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By celfogwmpas, Aug 15 2017 11:34AM

Celf o Gwmpas in partnership with Disability Arts Cymru (DAC) is delighted to announce the successful applicants for the first ever residency programme open to disabled artist in Wales.


Celf o Gwmpas are delighted to award the places to Lou Lockwood: Imprint - a further experiment in touch memory, Dawn McIntyre: Sanguis et Capillum, Jack McClafferty: Exploring the language of landscape, people and place and Jo Munton: We are innocent when we dream.


A high standard of applications were received, all coming from artists who have achieved a professional level of practice and selection was made on the basis of artistic ambition, risk-taking and experimentation.


Each of the artists will have the opportunity to spend time with ground-breaking arts organisation Celf o Gwmpas at Centre Celf in Llandrindod Wells, Powys, focusing on research, experimentation and the development of new work.


Residencies will be taking place from October 2017 to January 2018, and the successful applicants are forming part of a national and international residency programme supporting disabled artists working in a wide variety of art forms.


Each artist will receive a bursary, accommodation and shared studio facilities at Centre Celf as well as advice and guidance on career development and an in-residence group exhibition in March 2018.


Celf o Gwmpas continues to generate and create through an international pioneering training and workshop programme, gallery exhibitions, screenings and performances, working towards social inclusion, inspiring artistic ambition and providing a resource for the wider community.


By celfogwmpas, Sep 27 2016 03:46PM

Artist in Residence Hannah Bjorkland arrived at Celf on Monday 5th September for a week long residency.


Hannah, and her support worker Anna had an amazing week at Celf, working in the studio with our participants Christobel, Rebeccca and Hannah in a series of workshops led by Geraint Edwards and Jane Mason, with support from Jan.


Their packed itenerary included dinner out with our Chair, Paul Jays to the local Thai Resteraunt, a visit to The Mueseum of Modern Art in Machynlleth (MOMA) with Rachel, and an evening stroll with Kayte around the beautiful Pen-y-Garreg Dam in the Elan Valley.



Collaborative Artwork
Collaborative Artwork
Jan, Geraint, Anna and Hannah - Pen-y-Garreg Dam
Jan, Geraint, Anna and Hannah - Pen-y-Garreg Dam

By celfogwmpas, Feb 8 2016 12:31PM

The Portfolio course funded by Unlimited Impact, is a series of practical workshops that introduce the young artists to techniques of production in contemporary art.


Figuration to abstraction


Rhianna worked with Lego making abstract pictures that looked like something from the Bahaus and translated into some interesting charcoal drawings.


Everybody drew a series of sketches of a still life, simplified it and started collaging the simplified drawing.


Picturing People


Inspired by the book ‘Picturing People’ everybody collaged three sketches each of people from pictures in magazines who were put into new backgrounds. The images were traced off on to acetate and projected and traced off at a larger scale in felt tip.
Like Michael Craig Martin, elements of the image were coloured in.


The aim was to kick start a painting with found images and to transform them through process. Some strong images by Ruby and Emily resulted from this process.


Giant Profiles


Everybody made a series of giant profiles using a projector, lining paper to make templates and a paint roller to fake prints like an Elizabeth Frink head. The aim was to fake a print without equipment and resulted in some good bold images.


Figuration to abstraction
Figuration to abstraction
Figuration to abstraction
Figuration to abstraction
Figuration to abstraction
Figuration to abstraction
Figuration to abstraction
Figuration to abstraction
Picturing People
Picturing People
Picturing People
Picturing People
Picturing People
Picturing People
Picturing People
Picturing People
Picturing People
Picturing People
Giant Profiles
Giant Profiles

By celfogwmpas, Aug 25 2015 01:44PM

Highlights from the performance and debate event on 19th June 2015, hosted by disabled artists in collaboration with Celf o Gwmpas, exploring the effects that austerity is having on disabled people.


This idea was chosen in an online vote, as part of a three year project exploring how art and creativity can help communities re-engage with the democratic process.



All images: Blue MacAskill

By lizmorrison, Jun 29 2015 10:58AM

It was a great evening but to me did seem to echo the flavour of the "is it all about capitalism?" versus "patchwork of people coming together" debate that's been going on.


Everybody's very keen at saying we must all get together but a bit short on what we actually need to do when we are together. And I think there is a fear that touchy feely-ism will replace positive action. Mind you, coming together worked a treat at Greenham Common so it depends how you do it! lots of people, especially those nice men from BBC Radio 3, who were recording us for Free Speech (go on, give it a listen http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b05yl1wg) were very keen to point out that our audience were very warm and receptive and that those who should have been getting our message, like a bullet between the eyes, were actually in scant supply. Isn't that the point?


Isn't it that we, the disadvantaged and discriminated against, are too easy to ignore when we are divided and what we need to do is to see that the fears of the Muslim community and the disabled community (and remember you can actually be both!) share common themes.


The allusion to 1930s Germany and that which is happening to disadvantaged and minority groups across Britain and Europe is there for anyone to see and it's scary. It's one of the reasons I used Hitler's black triangle as a symbol in the Celf event.


It was an inspiring night but I think we need some joined up thinking because it's only with a platform like The Senedd in Cardiff that those who think they're not affected, i.e. the ones who should be sitting up and taking note, might be dragged kicking and screaming to understand what's really happening. We need to be artistically as well as politically clever if we stand a chance to see justice starting to be served.

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