Gower Open Studios is a new initiative whereby a number of Gower-based artists open their studios to the public and invite them to take a look inside. The scheme was initiated in 2017, courtesy of funding through the Gower Landscape Partnership. Now in its second year, Gower Open Studios is taking place concurrently with the Gower Festival and the Llanmadoc & Cheriton Open Gardens scheme, during the first two weeks of July.
To coincide with the Llanmadoc and Cheriton Open Gardens, painter Eleanor Williams and her colleague, textile artist, Anne John will be showing their work in Cheriton.
The opening event will be an opportunity to visit David Marchant at his gallery in Mumbles. Also in Mumbles, Ruby Anne Jewellery and Sara Phillips’ Seascape Curiosities are taking over the Ostreme Centre for a day. Caroline Rees and her creative friends will be showing at her home in Overland Road, as will painter Sara Holden in Thistleboon Drive.
Ffibrau y Gwyr is a new partnership formed by Tasha Middleton and Rachel Broughton, based at the woollen mill at the Gower Heritage Centre. During Open Studios, they will display examples of their work and run textile workshops. Landscape painter, Rowan Huntley, will be showing her work again in Pennard, and Phil Holden, will be conduct-ing a half-day coastal photography workshop. It will be interesting to see the contrast between Gill Pittman’s ceramic wall plaques and her daughter, Rosy Pittman’s exuberant, contemporary clothing designs in Reynoldston.
Other highlights include Anna Noel and Sarah Noel’s exquisite ceramics at their farmhouse studio in Brandy Cove, Micki Schloessingk’s salt-glazed wood-fired tableware at Bridge Pottery in Cheriton, the con-temporary stained glasswork of Catrin Jones, and her silversmith daught-er, Menna Jones, in Cilonen, and painter Beth Marsden at her delightfully idiosyncratic workplace in Penclawdd.
Not specifically art-related, but surely of interest to Open Studios’visitors, there will be a new monthly food market and social event taking place at Gower Heritage Centre in Parkmill on the the second Thursday of every month. Devised by Cae Tan Community Supported Agriculture, the Swansea Food Assembly, Little Valley Bakery, Square Peg café, and Gower Power Co-op, local food producers will be present offering for sale high-quality, Gower-produced ingredients. There will be pop-up food, including pizzas and burgers made from Gower Meadow beef, live music and a bar. Children will have the opportunity to create their own pizzas.
For details, see our full-colour brochure, or visit www.goweropenstudios.co.uk, or find Gower Open Studios on Facebook.