What’s on

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

Women’s Arts Association ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING 2018 elected a new committee

We have a new Chair, Jilly Hicks, and Vice-Chair, Fiona Fessey.

Other officers are Minutes Secretary Patricia Ziad; Treasurer Aisling Tempany; Exhibition Organiser Patricia Clifford; Committee Nina Lazarou, Anna Brazier, Anne Frost, Esyllt George, Jocelyn Kynch, Jacqueline Alkema, Diane Setch, Judy Stephens, Sarah Featherstone, Sian Williams, Jane Salisbury.


Event: Out of the Allotment by Ella Wilding  

Theme: Drawings and paintings made during a month of visiting my local allotment. 


Dates of exhibition: 14/10/18 – 11/11/18

Venue: Cwtsh Community and Arts Centre, 226 Stow Hill, Newport, NP20 4HA

www.cwtsh.org Telephone: 01633 664 498

10% of sales to St David’s Hospice Care 

Not going quietly! A spoken word event.

I am delighted to announce that Unity will be joined by Cwtsh Creative Writers for a celebratory closing event of the Out of the Allotment exhibition.

Date and time: Saturday November 10th 2-4pm

Venue: Cwtsh Community and Arts Centre, 226 Stow Hill, Newport NP20 4HA

Refreshments: tea, coffee and cake will be served.

Viewing days and times: Thursday 12-3pm, Saturday 12-3pm, Sunday 1-4pm 

Free entry. Disabled access. All welcome.


Xmas is coming: why not give a art work? Look out for print workshops and artists’ open days or visit an exhibition.  Support women in the arts!


Asha Bassi has a solo exhibition coming up in Llanover Hall:

Asha Bassi writes: “I am going to have Solo Exhibition of my work from 9th of November to 10th of December.

“Exhibition opens on Friday the 9th of November from 6.30-830 Pm
in the ground floor gallery of Llanover Hall Arts Centre, Romily Road, Cardiff, CF5 1FH.
“It will stay open from Monday to Friday, 10 AM to 4PM until December the 10th. You are most welcome to the opening on 9th of November.”

ALSO in Llanover Hall – Marion Cheung

‘Lost Connections’

Tiny paintings inspired by Mufasa ‘Landmarks’

Opens 9th November 6.30-8.30pm and runs ‘til 8th December

Rose Davies has open studio days

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You are cordially invited to come along to one of my Open Studio days. 

216 High Street, Swansea, SA1 1NW 

Saturday November 3rd from 11 until 2 pm
Thursday November 8th from 3 until 6 pm
Sunday November 11th from 2 until 5 pm

Rose is based in a temporary studio at 216 High Street throughout  October and November, working on a new commission from Sky Arts television channel, called “Here Be Dragons”, which means dangerous or unknown territory! She has organised some Open Studio days, where people can drop in and have their say on what it means to be British – or IF being British means anything. This will feed through into the artwork she is creating. There will also be a chance to say what you think to camera if you want, just a quick one-minute vox pop interview which might end up on the Sky Arts programme…


The 56 Group includes WAA members – see them at

Oriel yr Aelwyd HeARTh Gallery, Llandough

56 group Cymru

November 5th to December 6th

Ground Floor, Plaza Entrance, University Hospital Llandough, Penlan Road, Llandough CF64 2XX

Open daily 9.00 to 20.00


Many WAA members are part of The Welsh Group, who have a new exhibition

The 70 Series: The Valleys

by Mathew Prichard CBE, Patron, The Welsh Group  and the launch of a bilingual book written by David Moore

The Welsh Group at 70

on Thursday 15 November, 6 – 8 pm

at Oriel y Bont, Tŷ Crawshay, University of South Wales

Treforest, Pontypridd CF37 1DL

The exhibition runs from 29 October 2018 to 31 January 2019

Monday – Thursday 8.30 – 5.30, Friday 8.30 – 5.00

Fe’ch gwahoddir chi a’ch gwesteion i seremoni

agor arddangosfa’r Grŵp Cymreig

Y Gyfres 70: Y Cymoedd

gan Mathew Prichard CBE, Noddwr, Y Grŵp Cymreig a lansiad llyfr a ysgrifennwyd gan David Moore

Y Grŵp Cymreig yn 70

nos Iau 15 Tachwedd, 6 – 8 yh

yn Oriel y Bont,  Tŷ Crawshay, Prifysgol De Cymru

Trefforest, Pontypridd CF37 1DL

Mae’r arddangosfa’n rhedeg rhwng 29 Hydref 2018 a 31 Ionawr 2019

Dydd Llun – Dydd Iau 8.30 – 5.30, Dydd Gwener 8.30 – 5.00


WAA member Elaine Milford has good news:  …

Her sculpture ‘Octopus 1’ has been selected for the Royal Society of Marine Artists Annual Exhibition 2018 at Mall Galleries, London, 10th – 20th October. The most prestigious and varied marine art exhibition in the UK.


Elaine’s work is on page 8 of the “Selected Works” on this web page


News from the Workers Gallery, Ynyshir CF39 0EN

WAA members Gayle Rogers, Patricia Clifford and Rosemarie O’Leary are among the artists participating in The Workers Gallery  www.wood4tt.wix.com/workersgallery  www.facebook.com/workersgallery   @wood4tt


This week up the Workers! Exhibitions Thu-Sat 11-4.30
Knit &_Sew Wot! Social mingle with textiles Thu 10.30-12
WAM Night Thu 7-9pm
#artists in residence Patricia Clifford – have-a-go session – make a brooch & @juliethestitch #embroidery taster session Fri 11.30am-3.30am


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


NICK DAVIES is a contributor to


An anthology of women’s adventure writing, poetry and art

ISBN: 978-1-910240-75-5  Edited by Helen Mort, Claire Carter, Heather Dawe and Camilla Barnard,

Waymaking is an anthology of prose, poetry and artwork by women who are inspired by wild places, adventure and landscape.

The artists in this inspired collection [are] redressing the balance of gender in outdoor adventure literature. Their creativity urges us to stop and engage our senses: the smell of rain-soaked heather, wind resonating through a col, the touch of cool rock against skin, and most importantly a taste of restoring mind, body and spirit to a former equanimity.


also at Waterstones https://www.waterstones.com/book/waymaking/helen-mort/claire-carter/9781910240755


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 


For latest news, see http://www.sonja-benskin-mesher.com/news/index.asp



Check out her twitter feed for her events – amazing live performer not to be missed

ALBUM: fur coats from a lion’s den, from dope biscuits  https://dopebiscuits.bandcamp.com/album/fur-coats-from-the-lions-den

on Soundcloud https://soundcloud.com/rufus-mufasa 

also on Bandcamp


A Part of the Main is a three-way collaboration between the poets Lesley Saunders and Philip Gross and the designer Valerie Coffin Price.  It is published by a local Cardiff poetry imprint, Mulfran Press, and was printed by local Cardiff company, Dalton Printers.

The 60-page softback book is printed on Parchmarque paper with a Parchmaque cover and presented with a dust jacket. A limited edition of 50 is being made available by pre-publication subscription – this will contain additional material by the artist and the poets in loose-leaf form and will be signed by both poets.  The price is £14 and is a not-for-profit publishing project.

Contact:  Leona Medlin   leona@mulfran.co.uk