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MyNewtown, in partnership with Mid Wales Tourism, hope you find this listing of local events useful. If you know of any events that would benefit from being listed here then please email mwt@mywelshpool.co.uk with the details.

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In Guise of the Rock - AJ Stockwell,  Oriel Davies Gallery
Focusing on an excerpt of AJ’s ambitious project White Rock, which exists through an imagined society fixated on the production and preservation of porcelain objects, AJ is developing In Guise of the Rock; an installation on the ancient material of kaolin, as it comes into being. Kaolin is a fine soft white clay formed over centuries as hard lumps of granite break down and decompose, and it’s pivotal in the history of porcelain. In Guise of the Rock draws on the legacy of the porcelain industry in Europe, its aspirations to elevate society through producing the most desirable of objects and the parallels with our contemporary western attitudes towards consumer goods. AJ Stockwell has lived across Scotland, England and Wales and is currently based in Cardiff. Fascinated by the slippage of materials through time and place and our shared 'material' culture, AJ interprets our human relationship with objects through borrowing languages and processes from fields such as ceramics, dentistry, mining and dance. Rooted in sculpture, AJ’s practice incorporates performance, video and text, which often form the basis for installations with re-constructed scripts or narratives. Recent exhibitions and residencies include: Standpoint Futures at Chisenhale Art Place, London; 3 day residency in The Drawing Room at Oriel Davies; UNIT(e), g39, Cardiff; Artist in Residence, elysiumgallery, Swansea; When Then is Now, The Lantern, University of Worcester partnership with Worcester Museum. Litmus is an exhibition and development programme offering curatorial and practical support for early career artists in Wales and the Welsh Borders to research, develop and present new work at Oriel Davies. Litmus is supported by the Arts Council of Wales.
Start Date: 29-07-2017
End Date: 20-09-2017
Open Times: 10:00 to 17:00
Address: The Park, Newtown, Powys, SY16 2NZ
Phone: 01686 625041
Email: desk@orieldavies.org
Web: http://www.orieldavies.org/en/exhibition/guise-rock
 
Twelve Tall Tales,  Oriel Davies Gallery
Stories exist within the lifespan of every object, whether in the form of a tale around a treasured heirloom or an information panel placed next to a museum exhibit. More recently, storytelling has been adapted as a marketing tool, to allude to tradition and authenticity. This family friendly exhibition takes a more subtle approach in exploring storytelling through crafted objects. The works present multiple ways in which fictional, humorous, cultural, political and historical references can be translated into crafted objects. Twelve artists, makers and designers, selected by guest curator Onkar Kular, tell stories through objects that they have made. This includes The Welsh Space Campaign by interdisciplinary designer Hefin Jones who proposes that Wales has the capacity to explore space. His work injects Welsh culture, skills and traditions into every item needed to establish a national space campaign. Every Saturday: 11am-1pm & 2pm-3pm, one of the exhibits, Play For A Handling Collection by Cecilie Gravesen will be animated by the Gallery Guide, so that visitors can handle the objects and participate in a choreographed handling session in the gallery. Artists: Åbäke, Auger-Loizeau, Carl Clerkin, Cecilie Gravesen, El Ultimo Grito, Zhenhan Hao, Hilda Hellström, Hefin Jones, Onkar Kular, Dash MacDonald, Noam Toran, Dawn Youll The exhibition is designed by Martino Gamper and Åbäke. A Crafts Council Touring Exhibition Supported by Arts Council England
Start Date: 29-07-2017
End Date: 20-09-2017
Open Times: 10:00 to 17:00
Address: The Park, Newtown, Powys, SY16 2NZ
Phone: 01686 625041
Email: desk@orieldavies.org
Web: http://www.orieldavies.org/en/exhibition/twelve-tall-tales
 
Zines workshop with artist Amy Sterly,  Oriel Davies Gallery
Gweithdy ffansîns gyda’r artist Amy Sterly Mae ‘ffansîn’ yn debyg i gylchgrawn, ond gyda thro. Mae ‘ffansîns’ yn cael eu hunan-gyhoeddi, ac yn cael eu gwneud drwy ddefnyddio technegau gludwaith ac yna, eu llungopïo i wneud cymaint ag y dymunwch i’w rhoi i'ch ffrindiau a'ch teulu. Gwnewch eich llyfryn stori bach eich hun a lledaenwch y gair!
Start Date: 22-08-2017
End Date: 22-08-2017
Open Times: 10:30 to 13:00
Address: The Park, Newtown, Powys, SY16 2NZ
Phone: 01686 625041
Email: desk@orieldavies.org
Web: http://www.orieldavies.org/en/events/summer-holiday-workshops-children-and-families
 
