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Exhibitions in 2021

Winter Sale of Work

Dhyana Fritsche

Dylan Thomas | A celebration

Dylan Thomas’ work is celebrated annually in festivals and symposiums around the world, and the poet continues to be an inspiration for many other artists and writers. This October, the month in which Dylan Thomas was born, we are taking a look back at two of our projects which had their starting points in his legacy

Rosie Scribblah: Painting Through The Pandemic

And since the lockdown began back in Spring 2020, I have been painting more or less every week with Ed Sumner’s live tutorials on the Cheese and Wine Painting Club on Facebook. Ed teaches painting skills by copying work by great artists and I’ve found myself whiling away the pandemic by painting. It’s become a bit of a compulsion, picking up paints after over 40 years.

Sally Hands – Featured Artist

Sally Hands has been a printmaker for 35 years. Previously she worked in lino- and woodcut but now works exclusively in printmaking as a wood engraver.

Arthur ‘Andy’ Charlton in Context :

From Hartlepool to Swansea – the Early Years

David Barron | Recollections – selected Drawings, Paintings and Prints

The starting point for this exhibition was recent work carried out in Lockdown, featuring the changing Swansea skyline seen from the studio and studies of our backyard garden. Jackie Ford suggested expanding this to include earlier work on the three themes of gardens, collected objects, plus studies of Swansea. This selection of drawings, paintings and prints has been a chance to revisit some special memories of times past. Broadly speaking the work is grouped chronologically, exploring specific places and spaces over different periods.

In Situ | working from direct observation

Drawing from direct observation is an essential tool in an artist skill set. This could mean working in a fast moving environment where quick sensations are recorded rapidly and with courage. At the other end of the spectrum a still life/ object can be the source of an intensely detailed study intended as the precursor to further development into a print or a painting or a three dimensional object. For most of us these studies reside in endless sketchbooks but for famous and successful artists these sketches come to be valued as an insight into the making of these collectors items.

One for the birds…

It was a rare treat to work with a group of artists in the atmospheric surroundings of Swansea Museum. We were there to make drawings from some of their antique taxidermy with Edinburgh-based artist Kelly Stewart and then to spend a weekend with her at Swansea Print Workshop, developing our drawings into screenprints. This work is the subject of our online exhibition for April.


This exhibition showcases the wide ranges of approaches to designing for screenprinting and producing original prints by hand. These examples are work from our membership, tutors and visiting artists, past and present.

Judith Stroud – Material Matters

Judith Stroud reveals how her love of making and materials lies behind her inventive printmaking, and shares insight into her process and boundary-pushing techniques.

Drawn from Life

We’ve worked with some terrific models of all ages, shapes and genders and they’ve inspired this current exhibition that showcases the work done by many of SPW’s artists throughout the last two decades. There’s no teaching, people just pitch up with whatever materials they want to bring and get stuck in with charcoal, pastels, pencils, paint, inks, chalks – if it can be smeared onto paper it’s fair game, with a huge diversity of styles. We hope you enjoy looking at this new exhibition and here’s to the next twenty years of life drawing at Swansea Print Workshop.