Monday, 10 September 2012

Helfa Gelf Open Studios.

The Old Goods Yard will be open every weekend in September as part of the Helfa Gelf Arts Trail.  Do come round for a chat and to see the artists working in their spaces.  There is tea and coffee, interactive art and some beautiful and original work for sale.

Saturday, 1 September 2012

One Human Seven Hurdles. Collaboration with Jelili Atiku

On the 12th August, 2012, the fantastic Jelili Atiku came to visit TOGYG, the artist group run by Bangor Greadigol, based at The Old Goodsyard, Treborth.  Jelili inspired us all with his enthusiasm and pulled performance pieces from even the most reticent of us. A true collaboration, where each artist expressed their individuality while still remaining but one part of a group.

Andrew Agace flew his plane.......

Richard Houghton de-constructed........

Lisa Hudson made marks..........

Jaci Atkinson created enery........

Femke van Gent made waves..........

Jo Alexander protected..........

Wanda Zyborska emerged........

Jelili Atiku spread blessings and love to the winds...... 

A fantastic day was had by all, as the artists ended the day with a beautiful barbeque and lovely atmosphere.
Thanks to all who came.

Monday, 6 August 2012

Jelili Atiku visits Bangor as part of his European Tour

Internationally acclaimed performance artist from Nigeria,  Jelili Atiku will be coming to Bangor for an exclusive talk and performance at The Old Goodsyard Treborth Open Day on the 12th August, 1 til There will also be contributions from Mocambo Cappoeira, Circus Syrcas, Clwb Cabaret,   Latin Music from Querico and film screenings.  The artists from TOGYG ( Bangor greadigol ) will be collaborating with Jelili Atiku and opening their studios for the day .
 Jelili Atiku is a Nigerian multimedia and political artist whose work s concerned with Human Rights and justice, as well as having a strong environmental theme  Through drawing, installation sculpture, photography, video and live art performance; he strives to help viewers reconnect their lives with their environment.  Jelili Atiku is visiting the UK as part of a tour of Europe. He has recently done a successful performance in the new Tanks at Tate modern, and is  part of the Manchester Festival, where he will be giving a talk and performance on 9th August. On this day he will be making a new performance in cllaboration with the artists from TGYG.
 The Old Goodsyard Treborth is a community of local artists, musicians, film makers and performers, located near the beautiful Treborth Botanical Gardens.  Opened in January of this year, it is a thriving centre for local arts.
Fr more information contact / Lisa on 07427 603545


Friday, 8 July 2011

Bangor Greadigol presents Irene Carruthers and Sue Evans. September - November 2010

Our last exhibition in the Dr China unit was of work by Irene Carruthers and Sue Evans. Irene and Sue are both graduates from University of Wales Bangor class of 2010 and this was their Debut since the Degree show. Although different in approach and style, both of these artists share a passion for unusual materials, and both are tracing a very personal story through investigations into history and ancient experience.

Irene Carruthers
Mud Drawings and Paintings

I have chosen to use non-conventional materials sourced directly from Anglesey. River muds, earth, clays and raw ochres - Materials with almost zero carbon footprint.
My current body of work is based on the riverine megalithic landscape surrounding Bryn Celli Du burial chamber in Eastern Anglesey where I made a seven day residency.
I have worked solely from sketchbooks and notes compiled during the residency - in a building through whose portal light has pierced for some five thousand years or more.
I am humbled.

Sue Evans
My work explores the subject of identity, persecution and displacement, which may have been taken from a specific historical event or situation, and used as my point of departure.
This starts as an experience that I put myself into and I become emotionally involved in the work. The ideas dictate what materials or media I use.
Artists who have influenced my work are conceptual artists Doris Salcedo and Christian Boltanski whose work also explores the subject of identity, loss and displacement.
My work is intended to act as a visual voice that I have given the victims, to tell their own story, and a horrifying reminder of what happened to them.

At the beginning of November Bangor Greadigol left the Dr China Shop to make way for a christmas calendar shop: the calendar shop closed and made way for a foot spa, complete with we are currently homeless, or, as we prefer to call it, "free floating".  Watch the empty spaces in Bangor, we could pop up anywhere.......

Thursday, 16 June 2011

Bangor Greadigol Presents.....Friars School

July to September 2010

The summer holidays were dedicated to the paintings of the talented school leavers from both year eleven and year 12 from Friars school.  A wide variety of styles and subjects were shown, from woodland scenes to a dismembered pigs head.  This was their first experience of exhibiting in a public arena, and the people of Bangor's first chance to see the work of these creative young artists.

Monday, 13 June 2011

"Captive Trees" by Jaci Atkinson. May - July 2010

Throughout May to July 2010, shoppers in the Deiniol enjoyed  the haunting shapes of  "Captive Trees " by local Painter and Sculptor Jaci Atkinson.

Artists Statement

Much of my work concerns time and how our attitude to it shapes us.
Time is an abstract concept, we measure it minutely and obsessively to control our lives, and number our days and we use it as light years to measure the vastness of outer space, distances beyond imagination. There are also the slow changes that happen over time, wood gradually becoming stone,
stone becoming dust. Times’ shadow is captured within the structure of the earth, which while we live our short lives of seventy or so years, continues its slow change, measuring time for generations
Captive Trees
The materials I use are chosen because they have a particular quality, they create an atmosphere, an expression. I try to exploit their qualities whilst keeping true to their nature, keeping the simplicity integral to each, whether they are sharp, brittle, strong, transparent, flowing, soft. The feeling they create becomes a conduit for thoughts and emotions implicit in being human, so that each person can draw from the work something they may see in it and something from within themselves.

Jaci Atkinson

Thursday, 7 April 2011

Bangor Carnival. June 12th 2010

After the council scrapped the Bangor Carnival 12 years ago, there has been no big community events in Bangor untill the good people of the People of Bangor Community Group decided to revive it in 2010.  Community run and funded, the carnival was a celebration of the people of Bangor. From Carnival queens and pop stars to peace groups and Cappoeira, we all processed through the town to the rythm of Bangor Samba and Batala.  Bangor Greadigol was there in force with walking paintings, a walking sculpture by Wanda Zyborska ( manned by Martyn Hudson ), Performance artists Femke van Gent and Natasha Steinburg, as well as friends and family.  A fantastic day was had by all.

Natasha Steinburg and "Presence" created by Wanda Zyborska and worn by martyn Hudson

Technical hitch

Harri Challis Jones, Tilia Taylor and Alice Challis Jones

Natasha Steinburg and bangor Peace Group

Natasha Steinburg, Femke van Gent ( in red ) and Martyn hudson  (in rubber)

Legs by Femke van Gent, carried by Haisee

Lisa Hudson with mirror, and roses.