What’s on

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

Women’s Arts Association ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING 2019 elected a new committee

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

Committee members are Patricia Ziad; Treasurer Jocelyn Kynch; Exhibition Organiser Patricia Clifford; Sue Trusler; Sue Akins; Nina Lazarou, Anna Brazier, Anne Frost, Esyllt George, Jacqueline Alkema, Judy Stephens, Sarah Featherstone, Sian Williams, Jane Salisbury.


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Celebrations of International Women’s Day 2020 #IWD2020

Llanover Hall Arts Centre, Romilly Rd, Cardiff, CF5 1FH

Duration of exhibition – Monday 2nd – Friday 27th March

Formal Opening – Friday 13th March 6.30 – 8.30 pm.

Poetry reading by WAAW member Alix Edwards

Art Central Gallery, Town Hall, King Square, Barry, CF63 4RW

Duration of exhibition – 7th March – 28th March 2020

Formal Opening – Saturday 7th March 12.30 – 2.30pm

Oriel Canfas 44 Glamorgan Street, Canton Cardiff CF5 1OS Exhibition open until 13th March
Open Tues to Friday 1pm to 4.30pm Saturday 11am to 4.30pm

Swansea IWD show
An exhibition of printmaking, photography and painting for International Womens’ Day
at Cinema & Co. March 12th from 5.30.
With CAKE. Come and join us

WAAW’s Jacqueline Alkema, Sue Roberts, Jilly Hicks, Patricia Clifford and Jocelyn Kynch among artists in the Karin Mear curated
Women and the Valleys   28 Feb – 14 March
at the Cynon Valley Museum, Depot Road, Aberdare, CF44 8DL.
An exhibition of work by leading and emerging Welsh artists to mark International Women’s Day.
To be opened by Beth Winter MP for Cynon Valley at 6.30 on Friday 6th March.
Cynon Valley write:

Join us from 6:30pm on 6th March for an evening celebrating Women and the Valleys, an exhibition bringing together local and national artists for International Women’s Day. The event will include an official opening by Cynon Valley MP Beth Winter, music by Little Eris and Green Valley Kitchen will be open throughout the event.
This exhibition has been curated by Karen Mear, with artists exploring the theme of Women and the Valleys, and will include a selection of works by featured artist Sue Williams 
Here’s a link to more info https://www.a-n.co.uk/events/women-and-the-valleys/

‘Five Women at Found’
26th February – 22nd March 2020
Found Gallery, Brecon LD3 7LB
Opening event Weds 26th Feb from 6:30pm.

Found Gallery, 1 Bulwark, Brecon LD3 7LB • foundgallery.co.uk • 07736 062849
‘Five Women at Found’ is Found Gallery’s exhibition celebrating International Women’s Day and is part of Brecon Women’s Festival.
Five Women at Found will feature artist Bronte Woodruff’s ‘Lines of Communication’ series and Angie Hughes beautiful framed textiles in the style of Gustav Klimt. Muriel Gallan’s series of photographic images ‘Breaking Glass’ will be shown alongside five of Tess Seymour’s project ‘Women’s Spaces’. South Wales sculptor, Sue Roberts is exhibiting some of her powerful bronze and iron female busts whilst the eclectic ceramic vessels, wall pieces and sculpture in porcelain, stoneware and mixed media by Elaine Bolt will complete the show.
Join us for our opening event on Wednesday 26th February.
Dr Sarah Ward Clavier will be delivering a talk entitled ‘Signed, Sealed, Delivered: Post-Mistresses, Post-Wenches and Other Seventeenth-Century Women of the Post’ at 7.30pm.
Do come along to view the exhibition from 6.30pm and then join Sarah to hear about postwomen, petitions, and the only crown-approved paid employment for women in this period! Please arrive by 7.30pm for the talk.
Found Gallery, 1 Bulwark, Brecon LD3 7LB • foundgallery.co.uk • 07736 062849
Bronte Woodruff artist
Angie Hughes textiles
Muriel Gallan photographer
Sue Roberts sculptor
Elaine Bolt ceramics
CHARITY MUSIC NIGHT – Saturday 7th March, 7pm
With duet ‘Douglas Joshua’. Including a Silent Auction to raise money for WellChild. This event is ticketed.
TWINKLING BROOCHES – Friday 20th March, 2pm
Hand stitch brooch workshop with Angie Hughes. £25 per person, materials included.
TALK BY CELIA JACKSON – Saturday 14th March, 2.30pm
Celia is co-founder of ‘Phrame’, an informal collective of people promoting and supporting the work of emerging female photographers in South Wales.

Part of Brecon Women’s Festival
Brecon Women’s Festival is being launched on Sunday 23rd February and the details and programme can be found on www.breconwomensfestival.co.uk

WAAW’s Fern Smith Artist and Wilderness Guide is exploring the ‘art of living within the ecological limits of a finite planet’ with her project Emergence which brings together art, dialogue and rites of passage. Here are some of the participatory ceremonies and retreats coming up in Wales in 2020

Space for Change

Rite of Passage at Spirit Horse Retreat Centre, Mid Wales including overnight solo fast. An introduction to working with the Four Shields of Human Nature as developed by The School of Lost Borders.  6th – 12th July

Vision Fast

Earth Initiation Nature Quest in Wales including four day & night solo fast. A ceremony of depth, blessing and empowerment in nature working with The Four Shields of Human Nature.   7th – 16th August

Bardsey Island Autumn Equinox Retreat

A creative and contemplative guided group retreat connecting with the wisdom of the island.  19th – 26th September
North Wales

For more information on all these and more go to https://emergence-uk.org/

WAAW members are among artists in the Welsh Group:

Welsh Group exhibition – Dros Dau Gymoedd / Across Two Valleys

Redhouse, Merthyr Tydfil – 11 April to 16 May 2020

Cynon Valley Museum, Aberdare – 1 May to 30 May 2020 

There will be several WAA members exhibiting including Sue Hiley Harris, Karin Mear, Jacqueline Alkema, Dilys Jackson, Kay Keogh, Angela Kingston, Pip Woolf.

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 member 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.

WAAW member 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.

WAAW member 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

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

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