Sonja Benskin Mesher RCA

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The work is my statement. We are multi disciplinary.

I have worked full time as a visual artist since 1999, and have spent those years exploring ways to communicate thoughts and concerns with my paintings and drawings

Its not all you see on the surface, it goes deeper than that. The work goes back touched and collected.

My present surroundings, here in Wales, and that of Cornwall where I spend much of my time, inform the work, and inspire the subject matter.

Then with the work I remember, and try to make sense of it all


CURRICULUM VITAE

SOLO EXHIBITIONS
2018 St Johns Hall Gallery. Abermaw
2018 Oswestry Heritage Centre
2018 Liverpool Aintree University Hospital
2017 Oswestry Heritage Centre
2016 Oswestry Heritage Centre
2015 Bronglais Hospital, Aberystwyth
2014 Blaenau Ffestiniog
2010 Studio Aberystwyth
2010 Canolfan Cywain, Bala
2010 Theatre Harlech
2010 Bronglais Hospital and Machynlleth Hospital
2009 Tower Gallery, Kirriemuir, Angus
2008 All Saints Church, Hereford
2008 Caernarfon Library Gallery
2008 Blaenau Ffestiniog Library Gallery
2008 Cambria Gallery, Tregaron
2007 Unicorn Theatre. London
2007 King Street Gallery, Carmarthen
2006 Silver Moon Gallery, Porthmadog
2006 Pandy Mill Gallery, Llangollen
2006 Spectrum Gallery, Machynlleth
2006 Snowdon Mill, Porthmadog
2005 Bare Feet Gallery, Dublin
2005 Oriel Plas Glyn y Weddw, Llanbedrog
2005 Oriel Makers, Cardiff
2004 Rhiannon Gold Centre, Tregaron
2004 Wrexham Arts Centre
2004 Electric Mountain, Llanberis
2004 Oriel Hen Efail, Llanfrothen
2004 Electric Mountain, Llanberis
2003 Oriel Parc Glynllifon, Caernarfon
2003 Manorhaus, Ruthin
2002-3 Artlink.Hull. Touring Exhibition
2002 Cardiff Central Library
2002 Oriel Cambria, Tregaron
2002+3 Bronglais Hospital, Aberystwyth
2002 Old Hall Gallery, Cowbridge
2002 Verdi’s Restaurant, Mumbles
2001 The Royal International Pavilion, Llangollen
2001 Stages Gallery, Machynlleth
2001 Y Tabernacl, Museum of Modern Art, Wales
2001 Cynon Valley Museum, Aberdare, touring Wales and Cornwall
2001 Aberystwyth Arts Centre
2000 Norwegian Church Arts Centre, Cardiff
2000 Pontardawe Arts Centre, Swansea
2000+3 Theatre Ardudwy, Harlech
2000 The White Room Gallery, Harlech

TWO PERSON SHOWS
2004 Collaboration touring Wales

SELECTED GROUP EXHIBITIONS
Throughout UK,Japan, Canada, France, USA, Poland, Ireland, Australia, Germany and regularly in selected London and New York Galleries.

GALLERY OUTLETS
Candid Gallery. London
Opera Gallery Budapest
Oriel Plas Glyn y Weddw , Llanbedrog
Royal Cambrian Academy, Conwy
White Room Gallery, Harlech.
Art House Co op. New York.
Mid Wales Arts Centre

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AWARDS/ PRIZES
2014 Gold award Drawing. Osten Gallery, Macedonia
2012 Prize winner, North Wales Open
2012 Elected member of the United Society of Artists
2011 First Prize, Drawing. Ceredigion Museum.
2010 Elected member of Royal Cambrian Academy
2009 Avisen-avk's International Art
Contest . Mixed Media
2009 Aesthetica Annual Creative Works Competition. Finalist
2008 Avisen-avk's International Art
Contest . Drawing
2007 Tenby Open. Highly Commended
2007 Tabernacle Competition. Shortlisted. Drawing
2007 Avisen-avk's International Art Contest . Drawing and Mixed Media
2006. Bangor Open. Highly Commended. Drawing
2001,2002 Meirionydd Perpetual Cup for Art, Winner. Painting
2001 Talacre Landscape Competition. Purchase Prize. Painting
2000 The Arts Council of Wales. New Artist Grant
2000 North Wales Wildlife Trust. Prizewinner. Drawing
2000 Aberystwyth Arts Centre Prizewinner. Poetry
1999 Llanderfel Open Art Exhibition, Bala. Prize-winner
1998 British Airways. Finalist. Design Prize.

MEDIA COVERAGE
2010 Golwg
2005 + 9 Aesthetica
2003 Topical TV, Channel 4
2002,3,5 Sioe Y Gelf
S4C
2002+4 One Wales Magazine
2002 04 Wal, S4C
2001+2 Welsh Living Magazine
2000 High Performance. ITV

Work in Public Collections:-
Osten World Gallery, Skopje. Macedonia.
Than Mor Mail Art Museum.
Xul Solar Headquarters of The National Institute of Art.
Networker Archive in Chicago
Minnesota Center for Book Arts.


what to do with all that stuff.



i bottle it, like granny

stored the hard pears,

still tasted bitter.




Nabila Fluxus, Italy
Than Mor Mail Art Museum, Hungary
Davis Museum
The Davis Lisboa Mini-Museum of Contemporary Art in Barcelona
Space Station Sixty-Five
Aintree University Hospital
Art House Coop. New York
Mostyn Gallery, Llandudno.
International Museum of Collage. Texas.
The Brooklyn Art Library
Museum of Modern Art, Wales.
Museum of Modern Art. New York
LA County Museum of Art Research Library
Fluxes Museum, Mount Vernon, Ohio
New Jersey Art Library
Theatre Harlech
City University , City of London
RCA Conwy
The National Library of Wales
Contemporary Art Society of Wales
Siena Art Institution
Quetzacoatl Gallery, Seattle
Than Mor Mail Art Museum, Hungary
Female Collective Art-Essence , Barcelona

Balch Art Research Library of the Los Angeles Museum of Art,

PUBLICATIONS
2012 :: a small life :: first collection of poetry
“the first woman published in her own volume. All the other chapbooks were men”
Published by Free Penny Press, Tampa, FL USA


2011 Aquillrelle Poetry Three, an Anthology‏
2010 'Self' Cariad Publishing
2002 ‘Certain Contemporary Printmakers in Wales’ Johanna Ekornes

Art in Education

CRB checked
2010 Story Telling, Llanelltyd Village School
2010 School Materclasses @ Canolfan Cywain, Bala
2010 Visiting Lecturer at Glyndwr Univerity and Coleg Harlech

2009 WEA Harlech. Arts Lecturer

"I'd just like to thank you for being such an inspirational, sympathetic,positive & funny tutor. I liked your sense of humour & enjoyed everyminute of the course."


1998 – 20010 Local Arts Groups,
Tutor and Lecturer

2007 LLanelltyd Village School. Banner & Photography Project

2007 Design Project with Dinas Mawddwy School. ‘Tŷ Siamas Key’

2007 Tŷ Siamas Schools project.
‘Welsh Winter Customs'

2006 Tywyn Library. Painting Project

2006 Dinas Mawddwy School. Mural Project. ‘Red Bandits of Mallwyd’

2000 – 2010 Various Schools. Dynamo Presenter, promoting Self Employment

2005 Coleg Harlech. Presentation on self-employment in the Arts

2004 Coleg Meirion Dwyfor, Dynamo presentation on self employment in the Arts

WEBSITES
www.candidarts.com
www.apwarts.com
www.oriel.org.uk
www.united-artists.org.uk

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