Artistic workshops in Crickhowell

An air of excitement and art everywhere….visiting the open studios and galleries in Crickhowell and the surrounding area during the Spring Bank Holiday could only be described as inspirational. Exploring the area, seeing beautiful work, meeting friends, having interesting conversations, seeing artists at work and acquiring treasures all contributed to visitors’ delight. Not many people could have come away not wanting to try their hand at some form of art or craft.

Llanfrynach Landscape Panorama © Nigel Forster

Llanfrynach Landscape Panorama © Nigel Forster

The Crickhowell Resource and Information Centre is offering just such an opportunity. A range of workshops during the summer will give local residents and visitors the chance to get in touch with their creativity. The landscape is often central to the work of artists and the Brecon Beacons and Black Mountains are certainly no exception. The images of landscape photographer Nigel Forster, who opened his studio during the art trail, is widely admired. His workshop will help participants to turn our beautiful landscape into great imagery with a digital camera.

Gwyn Dix on the other hand will focus on the Neolithic Gwernvale Burial Chamber site on the A40 to help “paint” a picture of the earliest inhabitants that eventually became the settlement of Crickhowell. It is hoped that this workshop will be start of an ongoing project that will attempt to map and write the history of Crickhowell from the Mesolithic period to the present day.

With the gardening season upon us you can create your own mosaic artefacts while learning the skills and techniques of the ancient craft and making something of beauty for the garden.

abstract bangles in anodised aluminium by Mandy Nash

abstract bangles in anodised aluminium by Mandy Nash

Many Nash is well known for both the beautiful jewellery she creates in anodised aluminium and pictures and functional objects in felt. She will lead separate workshops in both these disciplines. All materials and equipment will be provided.

Painting pictures with words can be equally satisfying and this craft has not been omitted in the series of workshops. The creative writing workshop look at how established writers work, how to access memories for ideas, how to write convincing dialogue, construct authentic plots, draft, shape and edit your work.

What better time to try something new?

For more information visit www.crickhowellinfo.org.uk or cric’s facebook page www.facebook.com or call into CRiC, Beaufort Street, Crickhowell (Tel. 01873 811970) for more information or to book your place.

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