Window onto Wales: Events

Exhibitions, Events, Classes and Workshops

Hilary Bryanston, Roy Guy and Ian Glendenning, each with their individual calendar of events for 2017 and onwards.  Also available from this page, Ian Glendenning’s excellent monthly Astro Alert Newsletters, wherein a plethora of astronomical information, weblinks to amazing celestial photography, current observation data, events calendar and much more is assembled in an easily digestible form.  Thank you, Ian, for this generous service.

Hilary Bryanston



Mondays:  10 – 12 noon; Wednesdays: 6:30 – 8:30 pm

Venue: Berllan Las Studios, Pontardawe; Cost £8.

Limited space – Please ring first:   01792 823444

Thursdays from 17th September – see POSTER:  NOW £8

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The Blue Orchard Group

This started in 2007 in response to a request from Anjie Dickinson at Pontardawe Arts Centre to have a rolling Art Exhibition in the foyer. I was given 15 frames  to fill so I set about finding quality professional artists in the area to invite.
It was also decided that the exhibition would be there to raise  much needed funds for the ancient  & lovely de-consecrated Llangiwg church. This was purchased by members of the community  about eight years ago. It can be reached from the Gwrhyd road which is a turning at the Travellers Well in Rhyd-y-Fro. After about half a mile up the steep narrow hill, there is a sign to Llangiwg on the right. If you have driven over the cattle grid, you have gone too far!  Membership enquiries can go to Phillis Lewis 01792 862078
Finding the right sort of artists proved to be a bit harder than I first thought because not all artists work on paper producing A3 or smaller sized work. The reality is that doing this has been a bit like herding cats.
 Hilary Bryanston


the-studioAll ages and abilities, in:

Drawing Techniques: Pencil, Charcoal, Oil Pastels, Soft Pastels, Ink     

Painting Techniques: Watercolours, Gouache, Oils, Acrylics

3D Techniques: Stone carving, Wood carving, Ceramics, Mosaics

All aspects of drawing and painting are on offer, including work from still life, portraits, or landscape.  Also ideas that are formed imaginatively can be developed.  Different aspects of the History of Art will also be taught.  accommodation-berllan-las  All workshops are available for small groups (maximum 6 students) or individuals, at a time arranged to suit your needs.  It is possible to book several days in a row or just one, or to come on a weekly basis.  Lunch or bed and breakfast also available.

Location: Ynysmeudwy,Pontardawe.  Tel. 01792 832444




Private Tuition – Time to suit: £20 per hour *     

*Private TuitionAll day including lunch: £60*      

* Bed and Breakfast£35 Single, £50 Double


Star Trails Over Waen Lleuci

Star Trails Over Waen Lleuci


Astronomy and Photography Events

Please see current edition of AA Newsletter for up-to-date listing of events and classes, available by contacting Ian Glendenning at  ian.glendenning@live.co.uk

Astronomy at Llangiwg Church

The Leonid Meteor Shower: Friday 17th Nov 2017 at 7:00 pm.

Stargazing in the event of good weather, talk and slide show if inclement. Soup and refreshments will be served for a donation of £5.

Llangiwg Church, Pontardawe, is a wonderful place to do astronomy enjoying a location of atmospheric beauty. The Ordnance Survey grid ref is SO 272 206 and for Sat Nav the postcode is SA8 4TP. It is adjacent to the 13th tee of the Pontardawe Golf Club, if that is any help! Roads to it are in a fairly poor state so please drive carefully. More advice on best route is given at www.llangiwg.com

 AstroGothics Meetings 2017


AstroGothics, by Hilary Bryanston

Series XVI recommences 8th Sept. 2017
Fridays: 7 pm to 9 pm in the Hibbert Room, Craig-y-nos Country Park, but NOT meeting on the 3rd or 17th of Nov.

Sessions consist of an eclectic mix of astronomy news, open discussion, slideshows, documentaries and, when opportunity arises, stargazing.

The cost is simply a £2 ‘drop in’ fee each night for everybody.

The course is suitable for newcomers too, so if interested please contact me by email.

Pontarddulais 10 week Course:  Observational Astronomy

Observational Astronomy. An exciting new course that covers the aspects of becoming an expert stargazer!

Topics covered include: observing the Sun, Moon, planets and stars. Recognising constellations. Observing comets, asteroids, meteors and other sky phenomena. Use of telescopes and other astronomical equipment. Simple photography techniques. Field trips to observe the sky will be weather dependent.

It is a 10 week course, each week a 2 h session, with a supporting slide show, running 7 pm to 9 pm, in Canolfan Y Bont, Pontarddulais.  The course should start late Nov, night TBA but probably on Mondays.

Suitable for all and new members welcome.

Cost: (only!) £40.

Please email me if interested: ian.glendenning@live.co.uk


International Dark Sky Reserve

The Brecon Beacons National Park has become only the fifth destination in the world to be granted prestigious International Dark Sky status, making it Wales’ first International Dark Sky Reserve.

http://www.breconbeacons.org/ lists a multifarious range of activities throughout the year at a number of venues in the Park.



Llangiwg Star Trail by Ian Glendenning

Astronomy at Llangiwg Church

Llangiwg Church, beautiful and atmospheric – and none more so than at night! With its remote and splendid isolation atop the Gwrhyd, the church is an ideal and magical location for heavenly contemplation. One of the many and special activities at Llangiwg are now the stargazing and telescope observing sessions of celestial wonders when the weather permits and some astronomical slide shows when inclement. Recently an astronomy class was also held here.

Another activity that is taking place is astronomical photography. There have been several late night sessions to take ‘star trails’ and other shots around the church. One photograph, taken back in August 2009, Star Trails Over Llangiwg, was exhibited at the Welsh Assembly in October 2010. Another, Orion Aside Llangiwg Tower, appeared in an article detailing astro activities at the church in The Community Magazine February 2011. (Both of these appear here in the ‘Celestial’ collection’.)

Llangiwg Church is a remarkable project with much more besides astronomy taking place. There is a free monthly newsletter detailing the forthcoming events. Go to www.llangiwg.com to find out more.

Astro Alert

In addition to attending the events (or even if not) anyone with an interest in astronomy can receive my FREE monthly email newsletter Astro Alert (AA) which details what can be seen in the night sky. With much else besides: some of the highest resolution images taken from telescopes and spacecraft, articles on astronomy, photography and science, links to the best astronomical websites and some wonderful art and poetry. If you would like to be added to the mailing list, drop me an e-mail on ian.glendenning@live.co.uk .

The NOVEMBER 2017 issue of Astro Alert can be freely downloaded in this pdf file:  AA#105 November 2017


Roy Guy

Click on the image to watch the unveiling of this painting at Newbridge, Wales, and a short interview with artist, Roy Guy.

Painting to commemorate 1878 Abercarn disaster, by Roy Guy

Click on the image to watch the unveiling of this painting at Newbridge, Wales, and a short interview with artist, Roy Guy.





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