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.


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Myra Thomas is exhibiting paintings in an exhibition called
‘Vermilion’ at the Futures Gallery, Pierhead Building, Senedd – Monday 7 January till Monday 4 February 2019.

Women’s Arts Association member Emily Hinshelwood’s play “Cracked” is on tour in February.

Check your local venue for details and tickets


WAA member Gemma Jayne Paine is in an exhibition at Bayart in February

“Six Artists”

Vivi-Mari Carpelan, Lou Lockwood,

Gemma Jayne Paine, Jo Shapland,

Rachael Wellbeing and Jan Williams

Private View Saturday 2nd February 2019 3-5pm

Artists in conversation 2-3pm

Before the Private View the curator will lead an informal conversation with the artists.

Exhibition continues 5th February – 1st March 2019

Tues-Sat 12-5pm

Associated workshops (Gemma’s is on 16th February 11-3, £15) – for further information please look at www.bayart.org.uk/whats-on

54B/C Bute Street, Cardiff Bay, CF10 5AF

T 029 2065 0016  E bayartcardiff @gmail.com  Twitter: @BayArtCardiff  Facebook: /BayArtGallery

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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

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

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


News from the Workers Gallery, Ynyshir CF39 0EN:  the gallery is closed for its annual refit in January 2019

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



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