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Oriel Davies Gallery
The Park, Newtown
Powys SY16 2NZ
Telephone: +44 (0) 1686 625041
Fax: +44 (0) 1686 623633
Monday - Saturday 10am-5pm
Free Admission


Press Release

February 2017


Launch: Saturday 6 - 8pm, 11 March 2017

In-conversation event between the artist and curator, Louise Hobson, 5-6pm

Exhibition Showing Dates: 11 March – 10 May 2017

Vanishing Point brings together an extraordinary body of new work by Kelly Best: a remarkable and highly original artist working out of Cardiff. This is the artist’s first major exhibition in Wales and features ambitious and compelling interconnections between sculpture, painting and drawing in order to consider site, space and surface.

Presenting a distinctive selection of media including steel, watercolour and colour pencil, Vanishing Point offers a response to the architectural and physical space of Oriel Davies’ galleries. Best’s particular use of lines and angles, whether in metal, pencil lead or paint, presents a new visual ‘reading’ of the spaces we inhabit. Through a subtle and understated manipulation of perspective, scale and even light, new possibilities are explored.

In contrast to the work’s minimal appearance, the processes leading towards the end point are labour intensive and physically challenging. Best often works intuitively, developing ideas through a process of ‘doing’, where repetition and self-imposed parameters or creative rules instruct her practice.  These methods, which often demand a significant amount of endurance, lead to prolific outputs before a process of editing and honing reveals a pared-back and seemingly effortless aesthetic.

Vanishing Point has been supported by the Arts Council of Wales.

Audio description available.


Born 1984 in Kent, currently lives and works in Cardiff. She trained as a painter, graduating from Kingston University with BA in Fine Art in 2007. Vanishing Point comes straight after a recent 3-month Creative Wales residency at The British School at Rome October – December 2016. She had a solo show at Plymouth Arts Centre earlier in 2016 and has previously shown work in Oriel Davies’ TestBed and in the 2014 Oriel Davies Open. Previous solo shows include; g39 (Cardiff); Eastside Projects (Birmingham); Chapter Arts Centre, Art in the Bar (Cardiff); she exhibited in the 2016 and 2013 National Eisteddfod; and the John Moores Painting Prize in 2012.




Alex Boyd Jones, Curator;
Amber Knipe, Marketing Officer (freelance), Oriel Davies
01686 625041, Oriel Davies, Newtown, Powys, SY16 2NZ

Image Credits: Kelly Best: Vanishing Point, 2017



Exhibition Launch Saturday 11 March, 6-8pm, alongside:

Instructions for Imagined Space: Rory Duckhouse
Refreshments available, all welcome.

Oriel Davies is a contemporary art gallery in the heart of Powys and a key gallery of Wales, showing groundbreaking national and international art and craft. Our opening hours are Monday - Saturday 10am - 5pm and admission is free. For more information on the gallery and its programmes please visit

Oriel Davies receives funding from Arts Council of Wales and Powys County Council.

Oriel Davies is a Registered Charity, no. 1034890. 




Published 15 February 2017
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