Tag Archives: #Welshart


15 Mar

BogArt, art in the toilets, is an innovative feature of the quirky artspace that is Swansea’s Cinema & Co. I took advantage of these spaces to display work by some of Swansea’s female creatives for the exhibition I organised for International Women’s Day on March 8th (continues until 20th). I like displaying art in toilets, lots of people get to see it. And if Marcel Duchamp could display an urinal as a work of art, I’m happy to put art in the bogs. It has been such a pleasure to exhibit work by so many talented and committed women artists and I am privileged to be surrounded by so much creativity.


‘Herstory’, a collaboration by Scribblah (me) and Unity (Amelia Thomas)


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Four vaginas by Ally Jay Phillips, named after areas of Swansea: Wind Street, Castle Gardens, The Bay and The Kingsway.


On the left, drawings by Doodlemum (Angie Stevens) and on the right, drawing en plein air from Scribblah (me)

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Art in the toilet – BOGART!

The Cat Sat On The Cupboard

14 Mar


Still tired and not done any new art this week, so here’s one from the archives (that’s a posh way of saying the big cupboard upstairs that my sketchbooks are in). Here’s Sparta Puss hanging out on top of a cupboard, likes cats do. Sparta is a naughty Tortie. A very naughty Tortie.

Coming Full Circle

10 Mar
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The triptych from the inside

A few weeks ago I was privileged to join one of Fern Smith‘s women’s circles, part of her ‘Seven Sundays In Spring’, walking through the beautiful deer park in Dynefwr, Llandeilo, drawing an extraordinary wintry tree in my sketchbooks, here’s one of the sketches below… 

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One of my original sketchbook drawings

I have thousands of sketches and dozens of sketchbooks locked away in cupboards and I only choose a few to develop into another piece of work, and this is one of those times. I was invited to do a pop-up drawing at the Women4Resources event for International Women’s Day at Creative Bubble today. I decided to do a triptych onto detail paper that I taped to the window, so that people outside could see the drawing developing without coming in – it’s a democratic way of doing art because it reaches out to people, not everyone is comfortable coming into an artspace.

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I started out with my home-made walnut ink, blocking in the base of the tree and working into it with sanguine conté crayon to develop a texture. Then I brushed in the upright trunks.


Then I switched to white gouache and brushed in another layer of uprights, trunks and branches. And finally, I used a black conté crayon to work tiny marks into the area of the sky behind the branches.

The work looks different from the outside, with the white branches much more prominent and the black sky almost invisible. I guess that if I ever exhibit it I’ll have to consider framing them with glass both sides.

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The triptych from the outside

And so full circle, from the drawing en plein air to the triptych in the window, from Fern’s creative women’s circle to International Women’s Day, it feels complete.


Performers And Pop Up

7 Mar


It’s International Women’s Day and Cinema & Co is hosting an exhibition and event to celebrate. Over 30 Swansea-based women artists will be exhibiting and we also have performances and films throughout the evening –
• Short film ‘Shattering’ featuring Leila Bebb
• Music with Niki Stitch and Patti
• “Sixty years and three minutes (of not being an artist)” – a short film from Aida Garton
• Dance, music and rap from Unity and Rufus Mufasa, Rachel Pedley and Tommy Boost from Avant Cymru
• Short film ‘Wolf Eye
• Short film ‘My Muses’ from Rosie Scribblah
• Laura Niehorster reprises her TED talk featuring ‘Proud Pads
• Short film ‘Dance’ by Leanne Vaughan-Phillips
• “Ripping” with Claudia Mollzahn – ripping and recycling, an active conversation relating to art and creativity throughout the evening. 

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Musician Niki Stitch


• Goggi’s Cuisine – a popup kitchen with Pakistani food for sale throughout the evening

AND THERE WILL BE CAKE!!! So bring your friends and have some lovely food in a great venue with fab art and groovy performances. 



So Much Talent

6 Mar

By Alyson Williams

I have been putting together an exhibition for International Women’s Day at Cinema & Co and I’m honoured to be working with so many talented, creative and enterprising women. I’ve focused on creativity in a broader sense, including entrepreneurs Anna Redfern, who runs the unique cinema,  Goggi Shazi who is providing a pop up kitchen and Laura Niehorster who has designed and is marketing Proud Pads. And applied arts are represented by Claudia Mollzahn, Tina Wisby and Alyson Williams. Although I think that there’s often an artificial distinction between Fine and Applied arts. Tomorrow, I’ll talk about the talented performers who are coming along to the opening of the exhibition on Thursday (March 8th) from 18.00.





Above: Laura Niehorster, Tina Wisby, Claudia Mollzahn.

My Part In Her Story

5 Mar

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I’ve been teasing you with snippets of a collaboration I’ve been working on with graffiti artist, Unity. We talked around some ideas and came up with the subject of Herstory to develop something for the International Women’s Day exhibition at Swansea’s Cinema & Co. We made a list of women who inspire our creativity and I researched them to come up with some visuals. Unity started the ball rolling by drawing the lettering and spraying the first layer of paint onto a large canvas and then it came over to me – Unity lives in the next city.

I had gone through a few different approaches to the images of these women – collaging, painting, screenprinting, but I finally decided to scribble them, well I would, wouldn’t I? I used mostly sanguine conté crayon with a little white here and there for highlights. I wanted them to emerge softly from the background rather than dominate the picture, because that’s how inspiration works for me. And now it’s gone back to Unity to finish. I’m really excited, I don’t know what to expect!


International Women’s Day at Cinema & Co, Swansea, March 8th, 18.00 – 20.30 – or later if we’re still rocking the bar! With 30 artists plus film, performance, music and a Pakistani pop-up kitchen. And Cake!

A Bigger Little Bit

4 Mar

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I’m teasing you here, showing you a bigger little bit of my collaboration with graffiti artist Unity. It will be revealed on Thursday at the opening of “International Women’s Day: Swansea Creatives” at Swansea’s Cinema & Co.


A Snippet Of Inspiration

3 Mar


Another snippet of my collaboration with the artist Unity….about the women who have inspired our art …. something that will be revealed on International Women’s Day ……. see below …..


Stretching My Creativity

2 Mar



It’s International Women’s Day in just under a week and I’m collaborating with the artist Unity on a new piece for the exhibition at Swansea’s Cinema & Co. The concept is based on those women who have influenced us creatively. The finished piece will be 1.5 x 1 metres and on canvas, which I’m not used to working on. I’ve been using conté crayons over the spray painted base laid down by Unity originally. We’re both pretty excited by our collaboration, it’s not something I normally do but it’s stretching my creativity and I think I’ll be up for more in future.




1 Mar


A sketch of a friend relaxing in a chair, using sanguine and white conté crayons and a Faber Castell Pitt drawing pen, size M into my A4 hardbacked sketchbook that I had previously prepared with pieces of brown wrapping paper stuck in with Pritt gluestick. Relaxed pose, relaxed drawing.

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