Carmarthenshire Culture Issue 15 May 2015 Cultural Services’ May 2015 Newsletter Welcome to the May edition of the Cultural Services newsletter for 2015. This is the place to keep up to date with events, services and news in the department. The newsletter highlights forthcoming and recent events in the Arts, Libraries, Museums, Archives and Theatres in Carmarthenshire and the newsletter is a fantastic opportunity to share with all staff the latest that Cultural Services has to offer. If you would like to include an item, please contact Caru James on [email protected]. Carmarthenshire Libraries Welsh libraries and primary schools are joining forces to provide every primary school child with a library card. Closing the initiative in Carmarthen and Llanelli today, Dr Rhys Jones best known for his hit BBC series including ‘Rhys to the Rescue’ and ‘Dr Rhys Jones’s Wildlife Patrol’ - said: “Libraries are such an important resource, they are a great place for children to let their imagination grow and to develop and it is vitally important that we encourage our children to read more not only to improve their literacy levels but also to help them with life skills and future opportunities.” Friendly, helpful library staff Somewhere safe to meet friends This initiative is targeting year four pupils in sixteen Welsh authorities: Blaenau Gwent, Bridgend, Carmarthenshire, Conwy, Denbighshire, Flintshire, Gwynedd, Merthyr Tydfil, Monmouthshire, Neath Port Talbot, Pembrokeshire, Powys, Rhondda Cynon Taf, Swansea, Torfaen and Wrexham. This initiative supports the Welsh Government's “Education Begins at Home” campaign which encourages parents to help their child at home by making time to read which can help their performance in school. Other Events We are running a colouring competition at Llanelli, Burry Port, Llangennech and Llwynhendy libraries to win a family ticket to see The Horrible Histories show that’s on tour and visiting Y Ffwrnes theatre in May. You’ll have a chase to choose tickets for the Groovy Greeks or the Incredible Invaders. If you would like a chance to win these fantastic tickets then please visit our Libraries mentioned above to pick up your colouring sheet and be in with a chance of winning. Amser Twf is starting in Llanelli library on the 22nd of April and will run for 6 weeks. It starts at 10.30 on a Wednesday. Carmarthenshire Arts The Gate, St Clears Pupils from across Carmarthenshire have been taking part in events in libraries over the last few months –Community Assistant Ivy Thomas of St Clears Branch Library commented: “Since we held the ECALM event in St Clears, pupils from Ysgol Griffith Jones have been coming back to borrow more books with their new membership cards. If we can encourage all children to use the library it will no doubt have a beneficial effect on how they perform in the classroom too.” Mr. Mark Jewell, Library Services Manager said: “This library card will allow the children to borrow books straight away and get a great bag to carry their books home with them. Once proof of address is provided, they can then have access to thousands of free books, use the computers and access lots of other resources.” Use your local library to access the amazing range of services including: FREE fiction, non-fiction, comics, graphic novels and talking books FREE homework help - online and in the library FREE e-books and e-magazines FREE computer use and internet access Clubs, games, events, activities and classes in the library A Day At The Races with Chris Rees St Clears photographer Chris Rees recently found photographs he had taken on Epsom Downs on Derby Day 1971. Although the legendary Mill Reef romped home that day, Chris surprisingly switched his focus to the Epsom crowd instead. “I had always thought there was more to a race meeting than just the horses”. Carmarthenshire Culture Issue 15 May 2015 Many years later, in 2014, Chris decided to attend two distinctive race meetings in west Wales and continue documenting the race-going crowd. Chris spent Easter Monday at Lydstep Point To Point in Pembrokeshire and Ladies Evening at Ffos Las in Carmarthenshire. “Both of these race meetings have an individual atmosphere that doesn’t seem to exist anywhere else; they sit within their own bubble,” said Chris. These photographs, along with his original Derby photos, can be seen at The