Artists and Galleries
Discover Carmarthenshire's great Artists and Galleries
Carmarthenshire is just oozing with talented artists and makers offering unique creations at relatively affordable prices. If you’re short on time and can’t get to a course or visit an artist’s studio, don’t feel you have missed out. Relax. Our market towns are bursting with galleries and craft shops that will inspire. Take home something original that will remind you of our wonderful landscape and sense of place. From original art, limited edition prints, award-winning jewellery, ceramics and much more, browse, be inspired to collect. As they say, a thing of beauty is a joy forever.
Helen Elliot Art
Exploring the imagination
Journey to the market town of Newcastle Emlyn and you’ll discover internationally acknowledged artist, Helen Elliot, winner of the ‘Made in Carmarthenshire’ CTA Awards. At her Tollgate Studio, you can take a creative journey of your own. Explore your imagination and that of an artist who took her own unique route into the wonderful world of naïve art. Helen’s not your typical artist. Prepare to see original works and prints that show experimentation. Bold use of colour communicates a physical response and true feeling for the landscape – everyone painted from the heart. Meet Helen. Get to know her and her work. Both will leave a lasting impression of Carmarthenshire.
Tollgate Studio, Carmarthen Road, Newcastle Emlyn SA38 9DA
T: 01239 711735
•Helen offers ‘paint with me’ evenings – two hours of simple to follow instructions so you can create a beautiful painting to take home
•Helen was once told by an ‘artistic academic’ that she didn’t have the potential to be an artist…
Tim Swayne @Studio 46
West Wales best kept secret
Once Burry Port was west Wales’ best kept secret. Now word’s out. You’ll see why when you get there: halfway between Carmarthen and Llanelli, with an eight-mile beach, a yachty pleasure marina, this is a place that’s re-inventing itself. And at the heart of the action is Studio 46, a vibrant community-focused home workspace buzzing with the arts and crafts of local creatives including that of owner, Tim Swayne. And it’s certainly put Burry Port and the creative profile of the area on the map. From lighthouses to castles, see original local landscape painting and evocative photography. Take a little of Burry Port back home with you.
46 Station Road, Burry Port SA16 0LP
T: 01554 401582
• Burry Port has interesting links with the past – industrial (iron and steel and railway) and the aviator, Amelia Earhart
• Artworks reasonably priced
• Activities and events throughout the year
Green at heart
Greenspace is what says on the tin – a bold new gallery space with a green heart. Though it’s physically located in Carmarthen’s town centre, its vision is boundless. Here you’ll see nature celebrated in the fine art, silk and ceramics of its curator, artist Dorothy Morris, and a commitment to the preservation of the planet, life and well-being. Take time out. Take stock. Unwind, slow down and enjoy the surroundings. Sit. Stare. Sip tea and coffee as you watch the artist at work as she combines the influences of her home at the water’s edge at Ferryside with her passion for environmental and social issues.
21 Blue Street, Carmarthen SA31 3LE
T: 01267 267652
• Small but effective charity shop at back of gallery – every penny raised to ‘Invisible Hands Support UK’ helping people in poverty in Malawi and India
• Community-based workshops and private classes in art, textiles and ceramics run by Dorothy at Calon y Fferi, Ferryside DorothyMorris@hotmail.com
Dedicated to Wales
Oriel Mimosa is dedicated to original works of art and limited edition prints by Welsh and Welsh-based artists. Whatever your taste and your budget, you’ll find works from artists who have taken inspiration from the beauty of Wales. Here you’ll rediscover prominent and renown names from Welsh art such as Graham Sutherland, Augustus John, Kyffin Williams, John Knapp Fisher, Valerie Ganz and Donna Grey. Side by side with this you’ll discover up and coming local Welsh artists that Mimosa is committed to supporting and promoting. Visit Mimosa’s active re-sale section which displays quite exceptional art. Or join one of their regular ‘meet the artist’ or coffee morning events.
68 Rhosmaen Street Llandeilo SA19 6EN
• Gallery named after clipper ship Mimosa that sailed from Liverpool to Patagonia in 1865 carrying Welsh emigrants committed to preserving Welsh traditions and language that were under threat at home
• Oriel Mimosa has the only original painting of the ‘Mimosa’ in existence – limited edition prints available
• No dedicated car parking, however Llandeilo has a very reasonably priced car parking in town centre
• Wheelchair friendly