Artsfest 2015 past Events
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FAS Christmas Exhibition 2015
  'Little Treasures'

Superb demonstration of drawing skills by members of FAS

A few members of Deborah Winter's Creative Writing Class under the roses in Tregwynt Mansion on Oct 8th

Taken  from a Creative Writing  Workshop at Tregwynt Mansion
held on October 8th  National Poetry Day led  by Deborah Winter
a poem written by Annie Butler

Though the calendar screams October

From a climbing rose at Tregwynt,
a fragrance leans in on a warm evening
though the calendar screams October
and the nodding stoop of trees
unpin their heavy curl of leaves;
though a dog fox , distant on the edge
of a newly ploughed field converses
with the rooks who speak of summer still
though a deceptive sun insists upon July,
we arrive with an uncertain blackbird
to berry pick another Autumn.

Anne Marie Butler       8th October 2015

A short film on the Exhibition can be seen on:-
    The Winner
R Jane James being presented with the 1000 prize as winner of the FAS Summer Exhibition 2015 by David Alston, Director of the Arts Council Wales
Maggie Brown receiving  the Conegar Public Vote Prize from FAS Chair, Gaynor McMorrin
for the painting
'I hear the Chough'

For more information on Maggie's work

During the Exhibition
we held 'Music Afternoons'
 with young Pembrokeshire musicians,

snippets from their performances can be seen on
 our Facebook page

Sponsored by
 Literature Wales
An evening with
Alex Barr

August 13th in the Ballroom
Nia Harries, cello
and Sanae Nakajima, piano.
Sponsored by Night Out.
The sound track on the Exhibition film
is taken from the recording made on the night.

Delyth Jenkins, Harp
Deborah Winter, Storyteller ,
Night Out sponsored this riveting
 and different evening in Tregwynt

Featured Artists' Exhibition in Fishguard Bay Hotel
Evan John has been painting for over 70years. A pupil of Ysgol Glannau Gwaun in the 1930's with no formal arts training he has endeared himself to the people of Pembrokeshire and beyond with his atmospheric paintings of characters and places of the area.
Read about Evan John on

Bill Harrison is a marine artist and, similarly to Evan John, has no formal art training.  Born in the North East of England he started his working life down the coal mines at 14 but left as soon ashe could to spend most of his life at sea. The great care he takes in getting the detail of his paintings correct comes from a thorough practical knowlege of his subject.

A very successful Drop-in Workshop for Voluntary Arts Wales Week

'Sea Inspiration'

Portrait Exhibition in Fishguard Library Gallery
Photos of the Exhibition can be seen on Flickr

A very successful Creative Writing Class with Deb Winter in Tregwynt Mansion 23rd April

Story Slam audience voted Deb Winter Storyteller of the Year 2015     

One of the class Annie Butler has sent a poem(below) from the initial writing exercise

Creative Writing Workshop
by Diana Powell

A few days ago, I attended a Creative Writing workshop, run by Deborah Winter , a prize-winning short-story writer.

Deborah has recently moved to the area from the south-west, where she established a loyal following for her classes, and nurtured her group’s talent to such a degree, that their collections were repeated winners of the David St John Charitable Trust anthology award.  She is now hoping to emulate her success in Pembrokeshire.

Creative writing workshops come in a variety of shapes and sizes.  This was a day course, billed as ‘suitable for all levels’.  There were nine of us – which is a good number – but, as the majority were beginners, Deborah quite rightly tailored her teaching to their needs.

As a tutor, Deborah was friendly and considerate, putting us at our ease.  She was enthusiastic and very encouraging, asking pertinent questions in order to ensure we all contributed, both orally and on paper.  And that was her key aim – to get us writing.  She did this with a variety of short exercises, wanting to provoke ideas and start us off.  Soon, we were all scribbling away, but we were never under any pressure to read, or to keep to her brief, as ‘go where your imaginations take you!’ is what she believes in.   She offered guidance if required, but was also happy to leave well alone.  And, as promised in her ‘blurb’, there was a lot of laughter.

What did I, as a more experienced writer, gain from this workshop, in addition to an enjoyable day spent with like-minded company?   The opening of a story…  One of Deborah’s prompts was a list of phrases.  The three words ‘I am falling’ resonated with my inner voice, and sparked off some sentences which could go somewhere.  I’m not sure where, yet, or if they’ll ever arrive.  But a good beginning is always welcome – essential, maybe, when it comes to short-stories, and I went away with an idea, which is just what Deborah was hoping for.  And me, too!

Exhibition and 'War Game' and concert in Tregwynt Mansion

Martin Small gave engaging talks to very appreciative audiences on
 'The Battle that Never Was'
 using scale numerically 1:5 model

February 21st and 22nd

A paper written by Martin Small and Mark Davies can be seen by
 clicking here:

Facebook See Delyth performing in the Ballroom on our Facebook Page
 Harp Concert 7:30pm 21st Feb
CD label for 'Llais'
The latest for CD for Delyth Jenkins

Original drawings for the Tapestry by Elizabeth Cramp

Exhibition of associated works