Gate, St. Clears, where Chris last exhibited in 2003. Originally from St. Clears, Chris studied photography at the West Surrey Institute of Art And Design, Guildford, before continuing his studies in film production at the London Film School. After film school Chris worked on music promos for many bands including The Damned, Ian Dury and The Blockheads, David Bowie and The Clash. Having worked for many years in the London film industry, Chris moved back to west Wales to take up the post of lecturer and course leader in Media Production at Pembrokeshire College. Chris has had many photography exhibitions, including at The Queens Hall Gallery, Narberth, and the Joanna Field Gallery, Milford Haven. He has also produced films for S4C, the Torch Theatre and Pembrokeshire Business Awards. If you would like to be part of our May Days Madness, then please contact The Gate Gallery on 01994 232 726 via website www.-gate.org via social media www.facebook.com/ygatthegate Coming Soon…. Carmarthen School of Arts The Gate Gallery is delighted to welcome BA Sculpture students from Carmarthen School of Arts. Join us as the students put on ‘a really wild exhibit of mixed media sculptures, hand crafted, and all curated by BA2 Sculpture students themselves’. There will be a private viewing on May 26th and then the exhibition will be on display to the public from Wednesday 27th of May until Saturday 6 th of June 2015. The Gallery is open Monday to Friday 9.00am – 4.30pm and Saturday 9.00am – 3.00pm, closed Sundays. For more information please contact The Gate Gallery on 01994 232 726 via email, www.-gate.org via social media www.facebook.com/ygatthegate Chris’s exhibition will be on display from April 13 th until May 23rd 2015, Monday to Friday 9.00am to 4.30pm Saturday 9.00am to 3.00pm Easter Workshop Success Our Easter workshops ‘Easter Makes and Spring Shapes’ was a very successful event, with all workshops being sold out. Our next series of workshops will be held in May half-term, on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday 26th, 27th and 28th May, when, due to popular demand, we will be holding all day creative events with a variety of activities available. Conference Rooms As the election looms, party conferences are popping up everywhere!!! If you or your organisations require a small conference room for meetings, training or any other purpose, then the Gate is the place for you. We have two rooms available at very reasonable rates with Wi-Fi throughout and an on-site cafe. There is a large public car-park 5mins walk away and the whole building is disabled friendly. St Clears is central point on the east-west axis of the county and a wonderful venue. Dylan Thomas Boathouse, Laugharne Summer Hours Again 10.00 am to 5.00pm last admission From Friday May 1st The Dylan Thomas Boathouse will be returning to summer opening hours. Open from Monday to Sunday 10.00am to last admission at 5.00pm, closing at 5.30pm. The Boathouse will also introduce a new summer menu with plenty of delicious new dishes, with ingredients purchased locally and produced on site in Dylan’s very own kitchen. Our Carmarthenshire Culture May 2015 home-made cakes and scones will still make this one of the top 10 places in the UK and Ireland for afternoon tea, so be sure to treat yourself this year! Issue 15 As a tribute to both artists, Prof Tony Curtis, Emeritus Professor of Poetry at the University of Glamorgan and Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature, has very kindly loaned the Boathouse a selection of pieces from his personal collection of Ceri Richards work, which are on exhibition until 7th July. Prof Curtis will be opening the exhibition at 5.30pm, when he will be speaking about both artists. As he says in his introduction to the exhibition, ”Sixty two years after their first and only meeting, this exhibition re-unites the two Swansea makers of dreams. Here they are again in Laugharne, under Sir John’s Hill, chasing the Green Metaphor, asserting that Death shall have no Dominion.” Saturday 21st March WORLD POETRY DAY The Dylan Thomas Boathouse celebrated World Poetry day by inviting musician, writer and recent graduate from Atrium Cardiff School of Creative and Cultural Industries, Cheryl Beer to perform throughout the day. Cheryl encouraged people to create their own lines of poetry, inspiring them to appreciate the setting