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March marks the opening of two new exhibitions at the Oriel Davies Gallery, that continue their mission to show ground-breaking national and international art and craft, in the heart of Powys.

Vanishing Point brings together an extraordinary body of new work by Cardiff based Kelly Best, for the artist’s first major exhibition in Wales.

The exhibition is an exciting chance to explore Best’s steel, watercolour and drawn work, directly after her three month Creative Wales residency at The British School at Rome. Like in her previous projects with Chapter Arts Centre, Plymouth Arts Centre, and for Jerwood 3-Phase, the work has a minimal appearance. However, the processes leading towards her pared-back and seemingly-effortless aesthetic, are labour intensive and physically challenging. Best uses an intuitive process of ‘doing’, where repetition and creative rules instruct her practice; these methods often demand a significant amount of endurance and create prolific outputs.

Rory Duckhouse is an artist, writer and editor based in Cardiff. Instructions for Imagined Spaces, presents a series of his instructional guides that offer you an experience of an imagined space. It will also feature a series of participatory artwork, proposals, crosswords and visual puzzles sent out via post. Duckworth’s background in photography informs his consideration of ideas around information, power and control, through a combination of both image and text.                      

Vanishing Point and Instructions for Imagined Spaces are both on at Oriel Davies, 11 March – 10 May 2017.

Read about Kelly Best’s 3-Phase project with Jerwood, Eastside Projects and g39 in CCQ no9 here:


Image cover and above: Vanishing ​Point, Kelly Best, 2017, Oriel Davies, Courtesy of the Artist