Molly May Lewis

CSAD Inc. Spacer helps ‘Breaking Out Of The Gallery’ festival

Printmaker and CSAD Incubation Unit Molly May Lewis talks about helping organise and making new work for Breaking Out Of The Gallery, an arts festival in Haverfordwest in West Wales:-

“Breaking Out of The Gallery is an artist led project working with creative people from Pembrokeshire and beyond with the aim of brightening up the local community of Haverfordwest. By Breaking Art Out Of The Gallery, and displaying as many as 40 artworks from almost 30 artists around Haverfordwest, it will bring colour and talent to the forefront of the town.

“Last year was the first year of Breaking Out Of The Gallery and because of its success, this year is set to be bigger and better than last year and I am hoping for this to become a blooming annual event for Haverfordwest.

“This year the theme is ‘Forgotten Histories’ and to celebrate this I have continued to focus on my current practice which is looking closer into how objects can provide a sense of mystery. In particular, my Grandfather’s Printer’s tray from when he was a typesetter for the local newspaper in Narberth, Pembrokeshire, from the late 1940s.

“Sentimentally placed on the wall in my house, this object has recently encouraged me to converse with my Grandfather about his life and work and how ironic it has come to be, that I am now a printmaker myself.

“Heavily inspired by these conversations, my practice has come to represent a personal discovery of our lives as printers and also symbolizes the close relationship between us.

The printers’ tray is made up of three sections that are represented through the triptych and the compositions are informed by the formulaic structure and grid format that make up the interior layout of the printer’s tray.

“Usually I print on paper and explore with multiple techniques to create my prints including etching, screen-printing, collagraph, woodblock and embossing. However, my triptych for Breaking Out Of The Gallery is made up of screen printing, painting and drawing which has encouraged an exciting and experimental outcome.”

The opening evening for Breaking Out Of The Gallery is on Saturday 15 July at 6.30pm with a tour starting at Castle Square, Haverfordwest, Pembrokeshire, for everyone who wishes to come. The exhibition runs on until 3 September, when the artworks will be moved to 8 Spring Gardens, Haverfordwest, to be auctioned off on the 15 September 2017. 40% of each artwork sold will go towards supporting next year’s project.