Notes from Wales Issue 1: Autumn 2014 - Page 33

The low-down Ffotogallery, Cardiff > ----------------------------------Mostyn, Llandudno > ----------------------------------Oriel Davies, Newtown > ----------------------------------Mission Gallery, Swansea > ----------------------------------Freddy Griffiths, from Illustrated Regional Guides to Scotland and Wales, 2014 The Arts Council of Wales’s Inspire strategy > ----------------------------------WARP (Wales Artist Resource Programmme) > ----------------------------------PrawN > ----------------------------------Eistedffod > ----------------------------------- Axisweb members Freddy Griffths > Shaun James > Phil Lambert > Ian Wilkins > Supporting early career artists demands some brave new thinking. Creating a new ‘Early Career’ membership at Axisweb was part of recognising the benefit of an Axisweb profile to artists in the final year of university or just graduating, and making it really affordable (just £15 a year) was critical. There are now two artist resource programmes in Wales, which early career artists can make use of – g39’s long established programme WARP and the just starting up PrawN in Wrexham, initiated by Jemma Bailey and James Harper. Artists are at the centre of both programmes, each of which offers mentoring and advice and opens up critical exchange between artists, emerging and established. Artists work hard enough to make their work and get it seen – giving them just a little leg up at the start goes a long way. On a closing note, a big congrats to Sean Edwards for winning the Gold Medal for Fine Art at the Eistedffod this year with his film Maelfa. Sean, who runs WARP, has been active for years working to support artists in Wales by developing a creative range of artist professional development programming. He is definitely outside his box in his extraordinarily creative and rich artistic practice and this carries over into his work at WARP. He’s also a great example of how our home-grown networks of support can nurture and develop an artist’s career – he was a recipient of a 2010–11 Creative Wales Award and has shown widely in Wales as well as throughout the UK and internationally. I reckon we’ll be seeing him in Venice in the not too distant future. Alicia Miller, August 2014 NOTES FROM WALES | AUTUMN 2014 32