Welcome to our thirteenth Anglesey Arts Weeks, now firmly established in the Anglesey calendar as the most wide-ranging arts event on the Island.
Last year we had nearly 15,000 visitors to the event. Often the Anglesey weather is fine and sunny at Easter so here’s hoping! You can always combine studio visits to the beach, or go for a walk either on your own, or book onto one of our popular free ones. There are plenty of excellent places to stay on the Island so make a break of it if you are from away, or if living locally find out what happens in the studio on your doorstep.
This year during the Open Studios and Galleries Weeks, 60 painters, sculptors, photographers, filmmakers, printmakers, installation artists and craftworkers open their studios to visitors, or exhibit in one of the 5 participating galleries. You may find anything from cards, prints and original works of art to buy; see anything from works in progress to exhibitions of contemporary art. Venues include studios, chapels, barns, sheds, galleries and artists’ homes. You have the chance to meet and talk with the artist, often over a cup of tea, and gain a unique glimpse of the artistic process. Don’t feel shy about visiting; all the artists are only opening their studios as they are keen to meet you. As mentioned, we are offering four free art and landscape walks. Further details of these are in the Events Section.
The event is spread over the two full weeks of Easter with some artists opening all the time and others for only a few days. This year to make it easier for you to plan, the studio opening hours are always 11am–5pm on the days they are open. Also the A5 colour Guide has a folding cover which includes a map that helps you to plan your visits and navigate the Island. It also includes details of our walking tours, details of which can also be found in the Events section.
The Guide will be widely distributed, and a PDF copy, along with additions and corrections can be downloaded from here. In the Guide, alongside each artist entry, is a calendar marked with their opening days and in the back section of the Guide a daily schedule of all studios open on each day which enables you to plan a route to visit those open.
Until a few years ago we ran on a shoe string and struggled to raise funds to run the event, so this year we are once again extremely grateful to this year’s funders, the Arts Council of Wales, and Anglesey County Council, and to the previous help of the Welsh Government and the European Agricultural Fund for Rural Development who enabled us to do much more to promote and run the event.
If you enjoy your visit then come back in the autumn to discover the performing arts talent on the Island or sign up yourself or your group to the event. The Anglesey Performing Arts Weeks (APAW) (17 October – 2 November 2016) this year includes, in addition to Holyhead Arts Festival, the second year of the Anglesey Film Festival, SeeMôr; a taste of what is to come is shown under the Performing Arts Weeks section. For a copy of the Guide or if you have any questions contact the Ucheldre Centre 01407 763361, or firstname.lastname@example.org