Tonight, Shani Rhys James will be opening Outset at The Gate.   Come between 6-8pm to see the work of the emerging artists who made it through the selection process.  Work is for sale, so bring your wallet, just in case you are tempt

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1-outset exhibition

Outset 2014 – 23rd July-15th August 2014, The Gate Arts Centre, Cardiff. 

This week, The Gate Arts Centre hosts its inaugural annual Student Art and Design Exhibition. ‘Outset’ features students that are Foundation, 2nd Year, 3rd Year, Graduate and Masters Students, showcasing  painting, illustration, photography, animation, architectural design, concept illustration and 3D design.

We are very excited that the show will be officially opened by renowned Welsh artist Shani Rhys James, MBE on the 29th July.

The Outset Class of 2014 comprises:

Sarah Barnes, Emma Booker,James Brook, Ruth Clemmey, Kaisha Cody, Sarah Daniel, Charlie Drozynski, Jack Evans, Kate Evans, Alyson Greening, Hannah Hatt, Jo anne Jeynes, David Mayne, Anwen Morgan, Aidan Myers, Laura Selbie, Lydia Spurrier–Dawes, Ceinwen Stone, Ed Tweedale, Sol Whiteside

1. Measure the prints. 77cm x113cm? That Somerset is sizeable!

2. Try to track down a suitable mill board but go to B&Q to buy hardboard.  Use their expertise to cut 2 pieces 2cm wider and longer than the paper. It’s cheap and will fit in a Fiat 500 :)

3.Track down webbing for a strap. It’s 90p a metre in the market but you can buy a PoundWorld ratchet set to disassemble.  Sew into a loop.

4. Use a high double bed as a workbench. It is a good size and works well covered with a dust sheet and cutting mat.  (Don’t ask any other occupant about this, though. They may not be entirely sympathetic.)

5. Make a hinge with duct tape, adding an extra 1cm .


6. Test materials for innards – blind fabric is stiff but bulky.

7. Fabriano paper from the roll is big enough and will fold into an envelope shape, even if it is a bit of a battle. Mark and cut with a 1cm extra margin.

8. Drill holes for ribbon ties and attach.

9. Score, fold and glue down innards envelope with PVA

10.  Weight down whilst drying

11. Determine to apply strap at a later date if needed.


This is the final week of Pinnies from Heaven at Craft in the Bay, a show well worth a visit.   A whole variety of materials  are used by contemporary artists to give a twist to an ordinary, everyday garment, which has a history from the beginnings of time (see the fascinating history boards if you don’t believe me).

Did I fail to mention this?


Thanks to everyone who participated in the print exchange to create a fine portfolio of work.  Each portfolio is unique; the variety of prints really does seem to reflect the diversity of the artists in the group and their personalities.  This is a great souvenir of a wonderful 3 years, thank you to everyone for making it a success.

The contributors were;

Ruth Hitchens Tom Martin Tom Martin Tzarina Sykes Beth Marriott
Bobbie-Jo Haarhoff Charlene Walsh Constancia Mlambo Eleanor Thorne James Green
Katie Horodecki Kim Jones Laura Massam Lydia Spurrier-Dawes Mal Bennet
Matt Hemmings Natalie Davis Rachel Collins Rob Ormond


I really enjoyed co-ordinating this, perhaps I’ll do it again.

Goodbye dear old Howard Gardens. It’s been a dream, a privilege, a joy, a blast!

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It’s  the last full day of the last degree show at Howard Gardens. Open 10am-6pm.


G.K. Chesterton in The Illustrated London News, July 17, 1909

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