Aberystwyth Art Centre Wales: Above the sea each night…

Researching Aberystwyth Arts Centre has been both a great pleasure and immensely interesting. Not only does the centre offer wide ranging cultural programmes but the artist’s studios present a one-of-a-kind experience; I cannot wait to see them in person!

“The award winning Aberystwyth Arts Centre is Wales’ largest arts centre and recognised as a ‘national flagship for the arts’, welcoming over 700,000 visitors a year. It has a wide-ranging artistic programme, both producing and presenting, across all art forms including drama, dance, music, visual arts, applied arts, film, new media, and community arts and is recognised as a national centre for arts development.”

“The Centre is a department of Aberystwyth University and a member of the Institute of Arts and Humanities (IAH). The Arts Centre sits at the heart of the university’s campus, with stunning views over the town of Aberystwyth and along the coastline of Cardigan Bay.”

“We work closely with our fellow Institute colleagues who include the School of Art, Theatre, Film and Television Studies, English and Creative Writing, European Languages, Welsh and Celtic Studies and the Music Centre.” For more information on the Institute, click here https://www.aber.ac.uk/en/iah/

Surreal murmuration until 25 Nov 2017: “Why have we titled this exhibition ‘surrealist murmuration’? We had used the word ‘murmuration’ because of the hundreds of thousands of starlings who nest in Aberystwyth and form their patterns above the sea each night; it is a wonderful spectacle, the amazing shapes and forms appear like sculptures in the sky, and then they disappear to form another shape. Not only is this phenomenon visible from the large gallery window which over looks the sea, but we were both enchanted by the idea of ‘murmuration’ as a ‘found object’ and, moreover, one governed by chance. Thus we were seeking to anchor our exhibition both in the locality and in one of the key surrealist ideas/principles.

Surrealists seek to transform our view of ‘what is’ and ‘what can be’, and to uncover a deeper, hidden reality. Surrealist activity, in bringing together two or more unrelated images on a single plane can generate a spark, creating a new, enigmatic surreality, and thus can reveal to us a tantalising glimpse of the Marvellous.

Opposing so-called common sense, capitalist ideology, religious delusions and the miserablism of everyday life, with total revolt and an unfettered imagination suffused with the love of the irrational and the irrationality of love, Surrealism is above all an adventure of the mind which ensures ‘we (will) not let the paths of desire become overgrown’ (André Breton, Mad Love).”  https://www.aberystwythartscentre.co.uk/exhibitions/surrealist-murmuration

Keith Brymer Jones is now head of Design at MAKE International.  MAKE International was first established in 2005 by entrepreneur, Dominic Speelman and has since continued to flourish and expand, seeing the company join forces with renowned ceramicist, Keith Brymer Jones.

Keith Brymer Jones has designed and produced for companies in the UK such as Habitat, John Lewis, Marks and Spencers, Ted Baker, Laura Ashley and Monsoon; as well as American companies such as Bergdorf Goodman, Barneys New York (also Barneys Japan) and Anthropology.

“Welsh harpist Elfair Grug Dyer (Concert 19 Nov 2017) has recently returned to the UK after living in Bangkok, Thailand for two years working as a harp teacher and harpist in residence at the Tamnak Prathom Harp Centre. Elfair has embarked on a professional career as a harpist; she is a Live Music Now! and Music in Hospitals artist, performing regularly around the UK. She also tours extensively with the CLOUDS Harp Quartet. Elfair completed her Master’s degree at the Royal Northern College of Music in Manchester, after gaining her BMus degree at the conservatoire with first class honours in 2011 as an ABRSM Scholar…Born in the heart of the Llŷn Peninsula, Elfair has enjoyed many successes at the Welsh Eisteddfodau and festivals.”


The Cafe: “The cafe aims to be at the forefront of progressive cookery, always striving to innovate and reflect new trends  whilst retaining our reputation for great food and service. All our hot food is home – made by our dedicated kitchen team to very high standards and with an awareness of sustainability.”


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