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Window installation of silk worm cocoons, origami moths & the exo-skeltons of cicadas…

img_8225img_8221middle-room-1puppets-1front-room-passport-1middle-room-4Our newly opened exhibition ‘Carapace’ at The Art Shop is a fascinating insight into the imagination of artist, Philippa Robbins. Populated with corvids, “the dark stars of the bird world,” puppets, and relics of infancy recalling the delights and fears of childhood.

Philippa’s show includes paintings, drawings, a cast of puppets with their own hand painted passport photos and small installations…. continues until 11th March.

 

 

 

casper colour webWe are launching a new series of Children’s Workshops at the Chapel starting later this month. For example Story-Making & Creative Writing and Kundalini Yoga, involving beneficial calming techniques.

For lots more information, dates, prices and booking, see our events page.

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‘Thy cage will be made of some glitter and gold’  oil on linen

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‘Sloeblack, slow, black’ mixed media on canvas & hand painted textiles

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‘Theia’ oil on canvas & handmade, hand painted, embroidered linen cushion

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‘Marching band’ oil on Canvas

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‘Blanket’ oil on canvas & handmade textiles

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Handmade cushions – hand painted, embroidered with silk & wool on painters linen

It is almost the last week of Cornelia O’Donovan’s wonderful exhibition ‘Telling Stories’ showing upstairs at The Art Shop.

Don’t miss this opportunity to see her stunning large canvases and handmade, hand painted, embroidered linen textiles. We have cards, wrapping and posters to buy by Cornelia too. The exhibition continues downstairs at the Chapel on Market Street, with her large linen wall hanging.

For purchase of all artwork including original pieces of jewellery and ceramics, we offer Collectorplan from The Arts Council of Wales. This interest free credit scheme allows the buyer to purchase artwork by simply paying a deposit (min 10%) and spreading the remaining payment over 10-12 months. For more information click here

 

Come on in...

Come on in…

Coffee & teas

Simple, delicious food & coffee from our Chapel kitchen

Keeping busy in our children's corner

Keeping busy in our children’s corner

Inspiring books & independent magazines

Inspiring books & independent magazines

At long last the renovation programme is complete and we are now open downstairs at the Chapel.

Come down to our secret, wild, wonderful garden where the sun can shine all day. From here you can enter into the lower ground floor, our everyday trading space, open Tuesday-Saturday 10am-5pm. Here you’ll find old cabinets of ceramics and jewellery. There are books and magazines not widely seen, all to inspire, delight and nourish. There is also a small, delightful children’s corner.

From our kitchen eat simple, delicious food (breakfast and lunch) made everyday from our well stocked Chapel larder. There is good coffee and wine from a small French family owned vineyard.

…plus free wifi and wheelchair access.

Upstairs in the Chapel is a venue for regular workshops, events and performances and this space is available for hire.

We’ll keep you posted…

After the celebration supper on Friday 24th upstairs at the Chapel taken by Dr Peter Wakelin

After the celebration supper on Friday 24th upstairs at the Chapel, taken by James Joseph of Abergavenny Music

Philippa Robbins. Frida. Papier mâché, gummed paper & tin foil. 64cm high.

Philippa Robbins ‘Frida’ Papier mâché, gummed paper & tin foil. 64cm high.

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Philippa Robbins ‘Bette‘ Papier mâché gummed paper, tin foil & dental cast. 52cm high

Philippa Robbins. The Prisoner. Papier mâché gummed paper, tin foil & dental cast. 52cm high

Philippa Robbins ‘The Prisoner’ Papier mâché gummed paper, tin foil & dental cast. 52cm high

A true highlight of this year’s Winter Show – Philippa Robbins “An Audience of Puppets” which inspired a series of wall based works on paper with an immediate question:

Who exactly is the audience? Is it the viewer or is it the puppets?

The puppets themselves, whether watching, or being watched, or both, are based on family and friends and made of gummed paper, taped tissue and dental casts and are then carefully clothed. Philippa is even making one of Pauline.

The subtle and all too seldom art of puppetry stirs emotions and excites curiosity. The puppets are showy, tender, humorous, intriguing, sometimes venomous and a beautiful reflection of humanity.

‘These puppets are the starting point for a forthcoming exhibition here in 2016. They are often based on real people, living and dead, but in the course of their transition from a silver foil closed armature to finished hand puppets they seem to create their own identities.’

If you interested in commissioning a puppet, Philippa will be making further puppets to add to the audience for the 2016 exhibition.

 

 

Delft Blue Icons by Pepe Heykoop. Paper Vase Cover. £15.

‘Delft Blue Icons’ by Pepe Heykoop. Paper Vase Cover. £15.

Delft Blue Icons by Pepe Heykoop. Paper Vase Cover. £15.

‘Delft Blue Icons’ by Pepe Heykoop. Paper Vase Cover. £15.

Vermeer Milkmaid by Pepe Heykoop. Paper Vase Cover. £18.

‘Vermeer Milkmaid’ by Pepe Heykoop. Paper Vase Cover. £18.

Vermeer Milkmaid by Pepe Heykoop. Paper Vase Cover. £18.

‘Vermeer Milkmaid’ by Pepe Heykoop. Paper Vase Cover. £18.

Vermeer Milkmaid by Pepe Heykoop. Paper Vase Cover. £18.

‘Vermeer Milkmaid’ by Pepe Heykoop. Paper Vase Cover. £18.

Green Gradient, Grey Gradient, Canal Houses

‘Green Gradient’, ‘Grey Gradient’, ‘Canal Houses’ by Pepe Heykoop

Santa’s solution to the perfect stocking filler for lovers of design, this beautiful hand-stitched paper vase cover will fit any empty bottle. It is adjusted in size by rolling up the paper and the triangular structure allows it to mould around the bottle. The paper vase comes flat packed in a matching envelope. The whole package is the perfect gift for the discerning lover of good design.

Made by a small Netherlands based company this unique design was Winner of the Interior Innovation Award 2013, considered one of the most renowned design awards worldwide.

The vases are made in Mumbai, India, as part of a charity set up to help a specific community living on the streets. The ambition is to lift this small community out of poverty to become self-supporting.

Click here to buy online.

exterior 1In our Halloween window (put together by Katherine), we have a small collection of dark and chilling ghost stories, published by Seren (welsh for star). One of the most interesting independent publishing houses in Britain (based in Bridgend, Wales), Seren nurtures and publishes talented writers and poets whose outstanding quality is recognised around the world.

If you can’t get enough of this haunting time of year we suggest popping in (or phone us) to grab a copy of ‘Sing Sorrow Sorrow’, an anthology of obscure horror and supernatural tales to get anyone quivering in their boots. Mark my words.

All the Souls. by Gwendoline Davies. Superstition, legend, folklore rooted in the landscape. £8.99

‘All the Souls’ by Mary-Ann Constantine. Superstition, legend, folklore rooted in the landscape. £8.99

 

‘Sugar Hall’, a ghost story by Tiffany Murray. £8.99

‘Sugar Hall’, a ghost story by Tiffany Murray. £8.99

‘Sing Sorrow Sorrow’ edited by Gwendoline Davies. A collection of other worldly borrow stories. £9.99

‘Sing Sorrow Sorrow’ edited by Gwendoline Davies. A collection of other worldly horror stories. £9.99