Speaker Programmes and Society Officer Details

Programme for 2014

January 31st

Jill Piercy

"Brenda Chamberlain, Artist and Writer"


February 28th

Mary Herbert

"Horses in Pastel"


March 28th

Ben Dearley

"Exploring a Creative Mind"


Friday 28th March 2014

Ben Dearnley
“Exploring the Creative Mind”
The guest speaker on Friday evening was the Ceredigion based sculptor Ben Dearnley, who has been hailed as the modern day Michelangelo, creating contemporary pieces in materials such as bronze, marble, stone and steel. Ben gave the audience a background to his creativity , and encouraged audience participation to explore our own creativity and ways of tapping into it. Ben gave some wonderful quotes about creativity, such as “Imagination is more important than knowledge” (Albert Einstein), and “Creativity is the play between expectation and the result” (Oscar Wilde). He talked about his own experiences of creativity and the things that led up to him becoming a sculptor just ten years ago. He suggested that we take just a couple of minutes each day to put pen to paper to create a simple drawing, and to look back after a week or two and see what we have created – a useful tip that many of us could do in a couple of minutes a day.
During the break, we were given the opportunity to feel what it was like to carve on a piece of Bath stone that he had brought with him. It was good to have a hands-on attempt.
After the break, Ben demonstrated some of his works by showing slides and he also brought along a couple of pieces of his work. He talked us through the processes he uses to create a sculpture from a large piece of rock, and showed what he could achieve. His work really is remarkable. Have a look at his website at: www.bendearnley.com for a gallery of his pieces and details of workshops.
Thank you Ben for a great talk!


April 25th



Iwan Dafis

"Kyffin Williams and the Question of Welsh Art"


May 30th

Jon Evans

"A Bardic Initiation"

"The guest speaker on Friday evening was, Jon Evans the Ceredigion based sculptor, poet and artist.
Jon creates beautifully hand carved pieces of slate, stone and wood which he brought to show us as work in progress. He carves all his piece...
s by hand using a chisel and mallet.
His partner, Jen Drage uses the computer to convert Jon’s sketches into creative letters which he then hand carves in stone. This includes adding additional inscriptions to match the original lettering style on granite and slate gravestones in the local area.
When he's not creating carvings for customers, Jon works on his own art, which is inspired by nature and mythology and often includes intricate Celtic knotwork.
Jon has produced a book of his Celtic drawings accompanied by his poetry, which he hopes will be published in the near future.

Visit him at www.ceredigionarttrail.org.uk/jon-evans/"



June 27th

Judy Macklin

Critics Night


September 26th

David Beattie



October 31st

Paul Webster

"Figure Life Drawing"


November 28th

AGM and Mystery Speaker

The AGM was, as tends to be the case with most small organisations, poorly attended; but continuing the practice started by John Reading when he was Chairman, Margaret Worrell had organised a mystery speaker. So those members who made the effort enjoyed an interesting slide/talk on the Landscape Art of Wales by Art historian and tutor Louise Chennell.

It was a comprehensive over view taking in some early Turners, work by Graham Sutherland and coming up to date with Mary Lloyd and Catrin Webster.

A line up of interesting monthly speakers has been assembled and once again three exhibitions during the coming year.