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

Our Chair is Jilly Hicks, and Vice-Chair is 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.


WAA’s Emily Hinshelwood has teamed up with harpist Delyth Jenkins:

Salt on our Boots

Salt On Our Boots  by Emily Hinshelwood and Delyth Jenkins. Leading Celtic harpist Delyth Jenkins and award-winning poet Emily Hinshelwood have teamed up to produce an album of their experiences of walking the Pembrokeshire Coastal Path. From skinny dippers to glow-worms, from Brunel to the Blue Lagoon, from poetry-harp duets to traditional Welsh tunes that Delyth played to walkers on route, Salt on our Boots captures the atmosphere of this beautiful coastline of Wales.

Inquiries: delyth.harp@gmail.com

Salt on our Boots

CD Salt on our Boots gan Emily Hinshelwood a Delyth Jenkins. Mae Delyth Jenkins, y delynores Geltaidd flaenllaw, ac Emily Hinshelwood, y bardd sydd wedi ennill sawl gwobr am ei barddoniaeth, wedi ymuno i gynhyrchu albwm o’u profiadau o gerdded llwybr arfordir Sir Benfro. O nofwyr noeth i bryfed tân, o Brunel i’r Blue Lagoon, o ddeuawdau barddoniaeth a thelyn i alawon traddodiadol Cymreig a chwaraeodd Delyth i gerddwyr ar y llwybr, mae Salt on our Boots yn cyfleu awyrgylch arfordir hardd Cymru.




WAA Members :

Jacqueline Alkema

Jilly Hicks

Patricia Ziad

Dianne Setch

Judy Stephens

are exhibiting at

The Waterloo Tea Rooms

Wyndham Arcade, Cardiff CF10 1EF

From September 4th – 30th


Closes daily at 6pm



Waa has several artists in A Celebration of Welsh Contemporary Painting 2019 across six venues

Jacqueline Alkema and Angela Kingston are among the artists in

A Celebration of Welsh Contemporary Painting 2019

At Redhouse Cymru – 6 Artists

Old Town Hall, High Street, High St, Merthyr Tydfil CF47 8AE

Redhouse, Merthyr Tydfil (http://www.redhousecymru.com)

8 July to 23 September


Pip Woolf and Sue Hiley Harris are among the artists at
Andrew Lamont Gallery, Theatr Brycheiniog, Brecon (www.brycheiniog.co.uk) September 19 to November 17

In 2019, the work of 37 artists will be featured in six venues, with exhibitions specific to each one, and, significantly, each presenting a balance of male and female painters, reflecting the many talented but previously under-represented women’s painting in Wales.
As well as the galleries, two art colleges and a number of schools will also be involved in the Celebration of Contemporary Welsh Painting.


WAA’s Alix Edwards has a solo exhibition in Cwtsh Gallery her first solo exhibition in a dedicated gallery space in Wales!

solo exhibition by Cardiff-based painter/photographer Alix Edwards exploring different aspects of womanhood in the 20th and 21st Centuries.

This exhibition will include a mixture of photography and painting from a number of my favourite projects including War Bride, Outside-In and Foetus Flowers, new work from Trieste and a
launch event on Sunday September 1st 2-4pm with poetry from the talented broadcaster, poet and publisher Mab Jones.

Exhibiton times are Sundays 1-4pm, Thursdays and Saturdays 12-3pm

@Cwtsh Gallery, 226 Stow Hill, Handpost, Newport NP20 4HA

All welcome!


The National Museum of Wales have invited Haf Weighton to run a two day workshop on their Portrait by Rembrandt of Catrina Hoghsaet.
Haf will be teaching participants on the workshop how she responds to ideas – using print and stitch.


Haf Weighton  artist  www.hafanhaf.com

Rembrandt in print and stich

Tuesday 17 and Wednesday 18 September (you must be available both days)  10.30am to 4pm

In this workshop you will create your own artwork using paint, print and stich.  In her work, Haf uses the conventionally feminine language of thread to create works that convey a sensitivity  and connection to people and places.  No previous experience is necessary for this workshop.  All levels of ability are welcome.


August In Residence at The Workers Gallery 

From 8th-31st August 8 Artists are taking part in residencies at The Workers Gallery, Ynyshir . Check the www.workersgallery.co.uk for the full programme, all events are free.

