The Artist - Cynth Weyman
Cynth's career to date has involved an eclectic background in the arts, various disability operations, extensive travelling and a keeness for learning or pioneering new developments in textile art. She has worked as an Arts & Design teacher, Community Arts project coordinator & Director, Textile workshop tutor, arts tourism in Greece, France, Italy & India and as a freelance artist.
Cynth Weyman (formerly Hopkin) has been exhibiting artworks since 1979. Whilst living in Yorkshire, her solo and group shows ran across England (1980-95). Following her career as Director of Artlink West Yorkshire (1983-1997), she worked abroad then returned to Wales in 1999 to run arts workshops on her tourist small holding in Carmarthenshire. Since 2004, Cynth has run solo exhibitions and Artist in Residencies mainly in West & South Wales.
Small exhibitions of paintings, textile reliefs, prints, cards, ‘my posh scarves’ and artworks in progress have also appeared in her former Pembrokeshire studio and luscious garden in Dinas Cross near Fishguard during tourism seasons. She has recently established a studio in Carmarthen in addition to her solo Inspired 2 Collect gallery in the town centre.
Group shows have involved themed tours via Hidden Strengths Women's Art Group Leeds and Yorkshire Craftsmen. Also, Fishguard Arts Society, Newport Collective (Pembs), Llanidloes Quilt Association, Art at Waunifor Llandysul, Pwerdy-Powerhouse Gallery and Swansea Festival of Stitch.
Following an exhibition at Theatre Mwdlan 2005, she has run several solo Exhibitions and Artist in Residencies at Aberglasney Gardens, St Davids Cathedral, Nant Y Coy Arts, and Torch Theatre Milford Haven. These have been larger exhibitions with themed artworks and retrospectives.
In 2015, Paul Davies AM invited Cynth to exhibit at The National Assembly of Wales's Pierhead Building Cardiff Bay. Following this major exhibition, S4C TV filmed Cynth in the her Carmarthen gallery for a 5 minute interview on Prynhawn Da.
In early Spring 2017, Cynth Weyman will be exhibiting her 'Creative Journeys' collection at the Theatr Ffwrness Llanelli at the colourful and state of the art venue which will compliment her artworks perfectly. Watch this space for more details.
Artworks have also been seen in Spain (International Mini Print Bienniale Cadesquez), Kyoto - Japan (via Fishguard Arts Society) and Kingston - Canada (invitation to run a course on Intaglio Strati textile reliefs). Private collections are in Wales, England, France, Canada and America.
"Shapes in nature fascinate me: fungi, rocks, trees, seascapes and figures are common themes. Special interest is given to unusual shapes that we might miss in our daily busy lives.
Many themes eventually link together in major exhibtions. They include:
Seascapes & Riverscapes - Pembrokeshire & Carmarthenshire
Towy Valley & Castles
Diary of an Artist
I regard finished artworks as conversation pieces. Viewers are invited to discuss the artworks as they often identify figurative shapes and interpret the pieces in their own way"
- 2014: Chamber of Trade & Commerce 'Christmas Window' 3rd prize.
- 2006: Quilt Association ‘Double Running’ competition re ‘Coming Down, Going Up, Today! art quilt. Best wall hanging and Best in show.
- 2006: Aberglasney Gardens stained glass in acetate in conjunction with the Welsh Horticultural College for the Royal Welsh Show – large gold award for the ‘Window to the Past’
- 2004: Runner Up in ‘Best Tourism Business in Carmarthenshire’ via Carmarthenshire Tourist Association
- 1996: Health & Arts – Huddersfield NHS Trust & Yorkshire Arts Association (Ellerslie Centre) during as director of Artlink West Yorkshire community arts organisation 1983-97
- 1995: Arts & Care (Highly Commended shared with Kay Mellor writer) Yorkshire Post & Wheatfield Hospice
Recent Key Commissions
2013: Pauline Walters (‘Do You Do it in Red?’ triptych textile relief for living room)
2012: Sir Iain & Lady Chalmers (Ghost Trees in Oxford x 3 art quilts for twin bedroom)
2011: Weiden & Kennedy London (TV and Internet advertising agency e.g. Nike, Honda, Cravendale, Coca Cola etc.). Created large banner for Welsh Tourist Board campaign ‘We Want Piers Bramhall’
2010: Robin Barker (‘Ye Olde School’ House Fishguard stained glass design & project management. Mellganth Glass transformed Cynth’s design
2006: Aberglasney Gardens stained glass in acetate in conjunction with the Welsh Horticultural College for the Royal Welsh Show – large gold award for the ‘Window to the Past’
2007 & 2006: Cnapan Restaurant Newport Pembs (card designs)
2012-1976 onwards: Numerous Private collectors commissions in the UK