21 Jul 2011

upstairs-chair2Here are just a few images from Sera’s residency here in March, and some of her words of reflection on her time here.

“Quite possibly, a testament to the fact that my strengths lie not in words but in more abstract methods of communication, the writing that I had attended to diligently every day at 2 Penrhiw during my residency, was lost on my return to Scotland when my computer finally shuffled off this mortal coil.

What I am left with is a memory of the great calm and generosity of spirit that pervades 2 Penrhiw. Stirling Steward and Simon Whitehead are remarkable people and 2 Penrhiw is a remarkable place.

Being introduced to the cottage is like reading a book for the first time; each door hails a new chapter. The unassuming front door gives nothing away and as each room is entered a tale of quiet history and loving restoration unfolds until, as with all good stories, the back door and final chapter reveals an unexpected, and in this case, immensely elevating, twist.

As I draw and paint from life, I had planned to work with the house, the immediate environment surrounding the house and people from the village. Thorough observational drawing gives me the skills I need to work from life in ink and paint. I enjoy the intensity and challenge that working in indelible media creates and the necessity for integrity in practice. I also relish the challenge of drawing transient or moving subjects for the same reasons.

The residency provided a supportive and peaceful environment to do this with a wealth of subjects to work from; the cottage itself, the surrounding old trees, the vast clouds which rolled past and the people from Abercych who generously gave up their time to sit for me.

It was an invaluable period of time for me to work without distraction and to return to a part of Wales that provides me with many fond memories of childhood visits to my aunt who lived nearby.

I would like to extend my gratitude to Stirling and Simon for their vision and generosity; to Beti for the calm that emanated around her and to Nora for her enthusiasm and her gifts of warm chicken eggs and other little handmade treasures.”

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17 Mar 2011

 

EXTENDED DEADLINE FOR DANCE RESIDENCY SUBMISSIONS
Into the Village…The former worker’s cottage at 2 Penrhiw, Abercych, Pembrokeshire, will be made available for a 10 day residency for a Dance or Movement Artist who through their practice may explore the changing environment and culture of this rural village. These residencies are for artists based in, or from Wales.
During the residency we invite you to take some time to pursue some new avenues and ideas, and in a small way to engage with and make a contribution to the cultural life of the village and its environs. This could for example take some form of collaboration with individuals in the community, a workshop, a performance, a talk or an informal presentation of your work.
A small fund has been made available through Pembrokeshire County Council for this residency. An honorarium of £200 is available for the selected Artist and all residency costs will be covered.


This residency, 7th to 17th October 2011, is for those with a Dance/Movement practice and is still open to submissions.
To apply send a short biography, a description of your idea or approach, and two images of your work, by 1st May 2011, to:
Stirling Steward and Simon Whitehead, 1 Penrhiw, Abercych, Pembrokeshire SA37 0HB; email: hello@2penrhiw.co.uk 
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15 Mar 2011

Glen Deskry windowWe are delighted to welcome Sera James Irvine here for the first 2 Penrhiw residency in 2011, 18th to 28th March.

During the residency Sera will be drawing the interior of the house, the landscape around it and people from the village. She means to use drawing in its broadest sense through using line, mark making, mono print and paint in response to what she sees.

“My practice is quiet and spare with a strong foundation in observational drawing. Through line I explore forms in space; how a drawing might be made in the lifetime of the event it responds to; how the act of making the drawing is intrinsic in the piece and how line can manipulate our perception of a flat surface.

As time goes on I realise that much of this is also an exploration of my own perceptions about myself and the world I live in.

Much of my work is done outside and most of it is done from life.”

Sera grew up in North Wales and since 1997 she has lived and worked on the east coast of Scotland. In addition to her drawing practice she curates shows at her Contemporary gallery in the village where she lives. She also organises events in her village and is presently directing the artistic input for a conference at Aberdeen Centre for Environmental Sustainability.

We will keep you posted as the residency progresses and will announce any public events here…

14 Jan 2011

twmpath-2We’ve now hosted 7 Twmpath (Welsh folk dancing) here in Abercych with musicians from bands Fernhill and Sild, and invited dance performers. Well attended by locals and visitors alike, these lively events are now part of village life. The next Twmpath will be on 29th December 2012 – 7.30pm start.

14 Jan 2011

river CychTwice a year the former worker’s cottage at 2 Penrhiw, Abercych, will be made available for a 10 day residency for an Artist who through their practice will explore the changing environment and culture of this rural village. These first residencies are for emerging artists from, or based in, Wales. During the residency we invite you to engage with and make a contribution to the cultural life of the village and its environs. This could for example take the form of engagement with individuals in the community, running a workshop, a performance or an informal presentation of your work.

A small fund has been made available through Pembrokeshire County Council for the first two residencies. An honorarium of £200 will be given to each residency Artist. Collaborative residencies (up to 2 Artists) are welcomed, however the honorarium would need to be split between those involved.

The first residency is 18th to 28th March 2011 and is open to Artists in any medium. The second residency, 7th to 17th October 2011, is for those with a Dance/Movement practice. To apply send a short biography, a description of your idea, and two images of your work, by 10th February 2011, to:

Stirling Steward and Simon Whitehead, 1 Penrhiw, Abercych, Pembrokeshire SA37 0HB; email hello@2penrhiw.co.uk.

23 Jan 2010

New Year Snow

2 Penrhiw in the Snow, New Year 2010A frosty Christmas and snowy New Year at 2 Penrhiw – sledging, snowballs, and cosy fires.

We are accessible (gritted road), yet immersed in the magic.

2 Nov 2009

Update 2009

Wild flowers in the garden. Our wildflower area has been a success this spring and summer and continues to bloom into the autumn. It has attracted many species of butterflies bees and other insects, including lacewings. We are now adding a pond to the kitchen garden to broaden the diversity of habitats in this small but fruitful garden. We are hoping the meadow flowers will self seed to give an equally beautiful display next year. In the meantime we are planting many winter and spring flowering bulbs to add a splash of colour to the garden prior to the meadow flowers.