The Garden art exhibition

work by Seren Stacey,  (8818940)

work by Seren Stacey, (8818940)

First published in What's on

An exciting art exhibition will take place in the outbuildings and gardens of a Nevern smallholding by contemporary artists from West Wales this month.

Artists from Cardigan, Llandysul, Drefach Felindre and Trefdraeth will exhibit at T? Rhos Uchaf, Nevern, August 17 to 18, 11am to 6pm.

Following the success of last year’s two day event, The Garden exhibition returns to T? Rhos Uchaf for a second year with contemporary artist from Pembrokeshire and Ceredigion exhibitin artworks in the grounds and outbuildings of the former Nevern Nurseries.

This smallholding bears evidence of its past uses, from the unusually varied species of trees along its avenue and Christmas tree plantation to the exotic contents of the industrial scale greenhouses. The main greenhouse is blooming with 50 year old roses in shades from apricot to vermillion; figs are abundant as are the wild plants or weeds which colonise any forgotten garden. But Kate Dunwell and partner Will Suiter, with help from the Dunwell family, have been lovingly excavating and restoring the site to reveal the secret garden once more.

“Its a captivating place, there’s something dream like about it, like (Hodgson Burnett’s) The Secret Garden. It invites people to try out their ideas as you can see in the layers of history and evidence of different people’s projects throughout the years”, said Seren Stacey.

The site is a source of inspiration for the artist involved, yet the artwork doesn’t seek to battle with the natural beauty but to heighten the experience of being there. There is a communal, village fete spirit to the event as people are invited to walk in the gardens, view and interact with the artworks and relax with cream teas.

Photographic artists Kate Dunwell has been making drawings and mono-prints using the abundance of glass from the old greenhouses which she will install.

As well as exhibiting in Colony 2014 (Cardigan) Kathryn Campbell Dodd is making new work specifically for this site. She is interested in the ‘object’ within visual art and craft contexts and in this context will turn her focus on the abandoned tools and storage in the traditional barns.

Following on from his recent work for the annual contemporary art exhibiton Rhôd 2014 artist George Manson will bring his quirky, humorous take on the village notice board.

Seren Stacey has spent the past 6 months mapping and naming textures and features of Llandysul and Ponweli, two villages in the Teifi Valley, as part of a wry take on decorators’ paint swatches.

Jacob Whittaker’s film, performance and socially engaged artwork often explores sound music and memory. Previous and ongoing projects include recording the resonance of Ceredigion’s Chapel buildings and mapping the unique visual ‘fingerprint’ of people’s voices. For The Garden 2014 Jacob will combine his art practice with his passion for hedgerow winemaking.

Rose Wood is an emerging jewellery designer who has been inspired to juxtapose her unique designs with the faded aesthetic of this tumbledown smallholding. You will find her designs twinkling from potting sheds and Dutch barns.

‘Nurturing the idea of taming her garden space and the birds that visit, Sam Vicary has a longing to bring them in to her world. Through her paintings, she wants to bring their beauty into the home, juxtaposing them with the interior”.

Sean Vicary has gained acclaim for his pioneering use of animation and augmented reality to create work inspired by the Welsh landscape. For The Garden Sean Vicary is collaborating with sensational prop maker Toby Downing (of Small World Theatre) to create an interactive installation which combines automata (moving sculpture) with animation.

There is a rich cultural offer over the weekend with the annual Colony exhibition, only 20 minutes away, showing work by contemporary artists from West Wales in multiple sites across Cardigan Town.

Entry is free and refreshments will be on sale.

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