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Posted Tuesday, January 10th, 2012

As part of Gwanwyn 2011, with help from the Arts Council of Wales Gwanwyn festival commissioned a new work by renowned Welsh artist Emrys Williams. The work (entitled ‘Gwanwyn’) will be on exhibit at Oriel Theatr Clwyd from 21 Jan to 3 March 2012 and we are sure it will generate a lot of interest on the Welsh Arts scene. You can see more about the creation of the work on Emrys’ blog (click on the ‘blogs’ tab of this website). The painting will be on exhibit at other locations throughout the year…watch this space for details.

Fel rhan o Gwanwyn 2011, gyda help Cyngor Celfyddydau Cymru, comisiynodd Gŵyl y Gwanwyn waith newydd gan yr artist adnabyddus o Gymru, Emrys Williams. Bydd y gwaith (o’r enw ‘Gwanwyn’) yn cael ei arddangos yn Oriel Theatr Clwyd o 21 Ionawr tan 3 Mawrth 2012, ac rydym yn siwr y bydd yn ysgogi llawer o ddiddordeb yn y Celfyddydau yng Nghymru. Gallwch weld mwy ynglŷn â chreu’r gwaith ar flog Emrys (cliciwch ar y tab ‘blogs‘ ar y wefan hon). Bydd y paentiad yn cael ei arddangos mewn lleoliadau eraill trwy gydol y flwyddyn… cadwch lygad am fwy o fanylion.

Posted Friday, December 9th, 2011

The Riverfront does Strictly!

Rubicon Dance are running a 6 week social dancing course at the Riverfront Theatre, led by Darren Jones from Saturn Dance.

Sessions are held at the Riverfront Theatre, Bristol Packet Wharf, Newport, NP20 1 HG .

Starting on the 7th January we have:-

Ballroom (Saturdays from 4-5pm): learning dances such as the waltz, tango, quickstep and foxtrot

Latin ( Saturdays from 5-6pm): learning dances such as the cha cha, rumba and jive.

Classes cost £3.50 per class, £20 for a block booking in either Ballroom or Latin or £35 for a block booking for both!

Call 01633 656679 to reserve you place and avoid disappointment.

Posted Friday, November 11th, 2011

These are images of the studio showing the first sessions working on the large painting.Over the coming weeks I will photograph the work as it develops in the studio.

On beginning I had all the studies I had made around in the studio and also made some quick ink drawings before starting. Although the studies inform what I am doing I have to react naturally to the scale of the canvas, improvising across the surface.

blank canvas

first mark

first state

drawing exploring flower forms



Posted Thursday, October 27th, 2011

We are contacting everyone who has ever participated in the festival to ask them to participate again – by completing a simple survey, which will take approximately 10 minutes to complete. (more…)

Posted Tuesday, October 25th, 2011

People Around Here would love to hear from you if you are interested in this project.
Please come along to find out more about how you can be involved:
Wednesday, 2nd November 2011 at 2pm in Room B, City Hall
RSVP to Becky Matyus: 07989 713696 or

What’s it all about?

Mentoring young people in after-school art clubs over 3 years. Creative activities provide a safe and positive environment for mentoring, and a platform for young and old to develop confidence and skills. We will train and support older volunteers to be mentors for vulnerable 10-13 year olds.

How can you get involved?

  • Could you take part in a pilot intergenerational art workshop at Tredegarville Primary School on Nov 15th and 23rd from 1-3pm?
  • Could you be part of a small team helping us to plan this project?
  • Could you be a mentor to a young person for 3 years?
Posted Wednesday, August 10th, 2011

Those of you who are interested in pushing the boundaries of what older people are able to learn and achieve will be interested in a new blog to be found at

Give it a try and see what you think.

Posted Thursday, July 21st, 2011

Visit to find out more about a new interactive BBC Radio 4 play starring Richard Briers.

They want you to record your stories of the odd and unusual objects that hold special memories for you. It’s a really clever idea. I’m sure they would like to hear from you.

Posted Tuesday, July 12th, 2011

It was announced live on the Roy Noble programme on BBC Radio Wales on Thursday  7th July that the commission for a major work of art to celebrate the fifth anniversary of Gwanwyn Festival (supported by the Arts Council of Wales) has been awarded to Emrys Williams. The decision was a tough one with stiff competition from the other shortlisted artists; Sarah Hope from Newport, Pembs and Jan Gardner from Deganwy in North Wales. Emrys will begin work immediately and you will soon be able to follow a regular blog by the artist which will give us an insight into the work involved in such a major commission. Visit again soon to watch this major work take shape.