inaugural exhibition Simon McAuley: Light Space

Innovative and ambitious. A new era.

CELF hosted a well attended event on 22 May to celebrate a move to our new premises, the former Drama Centre in Llandrindod Wells. Phillip Bowen, the High Sheriff of Powys got things off to a great start by introducing a pop-up performance by the Powys dance group Me, Myself and Us.

ʻ‘It was fabulous to see our regular collaborators occupying their new home and wonderful to be asked to help them launch in style. The multiple, flexible spaces within the building will be well used by the creative practitioners and participants of CELF projects. I am looking forward to seeing what plans they hatch next from their new HQ’. Amanda Griffkin Powys Dance Manager

Amanda Griffkin Powys Dance Manager

The studio was used to show a film by Sean Burn – sabled 2’40”, 2013, an experimental cut-up playing on the word disabled as visual poetry and spoken word and a part of how the artist spent time as artist and mentor in residence with CELF in December last year. Originally premiered at Datarama, Newcastle upon Tyne in January 2014, it is also available for download here. The newly created gallery space showcased paintings and photography in an inaugural exhibition Simon McAuley: Light Space. The acrylic paintings made especially for this show develop McAuley’s interest in painting from a reduced approach, a practice where colour and application of paint became the primary focus for the work. The wires or lines, were masked off, painted and then revealed. This allowed for a repeatable device or method for the paint to become embedded within and the painting to emerge from the composition. The paintings form a record of their own creation. Seen in parallel with McAuley’s photographs in which the constraining edges of the frame provide a focus for the processes of looking, both paintings and photographs form a relationship despite employing what might at first seem divergent approaches. Simon McAuley was artist-in- residence at CELF in July 2013, in an Arts Council of Wales’ funded partnership project with Glasgow-based Project Ability. McAuley is a member of their ReConnect project, an art studio for people with mental health conditions that provides people with space, time, materials and expert tuition to develop their artistic practice.

‘Celf is delighted to take on such a resource which will enable us to take our artistic reach further, feeding our ambition to work with more artists and participants across all art forms’. Shân Edwards Director of CELF

CELF recently upscaled their organisation to a new location and the launch was able to showcase every element of our new space to maximum potential as part of Powys Arts Month.

‘Powys County Council’s Arts Service is supportive of CELF in their new venture at the Council’s former Drama Centre – a facility which presents the organisation with a development opportunity for them as a progressive arts organisation providing creative opportunities in Powys. This is an exciting time for CELF, for their artist collaborators and participants’. Lucy Bevan Senior Arts Development Officer for Powys County Council, Senior Arts Development Officer for Powys County Council

The Big Lunch

We were invited to take part in the community event; The Big Lunch by Cymrhyd Rhan. It was a gloriously sunny day and Celf o Gwmpas went ‘on display’. It was a great opportunity to showcase work done by participants, meet local people and update them with the latest Celf news. We would like to thank Cymrhyd Rhan for including us in their activity.

We were invited to take part in the community event; The Big Lunch by Cymrhyd Rhan. It was a gloriously sunny day and Celf o Gwmpas went ‘on display’. It was a great opportunity to showcase work done by participants, meet local people and update them with the latest Celf news. We would like to thank Cymrhyd Rhan for including us in their activity.

Who likes meetings?

Do your work meetings take place in dreary bland rooms which are awkward to book and provide little inspiration but just go on and on and on and on… or you can speak to someone lovely at Celf to hire a variety of meeting spaces; from a performance studio to an education room to an artist workshop. We can also provide refreshments and do our utmost to make your meetings something to look forward to. Call us on 01597 822777 to find out how we can inspire your next meeting space.

Meet Luzi our Intern

We have been delighted to welcome the lovely Luzi from Germany into the Celf fold, as she works with us on a six week internship. From Zeppelin University Friedrichshafen, Southern Germany, Luze is studying a Masters Degree
in
Communication and Cultural Management. Former working experiences include curatorial assistance, arts mediation and workshop supports. Eventually, Luzi would appreciate working with and supporting a group of inspiring people and share their thoughts on cultural matters. For further details on Luzi’s work see her homepage: http://bestaende.wordpress.com/.

“I learned a lot in the main areas of the cultural working sphere and was able to assist in shaping productive rooms of culture, bringing together artists and their work with people. I was not only involved in content development, curating exhibitions, designing and realizing mediating programs, but also learned about public relation, structural and financial planning. What I always enjoyed the most was the chance to attend a whole process from the first ideas and their implementation into a final visualisation.” Luzi Gross Celf Intern

Coming Soon…

Later in June we will be welcoming Zoe Partington’s award winning interactive work: Sound Canvas. The exhibition will be on display until September.

” Zoe’s work is about how we view our world and questions, ‘What is a canvas?’ And ‘Who decides it has to visual? The art work can be triggered by everyone as it is affected by body movement so you don’t need to press a button or do any complicated interaction. The idea is to draw people to play sounds that are familiar like laughter into making their own individual experience by using movement.” www.dasharts.org

Notice: We are currently looking for inspired individuals to join our board of trustees. If you would like to make a valuable contribution to the arts sector in Mid Wales, take the opportunity to share your expertise and encourage our ambition, email events@celf.org and we will be with you lickety split.

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