Dylan Thomas adored, as well as re-creating his love of words. A fitting tribute on World Poetry Day. Thursday 14th MAY: DYLANS DAY. Events start at 9.30am On the inaugural “Dylan’s Day”, Thursday May 14th, chosen as it was the date “Under Milkwood “ was first performed in New York, we have a busy day lined up at the Boathouse. At 9.30am there is the launch of “Dictionary for Dylan”, the legacy from DT100, when the “pop-up” Writing Shed visited schools and venues all over Wales, England and even Ireland. People were invited to contribute “special” words to create the Dictionary and this is it!! Emily Hinshelwood, the resident poet, will be presenting a copy of the Dictionary and certificates to all the schools who participated in the project. While this is taking place, we are pleased to welcome Cheryl Beer once again, for a day of writing, music and inspiration. With her encouragement, everyone can find and express their creative nature. Also during the day, local actor Mark Montinaro, will be performing pieces from his repertoire of Dylan’s writing, including “Holiday Memory” and “The Outing”. Performances are scheduled for 11am, 1pm and 3pm, but there might also be some extemporary moments of spontaneous Dylan, making for an exciting day! Ceri Richards exhibition The late Welsh artist, Ceri Richards, was inspired by the work of Dylan Thomas, and actually met and discussed a collaboration with him shortly before his death. “Under Milkwood” By Laugharne Players Finally, the day will end with a performance of “Under Milkwood” by the Laugharne Players. In this latest production, Maggie James, director, says “This performance pays tribute to Dylan’s love of language and to the style of the original production. When the medium of radio was more common than that of television, this “play for voices” concentrated on creating pictures with words. Our hope is to do the same again, though with the Boathouse and the estuary as our backdrop, the audience will enjoy a visual feast as well.” Tickets are available from the Boathouse at £7.50 each. Numbers are limited, so early booking is advised. COMING SOON... June introduces our poet in residence John Bilsborough, quirky and original, whose readings will delight and entertain. John will be creatively working with members of the public at weekends, as well as doing some evening performances during this month. For more details, check the web-site www.dylanthomasboathouse.com or phone on 01994 427420. Carmarthenshire Culture May 2015 Issue 15 Oriel Myrddin Cariad – Wedding Collection 1 April – 30 September 2015 Oriel Myrddin Gallery are delighted to present the Cariad Collection featuring exceptional makers from across the UK. This exquisite range of diamond rings and wedding bands for women and men includes elegant and contemporary designs especially selected for those who are looking for something unusual and distinctive that can be treasured for a lifetime. goes on at the art college. The event is drop in/ free of charge and anyone can come and join in. Drawing Woollenlines: a short Film by Pip Woolf Friday 15 May 6pm in the studio Woollenline is a drawing: joining people, material and possibility. Drawing Woollenlines documents moments in some of the many lives that have contributed to its making. See the drawings and short film screening and meet the artist. Free entry The designers featured include: Catherine Mannheim Emily Nixon Olivia Schlevogt Ruth Tomlinson Come and browse in the gallery where you can also book a consultation appointment to discuss the full collections available from each maker through our ordering service. Oriel Myrddin exhibition: Drawing 2015 2 May -20 June 2015 In recent years artists have re-visited drawing, and have redefined and pushed the boundaries in fresh and dynamic directions. Drawing is no longer limited to study, sketch or pencil on paper. For this selected exhibition I’ve chosen to show the work of artists who use drawing as a primary method. For many of them, drawing is the end result, and not merely a staging post. The selected artists in this exhibition are: Anna Barratt, David Begley, Kelly Best, Helen Booth, Julia Griffiths Jones, AnneMie Melis, Robert McPartland and Stephanie Tucknell. Carmarthen Sketchbook Walk Sunday 31 May 11am-1pm Walk talk and sketch around Carmarthen Town with artist Julia Griffith Jones. Meet by 