Friday, 28 December 2012


My names Matthew Macaulay and I am a creative individual from Scotland who currently works and lives in the lovely city of Coventry in England. I have been painting since I got here and I have been enjoying and appreciating my time at the art centre, it is nearly the end of the first month of the residency and I feel I have been productive. 

Today I have been mainly writing and catching up with the emails, although at the moment I am just wrapping some work and making a shelf to take up to Manchester in the morning. Tomorrow I am dropping my work off with a friend who is putting a show together at Mirabel Studios. I used to live in Manchester for about ten years so it is exciting to be going back for the day and maybe looking at what has changed.

 In January I plan on exploring and going on walks in the area, and some of the other artists on the residency seem up for going on some adventures around the Aberystwyth. BUT before that I am looking forward to my Hogmanay celebrations (especially the haggis and neeps), and on that note I wish you all a warm and pleasant start to your New Year!

Wednesday, 19 December 2012

Oriel Myrddin and G39 Day Out - Artist in Residence

This image features a few artists and lots of rain in Cardiff

We would like to thank Tim from the Aberystwyth Art Center for a fantastic day out. Tim drove us from Aberystwyth to Carmarthen where we met the curator Meg Anthony at Oriel Myrddin. Meg was very friendly and agreed to talk to us where she explained the future plans for the gallery space, and let us know about current exhibition and activities that go on in the gallery. 

We then visited G39 in Cardiff and viewed the selection of films in their exhibition 'Chekhov's Gun'. After viewing G39 we got a treat of Tim, this came in the form of a lovely middle eastern meal. After this fantastic and tasty meal we hopped over and explored the the National Museum in Cardiff, looking for a long periods at their natural history collection and the Artes Mundi 5 exhibition. After this stop we headed home, and then to a pub to talk together about what we saw and what we each found interesting. Thanks Tim for being a superstar and taking us out on such a wet day. 


To find out more about the artists, on the trip you can visit their websites below!

Wednesday, 5 December 2012

Open Studio November 2012

Here are some images from our most recent Open Studio event.

Jennifer Price's work.

Kelda Free & David Brazier's open studio.

Elise Simard and visitors in her studio.

Sunday, 11 November 2012

Here is a little clip of the animation in progress; the outlines of the floating curtains are missing, as well as her spiky toenails, and lots of fixing remain to be done, but with 3 weeks left before the end of the residency, the bear sings, at last.

Thursday, 8 November 2012

Good Samaritans

There are a number of charity shops in Aberystwyth. We’ve noticed the Salvation Army shop on Northgate Street features a new elaborate window display every couple of days. We’re hoping to work with the lady who curates the displays in our last couple of weeks here.

Thursday, 1 November 2012

Stage 2 complete. Video by Michael Faulkner

Yesterday we printed the final stage of my trolley print. I had great volunteers; Kerry-Ann Pimlott, Laura Fear, and Michael Faulkner (with help from David Brazier and Kelda Free).

Michael Faulkner made a time-lapse video of the process.

Thursday, 25 October 2012

Stage one

Today I worked with art school students Kerry and James to complete the first stage of my trolley print. There is still another print to go over the top of it that will happen next week. I will post again then. Excited about completing it.

Wednesday, 17 October 2012


I have been working with an intern from the arts school to begin creating larger prints. I am still experimenting with layering images up in these prints and have just concluded one project of a bike. I am looking forward to getting started on the much bigger print of a shopping trolley next week with volunteers. 

Wednesday, 10 October 2012

Breakfast, visual test

My name is Elise Simard, and I am a film animator based in Montreal. We are now approaching the midpoint of our residency, and the little film I am animating, Breakfast, is progressing very well. The drawings enclosed are tests; I have been looking at different ways to photograph my bear with my video camera, trying to integrate the digital grain with the aesthetic of the drawings, as well as trying to decide what would be the best aspect ratio for the film. Most of these images won't find their way in the final, but they do inform the directions I am to take next. I expect to be starting the lip-sync sequences next week. I shall post my singing videos once I have reached some interesting results.
With more soon,

Monday, 8 October 2012

Weekend Explorations

It’s been a great first month in our studio and in this beautiful landscape. Our weekend explorations have been amazing and are giving plenty of inspiration for our work here. Photos in order- Aberystwyth, Borth, Hafod Estate, Tywyn, Mount Snowdon.

Dave and Kelda

Friday, 5 October 2012

Autumn residency

I’m Jennifer Price, one of the autumn artists in residence. We are just beginning month two of our residency and the time is just shooting by. Last night we gave our artist talks in the cinema so the nerves have subsided mostly now.

I am using this opportunity to push my work further; to the next level. I’ve always found experimenting kind of scary as it’s leaving the safety of what you know works, but it is exciting too. I am experimenting with layering my inkblot prints, which is beginning to show some promise. However, my experiments with including text have been a gigantic failure. But sometimes failure is a great motivator, and I would never have known without trying.

Monday, 3 September 2012

the open studio's 28th August 2012

Well it was a great afternoon, we had the food and drink flowing, made a cafe outside and lots of people came and stayed all afternoon, most of the afternoon was spent with the photographer from the Cambrian News which was fun but a bit time consuming! lots of unexpected quests turned up and some people were missed. I felt pretty good about the way I had tried to consolidate the 3 months intensive project 'hiraeth'.

Thank you everyone for coming and for contributing to a memorable afternoon...