Photography Exhibition

Lovely review of the Pwerdy-Powerhouse and the BA2 Photography exhibition.


BA2 Photography Exhibition

I visited the photography exhibition of the work of the second year BA photography students of Coleg Sir Gar. The exhibition was held at the Powerhouse Community & Arts Centre in Llandysul, which is in a redundant power generation building of unique historical significance that has been rescued and refurbished by the local community.

It was great to see the work of my friends and to witness the growth and maturity of their work. The photographs on display covered a wide spectrum of topics from the surreal to the changing face of a small Welsh village and the manic streets of a US city.

On entering the gallery I observed an art class that occupied a large area of the main gallery and was immediately struck by the creative energy of this amazing space. The leader of the art class was Pod Clare, who describes herself…

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Who Kills Archaeologists?


I rarely blog about ‘the news’ but yesterday’s news deserves comment about the latest atrocity by Isis, who took over the ancient ruins of Palmyra, Syria in May 2015.

Many news outlets, including The Independent and The Guardian have reported the capture, interrogation and torture for over a month and then public execution on Tuesday 18th August of Khaled al-Asaad, the Head of Antiquities at Palmyra’s museum and 82 year-old archaeologist.

His decapitation took place in the square outside of the museum. Subsequently his body is reported to have been suspended from a Roman column amidst the ruins of the ancient city that he had spent his life working to study and restore.

Isis have destroyed shrines, but not the majority of the Roman-period ruins. However, among the many other terrible events and killings in Syria in recent years, Isis have now killed an archaeologist, not incidentally but because he was an archaeologist. Unlike innocent locals…

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Llandysul Gardening Weekend

Llandysul Gardening Weekend

Llandysul Gardening Weekend is almost upon, here are some details.

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Green plants and statues form the stage display. 2014 Stage display at Llandysul Gardening Weekend.

We’ve had some snow and frost and it’s now cold and damp but things are about to change and spring is around the corner especially in the Teifi Valley town of Llandysul, where the annual Gardening Weekend will be held from the 20th to the 22nd of February.  The Gardening Weekend is in its 15th years and is again hosted by Chelsea Gold Medal winning Farmyard Nurseries who will also have a stall selling all sorts of plants from their nursery, including their famous hellebores.

The Llandysul Gardening Weekend is on for three days, from Friday 20th February to Sunday 22nd February, 10am-5pm.

Tysul Hall will be filled with garden related stalls, the stage will be transformed by  Richard Bramley of Farmyard Nurseries into a garden fantasy and every day there will be talks by expert gardening speakers.

Richard Bramley in front of one his garden displays. Richard Bramley…

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Distyllwyr lleol sy’n dwlu ar gelf


Ar Fferm Glynhynod, heb fod ymhell o Landysul, mae gwirodydd hyfryd yn cael eu creu gan gwmni Da Mihle – drws nesaf i weithdy Caws Teifi (SA44 5JY). Gellir dadlau fod y peiriannau distyllu yn weithiau o gelf ynddyn nhw eu hunain, heb son am y poteli hyfryd o hylif euraidd.

llun o wirod oren, Da Mhile

Mae celf yn ddiddordeb arbennig i’r perchnogion, sy’n gefnogol i fenter Taith Celf Ceredigion yn yr haf. Am bythefnos ym mis Awst 2015 bydd stiwdios nifer o arlunwyr a ffotograffwyr ar agor i’r cyhoedd, felly cofiwch y dyddiadau pan fyddwch yn cynllunio ambell ymweliad neu ddiwrnod i’r brenin. Ceir arddangosfeydd yn oriel flasu Da Mihle hefyd – ar hyn o bryd ffotograffau hyfryd Peter Jackman sydd yno.

Mae’r gwirodydd ar werth yn nifer o’r siopau yng Nghastell Newydd Emlyn hefyd.

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A distillery, a gallery – and cheese next door

A distillery, a gallery – and cheese next door

There are some amazing businesses here in the Teifi Valley, and this one is right on our doorstep in Llandysul.

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At Glynhynod farm, near Llandysul (SA44 5JY) fine spirits are being distilled in wonderful stills that are in themselves works of art: Da Mihle Distillery. Maybe one of their award-winning products is just the right present for the person-you’ve-left-until-last, or indeed, for your own tray of special drinks. Just look at this beautiful orange liqueur.

photo of orange liquer, Da Mihle distillery near Llandysul

Buy locally at one of the giftshops in Newcastle Emlyn or call in at the distillery itself. At the moment they have photographs by Peter Jackman exhibited in their gallery space, so there’s another good reason for calling by. And did I mention that Caws Teifi Cheese is next door?

photo of Cardigan Bay, copyright Peter Jackman

Cardigan Bay, by Peter Jackman

In the summer the distillery will be one of the venues for an art event that enables visitors to see the studios of and exhibitions by a whole range of talented artists and photographers – Celf Ceredigion Art…

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