Women’s Arts exhibition opening in Barry

International Women’s Day got an early start at Arts Central Gallery, Barry with the opening of one of four Women’s Arts Association exhibitions there.

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The Mayor Margaret Wilkinson’s welcome was followed by Meg Kingston (who ran a writing workshop) revealing that her writing was an escape from daytime TV after she had to give up work through ill-health: everyone, Meg said, can find a creative expression.

The exhibition, open to all women, certainly expresses the diversity of art, and has been artfully arranged by Gwyn Price and Eve Hart.  Gwyn is in the photo above with Jane Hutt,  Minister for Finance in the Welsh Government and local Assembly Member.  It was good to see her there – one of the excellent women elected to the first Welsh Assembly.


Eve is enjoying another space of blues (above).  Arts Central is light and an attractive large area to enjoy the art, and is through the public library in the town centre.

With plinths for 3-d pieces, and differnt styles – and the opportunity to buy origianl art if you like it – it is well worth a visit.

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Tea and cakes were much appreciated, although many got eaten before the Mayor’s official opening – hungry artists?

There are still opportunities for women to enter exhibitions at BHAC, Cardiff Bay, at Upmarket Galleries in Newport, and a postcard exhibition in the Sunflower Cafe, Cardiff.  Women’s Arts Association can be joined free at http://www.womensarts.co.uk

To see the WAA exhibitions and their dates of opening, here are the details:

BARRY: WOMEN’S ARTS ASSOCIATION WALES OPEN EXHIBITION 2014, 15th Feb-22nd March,  at Art Central, Kings Square, Barry, CF64 4RW (01446 709805  or 01446 422428),
Sat, Tues-Fri 10 am – 4 pm, free entry

NEWPORT: WOMEN’S  ART OPEN EXHIBITION 2014, 8th March – 22th March. At The Upmarket Galleries, Newport Indoor Market, Gwent (07817537640).
Mon-Sat 10 am – 3 pm,  free entry.

CARDIFF: WOMEN’S ARTS ASSOCIATION WALES OPEN EXHIBITION 2014, 4thMarch – 23thMarch, at Butetown Arts and History Centre, 4 Dock Chambers, Bute Street, Cardiff CF10 5AG (029 2025 6757)
Tues-Fri 10 am – 5 pm, Sat-Sun 11 am – 16.30 pm,  free entry.


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