Happy New Year

Well, Minerva Arts Centre may be closed but that doesn’t mean we’re idle.  As I write there is lots of stuff going on behind the scenes preparing both galleries and the workoom for a full year ahead.  The display boards are currently being serviced, the painters will soon be in and this morning Chrissie Menzies, of Chrysalis Art to Wear, delivered the gorgeous new Quilt Association banners she has nuno felted and stitched for us.

We have a very full calendar of events for 2018.  Our twice yearly Vintage Style Fair is the first event this year and runs from 24th February until 10th March.

March 24th sees the opening of True Colours, the biennial exhibition from Welsh Heritage Quilters, our local and very talented quilt group which meets weekly at the centre. Their colourful and very popular exhibitions showcase new work on a variety of themes.

Our annual Spring Exhibition is DIS/rupt, which showcases the talents of members of the Textile Study Group. This touring exhibition on the theme of disruption has already been on show in Stroud and is currently on in Oldham.  Some members of the group will be running workshops during the period of the exhibition.

The Wool and Willow Festival will be hosted by us once again in June and then in July we’re really pleased to be exhibiting work by students from our local secondary school, Llanidloes High.  Dathliad  is a celebration of pieces the students have created for their GCSE and A level work and is generally of a very high standard so we thought it deserved a wider audience!

Our summer exhibition this year features some of the beautiful antique Welsh quilts we have in our own collection, plus contemporary work by Bethan Ash, Deborah O’Hare  and the Cwilt Cymru group.  All of these textile artists are based in Wales and we are delighted to be showcasing their work this year.

The Vintage Style Fair returns in October and we then see out the year with our highly popular and successful Christmas Craft Fair which is a must-visit event for locals and visitors from further afield.

There are more details of all these events (and I’ll write more about each one nearer the date) on our website of course.  Don’t forget to like our facebook page too.



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