Roger Lougher

Roger Lougher

16 September // Medi – 27 October // Hydref 2017

Roger Lougher has been collaborating with artist Anne-Mie Melis and is here looking back over a recent project at g39 gallery in Cardiff.

Both Melis and Lougher are curious about how we live within our environment and the possibility of this being done in a sustainable way. We are interested in the ecological impact of contemporary society on the natural environment and how that natural environment is framed philosophically and represented in art.

As part of our practice we frequently present workshops, across all ages. We see these workshops as opportunities to research our practice and to enter into dialogue with people who are not familiar with contemporary art. Recently we have been collaborating as Creative Practitioners, finding art based solutions to delivering the school curriculum.

We saw growing chicory in a gallery as an opportunity to explore our collaboration further. The gallery became a nursery in which to germinate the seeds of our joint imaginations, and a hothouse in which to force this organic growth through further interaction with other artists.

We made trials of growing plants inside the gallery, in the unnatural surroundings of the space. Our aim was to build a working prototype of an incubator and to grow edible plants. We wanted to research and share this process, make visible and encourage conversation about issues related to our contemporary nature, the food we eat, our changing climate and our responsibilities as citizens of our planet. In doing this we began to see the chicory as a third collaborator, a teacher and a fellow artist. In investigating this we were struck at references to non-human collaboration in anthropology.

The work you will see through Oriel Blodau Bach is a representation and analysis of this project and further musings on the project. It will be using Oriel Blodau Bach as one would use a blog on the internet. Please contact me if you wish to discuss anything posted at: Melin Glonc, Drefelin, Llandysul, SA44 5XB. Thank you.

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Mae Roger Lougher wedi bod yn cyd-weithio gyda artist Anne-Mie Melis ac yma mae’n bwrw golwg dros brosiect diweddar yn oriel g39 yng Nghaerdydd.

Rhanna Melis a Lougher ddiddordeb yn y modd yr ydym yn byw o fewn ein hamgylchedd a’r posibilrwydd o allu gwneud hyn mewn ffordd gynaliadwy. Mae ganddynt ddiddordeb yn yr effaith ecolegol sydd gan y gymdeithas gyfoes ar yr amgylchedd naturiol, a sut y mae’r amgylchedd hwnnw yn cael ei fframio’n athronyddol a’i gynrychioli mewn celf.

Fel rhan o’u hymarfer maent yn aml yn cyflwyno gweithdai i bobl o bob oedran. Gwelant y gweithdai hyn fel cyfle i ymchwilio eu hymarfer a chychwyn deialog gyda phobl nad ydynt yn gyfarwydd â chelf gyfoes. Yn ddiweddar buont yn cyd-weithio gydag Ymarferwyr Creadigol, i ddarganfod ffyrdd i gyflwyno cwricwlwm yr ysgol trwy weithgareddau celf.

Gwelwyd cyfle i ymchwilio eu partneriaeth ymhellach trwy dyfu sicori mewn oriel gelf. Yn y modd hwn daeth yr oriel yn feithrinfa lle y gellid egino hadau dychymyg y ddau ohonynt, ac yn dŷ gwydr lle y gellid ymwthio’r tyfiant organig trwy ymwneud gydag artistiaid eraill.

Arbrofwyd gyda thyfu planhigion tu fewn i’r oriel, yn  amgylchedd annaturiol y gofod. Y nod oedd adeiladu prototeip gweithredol o ddeorydd a thyfu planhigion bwytadwy. Roeddynt yn awyddus i ymchwilio a rhannu’r broses; amlygu ac annog trafodaeth am bwyntiau yn ymwneud a bywyd naturiol cyfoes, bwyd, newid hinsawdd a’n cyfrifoldeb fel dinasyddion i’r blaned. Trwy hyn, gwelwyd sicori fel y trydydd cydweithiwr, athro a chyd-artist. Yn yr ymchwiliad, daethant yn fwy ymwybodol o gyfeiriadau at gyd-weithredu annynol mewn anthropoleg.

Mae’r gwaith a welwch yn Oriel Blodau Bach yn gynrychiolaeth a dadansoddiad o’r prosiect ynghyd a sylwadau pellach am y prosiect. Bydd yn defnyddio Oriel Blodau Bach yn yr un modd a a blog ar y rhyngrwyd. Croeso ichi gysylltu â Roger Lougher os hoffech drafod unrhywbeth a osodir yma : Melin Glonc, Drefelin, Llandysul, SA44 5XB. Diolch.


Roger Lougher

Our exhibition with Roger Lougher during September and October 2017 will grow and change over the duration of the show. Keep an eye open for new additions as the piece develops…

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Zara Kuchi

29 August // Awst – 13 September // Medi 2017


Zara Kuchi was born in Cornwall and studied art at Carmarthenshire College of Arts and Technology going on to graduate from Falmouth College of Arts with First Class Honours in 2000. Kuchi is primarily an oil painter but also works in printmaking and watercolour.
Having travelled in South America and Europe and now raising two children in West Wales she draws together her experiences of life and visual culture in an on-going body of work. She is a long term member of the King Street Gallery artist’s co-operative in Carmarthen.

Starlings is part of a series of folk bird paintings originating in a homage to the ‘Love Birds’ of East European textiles and growing into a wider celebration of the symbolism of birds within art. Kuchi is currently working on a series of birds entitled ‘Peace in our Time’ echoing the use of the dove and the pigeon during the birth of the International Peace Conferences of post-War Europe.

Zara Kuchi

Jacob Whittaker


10 July // Gorffennaf – 25 August // Awst 2017

Bragu Blodeuwedd
A film about transformation

Gorse ~~ Meadowsweet ~~ Oak ~~ Broom


This short experimental work uses the flowers from the story of Blodeuwedd and follows their transformations through fermentation processes, evoking the spirit of Blodeuwedd through chemistry, colour and sound.

