Newport’s Riverfront Galleries: Women’s Arts Association exhibition

Newport’s exhibition in celebration of International Women’s Day is this year in the Riverfront Galleries – a multi-level space with some wonderful work by Gwent-based women artists and makers.

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It is on for all of March.  Curator Ella Wilding has organised a stunning show and I liked the Women’s Arts Association logo on the sliding glass doors, and quotes.

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The hand-made and dyed garments, by Diba Mehrabi, had beautiful stitching in the horses’ heads.  There was more hand-cutting and grinding in Eleri Robert’s Brazen Peace.

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In this gallery, several of the pieces wore the suffragette colours: purple, green and white – most obviously in Sue Chappelle’s tree.

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Downstairs was more space and good works to see. I met some of Cwmbran’s women’s group of artists, and enjoyed the talk by Kate Broadhurst about her return to painting after being a star in animation but not happy in it.  This is the first in her series.


I’ve been writing on women artists for most of March.  I think it amazing how many good women artists and makers there are in Wales.  Newport needs to take better care of them than it did of its Chartist mosaic (demolished for a shopping mall if you don’t know).


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