Over the last twelve years, visitors have been negotiating the back lanes of rural Ceredigion in Wales to discover our annual End of Summer Exhibitions in the Cedar Hall at Waunifor. They could immerse themselves in the paintings, prints, sculpture and a wide diversity of other artworks, wander the grounds and enjoy tasty refreshments and home-made cake in the café. But this year, COVID19 has put a stop to that.
Visitors to the Website can purchase work directly from the artists
Cancelling the event was a big disappointment. However through the generous sponsorship and support of the stabilisation fund offered by The Arts Council of Wales in partnership with The National Lottery, we have come up with a creative solution: taking the exhibition online!
Recognising the value of the exhibition and the artwork that we have been promoting in this area of Wales for twelve years, the Arts Council of Wales wanted to facilitate our new venture.
Now, with this online platform, we can give a wider audience the opportunity to wander through the exhibition by flipping the pages of the catalogue featuring the work of over forty local artists and craftspeople. By linking direct to their websites or social media accounts to investigate what else may be for sale, viewers can purchase work directly from the artists.
This year, instead of getting lost in country lanes in order to view and buy artworks, visitors to the website can do this while sitting on their sofa at home, and have their treasures delivered to their door. The only downside is that they will miss out on the coffee and delicious cakes, and hopefully, people will be able to visit Art at Waunifor in person again next year for the full experience and opportunity to meet the artists.
Art at Waunifor Digital 2020 launches on Saturday 22 August and will remain online until the same time next year. The website will be updated during the year with possible new images and events.
Top Photo: Left Hilary Reed Right Louis Okwedy
Art at Waunifor Digital 2020 – launches on Saturday 22 August