The Swansea Open

29 Nov

mari siglo

The Swansea Open, December 8th to February 2nd 2019, Glynn Vivian art gallery.

I just heard today that I have had 2 artworks accepted into the Swansea Open exhibition and I’m chuffed to bits as Swansea is full of talented artists and the competition is stiff. I submitted two monotypes of the Mari Lwyd, based on drawings I did in my sketchbook at the end of last year. The Mari Lwyd is an ancient Welsh tradition, where groups of revellers wander the streets and pubs accompanied by a life size puppet constructed around a decorated horse’s skull. It may hark back to the worship of the Celtic horse goddess, Epona and has links with Wassailing, May Day hobby horses and Yule celebrations..

Mari thumbnail

The two pieces are intaglio prints – an etching and a mezzotint – that I made during a weekend course with accomplished printmaker Andrew Baldwin at Trefeglwys Print Studios a couple of months ago. It’s a beautiful studio in an ancient building in Powys and I learnt so much from Andrew. He has developed an innovative low toxicity etching ground – B.I.G. – that can be used in both traditional and inventive ways. You can find out more about it here.

7 Responses to “The Swansea Open”

  1. paperstew November 30, 2018 at 20:49 #

    I’m chuffed to bits for you across the pond. 😀
    Excellent choice by the judges. Wish I could attend the opening.
    Congrats again!

  2. Alli Farkas November 30, 2018 at 19:40 #

    Glad to see your work appreciated!

  3. SiverBlack November 30, 2018 at 12:48 #

    That is wonderful news. Congratulations!

  4. Anne Downes November 30, 2018 at 10:24 #

    Congratulations, Rosie, so pleased that your work was selected.

  5. Emma Cownie November 30, 2018 at 09:20 #

    Well Done!

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