WEDNESDAY SEPTEMBER 17th 2014 – 10.30am to 3.0pm

You are invited to a Painting Day at the beautiful picturesque Gardens of Plas Newydd, home for 50 years of the famous Ladies of Llangollen.

Meet outside the café courtyard at 10.30am and at 10.45am there  will be a tour of the Gardens and in particular a look at the watercolour paintings of the Dell done by Lady Leighton (Mary Parker) proposed to be one of the best amateur watercolour artists of the time.  The rest of the day will  be free for you to sketch/paint as you choose (bring your own materials etc.) and mix with other artists.

The story of the Ladies and the house is fascinating and if you wish to take a tour of the house while you are here there will be a special 10% discount off  the price:-

        Adults                                From £5.50    to    £4.95        

        Seniors/Concessions                From £4.50    to    £4.05

If you do not have time on the day but would like to come back another day a voucher can be issued offering the same discount for the house.

There is a good café on site with homecooked food  -   lunches, cakes and afternoon teas etc.  or you can bring your own picnic.

If you are interested in coming for the day please contact Sue Hall/Kevin Pennington between 10.00am & 5.00pm (except Tuesdays) on  01978 862834 or reply by e-mail.

Best wishes

Sue Hall (Plas Newydd)



Ruthin Craft Centre – some good things going on there!

Laura Ellen Bacon, Inundation.

An immersive, abstract installation in willow, especially devised for Ruthin Craft Centre.

Stand in the midst of a huge, flowing mass of swelling forms, ripples and surges. Smell the enduring scent of the natural material; watch the shadows describe new waves upon the walls. Material pours in, to the point where the space is full, responding both to the existing architecture and to the flow of visitors.

Using the precise language of a highly particular making skill to engulf the gallery, Laura Ellen Bacon manipulates and ties thousands of rods of willow, their inherent tension tethered by knotting, their potential for spring and movement still apparent. Mass is created by multiple human-scale gestures, a new architectural structure in a natural material.

Curated by Sara RobertsLEB-talk-360x260 LEB-main1-260x185TALK

Laura Ellen Bacon in Conversation

with Sara RobertsThursday 28 August2.00pmFREE, please call to book a place

Can the process of making reflect other processes? With her new work for Ruthin Craft Centre, Inundation, Laura Ellen Bacon has drawn parallels between the immersive techniques of producing her immense installations and the power and volume of flood waters. The work reflects upon recent history of extremes of flooding: both in North Wales and in the Somerset Levels where the willow for this work was grown. Laura will speak about the issues involved in making site-specific installations on this scale, of the techniques used and on her past work for sites such as historic houses.

To book your place,
Call 01824 704774.