Events

Accompanying the flora exhibition is an exciting events and activity programme for families, practicing artists, adults and children.

9 May - ‘Framed by Flowers’ part of Gwanwyn Festival
10.30am to 1pm

Free but places are limited, booking essential

Gwanwyn is a month long festival held across Wales to celebrate creativity in older age. In this participatory workshop we will explore the myth of Blodeuwedd. Join storyteller and author Amy Douglas for a morning of flower inspired rhymes, poetry and prose. Supported by funding from Age Concern.

28 May - Felting Workshop for Adults
10.30am – 1:30pm

£18

Taking inspiration from the flora exhibition, experiment with felt to create a small hanging or flower brooches. All materials provided.

26 May - Felt Jewellery Workshop for Children & Families
10.30am – 1:30pm

£5

Create your own colourful flora felt brooches

30 May - Plant Portraits (taster)
10.30am to 1.30pm

£18

Gain a practical insight into depicting the subject of flora in art. Experiment with different painting techniques and a range of materials. Facilitated by artist Tereska Shepherd. No previous experience necessary & all materials provided. Opportunity to book on the full course Plant Portraits 30 & 31 Oct, 20 & 21 Nov at an early-bird discount.

13 June - Creative Writing Workshop
10.30am to 1pm

£10

Launch of the Oriel Davies 2015 writing competition on the theme of flora. Come and experiment with words, see which ideas germinate… Open to writers of all levels and experience.

20 June - Magna Carta Manifesto
5-8pm

FREE but booking essential.

Magna Carta Manifesto

Friends I am creating a way of life in which your ingredients will be returned to you…

Writers, academics, activist historians and documenters of the commons Iain Boal and Peter Linebaugh will be in conversation with artist Owen Griffiths at Becoming Garden, Dolerw Park. Booking essential, food and refreshments provided.

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1215 – 2015

This will be an in-conversation event where the themes of the artwork will set the context. Iain and Peter are extending the anti-austerity Celtic tour to join us for a special one off event at Becoming Garden, where they have been speaking about Magan Carta, the Commons, and the future of the UK post Scottish refenrdum. 2015 is the 800th year anniversary of the Magna Carta.

Peter Linebaugh, an historian currently residing in the region of the American Great Lakes (“the fresh, or third coast”), grew up amid the hopes and rubble of post-war London, was schooled by (among others) a wise woman of Appalachia, U.S. Marines in Bonn, Anglicans in Karachi, Quakers at Swarthmore, and Cold Warriors in New York.

Later he worked with E.P. Thompson at the Centre for the Study of Social History at the University of Warwick to learn the art and craft of “people’s remembrancing” which has taken printed results in Albion’s Fatal Tree, The London Hanged, The Many-Headed Hydra, Magna Carta Manifesto, and Stop, Thief!  

Iain Boal is an Irish social historian of science and technics. He moved to the US in the early 80s and taught at Harvard, Stanford, the University of California, and the San Francisco Art Institute. He is affiliated with the Geography Department, UC Berkeley, and Birkbeck, University of London. He is associated with the Retort group, and is one of the co-authors of Retort’s Afflicted Power: Capital and Spectacle in a New Age of War (Verso). He co-edited with James Brook Resisting the Virtual Life: The Culture and Politics of Information (City Lights) and – with Janferie Stone, Michael Watts and Cal Winslow – West of Eden: Communes and Utopia in Northern California (PM Press), an anthology on the flowering of communalism in the Bay Area and Mendocino during the 60s and 70s. In 2005/6 he held a Guggenheim Fellowship in science and technology; The Green Machine (forthcoming) is a report on his researches into ‘the bicycle in world culture’. He lives in Berkeley and London, where he is co-director of MayDay Rooms, a safe haven for ‘archives from below’ threatened with loss or erasure.

Arrive at 4pm and visit the exhibition before closing time at 5pm. Meet outside Oriel Davies, park entrance at 5pm and bring a blanket if you desire.

For booking and further information please contact desk@orieldavies.org 01686 625041.

25 September - Lucille Junkere , All Blues. Artist Talk at Oriel Myrddin, Carmarthen

6pm

FREE

Artist Lucille Junkere talks about indigo dye, the plant it comes from and her recent residency at the William Morris Gallery in London where she explored its associations with slavery and imperialism and its siginificance today.

This event takes place as part of the flora tour at Oriel Myrddin, Carmarthen.

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19 September – 31 October 2015

Oriel Myrddin Gallery, Carmarthen

www.orielmyrddingallery.co.uk

01267 222 775

26 September - Natural Indigo Dye Workshop at Oriel Myrddin, Carmarthen
11am-3.30pm

£25

Learn how to make a natural indigo dye vat and create a uniquely patterned fabric to take home and in look in depth at the art of adire, resist dyed textile traditionally made by people in Yorubaland, Nigeria.

This event takes place as part of the flora tour at Oriel Myrddin, Carmarthen.

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19 September – 31 October 2015

Oriel Myrddin Gallery, Carmarthen

www.orielmyrddingallery.co.uk

01267 222 775

24 October - Sketchbook Walk with flora artist Anne-Mie Melis at Oriel Myrddin, Carmarthen
11am – 1pm

FREE

Discover some of Carmarthen’s green spaces and explore the flora exhibition. Sketchbooks and materials can be provided, or bring your own.

This event takes place as part of the flora tour at Oriel Myrddin, Carmarthen.

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19 September – 31 October 2015

Oriel Myrddin Gallery, Carmarthen

www.orielmyrddingallery.co.uk

01267 222 775

28 October - The Big Draw: Fantasy Garden Worlds with artist Richard Monahan at Oriel Myrddin, Carmarthen
All day

FREE

Suitable for all ages

Create past and future spaces for growing plants, invent bubble worlds and weave stories. Bring a grown up.

This event takes place as part of the flora tour at Oriel Myrddin, Carmarthen.

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19 September – 31 October 2015

Oriel Myrddin Gallery, Carmarthen

www.orielmyrddingallery.co.uk

01267 222 775

11 October - Fungi Sketchbooks at National Botanic Garden of Wales
10am – 4pm

Garden entry fee only: adults £9.75, OAPs £8, child (5-16) £4.95 and under 5s are free

Booking essential

Artist Louise Burston will take groups of visitors on a tour around fungal hotspots in the Garden. Each participant will be provided with a viewfinder and concertina sketchbook.

This event takes place at part of flora artists residency at National Botanic Garden of Wales.

National Botanic Garden of Wales flora residency

www.gardenofwales.org.uk

October 2015 – February 2016

An artist residency takes place at the acclaimed and unique setting of the National Botanic Garden of Wales. The artist is responding to the work and natural resources of the Garden as well as the flora exhibition project. Please see flora.orieldavies.org/residencies for up to date details.

For further details and booking please contact National Botanic Garden of Wales: 01558 667149 info@gardenofwales.org.uk