Oriel Davies Gallery

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Oriel Davies Gallery is based in Newtown, Powys in the beautiful Severn Valley area of the Welsh Borders. The Gallery can be found just off Newtown’s shopping centre, facing the town’s main car park and bus station, in the town park.

Oriel Davies runs an innovative visual arts exhibitions programme throughout the year, showing national and international art and craft from Wales, other parts of the UK and abroad. There is a café and well stocked book and gift shop.

Oriel Davies also organises a full programme of events and activities as well as exciting outreach projects over a wide geographical area.

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Bernadette Kerrigan: Foreigners

  • 19 September — 4 November 2015 *on now

Bernadette Kerrigan is a painter but her new project Foreigners, made specifically for the TestBed programme, takes her practice into new areas.

The work on show has evolved from a series of small-scale, unique prints created from spray paint, weeds and a technique derived from photograms. Both the process and materials have offered the artist an intuitive, freer approach to her painting.

The artist uses large, opaque sheets of polythene and applies the same technique as the prints but on an industrial scale. This impermanent material might be used as a provisional solution to board-up broken windows, complete a makeshift greenhouse, or as a temporary cover amongst many other uses.

Using an experimental cyanotype process on the polythene, Kerrigan creates a surface covered with overgrown foliage and weeds. The temporal quality of the polythene resonates with the ephemeral nature of the subject matter, its gradual degradation taking the image with it reminding us of the fragility in life.

Suitable for

  • Any age



John Lawrence: Sickly Revelations*

  • 19 September — 4 November 2015 *on now

Sickly Revelations* is a new installation by John Lawrence, last year’s Oriel Davies Open winner, which focuses on the influence of today’s mediated experience of the world - through movies, gaming and online platforms - and our shifting position within this networked culture.

Lawrence questions our engagement with, or detachment from, the 'real world' and how we perceive our role and ourselves within a technologically infiltrated one.

Moving image is at the centre of this installation and is divided over 3 Acts titled The Observer, The Receiver and The Transmitter, incorporating found, online video blog entries from a domestic setting and presented by an unseen narrator, alongside constructed 3D digital captures of specific objects, which may or may not originate from the hoarded piles of this apartment space.

Displayed in the same space are a number of mild steel frames that feature 'props' from the video, all of which feature the same black and yellow colour scheme including a series of posters that present a list of statements. Beginning with the words 'Some people...' they appear to list both the symptoms of some contemporary condition at the same time as referring to the banality found in everyday life.

Suitable for

  • Any age



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