An exhibition of portraits and entries from our portrait competition
Our first Portrait competition entrants and winners will be on shown alongside an exhibition of portraits by our gallery artists’ during the month of January. The Competition was aimed at encouraging artists to focus upon and develop portraiture in their work.
The selected works on show display a diversity of style and media, The competition is open to everyone aged 18 and over, with a first prize of a Master class with renowned portrait artist Bert Evans.
Don’t forget to vote in the People’s Choice Prize, vote during your visit to the exhibition. Please ask our staff for details.
The Listening Sea
Saturday 1st – Saturday 29th
PV Friday 31st January, 6 - 8pm
An exhibition of paintings by Kate Bell
Kate Bell's creative practice has taken her on a journey exploring the nature of place as a fluid human experience, which is felt, perceived, evoked and remembered. It stems from a fascination for the spiritual connection between the sea and land, both natural and mythological.
The coastal landscape is a place of memories, mystery and imagination. Kate is intrigued by what’s left behind, tracing and mapping the intangible, through exploration of the boundaries between land, sea and sky. Anomalies in the land and seascapes harbour portals into other worlds. We see traces on the land in the form of cracks, crevices, fissures’, alignment of stones, sea caves and shorelines.
Focus is placed on these ‘Thin Places’. They appear as movement of the sea on the land and where humans leave their mark, in the form of shipping lanes, buoys, navigational markers and lost vessels.
the use of perception of the sounds of the sea. From the calmest of days to treacherous winter storms there is an ever changing ‘sea music’, a continual dialogue between real geographies and the imagery in my work. There is an ever-immersive relationship between painting, music and poetry. Some paintings have been inspired by Vernon Watkins’ metaphysical poetry in combination with the archaeological history around the ancient Gower Coast.
Her paintings, continually question the boundary between representation and pure abstraction, expanding the notion of how land and seascape are explored.
Open Art Exhibition
Saturday 8th – Saturday 29th
Prize giving party - Sunday 9th February 2 – 4pm
Queen Street Gallery Open Art Competition - an exhibition of finalists and winners work will be on show in the gallery.
Towards the Light
Saturday 7th – Saturday 28th
PV Sunday 8th March, 4-6pm
New Abstract Paintings by Felix Akulw 2018-2020
"Let me, O let me bathe my soul in colours; let me swallow the sunset and drink the rainbow."
An exhibition of new paintings by Felix Akulw, who is equally well known under his real name of Andrew Wluka.
"My paintings have no obvious, ( though sometimes tacit,) references to the empirical world of sensate experience.
Rather they employ the languages and grammar of line, shape, form, colour, tone, mark-making and gesture to create individual and specific outcomes.
My working process is essentially an intuitive and organic improvisation where formal elements create ever changing dialogues between themselves and myself which on a good day can lead to exciting and unanticipated resolutions - we won't mention the bad days!
Someone once remarked that "Colours are promiscuous, they get infected by their neighbours" and the same is true of the relationships between other formal elements. So for as long as these relationships within the act of painting continue to ask questions of me and of themselves then the process continues. Hopefully this will continue to provide further interesting creative and intuitive responses in a variety of media."
Spin Weave Dye
Saturday 4th – Saturday 7th
PV Friday 3rd, 6 – 8pm
An exhibition of hand-woven textile work by The Tawe Guild of Weavers, Spinners and Dyers.
For almost forty years The Tawe Guild of Weavers, Spinners and Dyers has met in Pontardawe, to share and enjoy their love of fibre and colour and to pass on their skills to new members and the wider community.
While the different crafts are based on traditional methods, they are interpreted and created according to each person’s unique ideas and perspectives. New ways of working, new materials and new equipment are embraced and explored; years pass, changes occur, but the passion continues.
The Guild welcomes anyone with a desire to learn about these wonderful and enduring crafts. This exhibition reflects the wide variety of interests and abilities within the group, where each member’s contribution is valued and valuable.
Saturday 2nd – 30th
PV Friday 1st May 6 – 8pm
An exhibition of paintings and collage by Sylvia Paul
Sylvia Paul brings a joyous collection of her work to the gallery in May 2020.
