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In line with the Government Covid-19 restrictions the gallery is currently closed during the national lockdown.


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Ty Pawb Open 2020

3 Oct 2020 - 27 Feb 2021

Oct 2020 - unspecified. Exhibition currently closed due to local coronavirus lockdown, but can be viewed online (www.typawb.wales/ty-pawb-open/). Read more

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Puppets created

Leona Thomas has been inspired to make these puppet characters using traditional papier mache methods of construction. She rekindled her fondness of puppets having recently come across puppets made by the artist Paul Klee.   He had made his to amuse his children grandchildren.  With their rawness and individuality Leona was struck by the fact that they seemed to break through preconceptions of what a puppet should be. She set about making these characters that can be used for a variety of story plots.  

Lino success

Kit Byron Low is enjoying success with her latest range of hand pressed lino prints, featuring images of birds. Currently she is developing a range of cards and enjoying the challenge of 'forcing' lino to create movement in the prints!  The range includes blackbirds, terns, owls, puffins and most recently pheasants.  These are available at the VAN Street Gallery, Shrewsbury, and are rapidly flying out!  They have been the top selling card range this Spring with our visitors.

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Daily Sketches

Ideas and Inspirations

During the first lockdown I found it very difficult to settle to any creative work apart from knitting. I was determined to knuckle down in the second lockdown in November, so set myself the goal of drawing every day. Although some days it was the last thing I felt like doing, once I got cracking I never regretted it. I drew anything and everything, and I’ve selected some of my favourites that fell into a theme of the everyday to share. I managed at least one drawing a day from 5 November to well after Christmas, and would recommend it as a way of easing out of a creative block. 

Helen Sample

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