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.


An invitation to our members:

 All are welcome to enter one piece of work-either 2D any medium or small piece of 3D work in the Summer Open Exhibition at the Travellers Gallery. Barry Station, Broad St Barry  CF62 7AD . Opening dates  8th July until 30th August

Please bring  on Saturday 6th July between 11.00 am and noon. The hanging fee is £2.00

A PDF of the entry form is below



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 Vernetta O’Connor will welcome you to two events:

She is part in the Penarth artists Open studio trail, Friday and Saturday  28th / 29th June.

She will be based in the Council Offices West House along with 10 other artists.

Maps are available from Glass by Design Station Road Penarth.

Vernetta O’Connor is taking part in THE PRINT FAIR  on Penarth Pier Saturday and Sunday the 13th and 14th July.

Ten printmakers will be showing and selling original prints. It’s the weekend of the Penarth festival, should be fun, do come along.


WAA’s Gayle Rogers invites WAA members to a special preview at Worker’s Gallery, 99 Ynyshir Road, Ynyshir, RCT, CF39 0EN
Small Town Inertia is coming to the Workers Gallery,
WAA’s Dilys Jackson is among the artists of
A Creative Pool: small sculpture making in Wales
From 6.30 14th June to 31st July, THE ART SHOP GALLERY, 8 Cross St, Abergavenny
part of Abergavenny Arts Festival.
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.
50 YEARS 1969-2019 Celebrating Arts for All at Llanover Hall
Friends of Llanover are holding their 50th Anniversary Exhibition.
The opening on Saturday 15th June by Huw Thomas Leader of Cardiff Council went very well as part of an Arts for All activities day 10 to 3.
Exhibition from Saturday June 8th to Friday 26th July.
WAA’s Caryl Roese has some very special news about her and her husband’s collection:
Caryl and her husband Dr Herbert Roese have donated their vast collection of Welsh Contemporary Art Works to the National Library of Wales, Aberystwyth.
On 3rd July, 2019 at 1pm, Caryl will give a talk about the collection at the Library.
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 Sandy Craig is exhibiting:
“I’m exhibiting at Mid Wales Arts Centre until 30th June. Here are the details:
‘Hidden’, a group exhibition by Llanidloes Artists, at Mid Wales Arts Centre, Caersws,
Powys. 11am-4pm Thursday – Sunday until 30th June.  https://www.facebook.com/events/173619256875478/?ti=icl
I am exhibiting Cyn y Dwr (Before the Water), a collection of drypoint etchings based on everyday life leading up to the drowning of the Tryweryn and Clywedog valleys.
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
Hand Drawn Action Packed features ten artists whose practice springs from drawing, and reveals the medium’s infinite possibilities for narrative invention. 
Frances Richards: An Artist Apart
Frances Richards (1901-1985) work has a distinctive, visionary character that sets it apart from the art of her time in both its abstract and figurative manifestations. The touching and utterly non-academic sophistication of her art, and its consciously modernist affiliations recalls deeply personal recurring themes.
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
Bath Society of Artists 114th Annual Exhibition 2019.
Dates: Exhibition open from 18th May to 29th June 2019
Location: Victoria Art Gallery, Bridge Street, Bath.
Opening times: 10.30am-5pm every day.
Curated by WAA members Esyllt George, Sarah Treble-Parry, Megan Charlotte Fraser and Sasha Reid (all Cardiff School of Art & Design):
Empowerment takes all shapes and forms. This exhibition is an opportunity for open discussion of pride, individuality and reinventing negatives for women everywhere.
EMPOWER ME! Will be hosted at G39 from the 15th to the 21st July
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
WAA member Fern Smith is running a creative experience in Somerset for younger women this year – older women next year …
Woman Time July 8th -13th Guided by Fern Smith & Jenny Archard
 An immersive and experiential Rite of Passage in nature.
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.”
WAA’s Di Setch has received a call which could interest our members
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
June studio news now out
Sonja Benskin Mesher RCA UA JUNE NEWS NOW OUT
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