Current exhibition

stories in yarn  &  Peripheries

(due to welsh lockdown, the centre is closed from 19th december to 21st january)

'Stories in Yarn' - (in Hall Barn)- The Red Dress Embroidery Project  is a decade long travelling embroidery project (2009-2019) by British artist Kirstie Macleod. Started with seed investment from the British Council Dubai in 2009, the dress began its journey at Art Dubai. Since that first exhibition it has travelled around the world being continuously embroidered and added to by 120 different participants to date.

For this exhibition, held in Hall Barn, Kirstie is joined by the Welsh embroiderer, Amanda Wright, a textiles artist, who will be exhibiting her exquisite work alongside the Red Dress; her stunning, intricate stitches create beautiful pictures - hand embroidered textiles onto canvas, using coloured yarns. This joint exhibition is called Stories in Yarn, and closes on Sunday 13th December (virtual tour viewable below).

Artisans who have worked on the dress include refugees in Palestine, victims of civil war in Kosovo, Rwanda and DR Congo, individuals from South Africa, Kenya, Japan, Paris, Sweden and Peru, embroidery studios in Bombay and Saudi Arabia, artists in Wales and Colombia and initiatives to support women in poverty such as Missibaba in Cape Town, South Africa, and Fanasina, working with Bedouin embroiderers based in the mountains above St Catherine's in Egypt’s Sinai.

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'Peripheries' (in Oriel Bleddfa) , a stunning exhibition with potter Malcolm Turner and painters Emily Gaunt and Ciara Lewis, Oriel Bleddfa.

"Three contemporary artists exploring through a wide variety of materials and techniques the complexities of movement through diverse methods of mark making. All three largely self taught makers work in rural isolation and their continuing artistic output reflects their ongoing drive to continue creating amidst the changing turbulence that has marked 2020."

This exhibition closes on Sunday 20th December.

Oriel Bleddfa is open Thursdays - Sundays 11am - 4pm; do come along and visit this exhibition if you can, or view it via the virtual tour if unable to visit in person. (Please check with us before visiting during CV-19 lockdowns/firebreaks)

As always, you can also reserve a piece of work by clicking the image in the virtual tour, and following the link.

(NB: please allow a few days between exhibition transition for the correct virtual tour to arrive online)

The Red Dress - Virtual Tour