The work looks at brewing as a creative act, the recipe and process become a ritual, a conjouring.

Gorse, Oak and Meadowsweet wines blended in equal parts, add 3 drops of Broom infused spirit and place in a jar with a barn owl pellet.

The final infusion continues to change as the wines oxidise and the pellet breaks down.

Perhaps she is alive.

Ac yna y kymeryssant wy blodeu y deri, a blodeu y banadyl, a blodeu yr erwein, ac o’r rei hynny, asswynaw yr un uorwyn deccaf a thelediwaf a welas dyn eiroet. Acybedydyaw o’r bedyd a wneynt yna, a dodi Blodeued arnei.

Williams, Ivor, ed., Pedeir Keinc y Mabinogi, (Cardiff, University of Wales, 1951)

Jacob Whittaker

Bragu Blodeuwedd : Cerddoriaeth//music:

The soundtrack in the Bragu Blodeuwedd video was composed and performed by Deuair (Elsa Davies and Ceri Owen-Jones):

Description of Blodeuwedd from Llyfr Gwyn Rhydderch (c.1350, Parcrhydderch, Llangeitho) was entwined with chosen contemporaneous melodies (c.1320-80, Tyddewi diocese) whose words venerate female love and show honour with flower symbolism.

These words and tunes were included in an antiphonal made during the same period as the compiling of Llyfr Gwyn Rhydderch, intended for specific use in the Welsh liturgical calendar.

An arrangement of choral voices was transferred to Crwth, Telyn Wrachod, and Telyn Efydd, traditional instruments of poetic art in Wales with pre-Christian lineage.

The score was composed from these influences by playing with the shifting rhythms and tones of Jacob’s sound recordings of the brewing process and to his film images.

‘[…] blodeu y deri, a blodeu y banadyl a blodeu yr erwein.’
Flowers of Broom and Gorse. Mae telyn efydd yn canu ‘Sicut Lilium Inter Spinas’.

‘[…] nit oed gyueir arnei hi ny bei yn llawn oe garyat ef.’
Meadowsweet. Mae crwth yn canu ‘O Certe Precipuus Marie Magdalene Amor’.

‘Keisswn nineu ui a thi oc an hut an lledrith hudaw gwreic idaw ynteu or blodeu.’
Oak, strength and fuel. Mae telyn wrachod yn canu ‘Kaniad Yr Efail’, alaw o’r crynhoad cerddoriaeth canoloesol Cymreig.

Forged with magic and illusion, ‘Blodeuwedd’ appears while crwth enchants ‘Felix Maria Familiam Custodi’, ‘[…] hitheu a gymerth diruawr lywenyd yndi.’

Elsa Davies and Ceri Owen-Jones

Bragu Blodeuwedd was originally commissioned for Aberystwyth Storytelling Festival 2017.

Making Flower Wines

Alongside our current exhibition Bragu Blodeuwedd at Oriel Blodau Bach, artist Jacob Whittaker has given us his recipe for making flower wine.

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1Kg sugar
1 lemon
½ cup of strong cold black tea
All purpose wine yeast
1tsp yeast nutrient

Pick all the flowers off the stalks as much as possible, the green parts are generally bitter or unpleasant tasting!

Put them in a clean, sterilised fermenting bucket with the sugar and the juice of a lemon.

Add cold water, 6 pints for a gallon, yeast and nutrient, stir well until all the sugar has dissolved. Cover loosely with a lid or towel and leave in a warm place.

Stir daily for 4 or 5 days, it should be fermenting vigorously by day 3.

On day 4 or 5 strain into a demijohn (top up with water or white grape juice if needed), fit an airlock and leave to ferment, it usually takes about 4-6 weeks.

Syphon wine off the sediment into another demijohn and move to a cooler place to clear.

All flower wines are drinkable very soon after making, although they will keep for years they don’t generally improve much after a month.

A word of caution:
Always ensure you have identified your flowers correctly, never make wine from anything you are uncertain of. Broom is a toxic plant and the flowers should be used with caution.

Julie Ann Sheridan


15 May // Mai – 3 July // Gorffennaf 2017

Symbiosis : Lichens, small but critical

Symbiosis – A relationship between two types of animal or plant in which each provides for the other the conditions necessary for its continued existence.

Symbiosis in lichens is the mutually helpful symbiotic relationship of algae living among filaments of a fungus. Lichen is a combination of fungus and algae and as an entity has a very different form than the parts growing by themselves.
By cohabiting with the fungus, the algae can live in many different environments and extend its range significantly. The symbiotic nature and pattern of lichen illustrating these relationships serving as a metaphor for how we should live our lives by working together.

“This painting depicts Cladonia cristatella, commonly known as the British soldiers lichen, is a fruticose lichen belonging to the family Cladoniaceae. It’s a favourite of mine and served as the inspiration for my current body of work.”
These pieces are the beginning of a larger body of work currently being created by Julie Ann Sheridan in The Last Gallery Studio, Llangadog.

Julie Ann Sheridan


Lonely Signpost

Lonely Signpost

3 April // Ebrill – 12 May // Mai 2017

LonleySignpost_edited-1The Elephant in the Room

Oriel Blodau Bach are delighted to host a new piece of work by artist /activist project, Lonely Signpost.

“The elephant silhouette and its counterpart – the cut out shape which has been placed 30 metres north of the gallery on an empty signpost on the A485 – explores the notion that empty signposts ARE the ‘elephant in the room’, they are there in full plain sight, but ignored….no-one wants to talk about them….they are there, but not there…”

Lonely Signpost is an Art Intervention project devised to draw attention to empty and abandoned signposts in the UK.