Sculpture trail opens at Mid Wales Arts Centre in Caersws

Published date: 22 April 2016 |
Published by: Jonny Drury 
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MID Wales Arts Centre is proud that it can now claim to be the home of Sculpture Cymru. 

The outdoor sculpture trail is of international quality and spreads through the gardens, courtyard, fields and barns and consists of over 100 individual pieces by more than 30 professional artists. 

It is free, family friendly, promotes health and well being and gives local artists the opportunity to develop their careers. 

Alison Lochead, of Sculpture Cymru and the Gas Gallery, said: “This is the beginning of an exciting period for Sculpture Cymru who have wanted a ‘Hiraeth', (home) where they could have a permanent exhibition space to show their work and exchange ideas.

“Mid Wales Arts Centre provides a perfect location in the heart of Wales, with plenty of space, parking, visibility and is in easy walking distance of Caersws Railway Station and bus routes. 

“It is refreshing to have a national organisation based outside Cardiff and recently sculptors from Mid and North Wales have been encouraged to apply and been accepted as members including Heather Burnley, Kevin Blockley, Nick Loyd and Glenn Morris, giving a higher profile for the arts in Powys.”

The trail also has a collection from the Tengenenge sculptors from the North of Zimbabwe, where sculptors have lived together for generations making their living by using local stone to make beautiful sculptures that are celebrated throughout the world. 

The trail includes the centre’s permanent rotating collection of forged iron sculptures by Ambrose Burne, stone carvings by the late John Paddison, installations by Gemma Hughes and enamelled, aluminium and bronze sculptures by the late Stefan Knapp. There will be a celebratory opening of the Sculpture Trail with over 100 superb sculptures to discover in the Mid Wales Landscape amongst the beautiful gardens on Sunday, April 24, at 2pm.

Everyone is welcome and entrance to the trail is free. 

It’s also a fantastic opportunity to see the current exhibition ‘7 Encounters’ – An International Welsh-German Portrait Exchange, and enjoy the Sara Philpott Room.

Groups and school parties are welcome. 

Entry and parking is free. Mid Wales Arts, Caersws, is open 11am to 4pm, Thursday-Sunday until October 23. 

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