Curious Travellers

Curious Travellers exhibition; 14 artists showing their creative responses to writings of C18th Thomas Pennant; will be opening on July 1st at 2pm. Old College, Aberystwyth.

‘Curious Travellers’

‘Curious Travellers’.

14 artists showing their creative responses to writings of C18th Thomas Pennant. Oriel Brondanw. Llanfrothen, North Wales. LL48 6SW

21st May - 25th June 2017

Canwood Gallery and Sculpture Park. Checkley, Hereford. HR1 4NF.

‘Layered Memories of Conflict’ and five ‘Fragmented Figures’ are installed at Canwood Gallery and Sculpture Park, Checkley, Hereford. HR1 4NF. Opening Times are: 11 - 5pm weekends in June 11- 5pm Every Day in July and August.

video of Layered Memories of Conflict when it was showing at MoMA, Machynlleth.

56 Group Wales ‘Breaking the Tradition’ at Merthyr Tydfil, Wales

56 Group Wales will be showing their work from September 19th - 15th October 2016. 3D work will be shown at The Cyfarthfa Castle and 2D work at The Red House, Merthyr Tydfil. Opening September 19th 2016 at 12 noon.

Curious Travellers: Thomas Pennant and the Welsh and Scottish Tour (1760 - 1820)

The University of Wales Centre for Advanced Welsh and Celtic Studies and the University of Glasgow are undertaking a research project exploring Romantic-period accounts of journeys into Wales and Scotland. Artists are involved in responding to Thomas Pennants journals of his travels. I will be exploring his walks and experiments in the Parys Mountain copper mine in Anglesey in North Wales. there will be an exhibition of all works in Oriel Sycharth, Wrexham, Wales from 10th October - 16th December 2016.

MoMA Machynlleth. ‘Layered Memories of Conflict’. September 10th to October 29th 2016

A sculpture installation which is made for the Tannery gallery space in MoMA Machynlleth, Wales will be showing from September 10th - October 29th 2016. The work will be a reflection on the repetition and memories of conflict and war.

The work incorporates clay, paper and iron. Each holds a different representation of memory of strength, fragility, vulnerability, brittleness. There is ambiguity in the materials used and assumptions cannot be made about where there is strength or weakness. Iron can be a much weaker material than paper and yet we think an iron backbone is strong and often associated with decisions about going to war and a paper spine is weak; the opposite is the case. The installation; made specifically for the Tannery at MoMA;  explores some of these ambiguities.

Creativity and Curiosity: Conversations between Artists and Astronomers

Three artists : Gillian McFarland, Ione Parkin and Alison Lochhead have started an exciting project working with astronomers from Leicester University, UK as well as the Institute of Astronomy in Cambridge University. There have been numerous meetings and exciting presentations and exchanges of ideas between the astronomers and artists. A visit to the Natural History Museum, London to handle meteorites and rocks from the moon and various planets - extraordinary. We gave a presentation at the annual conference of the Royal Astronomical Society conference and this gave us a wonderful opportunity to talk to a very wide range of scientists and people working with astronomy in a variety of ways. it is hoped the first exhibition will be in March 2017 in Cambridge.   The subject is so vast that the difficulty is narrowing it down enough to respond to the mind blowing enormity of the subject. The joy is working with the scientists and the similarities of exploration and ‘never knowing what any outcome may be’. This will be a long running project.

Purbeck Mineral and Mining Museum exhibition. Finished.

Miners and Drovers Routes across Cambrian Mountains 2

Miners and Drovers Routes across Cambrian Mountains 2

Three Mine Memories in place

Three Mine Memories in place

Alison is showing her work at Purbeck Mineral and Mining Museum, Norden Park and Ride, Wareham, Dorset, UK BH20 5DW. There are 10 Mining Memory sculptures on show in the grounds of the museum and can be seen there until the end of the summer. or to read about the exhibition

Sculpture being taken to its site

Sculpture being taken to its site

Two more Mine Memory sculptures in place

Two more Mine Memory sculptures in place

Ceredigion Art Trail is OPEN

Ceredigion Art Trail is underway - August 16th - August 31st 2014. Alison has her workshop and gallery open for all to come and see. Come and talk to Alison about her work, walk around the garden, have a good look around.

OPEN 10am - 6pm Friday - Sundays (and Bank Holiday Monday) PHONE ANY OTHER TIME as if I am here you are VERY WELCOME

01974 821358

Cambrian Mountain Lead Mine Memory Sculpture Return

Work has been ongoing for a while on responding to the stories, histories, imaginations about the lead mines in the Cambrian Mountains. How they have affected to landscape, what those scars tell, what lies beneath the ground unseen, what stories are not told, how do different interpreters look at the landscape and its history?

I have been working on three different mine area, Cwmystwyth, Plynlimon and Teifi pools/drover road to Rhayader. I returned a sculpture; made of mine spoil and the materials of the land surrounding the mine to Cwmystwyth a few months ago - while snow fell. Yesterday (June 17th 2014) I returned two sculptures made from mine spoil and the mountains raw materials to the Plynlimon Lead Mine. What is sculpture? What is spoil? What is rock and earth and landscape?