Creative Arts

Since we first walked the Earth millions of years ago, the outdoor environment has inspired humans to make marks, paint and sculpt to express their feelings and observations.

Artists in Residence

This year Abi Eleri held inspiring watercolour technique sessions to festival goers where they learnt wet into wet and how salt interacts with the medium to create texture and starry like skies. There were some beautiful works produced. She also exhibited a small display of her natural world inspired work inside the Fforest barn.

Art workshops on the dunes

Dan Llewelyn Hall, a previous Times artist of the year award winner and having a large catalogue of his wonderful paintings and work for prestigious bodies , Dan has lead Drawing on the Dunes with festival participants and launched a recent book The Dunes based on the Merthyr Mawr Nature Reserve. The Dunes is a collaboration between Dan and Robert Minhinnick, 2018 Welsh Book of the Year Award winner.

Martin Briggs is a prolific and expressive artist using several media including sketching , printmaking and painting Martin was our 2018 Artist In Residence. This year he also produced many lively and vividly expressive sketches of the festival on site.

Children’s Activities

The brilliant Art and Craft making team Reg and Wendy Leftley were this year making accessible art for all ages at the Mead Hall. Using plentiful found, natural flora in this area they not only created a stunning mandala but decorated the hall, made floral headdresses and adorable little wooden creatures. Elva lead with pebble painting whilst Josh and Charlotte worked with our younger artists, so at BTT there is always something for all ages and all abilities…just enjoy being creative in nature!