Art in the Gate for IWD 2015

The Women’s Arts Association had an inspiring start to their International Women’s Day celebrations with the opening by Briony Goffin of the art exhibition in The Gate in Roath, Cardiff.

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Briony is well-known as a creative writer, lecturer at Cardiff University and on TED-X, and writer-in-residence at Whitchurch Hospital.  She transferred her understanding of creativity in writing to the visual artists, encouraging everyone to look and look again at the art, and then, as creative women, to do something new.  I took her photo alongside three other key people: Nia Blake (singer songwriter), Veronica Wilson (who helped in curating) and Melanie Wotton (organiser and curator).  Here we are in the wine and refreshments area.

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Melanie had attracted artists from all over Wales and, with Veronica, did the tricky act of hanging the works.  Their own – Veronica’s on the left, next to Penny Jones and Dinah Guilfoyle (both West Walians) and Melanie’s (quite subdued for her).

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Visitors to The Gate’s cafe and many activities will be able to get familiar with the works, which will be on show until March 13th.

There is a diversity of art to appreciate.  Karen Gilgar’s delicate “Summer Madness” is on a corner with a different lightness in Anna Polya’s “Reaching for the sky”.  Further along, Gwyneth Price’s tree drawing’s knots contrast with Rosemarie O’Leary’s layers.

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Sheila Vyas has prints of her work on request – she is profiled in the latest WAA Newsletter – and next to her is Amelia Thomas’ painting – she is going up to the Femme Fierce: Reloaded International Women’s Day festival for women street artists and graffiti writers, which is all new to me.  Another original artist is Pam Blackhurst, who has worked with resin on glass for this beautiful “Oak”, light shining onto the surface behind.

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My own is ambiguous cartoonery “Security”, next to Kay Keogh’s also ambiguous painting which is affected by her explorations of printing.  I’m looking forward to seeing more of Kay’s explorations in 3ormore in Penarth next week.


Most of the art is on sale, with prices from £32 upwards.

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