What’s on

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



In 2018, to celebrate International Women’s Day, Women’s Arts Association is holding open exhibitions at Llanover Hall, Cardiff CF5 1FH and Art Central, Barry CF63 4RW

Llanover Hall exhibition now finished (23rd March).


Art Central exhibition open until Saturday 28th April

Women’s Arts Association Exhibition

Saturday 3 March – Saturday 28 April

Art Central Gallery

Women’s Arts Association Exhibition celebrates International Women’s Day #PressforProgress and the Suffragette Movement Centenary – ‘Votes for Women’ UK 1918 – 2018.

International Women’s Day has been celebrated on 8 March since 1911. The 2018 theme, #PressforProgress calls for gender inclusivity, to motivate and unite friends, colleagues and whole communities to think, act and be gender inclusive, making a positive difference for women.

To mark this, female artists from across Wales are showing work, drawing together an eclectic mix of pieces in celebration of individual achievements and promoting the advancement of women’s rights today.

Opening Event:

Saturday 10 March,  12.00pm – 2.00pm

Other WAA members have a celebration of IWD:

**After the terrific exhibition on International Women’s Day last year, Swansea’s Cinema & Co is hosting another show by Swansea-based artists again this year, from March 8th to 20th.

This year’s exhibiting artists were Aida Garton, Ally Jay Phillips, Alyson Williams, Amber Hiscott, Amelia Thomas (Unity), Amy Goldring, Angie Stevens, Ann Jordan, Ann Lucas, Carol Lawrence, Catrin Jones, Chris Bird-Jones, Claudia Mollzahn, Emma Cownie, Fran Williams, Hana Scoular, Kara Seaman, Kat Ridgeway, Kathryn Trussler, Kate Bell, Laura Niehorster, Leanne Vaughan Phillips, Louisa Helen Johnson, Lynne Bebb, Nazma Botanica, Natie M Davies, Patricia McKenna Jones, Rose Davies (Scribblah), Rosy Ind, Rhona Tooze, Sally Davies, Sally Price, Tina Wisby.

The celebration of International Women’s Day (IWD) has been around for over a hundred years. Its roots were in the campaign to win votes for women and it was ratified by the United Nations in 1977 as a day for women’s equality and world peace.


**Workers Gallery, Ynyshir had big events to celebrate IWD on Friday March 9th

WAA member Gayle Rogers writes: We were very excited to announce the

132 ART BUS DAY on 9th March 11am – 3pm  

BaseArt Studio, Gallery & Pottery Workshops, Taffs Well

Huwdale Gallery & Studio, Ynyshir

the WORKERS Art & Design Studios & Gallery, Ynyshir

Each venue was busy with activity and we encouraged artists to buddy up with other artists or friends and undertake a creative journey along the route on the day. What exactly you want to do is up to you – but let us know your plans and we’ll spread the word for you.

We are looking for art lovers making the journey to tweet and share with the #artgoldrush

RCT Rocks will also have members creating artwork to be hidden and discovered: https://www.facebook.com/groups/502861843383892/about/

We’ll have more to share as the day gets closer…so please follow this event on our facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/events/346986729118099/


Waa MEMBER Karin Mear has sent us the link to their website – loads going on as usual in Brecon – the T4 and X4 buses go to Brecon regularly through the day from Cardiff via Pontypridd and Merthyr.



PROCESSIONS2018 WAA is excited to be part of this project – all our members are welcome to participate, and we are delighted to have Oasis Creative Women on board.

First workshop was at the Oasis Centre, Splott (69b Splott Rd, Cardiff CF24 2BW). The second was at Llanover Hall.

Main contact: Patricia Ziad patricia-ziad@hotmail.co.uk  Mob: +44(0)7946 608 316


Women’s Arts Chair Patricia Ziad responded to the call for projects (see below), and we are delighted that WAA has had the budget approved to make a banner.
We have had some preliminary meetings to get the banner rolling, and now can announce the first workshop, at 10am on 5th March, at the Oasis Centre, Splott (69b Splott Rd, Cardiff CF24 2BW).
Main contact: Patricia Ziad patricia-ziad@hotmail.co.uk

We need volunteers to sew, appliqué, embroider or paint – any process is acceptable as long as it is weatherproof – a design on a pre sewn 12″x12″ square of cotton. The design has to incorporate a theme relating to women, or the suffragette movement, and has to have green, purple and white in it to represent the colours of the suffragette movement. These will be stitched onto a 2.3 metre banner with probably 4 poles for the bearers. The sewing of the banner will be done by professionals because we don’t have any sewing machines or other equipment. Hopefully we can design the layout of the squares and stitch them on ourselves which should be fun.

A condition is that each participant attends one or two of the workshops. Photos will be taken in the workshops and may be used as publicity – those who object to this may turn their face away.  Images are also to be used as evidence that we have held workshops. Our Chair Patricia Ziad will be taking the photographs, which will be a wonderful record of our working together.

The parade will be on the 10 June. We need as many WAA members to attend as possible. This commission has come from the Arts Council/England (PROCESSIONS Cardiff is produced by Artichoke in partnership with Festival of Voice and Wales Millennium Centre) and we need to make a really beautiful banner, particularly as ours is not artist led/designed but a community participatory project.
Here are links to the organisations involved:
PROCESSIONS2018 https://www.processions.co.uk/
Artichoke Trust  https://www.artichoke.uk.com/project/processions/
Festival of Voice https://festivalofvoice.wales/news/join-mass-artwork-and-celebrate-100-years-votes-women

Make your own banner or flag for PROCESSIONS on 10 June!

“PROCESSIONS will be a portrait of women in the 21st century.

“The Suffrage campaigners of the 19th and 20th centuries knew the importance of voice and expression. In the years leading up to 1918, the Suffrage campaigners marched by the thousands together through city streets to demand the vote. Through the beautiful hand-made banners they carried, they made a visual snapshot of women’s history, achievements and aspirations.

“Today you have the chance to make your voice heard.

“We invite you to make a banner, flag or pennant to bring to the events on June 10th, that expresses the lives, ideas, hopes and concerns of women in the 21st century.

“Then join the hundreds of women and girls raising your banners high on the streets of our capitals on the 10th of June.”


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




Rose Davies (Rosie Scribblah) is among the Women’s Arts Association artists in


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Free, everyone welcome

Portrait of the Artist: Käthe Kollwitz

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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 


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



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