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Kate And Sidney Up The Rhondda

21 Nov

Page_1At last today, the official opening of the new Workers Gallery in Ynyshir up the Rhondda Valley. The local council is closing loads of facilities due to austerity cutbacks and they shut down the little library in the town, but artists Gayle Rogers and Chris Williams took out the lease on it and with a little help from their friends have opened this fab new artspace in a very deprived area. They kindly invited me to become a gallery artist. This means that I get a square metre of wallspace for the year and I can display what I want. I’ve put together a notice board of the process of doing an etching along with some of my prints. I wrote about it a few days ago. It includes the info sheet above on how to ink up and print from an etching plate.

Workers Gallery Flyers front web

The gallery is operating a Worker’s Mate membership scheme where supporters who join as a member get an introductory free gift set and a snazzy discount card, as well as members-only discounts throughout the year, invitations to special events and talks, and freebies. Membership helps keep the gallery & art library free for all and supports the arts. Memberships starts from £20 per year and individual, family & friends and group memberships are available. Here’s the gallery’s Facebook page where you can find out more about The Workers.

By the way, Ynyshir means Long Island in Welsh. And I had the best pie and chips ever up The Rhondda earlier this evening. Kate and Sidney pie as my Nana used to call it (steak and kidney). From an Italian chip shop in Ferndale. Yum!

Up The Workers

25 Oct

Workers 1

I spent a happy day in the Rhondda village of Ynyshir, helping to paint the walls of the village’s new artspace, The Workers’ Gallery. Artists Gayle Rogers and Chris Williams are renovating the village’s old library and will be opening Wales’ newest art gallery next month.


I nipped outside and stood in the drizzle, having a scribble, looking down the grey stone and slate street at the fiery bracken on the mountain opposite. And I had a bit of a scribble inside too.


I drew into my A5 leatherbound Steampunk sketchbook with a variety of graphite blocks and Faber Castell Pitt drawing pens. The village name, Ynyshir, is Welsh and translates as Long Island. Ynys is an ancient word, similar to the Irish and Scottish words for island, Ennis and Inish.

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