Ruthin Craft Centre

Ruthin Craft Centre
2 Well Street
Ruthin
Denbighshire
LL15 1AH
Wales

Website

www.ruthincraftcentre.org.uk

E-mail

thegallery@rccentre.org.uk

Telephone

01824 704774

All information is drawn from or provided by the venues themselves and every effort is made to ensure it is correct. Please remember to double check opening hours with the venue concerned before making a special visit.

The Arts Council of Wales Lottery funded transformation of Ruthin Craft Centre is now complete.

This amazing re-development designed by Sergison Bates architects is located on the existing site in its own landscape and is a dynamic zinc and cast stone building with undulating roofs to echo the surrounding Clwydian hills.

With three galleries, six artist studios, retail gallery, education and residency workshops, tourist information gateway and café with courtyard terrace.

Venue Type:

Gallery, Artist studio or collective

Opening hours

Mon–Sat 10:00–17:00

Closed: Sundays

Exhibition details are listed below, you may need to scroll down to see them all.

Pamela Rawnsley

  • 7 February — 12 April 2015 *on now

Landscape has been a constant obsession in Pamela Rawnsley’s life and in her work. Exploration was key to her progress
through material manipulation, print and drawing she pushed boundaries.

Pamela’s work is internationally respected and is in many private and public collections including National Museum Wales, The Goldsmiths’ Company, V&A Museum, Aberdeen Art Gallery, National Museum Ulster. As the Arts Council of Wales noted, ‘A leading silversmith and artist, passing in her prime … robbed Wales of one of its finest makers of recent times.’ The new work, begun during her Creative Wales Ambassador Australian residency, is exceptional.

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Website

http://ruthincraftcentre.org.uk/whats-on/gallery-3/

Southern Lines and Northern Lights

  • 7 February — 12 April 2015 *on now

Southern Lines and Northern Lights presents work by a selection of talented designers.

Meticulous prototypes exemplify refined craftsmanship, production pieces echo the marks of the maker, one-off creations celebrate conviction of focus. The exhibition explores bright ideas and the insightful understanding of materials needed to illuminate them. Southern Lines and Northern Lights considers the significance of materials to different design practices and the integrity of performance of materials in reproduction.

It explores design in production and the notion of reproducing by hand.

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Website

http://ruthincraftcentre.org.uk/whats-on/gallery-2/

Simon Carroll

  • 7 February — 12 April 2015 *on now

Simon Carroll, an artist of extraordinary vigour and energy, was a maker of paintings, prints and beach drawings, but it is as a potter that he was most prolific, and it is for his uncompromising expressionist ceramics that he is most celebrated.

Simon Carroll’s death in 2009 cut short the life of a singular artist of extraordinary abilities. An artist who found in clay an intensely personal form of expression. An artist whose work, while ostensiby following an established tradition, was entirely his own.

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Website

http://ruthincraftcentre.org.uk/whats-on/gallery-1/

Fritz Maierhofer: Retrospective of jewellery and objects direct from Vienna

  • 18 April — 5 July 2015

Fritz Maierhofer is one of the leading Austrian jewellery and object artists and this show includes jewellery and sculptures from the 1960s until the present day.

With his avant-garde understanding of jewellery, he creates unique objects from acrylic, glass, steel, pewter, aluminium, and the synthetic material Corian. The artist, who revealed a penchant for sculpture at an early age, was influenced by England’s revolutionary pop culture in the 1960s and 1970s.

Maierhofer’s first works from this period are captivating due to their unusual combination of the materials acrylic and metal. Brooches and rings from his early career lie on square plinths and frames held by steel wires. These three-dimensional works are continued in the works of subsequent decades, during which the artist realized sculptures for squares, gardens, and parks. In his recent sculptural works, he initially creates rectangular models from folded paper, which he then transfers to colorful metal surfaces, thereby generating three-dimensional effects.

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Website

http://ruthincraftcentre.org.uk/whats-on/coming-soon-gallery-1-2/

Events details are listed below. You may need to scroll down or click on headers to see them all. For events that don't have a specific date see the 'Resources' tab above.

Craft and Concept – Textiles

  • 8 March 2015 1:30-4:15pm

Craft and Concept – Roz Hawksley, Tabitha Moses and Alana Tyson consider their use of textiles within the conceptual art field
a panel discussion at Ruthin Craft Centre led by curator, artist and writer Melanie Miller.

How is conceptual art defined, what is its relationship to textiles? Why do we need definitions, how useful are they? When is a maker an artist? Rather than provide answers, the idea is to explore these themes through presentations by the panel, and discussions with the panel and with the audience.

Timed to coincide with the creation of an installation by Ruthin Artist-in Residence Alana Tyson, participants will have the opportunity to view Alana’s ambitious new work created as part of her residency.

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Admission

£3.00 please call to book a place

Website

http://ruthincraftcentre.org.uk/learning/talks-events-workshops/

Mandy Coates One-Day Willow Master-Class

  • 14 March 2015 10:30am-4:30pm

Following the success of Mandy Coates’ summer workshop last year at Ruthin Craft Centre, by popular demand, Mandy will be undertaking another willow workshop. In this masterclass participants will make either a densely woven sculpture for the garden or a more open garden structure/ plant support – height and size of your choice. We will be using traditional basketweaving techniques such as waling and randing using contrasting coloured willow.

Suitable for

Admission

£55 light lunch included

Website

http://ruthincraftcentre.org.uk/learning/talks-events-workshops/

Talk: Pamela Rawnsley Retrospective

  • 21 March 2015 2-2:30pm

Come and join us for a short tour around the exhibition led by Poet Francesca Kay and Director Philip Hughes to celebrate and reflect upon the working life of Pamela Rawnsley, renowned jeweller and silversmith.

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Website

http://ruthincraftcentre.org.uk/whats-on/gallery-3/

Simon Carroll Talks and Panel Discussion

  • 22 March 2015 2-4pm

Alun Graves, Walter Keeler and Alex McErlain discuss Simon Carroll as a leading ceramicist and his dynamic, eccentric and challenging vessels.

Simon Carroll described his work as being ‘only pottery’ but many others feel it has significance far beyond this simple description. His work has been compared to many differing areas of practice ranging from abstract expressionism to folk art. Alex McErlain will explore some of the ideas raised by these descriptions whilst focussing on some specific forms that Carroll worked on.

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Website

http://ruthincraftcentre.org.uk/whats-on/gallery-1/

Printing Master-Class Workshop: Ages 11-14

  • 8 April 2015 11am-3pm

Inspired by the geometric patterns within Sian Elin’s interiors work in the Southern Lines and Northern Lights exhibition, you’ll have the opportunity to design and print your own unique pattern designs during this hand’s on workshop.

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Admission

£8.50 please book in advance

Website

http://ruthincraftcentre.org.uk/whats-on/gallery-2/

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