Open Day @ Parish Church of St. Llwchaiarn ,  Newtown/Y Drenewydd
The Parish Church of St. Llwchaiarn will be open to visitors on Saturday 26th August between 2.00pm and 4.00pm St Llwchaiarn established his cell on the site of this church in the 7th century AD. The present Georgian brick building dates from 1815 and stands in a pretty setting among the new houses at Llanllwchaiarn. The church’s historic features include a medieval font, some important stained glass windows, and the magnificent rood screen carvings which came from St David’s, and before that St Mary’s Church, Newtown, and which have been installed in Llanllwchaiarn’s organ loft. Also on display this afternoon will be the historic Welsh Bible (1602) which is believe to belong to St Mary’s. The church lies in Llanllwchaiarn about a mile along the road from Newtown to Aberbechan. It can also be reached via the Canal footpath.
Start Date: 26-08-2017
End Date: 26-08-2017
Open Times: 14:00 to 16:00
Address: Powys, SY16 2BB
Phone: 
Email: momilford@hotmail.com
Web: 
 
Recycled Creature Features with artist Amy Sterly,  Oriel Davies Gallery
Nodweddion Creaduriaid wedi'u Hailgylchu gyda’r artist Amy Sterly Bydd Amy, sydd wedi ei hysbrydoli gan yr arddangosfa Twelve Tall Tales, yn arwain gweithdy yn defnyddio dylunio a meddwl creadigol, i drawsnewid hen wrthrychau a sgrapiau yn greaduriaid unigryw a swreal gyda stori i’w dweud.
Start Date: 29-08-2017
End Date: 29-08-2017
Open Times: 10:30 to 13:00
Address: The Park, Newtown, Powys, SY16 2NZ
Phone: 01686 625041
Email: desk@orieldavies.org
Web: http://www.orieldavies.org/en/events/summer-holiday-workshops-children-and-families
 
Food Festival Workshop,  Oriel Davies Gallery
Using discarded food packaging, Artist Helen Kozich invites you to create your own medals and rosetts out of plastic, ribbons and card.
Start Date: 02-09-2017
End Date: 02-09-2017
Open Times: 13:00 to 15:00
Address: The Park, Newtown, Powys, SY16 2NZ
Phone: 01686 625041
Email: desk@orieldavies.org
Web: http://www.orieldavies.org/en/events/newtown-food-festival-drop-art-and-craft-activity
 
Newtown Food Festival,  Newtown/Y Drenewydd
The annual Newtown Food Festival celebrating great food, drink and music The main sections of the festival include: Food Producers Tent, Street Food, Community Lawn (with Bar,) The Childrens Village and the Music Lawn.
Start Date: 02-09-2017
End Date: 03-09-2017
Open Times: 
Address: Powys, SY16 2BB
Phone: 01686 625544
Email: festival@newtown.org.uk
Web: http://www.newtown.org.uk/pages/newtownfestival
 
Saturday Life Drawing Classes with Caroline Ali,  Oriel Davies Gallery
The sessions are designed to give technical advice in key areas such as proportion, perspective, line, tone, colour and gesture. Participants are encouraged to develop their own style using a variety of materials in a relaxed and creative atmosphere. Suitable for beginners and experienced artists.
Start Date: 02-09-2017
End Date: 02-09-2017
Open Times: 10:15 to 13:30
Address: The Park, Newtown, Powys, SY16 2NZ
Phone: 01686 625041
Email: desk@orieldavies.org
Web: http://www.orieldavies.org/en/events/saturday-life-drawing-classes-caroline-ali
 
Open Doors,  Gregynog Hall & Gardens
Open doors at this picturesque hall situated in a 750 acre estate with Grade 1 listed Gardens. Gregynog offers you a warm Welsh welcome to explore the beautiful interior of the hall with exhibitions, videos and our resident librarian will be happy to answer your questions throughout the day. A £2.50 car parking charge applies, which goes towards the upkeep of the estate and gardens.
Start Date: 10-09-2017
End Date: 10-09-2017
Open Times: 12:00 to 16:30
Address: Tregynon, Nr Newtown, Powys, SY16 3PW
Phone: 01686 207100
Email: post@gregynogfestival.org
Web: https://gwylgregynogfestival.org/
 
Open Doors,  Dolforwyn Castle
Join us on the day for one of the timed tours of the site (in Welsh or English) with Rhys Mwyn. The remains of this castle, begun by Llywelyn ap Gruffudd ('the Last') in 1273 and captured by the English in 1277, have been revealed by excavations. Guided tours by professional NWTGA guide on the hour from 11.00am.
Start Date: 16-09-2017
End Date: 16-09-2017
Open Times: 11:00 to 16:00
Address: Abermule, Powys, SY15 6JJ
Phone: 01443 336000
Email: cadw@wales.gsi.gov.uk
Web: http://cadw.gov.wales/daysout/dolforwyncastle/?lang=en
 