First artists in residence were Woman’s Arts Association member musician Bel Blue joined by Photographer and Video Artist, Lucy Jane Purrington. They will be celebrating and exploring the conviviality of benches.  To find out more about Bel Blue: belblue.co.uk 

For more info Artist On A Bench @artistsbench 

The Workers Gallery, 99 Ynyshir, RCT Wales CF39 OEN Tel: 01443 682024

WAA’s Amelia Unity Thomas has a YouTube she would like you to watch: she writes
This is my first recorded piece of spoken word poetry, set to music by Zee, and visuals by DocBlackDaWho. It’s on Youtube, https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9UQpb7Fybl8&t=2s.
Please like, subscribe and share if you’re feeling it.
WAA’s Caryl Roese and her husband Dr Herbert Roese have donated their vast collection of Welsh Contemporary Art Works to the National Library of Wales, Aberystwyth.
Eight of the works are already on show in the ‘Contemporary Art Works’ exhibition at the Library until March 2020. Artists represented are:
Glenys Cour; Mary Lloyd-Jones; Charles Byrd; Ivor Davies; Ceri Richards; Iwan Bala; Chris Griffin; Ernest Zobole.
WAA’s Rose Davies is in a documentary:
The Insomniacs: Rose is on 17 minutes in
She is also collaborating with Patricia McKenna Jones on Bog Art (in Cinema & Co loos)
Patti has a fab blog with some stunning content https://pattimcjones.wordpress.com/
Bel Blue ‘Hanging On’ (Music Video) by Lucy Jane Purrington
Bel Blue ‘Hanging On’ : http://vimeo.com/334975223
Bel writes: I am very touched to share this beautifully created video by Photographer and Video Artist Lucy Jane Purrington her response to my song ‘Hanging On’ The St Illtud’s Sessions.
Written by Bel Blue,Recorded at The Galilee Chapel, St Illtud’s Church, Llantwit Major
To find out more about the project:
www.belblue.co.uk soundcloud.com/belbluemusic
WAA members are welcome to :
Exhibitions at Glyn Vivian Gallery, Glynn Vivian Art Gallery, Alexandra Road, Swansea SA1 5DZ. 01792 516900

Free admission, everyone welcome
Gallery Open Tuesday – Sunday, 10:00 – 17:00
More Congrats to WAA’s miniaturist ceramicist Pam Jones who
won the artists prize for 3D at the Bath Society of Artists Annual Exhibition
Pam Jones will be exhibiting 2 sculptures with the Society Of Women Artists again this year at The 158th Annual Exhibition at The Mall Galleries, London, sharing a platform with some of the country`s outstanding female artists.
Exhibition Open: Tuesday 24th Sep at 4.00 to Sunday 29th September 10am to 5pm daily, closing at 1.00 on Sunday 29th September

Society of Women Artists

WAA member Karin Mear has been invited to hold a painting workshop at a creative retreat planned for Feb 2020.
Although a long time ahead, you might want to look and think about booking by September. It’s an expensive retreat – a luxury – held at a wonderful hotel, and guests will be able to try out different activities.
The link to the website is https://beaconsretreats.com
Call out from the Joseph Herman Foundation (a well established charity which does much good work with art, community, outreach and youth):
“..a new Josef Herman Foundation Graduate’s Award Programme, .. my Trustees would like to instigate an annual Graduate’s Award, … to be announced in summer 2019….
“… …support the awards programme by offering a piece of work that would then be included in an Arts Auction …on Saturday 8th December 2019 at the Glynn Vivian Gallery in Swansea. … We realise that many artists have low incomes so we would be happy to split any realised auction prices with artists …..The sale would allow us to develop .. support an annual graduate’s awards programme, and also support our continuing work in arts and education, working with local communities in often disadvantaged areas and increasing access to artists and the arts. …
“If you are interested please contact Pete Bryan (trustee and treasurer) at info@josefhermanfoundation.org or ring 01269 826942 and we will send you more information.”
VIA Arts Prize 2019
The Visual Ibero-American Arts Prize
CALL FOR ENTRIES: deadline Sept 30th 23.59
The VIA Arts Prize, the UK’s only Ibero-American themed arts prize, celebrates the significant global and historical reach of art and culture from Latin America, Spain and Portugal, both past and present, and promotes intercultural exchange.
Submission is free and open to UK-based artists of any nationality who submit original artworks inspired by Latin American, Spanish and Portuguese arts and cultures. Cash prizes… will be awarded to the Jury’s first (£5,000) and second (£2,000) choices. The VIA Arts Prize winner will be awarded a solo show at the Embassy of Brazil in the subsequent year.
Info and entries through website www.viaartsprize.org
@ViaArtsPrize #ViaArtsPrize
WAA member Ffion Wyn is on Radio Cardiff & inspired LadiesofRage to hear the best from women in hiphop – and the genres that made hiphop what it is today. New and vintage sounds from hiphop, soul, blues, gospel, jazz and r&b.
Sonja Benskin Mesher RCA UA
Email: – sonja@sonja-benskin-mesher.com
Sonja Benskin Mesher RCA UA http://sonjabenskinmesher.wordpress.com/diary/
Email: – sonja@sonja-benskin-mesher.com http://www.sonja-benskin-mesher.com
http://www.sonja-benskin-mesher.co.uk http://www.sonja-benskin-mesher.net

Article from Soundboard, Feb/Mar 2019 about Rose Davies woodcut for Art50

Collecting art? Support women in the arts, women artists in Wales


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


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