An innovative scheme to help artists working in the Brecon Beacons National Park share their work with visitors to the area and the local community kicked off at The Mill in Talgarth, Powys, on November 9 and will run until December 2013.
The Big Art Share is holding The Big Art Share Party For Art to launch an exhibition of 30 works titled, ‘Beacons and Beyond’ at the historic venue in Talgarth, near Hay-on-Wye, which last year featured on BBC1’s Village SOS programme.
Work by well-known Mid Wales artists including David Haswell, David Day, Julia Harris, Karin Mear, Ursula Prosser and Lee Wright will be in the show. A mixture of limited edition prints, pastels, oils, watercolours and acrylics will be on sale with prices ranging from £25 for an unmounted print to £550 for a large, framed original work.
The exciting new art share scheme is the brainchild of a mother of two from Llangynidr, Dawn Taber, 47, who has a long-standing interest in art. Her idea is to help artists working in the Brecon Beacons to market their work to audiences they might not otherwise reach – and to help local businesses fill their walls with beautiful art.
Since establishing the business in March this year Dawn has signed up cafes, B&Bs, holiday cottages and now The Mill as venues for her stable of artists who have all been keen to exhibit in new venues.
Dawn Taber said: “I think it’s a win-win for everyone involved. It promotes local artists and gives them a chance to exhibit in quirky and unusual places that can be less formal than traditional galleries. And it’s a chance for the venues to have some beautiful art on their walls which in turn helps promotes their business – and if it sells they also get a proportion of the commission.”
Lee Wright, one of the artists featured in the Beacons and Beyond exhibition said:
“It was an honour to be invited by The Big Art Share to exhibit in this historic building. Dawn shares my love of the beauty of the Brecon Beacons and enthusiasm for promoting the huge range of local artistic talent to our community and visitors to the area.”
Gez Richards, manager of The Mill, said: “We’re delighted to launch this new string to the Mill’s bow. The new gallery will be a great addition to the Mill, the café and the craft shop. I, for one, can’t wait to see some real quality art work adorning our ancient walls.”
The show will be opened by professional artist and former school teacher and head of art at Pen y Dre school in Merthyr Tydfil, Steven Knapik, MBE. A raffle will be held in aid of Steven’s children’s charity, Blue Balloon, which runs helps good causes locally and abroad.
Art can be bought direct from The Big Art Share website. For more information on artist and venues see: www.thebigartshare.com