Life Drawing Extra! Cabaret Sketching Special,  Oriel Davies Gallery
After a hugely successful session last year we invite people back to sketch dazzling burlesque performer Satine DiMonté dancing, posing and unveiling in her tassels and feather finery. Fun, music and fabulous costumes are all part of this very alternative event.
Start Date: 23-09-2017
End Date: 23-09-2017
Open Times: 10:30 to 15:30
Address: The Park, Newtown, Powys, SY16 2NZ
Phone: 01686 625041
Email: desk@orieldavies.org
Web: http://www.orieldavies.org/en/events/life-drawing-extra-oriel-davies-cabaret-sketching-special
 
Saturday Life Drawing Classes with Caroline Ali,  Oriel Davies Gallery
The sessions are designed to give technical advice in key areas such as proportion, perspective, line, tone, colour and gesture. Participants are encouraged to develop their own style using a variety of materials in a relaxed and creative atmosphere. Suitable for beginners and experienced artists.
Start Date: 07-10-2017
End Date: 07-10-2017
Open Times: 10:15 to 13:30
Address: The Park, Newtown, Powys, SY16 2NZ
Phone: 01686 625041
Email: desk@orieldavies.org
Web: http://www.orieldavies.org/en/events/saturday-life-drawing-classes-caroline-ali
 
Wales Rally GB - Newtown Regroup/Tyre Fitting Zone,  Newtown/Y Drenewydd
The Wales Rally GB will again return to Newtown with the Regroup & Technical Zone and the Tyre & Light Fitting Zone located in the town on Friday 27 October; the first cars are due here at 13:10. Access is FREE. The day will include three Special Stages in Mid Wales in the morning and another three in the afternoon after leaving Newtown. The 2016 FIA World Rally Championship consists of 14 rounds taking place on five continents with a round in China for the first time; it started with the Monte Carlo Rally in January and finishes in Australia. The penultimate round will be the Dayinsure Wales Rally GB which will take place in Mid and North Wales from the evening of Thursday 27 through to Sunday 30 October. It will have the longest itinerary in recent years and the 22 special stages (of which 14 will be in Mid Wales) include many of the established classic tests plus some exciting new additions and revisions. The new dates for this year means that the Rally will coincide with schools October half-term week - there will be FREE admission for those aged 15 and under. The Rally Park Fermé will be at the Deeside Rally Village; the Ceremonial Start for the Rally will take place on Thursday evening in Parc Eirias, Colwyn Bay. Friday 28th will feature 8 Special Stages in Mid Wales Saturday will include another 7 Mid Wales Special Stages plus one at Cholmondeley Castle (15 miles east of Wrexham) which will host the Rallyfest in the afternoon and Sunday 30th has 6 Special Stages in North Wales with the finish at Llandudno
Start Date: 27-10-2017
End Date: 27-10-2017
Open Times: 12:30 to 14:00
Address: Powys, SY16 2BB
Phone: 01753 765105
Email: contactus@msaevents.co.uk
Web: http://www.walesrallygb.com/
 
Saturday Life Drawing Classes with Caroline Ali,  Oriel Davies Gallery
The sessions are designed to give technical advice in key areas such as proportion, perspective, line, tone, colour and gesture. Participants are encouraged to develop their own style using a variety of materials in a relaxed and creative atmosphere. Suitable for beginners and experienced artists.
Start Date: 04-11-2017
End Date: 04-11-2017
Open Times: 10:15 to 13:30
Address: The Park, Newtown, Powys, SY16 2NZ
Phone: 01686 625041
Email: desk@orieldavies.org
Web: http://www.orieldavies.org/en/events/saturday-life-drawing-classes-caroline-ali
 
Saturday Life Drawing Classes with Caroline Ali,  Oriel Davies Gallery
The sessions are designed to give technical advice in key areas such as proportion, perspective, line, tone, colour and gesture. Participants are encouraged to develop their own style using a variety of materials in a relaxed and creative atmosphere. Suitable for beginners and experienced artists.
Start Date: 02-12-2017
End Date: 02-12-2017
Open Times: 10:15 to 13:30
Address: The Park, Newtown, Powys, SY16 2NZ
Phone: 01686 625041
Email: desk@orieldavies.org
Web: http://www.orieldavies.org/en/events/saturday-life-drawing-classes-caroline-ali
 
Saturday Life Drawing Classes with Caroline Ali,  Oriel Davies Gallery
The sessions are designed to give technical advice in key areas such as proportion, perspective, line, tone, colour and gesture. Participants are encouraged to develop their own style using a variety of materials in a relaxed and creative atmosphere. Suitable for beginners and experienced artists.
Start Date: 06-01-2018
End Date: 06-01-2018
Open Times: 10:15 to 13:30
Address: The Park, Newtown, Powys, SY16 2NZ
Phone: 01686 625041
Email: desk@orieldavies.org
Web: http://www.orieldavies.org/en/events/saturday-life-drawing-classes-caroline-ali
 
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