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Gallery Talk:
"Graham Sutherland - Hooked and obsessed"

Talk by curator  and lecturer Sally Moss in partnership with U3A, part of Oriel Myrddin’s 50+ programme                                                 

Thursday  6 July 2017, 11am  at Oriel Myrddin Gallery
In 1934 Sutherland visited Pembrokeshire and was to return several times a year, "with one regrettable gap", until a few months before his death. From the first moment he set foot in Wales he was "hooked and obsessed". It was here that he discovered many of the 'motifs' and ways of looking that were to shape his future work – ‘laying up a storehouse’ to be referenced/ returned to time and again. Despite international acclaim he always maintained: "I wish I could give you some idea of the exultant strangeness of this place ... It was in this country that I began to learn painting“.
Admission Free
Image: Pages from Sketchbook 10. Private Collection. © The Estate of Graham Sutherland





Ephemeral Coast Book Club at Oriel Myrddin Gallery

29 June 2017   6pm – 7:30pm

Alongside Oriel Myrddin Gallery’s exhibition Oceans: Surface/Below (part of the Ephemeral Coast series of exhibitions in South Wales) we will be reading W.G. Sebald’s The Rings of Saturn. The book is an unusual hybrid of fiction and fact following a walking tour of the coast of East Anglia but ranging across a great array of subjects evoked by the changing landscape. Arranged in loosely connected chapters it’s the kind of book you could just dip into or read every last page.


‘A highly original work…part memoir, part fiction, part meditative essay writing, and finally an essay for the dispossessed.’ Sunday Telegraph

‘A great, strange and moving work’. James Wood, The Guardian

Join us for a friendly discussion led by Kirsten Hinks Knight. Free entry, tea and cake provided.


Criw Celf Exhibition 2017

Fe’ch gwahoddir yn gynnes i agoriad

Criw Celf 2017

Selected work by children who participated in Oriel Myrddin Gallery’s Criw Celf.

Saturday 17 June, 2-3pm

To be opened by Catherine Spring, Gallery Manager. Showing in the studio space until Saturday 1 July.

The studio is on the first floor and does not have lift access- if you have any access requirements please call in advance.

Thank you to the schools who participated in 2016-17:

Brynsaron, Ferryside, Griffith Jones, Johnstown Primary, Llangennech, Llangynnor, Richmond Park, Pen Rhos, Peniel, Saron

More children from all Carmarthenshire schools can apply for 2017-18 (contact gallery for details)



Construction work to redevelop Carmarthen Velodrome has started at Carmarthen Park.

The appointed contractors – local firm GD Harries & Sons Ltd – moved onto the site last week (Monday 8th May) and construction work started on Monday 15th May.

The construction work is expected to take 20 weeks, with a target completion date of 29th September. Special arrangements are being made to allow all Carmarthen Quins RFC home league matches to take place as planned during September and Carmarthen Park will also remain open to the general public throughout this period.

Carmarthen Town Councillor Alun Lenny said: ‘It is great to see the building work going ahead. Planning consent was granted in April and a formal tendering procedure was then undertaken resulting in GD Harries & Sons Ltd being appointed as the sole contractor’.

Richard Burton, Commercial Manager with GD Harries & Sons Ltd said: ‘This is a hugely significant historical and sporting project and we are delighted to have been appointed to do this work for Carmarthen Town Council’.

Councillor Lenny continued: ‘The project has taken a few years to get to this point due to the uniquely challenging nature of the work involved. Because the velodrome is a listed building located within Carmarthen Park – which is a conservation area - we have taken specialist advice at every stage of the process to ensure that the redeveloped velodrome does not adversely affect the historical appearance and character of the Park. 

On top of that we had to consider very carefully the right type of surface for the redeveloped velodrome, making sure that public money is being spent in the most cost effective and appropriate way. Several different types of surface had to be tested by cyclists during the last year and ultimately this has resulted in the decision to replace all of the existing concrete – 232 concrete bays – with brand new concrete that hopefully will last another hundred years or so.

We have worked very closely with the local cycling community and the wider national cycling bodies (British Cycling and Welsh Cycling) to ensure that the new cycling surface will be fit for purpose and will be of the required standard that will allow national and possibly international competitions to take place once again in Carmarthen.

Two new key features will see a safety zone (or ‘blue zone’) being built along the entire inside perimeter of the track and also a safety fence around the entire outside edge of the track to afford protection to cyclists from coming into contact with the existing barriers – that cannot be removed due to their listed building status’.

The existing floodlights – designed to cater for rugby at the Park – will also need to be upgraded to ensure the safety of cyclists using the track during the darker winter evenings’.

Funding for the redevelopment of the velodrome has been provided by Sport Wales, Carmarthenshire County Council and Carmarthen Town Council.





Hanging Basket Scheme 2017

For many years, Carmarthen Town Council has worked in partnership with local businesses to provide a display of summer floral baskets across Carmarthen Town. The success of the Hanging Basket Scheme helps to ensure that Carmarthen is an attractive place for both visitors and residents alike.

The Town Council is once again inviting local businesses to join in by sponsoring and displaying hanging baskets.

The cost this year is £50.40 inclusive of VAT and includes the installation, watering, maintenance throughout the summer and then removal at the end of the summer by the Town Council’s staff, thus ensuring a floral display in even the hottest summer months. Brackets are also available if required, at a cost of £24.00 each inclusive of VAT

For further information please contact

Mr Adrian Lloyd on 01267 235199

Santes Dwynwen

Carmarthen Town Council and Menter Gorllewin Sir Gâr are delighted to announce that thousands of entries have been received for the Santes Dwynwen Card Design Competition.

Secondary and Primary Schools have been involved across the county and we are currently looking through them all.

Thank you to everyone who participated in this competition, and a massive thank you to all the schools that supported this Fairtrade initiative.

Pictured are some of the wonderful entries that have been sent in.


Carmarthen Town River Association and River Festival made a presentation to its long standing minute secretary at their most recent meeting on Monday night 28th November.

Margaret, who has worked with the Town Council as the Committee Services Officer for over 13 years is retiring shortly and tributes were made to her on behalf of the association and committee by the respective chairmen Councillors Phil Grice (Carmarthen Town Council) and Dave Watson (Llangunnor Community Council).

Vic Nurton, who presented a bouquet of flowers to Margaret praised her work on behalf of the residents of Carmarthen for very many years and said that she was ‘irreplaceable’. She was also presented with the traditional chocolate cake by Ian McCue on behalf of the river users.

Carmarthen Town Council Sports Awards 2015


Carmarthen Town Council Annual Report 2015/16

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