboxing, breakdancing, music, art, love, fizz and cake!

An evening that celebrates two cities and fuses them together, and a spectacular showcase of hip hop culture, literary activism, and cross art at its finest!

The event is free! Follow Rufus Mufasa on twitter/fb/Instagram  to reserve your ticket, or for full details on upcoming showcases.

“Winner of the 2017 Swansea Poetry Slam, Rufus Mufasa is a force of creativity, a kind of human whirlwind of poetical enthusiasm – she is hypnotic and powerful.”


WAA member Gayle Rogers has news from the Workers Gallery, Ynyshir CF39 0EN:

“We will be opening the Winter Woodland installation and art and design exhibition this week. With the generous donation of boxes and cardboard, plus help from some lovely artists we have started to transform the gallery onto a Winter Woodland.

“The new show and installation will reach a crescendo on Saturday 9th December as part of the Ynyshir Festival of Light from 4.30pm – 8pm.

“If you would like more details please email!

“We have a growing range of art, gifts, handmade design and cards from biscuit bracelets to oil paintings, from workers mates memberships to DIY Christmas card kits. If you are looking for something special, for someone special and you want your purchase to support independent artists and makers – please consider buying up the workers!

Many thanks  Gayle & Chris  The Workers Gallery  www.wood4tt.wix.com/workersgallery

www.facebook.com/workersgallery  @wood4tt


WAA member Judy Stephens has a quilt in the 165th annual Open Exhibition of the Royal West of England Academy, Bristol http://www.rwa.org.uk/whats-on/165-annual-open-exhibition . It is called Comfort Blanket but has split heads and the words “there is no safety net” scrawled across it. It is visible on the wall above the man dressed in black on the RWA’s latest eNewsletter. The exhibition closes on December 3.


Dilys Jackson is among WAA members in this exhibition (free entry):

Into the Light

CASW Gifts to the University of South Wales

An illustrated publication accompanies the exhibition.

Oriel y Bont, Ty Crawshay

University of South Wales, Treforest, Pontypridd CF37 1DL

open Mon-Thurs 8.30am-5pm, Fri 8.30am-4.30pm

 until 22 December 2017


casw.org.uk  (contemporary art society for wales)


WAA member Caroline Deacon will welcome you

Knit & Natter club is from  12.30pm until 3pm every Tuesday,  meeting every week at the Norwegian Church in Cardiff Bay.  Free of charge.  Everyone welcome, create and chat.

If anyone wants to contact Caroline about this they can at the carolinemakes@btinternet.com email address.


WAA member Pamela Jones has her work on view –

“I`m really pleased  to be selected finalist again this year in the 21st national Open Art exhibition at the Bargehouse Oxo Tower Wharf Southbank London.  The exhibition runs from the 17-26 November.

National Open Art

Royal Society of Miniature Painters, Sculptors and Gravers



Visit glynnviviangallery.org for all Glynn Vivian information
Free, everyone welcome

Helen Sear
…the rest is smoke
Exhibition continues until 19.11.17
Helen Sear is one of Wales’ most acclaimed artists, her work seamlessly moves between expanded notions of photography, sculpture and video. This exhibition is the first UK presentation of the work commissioned for Cymru yn Fenis/Wales in Venice 2015.
Free, everyone welcome

Gallery Open Tuesday – Sunday, 10am – 5pm
Closed Mondays (except Bank Holidays)
Visit glynnviviangallery.org for all Glynn Vivian information
Free, everyone welcome

Swansea Open 2017 Annual Exhibition 
Calling all artists and makers, join us on Saturday 18 and Sunday 19 November (11:00-16:00) to submit your entries for the Swansea Open Competition 2017.

Open to all, both artists and makers with professional backgrounds and others who, without formal study, who live and work in the SA1-SA9 area.
For more information visit glynnviviangallery.org


Y Galeri, Caerfili writes: “dates for our forthcoming Open Art submissions will be the first week of November.”

Jan Pennell, Owner, Y Galeri Caerffili, The Visit Caerphilly Centre, The Twyn, Caerphilly, CF83 1JL  Tel 02921 322570   www.ygalericaerffili.co.uk (new website)

forms can be downloaded from https://www.ygalericaerffili.co.uk/open-art-competition

Submissions for the 2018 competition will be accepted between the 7th – 11th November 2017. Application forms are available from the gallery or may be downloaded.


WAA member Gina Smith has been selected for an art show: she writes

“I have been selected for the CARISCC Art competition Links and dates enclosed.

arcthemagazine.com  ARC Magazine is a Caribbean art and culture magazine dedicated to highlighting contemporary visual art and the dialogues that exists between emerging and established artists.

Dates: Mobile Art Exhibition Tour 5 May – 10 June 2018 Birmingham, UK



SONJA BENSKIN MESHER’s  :: pinned ::

hard back book of words and images

(published by 20/20 Vision Media Publishing).

£14.99 direct from the publisher – email  rhysjones@twentytwentyvisionmedia.com.

Rhys has sent us a link to a review: https://ellipticalmovements.wordpress.com/2017/07/27/recent-reading-six-more-short-reviews/
Rhys Jones, 20/20 Vision Media, 20/20 Vision Publishing
Email : rhysjones@twentytwentyvisionmedia.com   Phone : +44 (0) 7531 196435

Sonja Benskin Mesher RCA UA 


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