Surrealist Exhibition in Wales

If you are in the area of Wales, UK in April or May, do check out this very special exhibition. NYTH GRUG / HEATHER NEST JOHN WELSON EXHIBITION AMGUEDDFA AC ORIEL RHAEADR / RHYADER MUSEUM & GALLERY CARAD, East Street, Rhyader, 01597 – 810561 24 April – 30 May 2015 Tuesday – Saturday 10.00 – 4.00 rhyader ORGANISED BY JOHN RICHARDSON & JOHN WELSON Including Contributions From Jean-Claude Charbonel Neil Coombs Guy Ducornet Kryzstof Fijalkowski Beth Garon Paul Garon Guy Girard David Greenslade Kathy Fox Mary Jacob Patrick Lepetit Rik Lina Michael Löwy Desmond Morris Michel Remy John Richardson Marie-Genevieve Rolande Pierre Ody Saban Francis Samuel Gregg Simpson Peter Spriggs David Walker

In Search of the Marvelous, Part 2

In Search of the Marvelous, Part 2

An Evening of Surrealist Parlour Games

Friday 19th September 2014, 7:30-10:00pm at the Gas Gallery, Aberystwyth

You are invited to an evening of participatory entertainment and Surrealist parlour games.

synaesthetic drawing

a Synaesthetic drawing

  • Synaesthesia – blur the boundary between music and image!
  • Sound jam – make sounds!
  • Collage – remix words and images to make something new and strange!

Please bring a few pages (such as from a magazine) that you would be happy to cut up. If you make music and would like to join in a jam, please bring your instrument.

Games will be facilitated by Surrealist practitioner and poet, Rrose Sélavy. Each event in this monthly series has a different combination of activities, always giving you a chance to play with words, play with images, and play with sound. The programme includes collective and joyous improvisation based on games that the Surrealists played and classic theatre warm-up activities. We will use movement and sound, stories and pictures, bringing all the senses into play. No experience is needed, just bring your sense of fun.

Featuring Miss Morgan’s Rose Sherbet and other flavours, for an additional donation.

Suggested donation: £3

Poster for the event

Second Surrealist Evening in Search Of The Marvelous

We’re doing it again! To see what happened the first time, view the CelfCeredigionArt blog post.

An artifact from the last session, this was collaborative drawing to music.

Friday 19th September 2014, 7:30-10:00pm at the Gas Gallery

Suggested donation: £3

You are invited to an evening of participatory entertainment and Surrealist parlour games.

  • Synaesthesia – blur the boundary between music and image!
  • Sound jam – make sounds of all types!
  • Collage – remix words and images to make something new and strange!

Please bring a few pages (such as from a magazine) that you would be happy to cut up. If you make music and would like to join in a jam, please bring your instrument.

Featuring Miss Morgan’s Rose Sherbet and other flavours, for an additional donation.

More details to follow soon.

more Harmony pix

I’ve just added some more images made with Harmony.

It is possible to do something representational. My usual mode of working is Surrealist, basically start drawing without any preconceived idea, following interesting colours and shapes, and see what emerges, When it starts to look like something, I then develop it.

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playing around with Harmony

Harmony is a great way to doodle and create biomorphic image. You can access the application directly or as an app for Chrome.

Here is a web album with some images I made recently.

Harmony pictures

Aberystwyth Storytelling Festival

Well, as the date nears (30 Nov – 2 Dec), we have been very busy. See our shiny new website http://aberstoryfestival.wordpress.com/

I was going to tell you about all the great stories for adults and kids, puppets, fairies, kings, corpses, knights, a most unusual bear, fairy tales, classical tales, stories from Brittany, improvisational performances, art films, rare old fairy tale films, workshops to save the planet, music from the Celtic world, from India, from the imaginations of the strangest and most creative minds in Wales, from the gentle and dark side of the folk scene, fiddle, hurdy gurdy, sitar, djembe, live French and Breton music that will dance you into another world (yes, there is dancing), but it all seemed too much, really.

You’ll just have to look at the website for details and plan your weekend yourself.

All I can say is, you might get an opportunity to meet Rrose Sélavy in person and do something surreal.

And fairy cakes. Rumour has it there will be fairy cakes.

Let the fest begin!