One night, four years ago, at our home in North London, my husband and I started discussing the idea of moving to Wales. Roll on 6 months and we had started a whole new life in Penarth. Now our children attend a Welsh medium school here and my husband is Senior Copywriter for The Royal Mint in Llantrisant.
Living away from home for over 20 years has benefitted me, but unquestionably, since returning home, my career as an artist has developed significantly. Last year my art work was exhibited in one of the world’s most famous art galleries: The Saatchi Gallery.
In addition to living in London, I have lived in Australia, Canada, and New Zealand. Perhaps it is due to my years of travelling, the theme of ‘home’ is one I revisit through my art.
On April 12th I will be launching an exhibition of textiles on the theme of ‘home’ at Penarth Pier Pavilion. The exhibition, including the theme will be shared with Carol Bartlett, of Sew Lovely. Work by local children will also appear in the exhibition.
The composer of Tiger Bay and writer of Llwyth, Dafydd James, will speak at the opening about the influence of home on his work. Penarth’s Analogue Music Club (AMC) will play tunes on the theme of home. Snowcat Cinema will screen ‘Sleep Furiously’ – a film linked to the theme. We invite everyone who is interested to join us at the Pier on the night of the opening party on Friday April 12th at 7pm.