Popty is an international artists' workshop in west wales for 20-25 artists from southern Africa, Wales and the UK. It is unique, the first of its kind in rural west Wales, bringing artists together in a beautiful farm location in Pembrokeshire for two weeks of intensive, residential, experimentation and creativity. Its location is accessible to a wide audience across south west Wales and includes universities with HE and MA art faculties in Swansea, Aberystwyth and Carmarthen.
Popty 2015 is inspired by the Triangle Network model experienced in Thupelo 2012 at Johannesburg's Bag Factory and was first piloted in Wales in 2013 at Popty bach (popty is the Welsh word for 'bakehouse' and bach means 'little'). Popty 2015 is an offsite event for Oriel Q Gallery, funded by The Arts Council of Wales.
The concept is to create a space for extended conversations between artists from post-colonial countries while giving Wales-based artists the opportunity to work alongside international artists, which is a rare if not unique event in west Wales. The artists bring skills and ideas to share while working with unfamiliar materials in unfamiliar ways, prioritising process over product and ultimately working towards an Open Day to show the results of the creative experimentation.
There were two evenings of public presentations by participating artists:
Wednesday 14th October at Oriel Q Gallery in Narberth
Friday 16th October at Oriel Myrddin Gallery in Carmarthen
Popty, Wales is not currently programming activities.