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Sian Povey tells us about the end of a busy summer and the start of an equally packed autumn and winter at Plas Glan y Weddw.

We had a lot of things going on over the summer. Our outdoor theatre hosted performances from a company called Illyria, who have been coming for a number of years. This year it was Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice, Hans Christian Andersen’s The Emperor’s New Clothes and Shakespeare’s Comedy of Errors. Those performances always go down well with visitors. We also had a show from Two Blondes and a Harp, a musical cabaret act, plus outdoor screenings from Starry Night Cinema through August. There was a great selection of films, everything from Pirates of the Caribbean and Harry Potter to Saturday Night Fever and Top Gun.

Now that summer’s over, there are a lot of new things happening at Plas. We’ve just launched an exhibition of North and South Wales potters, featuring unique ceramics from across the country. We’re also running an Affordable Art Exhibition from some of the artists who regularly display their work in our galleries.

But we’re particularly excited about our new exhibition from Gillian Ayres. She’s widely regarded as one of Britain’s most important abstract artists so we’re very privileged to have her work in our gallery. She lived at Llaniestyn on the Llŷn Peninsula during the 1980s and used to spend a lot of time at her sister’s cottage in Corris during the 1950s, so her paintings at Plas are having something of a homecoming. We’ve got four of her paintings on display until 17 December, as well as three of her prints for sale, which is a real treat for art lovers.

To complement the exhibition, there are some half-term arts workshops inspired by the work of Gillian Ayres, where the children can experiment with different colours and shapes. These kind of events are always very popular. A local artist called Catrin Williams will be coming in and working with the kids to create their own artworks.

Alongside the art, we’ve also got music at our October Concert with singing from tenor Trystan Llyr Griffiths and baritone Steffan Lloyd Owen, accompanied on the piano by Annette Bryn Parri. The concert will also feature Gwydion Rhys a young musician on the cello. Finally, there’s our Friends Christmas Concert on 10 December, which is a big part of our festive celebrations, which kick off on 19 November. There’s an opportunity to shop for gifts in the gallery and craft shop and enjoy the lights on the huge Christmas tree and festive decorations in the great hall. There are also live workshops to entertain the children and live background music with a 10% discount will be available on artwork, crafts and food throughout the day. We’ll also be offering Christmas Lunch in the café on Wednesdays, Tuesdays and Fridays between 6-15 December (don’t forget to book in advance).

It all adds up to a very busy autumn and winter for Plas. For more information on what’s happening, visit the Plas Glan y Weddw website.

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