11am at Oriel Myrddin Gallery (Free of charge/ no need to book) Sketchbooks & pencil provided (or bring your own supplies).Open to all, from complete beginners to experienced sketchers. Children under 12 must be accompanied by an adult. Book Club Wednesday 10th June, 6-7.30pm Girl Reading By Katie Ward The book is chosen to draw out themes from the exhibition showing in the gallery and we hold the club in the gallery space after the gallery has closed for the evening. It’s a great opportunity to meet and spend time with local like-minded folk, and make new friends. Free entry-warm welcome- tea and cake provided. Carmarthenshire Theatres What’s on? Open Sketchbook Saturday 2 May 11-4 pm To launch the Drawing 2015 exhibition a group of Fine Art students at Carmarthen School of Art will be hosting a lively hands-on event in the gallery studio on Saturday 2nd of May. The intention of the day is to open the sketchbook, showing their own artworks as well as guiding visitors through the process of making a sketchbook and teaching a range of drawing skills. This is both a showcase for the students as artists and a chance for people to find out more about what ‘There’s something for everyone’ at Theatrau Sir Gâr! Theatrau Sir Gâr’s (TSG) Spring Season continues with the launch of the Carmarthen Film Club at the Lyric with a special showing of the 1959 classic ‘Some Like It Hot’ starring Tony Curtis, Jack Lemmon and Marilyn Monroe. Also NEW is the Spoken Word on the 2nd Saturday of every month in the cosy atmosphere at Ffwrnes. Rock, clap and sing along to a spectacular two-hour musical show on Friday 8th May in the Ffwrnes to The Cavern Beatles; one of the best tribute bands honouring the 1960s’ Beatles. Carmarthenshire Culture May 2015 Enjoy an inspiring, funny and uplifting drama in Gladiator, a story about honour and dignity and the first racing bike called ‘The Gladiator’ in 1895 at the Lyric on Friday 15th May. Bluestocking Lounge presents Clwb Kaboom; an eclectic lineup of burlesque, comedy, cabaret and magic at Stiwdio Stepni on Friday 15th May. Issue 15 famous comedy that made television history as told by Tom Owen, the son of the great Bill Owen who played ‘Compo’ for 27 years. A memorable evening of anecdotes, songs and film clips at the Miners’ on Friday 5th June. Enjoy the hilarious comedy, Striking the Wrong Note by Colin Isaac which is based on two married couples with years of friendship finding problems and trying to survive them; it’s at the Ffwrnes Theatre on Thursday 4th and Friday 5th June. Elio Pace performs The Billy Joel Song Book in an electrifying concert at the Lyric on Friday 12th June featuring the massive hits celebrating the phenomenal music of Billy Joel. May half-term brings two fantastic family productions at the Ffwrnes Theatre with The Birmingham Stage Company presenting Horrible Histories: Groovy Greeks & Incredible Invaders on stage from Wednesday 20th to Sunday 24 th May – pick your side and choose your times, ask the box office for further details; and Premier Stage Productions presents Milkshake! Live ‘Party Party’ on Saturday 30th May with a FREE milkshake for children attending. Wartime code breaker Alan Turing’s pioneering work is explored and explained in this unique production To Kill a Machine showing at the Miners’ on Thursday 21st May. Last of the Summer Wine – Treading the Boards is the story of the June’s headlining act at the Comedy Club is the hilarious Brendan Riley, the cheerful Liverpudlian at Stiwdio Stepni on Friday 5th June. Ballet Cymru presents Cinderella, a brand new music score featuring circus elements and classical dance to conjure a surprising world of wonder and magic at the Ffwrnes on Saturday 27th June. Pirate Jenny Cabaret brings you the best in variety entertainment from magic, swing, soul and Motown acts at the Ffwrnes on Friday 26th June. At the Ffilm@Ffwrnes during May and June is No Manifesto: A film about the Manic Street Preachers, Dark Horse, High Society and the ever popular Back to the Future Marathon coming in August. On Sale Now the Basil Brush Show at the Ffwrnes on Saturday 15th August, a show for all the family. The longest running musical outside of the West End is Cappuccino Girls; it returns with an all-star cast from Saturday 25th July to Thursday 30th July – DON’T MISS OUT!
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