Oriel Bevan Jones Gallery is named after one of our founders, the late Dr Huw Bevan-Jones, and exclusively features work by our professional registered artists. The gallery is an important developmental addition to Arts Care Gofal Celf, finally giving us the opportunity to show off what we do best whilst also ensuring that our invaluable charity work is further funded.
Showcasing the work of the professional artists on the Arts Care Gofal Celf register, we are stocked with high quality art, spanning a range of art forms - from sculpture to textiles, jewellery to printwork, leather goods to portraiture. All sales take a 30% commission which goes directly back into the charity to fund and create more workshops.
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We have a full and rolling programme of exhibitions in both our gallery spaces, as well as mini-solo exhibitions in our display window area, fronting King Street. We support and encourage local new talent as well as having a representation of our "core artists" work which is available year-round. Please ask for details of our Gift Tokens.
Winner of the Dr Huw Bevan Jones Art Award announced
The invited judges convened at Oriel Bevan Jones Gallery on Monday February 13th, to attempt the daunting task of judging over 60 entries to choose the winner of the first ever Dr Huw Bevan Jones Art Award. The theme for submission this year was Mental Health.
The judging panel - Arts Broadcaster Nicola Heywood Thomas, Ceramicist Peter Bodenham, Artist Stan Williams and Dr Rhys Bevan Jones, son of the late Dr Huw Bevan Jones himself - spent several hours debating, deliberating and deciding upon who should walk away with the prestigious Huw Bevan Jones plaque, an impressive £1,000 cash prize and a solo exhibition at Oriel Bevan Jones Gallery between February and April of 2018.
Dr Rhys Bevan Jones said “We were delighted with the response to this, the first Dr Huw Bevan Jones Award in memory of my late father and we were all touched by the personal & emotive stories behind the entries, showing such strong responses to the brief. I don’t think anyone could question the standard of entries”.
The unanimous winning entry is “Why Me?” by Lindy Martin, a ceramic artist based in Llansteffan, with her entry consisting of four handmade tea cups, one of which is broken - reflecting the statistic that one in four people in the UK will suffer from a mental health issue sometime during their lives.
“We were all immediately drawn to this piece of work” said Nicola Heywood Thomas, presenter of the BBC Radio Wales Arts Show. “Its simplicity was arresting and it completely responded to the brief in a very accessible but very beautiful way.”
There were also four entries chosen as Highly Commended by artists Ffion Angharad Fox from Llanelli, Elizabeth Brickell from Llangadog, Ainsley Hillard and Eileen Newell, both from Llandeilo.
All the submitted entries will now go on to form an exhibition at Oriel Bevan Jones Gallery which will run from Monday 27th February to Saturday 1st Apr 2017 and will be open to the public. A Grand Opening will take place at 11am on Friday, March 3rd 2017.
The Dr Huw Bevan Jones award is a brand new, national art competition for all professional artists (or artists in training) based in Wales which will go on to become a biannual event. We aim to provide a platform for all professional artists to meet and foster creativity and inspiration. For more information, please contact us.
We are a proud member of the Arts Council Collectorplan scheme.
Collectorplan is an interest-free credit service to help you buy contemporary art and craft in Wales. Under the plan, you only need to pay a 10% deposit upfront and the Collectorplan loan is repaid in monthly instalments by direct debit. The maximum period for repaying a Collectorplan loan is 12 months. The minimum monthly repayment is £10. You can buy multiple works of art from multiple galleries up to the maximum £5,000 credit facility threshold. Loans are available to UK residents aged 18 or over with a bank or building society account capable of operating direct debits. A Collectorplan loan is normally approved in 7-10 days.
We will soon be launching a virtual store for Oriel Bevan Jones Gallery, with an online shop and online payment facilities. We will be happy to accept orders and ship items worldwide.
Oriel Bevan Jones Gallery is open by appointment only on Mondays and between 10am and 5pm from Tuesday - Saturday. We can take payment by cash, credit card or cheque.
As well as work from our professional artists, we also have a range of items for sale, made specifically for Oriel Bevan Jones Gallery by our committed team of 'Gallery Angels'. The items for sale, which include cards & jewellery, are generously made, by hand, in order to raise funds for the gallery. These funds help keep us pay for bags, marketing & sundries which, as a registered charity, can sometimes be difficult to fund.
We thank our very special Gallery Angels for their support. If you would like to become a Gallery Angel, please contact Gallery & Exhibitions Manager, Eiryl George, who will be very happy to discuss options with you.
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We look forward to welcoming you to Oriel Bevan Jones Gallery.