The Oriel Space

The Oriel Space is our biggest gallery space where we celebrate local artists and stories. Exhibitions in this space change regularly, so there is always something new to see!

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2019 Exhibitions

Quilters’ Guild Region 12: Celebration of 40 years

Opens 6th July – 26th July

The Quilter’s Guild celebrates 40 years in 2019. As a region we would like to put out a challenge to our members and affiliated Groups. We would like as many members/groups as possible to make a quilt on the theme of ‘Celebration’. These quilts will form a touring exhibition which will be on display at the Cynon Valley Museum for this period.

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Miskin Art Society: Group Project

Opens 2nd August – closes 24th August

Rugby 2019: an exhibition exploring the impact of the sport across the Cynon Valley

Opens 30th August – closes 28th September

In the run up to the start of the Rugby World Cup, this exhibition will explore the impact of the game in the Cynon Valley, from clubs bringing communities together, to international success stories from our doorstep.

Aberdare Art Society: Annual Show

Opens 4th October – closes 19th October

“The Aberdare Art Society was established in 1938. The members produce work in a variety of media and are inspired to produce their work from wide ranging sources of inspiration. This exhibition showcases the Society’s 2019 work and the talent of local people.”

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Photography: Japanese Portraits & Intentional Camera Movement

Opens 25th October – closes 9th November

This exhibition will feature the work of two local artists focussed on the theme of Japanese Portraits and medium of Intentional Camera Movement.


Serialist Art Collective: Sufferance 

Opens 15th Noevmber – closes 30th November

“I am an abstract, expressionist artist based in Cardiff. I have been artistically creative most of my life but came a self-employed artist in 2009 as “arielartanddesign”. I have a studio in a warehouse on Splott and a small workshop at home. I prefer to work in oil on canvas but I design and make decor for festivals in acrylic on calico, some of which have been used for the BBC TV Series ‘Craith’.

I also write a fanzine, poetry and short stories, some of which I have illustrated. I like to invent themes and concepts for group exhibitions and am one of the founder members of the ‘The Serialist Art Collective’. including exhibitions Metemorphosis in 2009 and Epiphany in 2016. I like to work from a grid to which I add patterns and formations that build up over layer upon layer carefully blending vibrant colours. I pride myself on my colourisatio. I have developed my own idiosyncratic style and technique. This can be earily recognised as my own.

This exhibition is based aroudn the idea of people who ‘fight for their cause’, their beliefs, hopes, dreams, religion. Open to putting themselves in the line of fire. For example, the Suffragettes, the Chartists, the Starving artist or Martyr.

Fiona Harper: The Taff Trajectory

Opens 6th December – closes 21st December

“My work is a visual journey inspired by the ever-changing landscape along the Taff Trail. This trail is the route between Cardiff Bay in the south and Brecon in the north. The trail has been achieved by using the former routes of tramways, railways, canals and the present day tow paths. These series of paintings were inspired by the experience of living and working in the South Wales Valleys where nature and the elements interact with the iconography of an industrial past set within the context of today.

My fine art degree steered me towards sculpture I look for form within the landscape, a stone wall, the curve of the mountain. I compose my work around that form being sensitive to this particular landscape- hill farms meeting the industrial past. The paintings are sinister in aspect the landscape staggering in beauty contains uglyness and menace.

I walk many distances, I look, I witness, I understand, I paint.

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