Oriel y Parc welcomes Heather Nixon as next Artist in Residence

An artist whose career has taken her from her Northern roots to time spent in the Near East and Wales will become the latest Artist in Residence at Oriel y Parc Gallery and Visitor Centre in St Davids.

Heather Nixon, who has spent many years living and working in places such as Jerusalem, Syria and Jordan, will take up residency at Oriel y Parc from September 15th to January 31st 2015.

Heather Nixon will be the latest Artist in Residence at Oriel y Parc Gallery and Visitor Centre, from September 15th to January 31st 2015.

Heather Nixon will be the latest Artist in Residence at Oriel y Parc Gallery and Visitor Centre.

Heather said: “I have lived in Pembrokeshire for over 20 years. During that time I have spent extended periods painting abroad and returning to this phenomenal landscape.

Her recent work pays particular attention to the experience of wooden gig rowing in a team, on the sea.

She added: "It is a subjective approach to seascape which ties into the rhythmic movement of rowing, placing the oar in time with the others, observing the waves at close hand, searching for what lies beneath the surface of the sea, getting lost in the blueness of the airy, watery space whilst always keeping in mind the curvature of the earth on the horizon.

“Visitors to my studio and workshop will be able to see the process by which I translate my daily experience of the Pembrokeshire Coast into paintings of abstract form. In addition to my paintings and drawings, visitors will be able to see the photographs and sketches which I use to inform my work.”

Oriel y Parc welcomes Heather Nixon as next Artist in Residence

Heather, who lives near Solva, studied at Cardiff Art School and Berlin HdK. In 1992 she embarked on a North Arts Travel Scholarship to Jerusalem followed by a further seven years studio practice in the Middle East. In 2002 she moved with family to Abu Dhabi, setting up Gallery Twam in Al Ain before returning to Pembrokeshire in 2005 to continue painting practice and exhibitions in Wales.

Oriel y Parc Interim Manager Emma Bowen said: “It is a pleasure to welcome Heather to the Artist in Residence studio at Oriel y Parc, and no doubt her interesting experiences in the Middle East will impact on her work here in South West Wales.

“There will be many opportunities for the public to engage with Heather during her time here, as she is keen to provide a range of workshops for those interested in the creative process. For full details please contact Oriel y Parc.”

Oriel y Parc is a Pembrokeshire Coast National Park Visitor Centre which is also home to the Amgueddfa Cymru – National Museum Wales in Pembrokeshire. The current exhibition in the main gallery until September 23rd is Llareggub: Peter Blake illustrates Dylan Thomas’s Under Milk Wood.

For more information on all current and future exhibitions at Oriel y Parc, call 01437 720392 or visit www.orielyparc.co.uk.


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