Priming canvases in my studio, ready for the next series
2020’s been a busy year, apart from the obvious issue of dealing with Coronavirus and the associated difficulties.
With the Pit Girls exhibition in March followed by two Easterly Artists virtual exhibitions in May and September, it’s time to start the process of framing and preparing new canvases.
Dawn Bowden and Hilary Barry at the opening of “Pit Girls – Forgotten Women”
It was a pleasure to meet Dawn Bowden, Welsh Assembly Member for Merthyr Tydfil and Rhymney, at the opening of the “Pit Girls – Forgotten Women” exhibition at Cyfarthfa Castle Museum on 8 March 2020.
You can learn more about the paintings and the background to the exhibition
here. I’ve just finished updating the page to include audio recordings of the women’s testimonies to the 1842 Parliamentary commission.
A good evening at last night’s Suffolk Open Studios 2019 Showcase, at the Apex Gallery in Bury.
As well as having Ania Hobson there as our special guest, the BBC recorded the event for that night’s Look East broadcast, and interviewed several of the participating artists.
here to watch the video – my piece is at the end!
The show runs till 31 March so get there if you can, as there’s some excellent work on display.
Hilary Barry with her work on show at the Suffolk Open Studios 2019 Showcase, 26 Feb-31 March
Good turn-out for the Suffolk Open Studios 2019 Showcase
The day after the launch of the “Pit Girls – Forgotten Women” exhibition, BBC Radio Wales invited me talk about its background and the significance of the women to the Wesh mining industry.
Click on the link below to listen to the interview.
Exciting news – the
in Merthyr Tydfil has agreed to host my series of 12 “Pit Girl” portraits as part of a new exhibition titled Cyfarthfa Castle Museum “Pit Girls: Forgotten Women“!
The exhibition runs
Tuesday 3 March – Sunday 31 May 2020. Opening times: • 1 Oct – 31 March: Monday (Closed); Tuesday-Friday: 10am-4pm; Weekends: 12pm-4pm • 1 April – 30 Sept: Monday-Friday: 10am-5pm; Weekends: 12pm-5pm.
You can learn more about the Pit Girls’ history and how I came to paint their portraits
The museum is located at:
Cyfarthfa Park, Brecon Road, Merthyr Tydfil, CF47 8RE T: 01685 727371 | W: http://bit.ly/Cyfarthfa
Cyfarthfa Park is located north of Merthyr Tydfil town centre on the A470. The museum is 20 minutes’ walk from the centre or there is a regular bus service.
By car: Satnav postcode CF47 8PA.
STOP PRESS Dawn Bowden (Welsh Assembly Member for Merthyr Tydfil and Rhymney) has agreed to open the exhibition: 2pm, Sunday 8 March, to coincide with International Women’s Day. Get in touch if you’d like an invitation!
The New Cut Gallery in Halesworth is one of the few local galleries not to impose a restriction on size, so I took the opportunity in December to display two of my “Superhero” series.
Cut “Open” exhibition – Dec 2019
This is one of the four, titled “We Failed Them, My Friends – We Failed Them” (122 x 183 cms).
Some nice coverage of our art group Easterly Artists’ exhibition “Change” at the Gallery Upstairs (Fisher Theatre) in Bungay, which runs till 14 March (apologies for the poor quality of the image).
8 artists have combined forces to put on a remarkable display of work across a wide range of media – catch it before it goes!
Beccles & Bumgay Journal, 1 Feb 2019
Very proud and pleased to be taking part in the inaugural exhibition of our local artist group: Easterly Artists.
You can learn more about them and the remarkable artists who make up the group at
www.easterly.org.uk but, meanwhile, hope very much to see you at the Private View:
4-6pm, Sunday 17 February Gallery Upstairs at the Fisher Theatre Broad Street, Bungay NR35 1EE
And if you can’t make that, the exhibition runs 10am-3pm, till Thursday 14 March 2019. That said, the gallery isn’t open on Sundays and not every day in the week, so it’s worth checking the
theatre website or calling 01986 897130 beforehand!
Hope to see you there!
Fame and fortune at last! Well – fame, anyway…
It was good to be interviewed recently for a profile on my work and practice in the latest edition of ArtsEast, a leading magazine on the arts in the East. You can read the full article online at www.artseast.co.uk.
ArtsEast Magazine – December 2018
I don’t often get the opportunity to display my larger work, so it’s great to have some on show at this year’s Cut Open Exhibition in Halesworth.
The exhibition runs till 12 January 2019 – see http://newcut.org/exhibitions for details.
“Going Down” on show at The Cut Open exhibition in Halesworth, December 2018.