Exuberant impasto oil paintings and intriguing collages in a range of subjects and sizes. The exhibition includes "A Show within a Show" a series of small framed studies reflecting aspects of her larger pieces.
Sylvia has been exhibiting in galleries for 40 years both in the UK and abroad. Her oil paintings are full bold and subtle colour with lashings of textural paint, inspired by nature in gardens, woodland and landscape. Developing her technique over the years she works expressively with a palette knife creating strong images that celebrate her love of colour and texture.
Various papers are used with acrylic paint in her collages sometimes with a more abstract approach. Working in layers, tearing the papers and building ideas as the painting develops. Sylvia enjoys experimenting with her ideas in this medium constantly moving forward with her work.
Sylvia will be running a collage workshop, for Queen Street Gallery on the 2nd and 3rd of May and her book 'My Life in Bits' is available for sale in the gallery.
SIC group exhibition
Saturday 6th June – Saturday 27th
PV Friday 5th June 6 – 8pm
An exhibition of work by SIC group members - Janie Harrison, Penny D Jones, Sian Jones,
Ro Rogers, Ruth Sargeant and Philippa Sibert
SIC came together during a mixed exhibition at Peppers Art Centre, West Wales Using a common language rooted in Abstraction, their art reflects differing perspectives and an exploration of ways of working apart from the more traditional modes of expression. It is an expression that considers how each fits within contemporary art dialogue and is a catalyst for change and opportunity. As a forum for supporting each other as women and providing the encouragement to focus on their professional lives.
Art Fair Wales
June 18th - 21st
International Business Centre, Newport, Gwent
We are pleased to be attending Art Fair Wales for the first time.
Art Fair Wales
Some of the artists we will be representing are: Maria Pierides, Sylvia Paul, Paul Rossi, Robert Harrison, Bert Evans, Eloise Govier, Felix Akulw, Tony Botto, Beatrice Williams, David Williams, Paul Joyner and RomaMountjoy.
Please let us know if you'd like a ticket for 2 to the Private View on the evening of Thursday 18th June email:
July - August
Saturday 4th July - Saturday 1st September
PV Friday 3rd July
A vibrant Summer Exhibition to lift the spirits.
A changing exhibition of mixed work from the gallery artists. Work can be taken away on the day of purchase
24th – 25th July
Plein Air Landscape Artist of the Year Competition
Prize giving and opening Sunday 26th July, 2-4pm
Exhibition of entrants and winners work showing during our summer show.
PS Don’t forget to vote in the People’s Choice Prize, vote during your visit to the exhibition. Ask gallery assistant for details.
Saturday 7th – Saturday 26th
PV Friday 30th 6 - 8pm
An exhibition of original paintings and artworks by Aberystwyth - based artist Paul Joyner.
An exhibition of work by Neath based textile artists, Sarah Thom and Jeanette Jones.
Taking inspiration from the land where we live, we use nature's resources to re-imagine the scenes around us.
Using the ancient technique of felting we combine wool, silk, and threads to create unique wool paintings.
They have been friends for many years and among their shared interests is a love of making beautiful handmade art from natures resources.
Art and Literature Festival
24th – 31st October
Neath’s first Festival of Art and Literature, will be taking place in venues and sites all over the town of Neath. Please check our website for regular updates.
November - December
Saturday 9th – 24th December
Christmas party and Private View - Sunday 13th December 2 – 4pm
A wide-ranging, strong and vibrant exhibition for the Christmas season.
As always, we will be selling a diverse range of paintings by notable contemporary artists, with a good selection of works suitably sized and priced for Christmas presents.
We also have a beautiful collection of glass, ceramics, wood and sculpture as well as some lovely jewellery by Miya Yu, all ideal for Christmas presents or even as a treat for yourself.
Annual Portrait Competition
Saturday 5th & Sunday 6th December
10am - 4pm
Our second Portrait exhibition will take place at our studio in Alfred Street Neath, over two days, 5th and 6th December, spaces are limited, so entrants are encouraged to register by return.
The Competition is aimed at encouraging artists to focus upon and develop portraiture in their work. The competition is open to everyone aged 18 and over, using any form of media.
All entries will be shown in an exhibition at Queen Street Gallery from 6th – 25th January 2021.