A sunny autumnal day is one of my favourite days of the year. The National Park is a riot of greens, browns, oranges, reds and yellows and I get the urge to grab a paintbrush. Fortunately Brecon artists are at hand this October to help me hone my skills.
Brecon Arts Week (27 October – 4 November) is organised by a group of Brecon based businesses and artists called ArtBEAT and showcases the very best in local artistic talent. Now in its third year Artbeat members have added new activities – and locations – to the growing programme. In addition to the town’s galleries, shops, Cathedral and St Mary’s Church, even local residents are flinging open their doors and welcoming visitors into their houses. At the Gas Lane Gastro Gallery you’ll even get lunch with your art.
Having been inspired by an exhibition or local artist you can nurture your own creative skills at one of the many workshops taking place around the town – express yourself in your own work of art whether it be pottery, drawing, painting or baking. Most events are free, but some, such as the workshops, will need to be booked in advance and there is a small fee for participants.
For those with an eye for art, keep a look out for a miniature artwork that will be inconspicuously dropped each day. If you spot it you can keep it – finders keepers.
This year art festival coincides with an exhibition of Chinese art that is visiting Theatr Brycheiniog. Titled ‘Harmony’ and inspired by nature, the exhibition showcases three leading contemporary artists and demonstrates traditional art forms with newer mediums.
The Brecon Beacons are obviously known for their outstanding natural beauty however the towns and villages within the National Park are increasing being known for their strong cultural offer and Brecon with its independent businesses, theatre, cinema and Cathedral is rapidly becoming a focal point.
Get creative this autumn half-term in Brecon – just don’t forget to share your inspirations on the Big Drawing Board outside St Mary’s Church.
Artbeat programmes will be available very soon in galleries, shops, cafes and all venues.