Anglesey Arts Weeks Open 2014

by Jo Quinney
(Menai Bridge)

Anwen Roberts in her studio

Anwen Roberts in her studio

Anglesey artists throw open their doors, 12 to 27 April 2014, for the eleventh year this Easter.

It is a special time on Anglesey when artists and craftspeople welcome visitors to their studios and galleries.

Don’t feel shy about visiting; all the artists offer a warm welcome and an opportunity to gain a unique glimpse of the artistic process.

Venues include studios, chapels, barns, sheds, galleries and artists’ homes. You can meet and talk with the artist, often over a cup of tea. A wide-ranging variety of art is available, from work in progress to exhibitions of contemporary art.

“When we started in 2004 we had 16 artists and a listing on an A4 sheet. Last year we had 63 artists and 4 galleries participating, with nearly 13,000 visits, and the feedback we received was extremely positive.

It revealed a very wide geographical spread of out-of-area visitors,” says Mike Gould, the Ucheldre Centre General Manager and Chair of the voluntary Anglesey Arts Forum Committee.

The event is spread over the two full weeks of Easter: Saturday 12 April to Sunday 27 April 2014. Studios are open on varying days and at different times so for further details, daily schedules, member profiles, images and information about the studios - see link below.

Funding from project supporters such as Arts Council of Wales and Anglesey County Council has allowed the development of the website and the production of the Guide, and has supported the promotion of the event.

The project has received funding through the Rural Development Plan for Wales 2007–2013, which is funded by the Welsh Government and the European Agricultural Fund for Rural Development.

This year there will be two exhibitions of the participating artists’ work at the Ucheldre Centre in Holyhead and the David Hughes Centre in Beaumaris.

“The exhibitions are a great place to start your artistic adventure. We hope you will see some work you like and this will encourage you to visit the artist and find out more. You can pick up a guide and begin to explore Anglesey and learn more about our wonderful artists and craftspeople,” says Mike.

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