Captives of the Cosmic Web (the book about the wall) is a detailed look at the large wall painting in the hall

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The work is a description of a large wall painting in St John’s Hall Gallery, Barmouth in North Wales. The work has been painted by artist Bernard Barnes. It is composed of 24 canvases painted in oil paint.

The painting is a modern cosmology, exploring different ideas about the origin of the universe and the place of the human world in it. It is a celebration of rational thought.

There is also a narrative in the picture in which Dante figures, emerging from the underworld. He is guide into the fresh air of rational thought where Beatrice will introduce him to Darwin, DaVinci, Mendelef, Max Plank, Rutherford, Maxwell, Crick and Watson, Bore, Feynman, and so on. Above is Newton, and finally Einstein and the Solvai conference.

The book is for sale through Amazon at the following link:

http://www.amazon.co.uk/Captives-Cosmic-Web-Bernard-Barnes/dp/1515285065/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1438622586&sr=8-1&keywords=bernard+barnes

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Arabic Calligraphy Workshop in St John’s Hall Gallery, Barmouth

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Artist/teacher Hakim Bassass from Morrocco will guide the workshops, introducing:

  1. Making the pen
  2. Making the ink
  3. Practical work, drawing the script

Hakim will introduce us to a cursive and decorative style of Arabic lettering like the examples above.

Wednesdays in August in St Johns Hall Gallery, 2-4pm, £5 per session. All materials provided. Children and adults. For more details ring 07767862382.

Seeking Volunteers to Help with Puppet Making for Carnival in Gallery on 26th August

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During August St John’s Hall Gallery will be busy preparing for the Large Puppet Carnival that will walk through Barmouth on August 26th.

Volunteers are needed during August to help build the large puppets.

Last year’s carnival procession can be seen on YouTube.

We will return to the hall for a day and evening of interesting events – performances and entertainment.

We encourage groups to form and create their own puppet for this event. Let’s get together and make something hum. Come and see what we are doing. Make suggestions. A sort of Madi Gras of large puppets would liven the procession up a bit.

Barmouth Puppet Theatre Project

At the same time we will be running puppet workshops where you or your child may like to help build a puppet theatre, which will perform its play during the carnival. We will make puppets, scenery and the theatre itself. Think of a simple play, write the words, and make the music. The more children and parents come the more puppets we will have to use in the theatre.

Puppet workshops will take place on Thursday and Saturday between 2pm and 4pm.

Cost per person £5

Bring old clothes. We supply all the materials.

Maybe this will become a puppet festival.

Please call in to the gallery for more information or ring 07767862382.

The Sleeping Rabbi

This detail from the first of 3 panels concerned with the Semitic Myths. This first one is concerned with the founding myth of the Jews, the description in Hebrew of the creation, the story of the delivery from Egypt, the burning bush and the tablets of law, etc.

The old Rabbi sleeps, dreaming his foundation myths, clinging to the scroll on which the Pentateuch is written.

There is much to be done yet, but the idea seems to have been established. It needs working out in a series of developments.sleeping-rabbi-1

The two subsequent panels will depict a sleeping Christian, maybe an iconic type figure, and a Dreaming Mullah (maybe Rumi). Each will share the same scroll as the three religions do, written in three languages.