Exhibitions by Young Artists at Oriel Davies

March 2019 is a very special time for a group of talented young artists in North Powys, with two exhibitions of work by past and current Criw Celf participants taking take place at Oriel Davies. The exhibitions will be officially opened by Louise Wright of The Arts Council of Wales, on Saturday 9th March at 3.15, in a special event with the young artists, their families and friends.

The artworks in Mobile Tales were created by 35 Criw Celf members, a project which aims to nurture young talent in Wales. Workshops with poet, artist and comic maker Nicky Arscott resulted in the creation of striking, monochrome mobiles which are being exhibited in the gallery's Testbed space.

Flexuous is a specially commissioned artwork by Sophie Kumar-Taylor. This Criw Celf commission celebrates Sophie's accomplishments as an early career artist and provides her with an opportunity to create a site-specific piece at Oriel Davies. Sophie was a participant in Criw Celf in 2012-13 while she was a 6th Form pupil at Welshpool High School. Having gained her degree in Fine Art at the University of Wales Trinity Saint David's Carmarthen she is now a practicing artist.

Flexuous responds to the gallery space by creating flowing lines full of bends and curves in an entirely geometric room. This brightly coloured, and vigorous foliage-like artwork brings colour and energy to the white walls. Sophie's inspiration for this commission evolved from making origami-like forms to create geometric patterns, which were contorted with great care to create curved edges, giving the work an almost organic look which adds to their energy as they flow around the gallery walls.

Flexuous and Mobile Tales are showing at Oriel Davies from 9-30th March. Free entry.
(Mobile Tales will be closed to the public for one day on 19th March.)

Criw Celf Oriel Davies is supported by the Arts Council of Wales, Powys County Council and Chester University.

Criw Celf Oriel Davies (Fersiwn byr i E-Newyddion)

March 2019

Published: 04.03.2019