Here at Oriel y Parc a variety of exhibitions by Pembrokeshire artists and craftsmen can be seen on display throughout the Visitor Centre.
The Tower and Cafe displays paintings, prints and etchings, while the Discovery Room has an exhibition space for 3D art works, including ceramics, jewellery, glass and sculpture.
Until May 31st - West Wales Applied Arts
A collection of artists working across a range of media
June 4th to July 26th - Fresh West Silver and Deborah Ann Withey
Fresh West Silver is a range of unique handcrafted silver jewellery made in Pembrokeshire that uses Pembrokeshire sea glass, glass that has been discarded in the sea, sometimes hundreds of years ago, and tumbled, weathered and smoothed by the waves over time and washed up on our local beaches. Genuine sea glass sparkles in the sunlight due to its delicately pitted surface caused by a reaction between the lime in the glass and the salt in the water. This gives it a frosted surface and subtle hue; it seems to glow from within and is beautifully complemented by silver.
These hand collected sea gems are then either painstakingly hand drilled and wrapped in sterling silver wire or set into silver and hung with silver seashells cast from real Pembrokeshire seashells, freshwater pearls and semi-precious beads. Hannah is inspired by the Pembrokeshire coast and seashore and the colours and shapes of the sea glass itself. Each item in the quickly expanding range is a one off as no two pieces of sea glass found are identical.
Welsh ladies depicted on plates by Deborah Ann Withey
August 1st to 31st - Pembrokeshire Craftsmen’s Circle
An exhibition of many crafts, including woodturning, weaving, ceramics and textiles
September 4th to October 31st - Fishguard Arts Society
An exhibition by a group of Pembrokeshire artists
Tower and Cafe
Saturday 5th April to Sunday 31st May 2014 - Kathleen Littler
The Bitches of Ramsey Sound
Born in 1951 near Milford Haven, Kathleen studied Graphic Design at Bristol (1969 – 1972), followed by an Art Teachers Diploma at Liverpool.
She began wood engraving in 2004 taking it up with enthusiasm, and in tandem with watercolour and other graphic media. Kathleen is a member of The Society of Wood Engravers whose Annual Travelling Exhibition showcases of the best of international contemporary wood engraving, and is hosted this spring (9th April to 11th May) at The St Davids Studio Gallery.
Kathleen returns regularly to her native Pembrokeshire for the material that she loves. As a child she climbed and explored the cliffs and rocky shores – and now relives these experiences by exploring their rhythms with the expressive cuts of the graver to create images that evoke their drama.
"The dramatic and expressive qualities of wood engraving are ideal for rendering the drama, beauty, rhythm and movement of the Pembrokeshire coastline".
June 6th to August 30th- Deborah Tilley
"My paintings come from the people around me; the face of the man passing me in the street, the individual lost in a crowd or a photograph of a ghost from the distant past. I’m moved by the care-worn, weather and work-lined faces of the ordinary person, those from our industrial and rural past as well as those struggling to live in our modern times.
My inspiration comes from artists like Jack Crabtree and Aneurin Jones and photographers such as William Eugune Smith and Lee Jeffries as well as my own archive of photographs and sketches saved from a young age. I am also becoming braver at asking those strangers with amazing faces to become my subject in oil!"
August 3rd to September 29th - Terry Johns
Paintings inspired by the West Wales landscape
October 3rd to November 30th - Heather Bennett Photography
Travel, wildlife and still life images
Oriel y Parc Cafe
Living by the sea was commissioned by the Port of Milford Haven, as part of Seafarers Awareness Week 2013 to raise awareness of the contribution made by seafarers working in Pembrokeshire.
In the summer term of 2013, Milford Haven School identified a group of AS Level photography students to take part.
During the summer holidays, a publicity campaign was started in the local press and through social networks, to recruit 15 people who made their living at sea and would like to get involved.
Over six sessions during the autumn of 2013, a group of twelve students studying at Milford Haven School, worked with Guy Norman from spacetocreate community arts and Associate Film maker Sharron Harris of Curious Ostrich
Introductory sessions in school provided opportunities to explore visual culture, photography as an art form, critical skills and media literacy, as well as setting up and learning to use the cameras for studio portraits, the production of exhibition quality prints and the use of digital sound recording equipment and interviewing skills.
These initial workshops were followed by three studio sessions in Milford Haven Docks, where the 15 subjects were photographed and interviewed by the young people.
A final session provided an opportunity for the students to select the images for the exhibition, which took place in the Joanna Field Gallery at the Torch Theatre Milford Haven from 6-31 January 2014.
spacetocreate community arts would like to thank everyone who helped with the project: Each of the 15 Seafarers; staff at the Port of Milford Haven and Pembrokeshire Coastal Forum the Art Department at Milford Haven School and last but not least, all the students who created such a great body of work: Eleanor Baker, Lucy Dilworth, Tiffany Dimond, Shona Doolan, Isabella Job, Gemma Kiteley, Gabriella Lloyd, Chloe Nunnery, George Parfitt, Natasha Springer, Chloe Sturley and Alice Wiggins.
If you would like to exhibit at Oriel y Parc, please call on 01437 720 392, email email@example.com or just pop in for a chat about the opportunities. We will be delighted to hear from you.