Easter 2018

Visiting Artists Easter 2018

March 12th - May 13th


Annie Driver

Annie studied Art at Bradford College, and gained a 2:1 degree in Fine Art from Leeds Arts University in 2012. Since graduating Annie has become a socially engaged artist and focused on sharing her artistic skills in a therapeutic capacity. She worked as an Art therapist’s assistant and as a young person’s creative mentor on ‘Breathing Space’ at the Yorkshire Sculpture Park (2012- 2014) where she found her passion for working with vulnerable children. Since then Annie has continued working for children’s charities on therapeutic projects in Ireland and Wales.

Now living in the heart of Hay-on-Wye, Annie takes pleasure in the physicality of carving her linocuts, taking every opportunity to truly ‘play’ with her chosen medium. Printing on a 2D and 3D scale, Annie uses collage and hanging mobiles in order to satisfy her creative processes from within her own living room walls.

“ We don’t stop playing because we grow old; we grow old because we stop playing ” – George Bernard Shaw


Amanda Hollinger

Born in Pembrokeshire, West Wales, I now live just a few miles from my childhood home on the breathtaking coast of the National Park.

As a lover of art and appreciator of all things handmade, I surprised myself when, in 2000, I made the uncharacteristically impulsive decision to become a jeweller and follow my dream of pursuing a career in the creative field. I proceeded with a rather hazy business plan, no formal training but massive determination.  Nearly two decades later, with the unwavering support of my husband and lovely daughters, I work full time designing and making my own style of contemporary silver jewellery which is displayed and sold in galleries throughout Wales.

Inspiration comes from strange places; the shape of a stone, the roll of a wave, the form of a sculpture, even squinting at a pile of discarded metal scraps on my workbench. An idea forms, a quick sketch develops and I'm off! Using traditional tools and techniques I work intuitively… never sure where each piece may lead…

In the words of Michaelangelo… 'I am still learning'


Florentina James

Originally from Asturias, a celtic region in northern Spain I have found a home in Wales.
Working with woods locally sourced my work embodies the best traditions of both countries.

I have always been interested in arts and crafts and having had a go at a few, I find working with wood very gratifying. It is the finding shapes and creating objects that are designed to be felt, used and enjoyed that is important to me.

Although I studied graphic design in London I am self taught in all related to working with wood. I enjoy combining turning with pyrography and finding the traditional old shapes.


Rachel Sumner

I grew up in the small town of Oundle in rural Northamptonshire. I completed an arts foundation course at Northampton School of Art before going on to study for a BA Hons. in Fine Art at Maidstone in Kent. During my three years there I studied textiles as a subsidiary subject and this became a great influence on my work; using felt making, dyeing, and weaving to express my ideas.

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Ali Tregaskes

Ali is a contemporary jewellery designer/maker, based in Ross-on-Wye, Herefordshire. Ali went back to college as a mature student, to fulfill a long awaited passion to work with metal; starting with sculpture and slowly scaling things down to create jewellery, which still retains a sculptural quality to it. Ali specialises in etched and oxidized silver jewellery, with occasional splashes of gold added.  Ali combines her love of photography and textures by using her images of nature, architecture and coast to create the etchings. The silver etching has largely been self-taught, and the techniques Ali employs mainly include acid etching, oxidizing, saw piercing, soldering and granulation.