The Creative Wales Ambassador Awards are made by nomination and bring together a Wales based host, with an international dimension provided by an the artist and the host institution in Wales liaising with a partner out of Wales. This year we are making one award.
Ruthin Craft Centre has had a long standing relationship in showcasing the developing work of their award nominee, the Mid Wales artist maker, Eleri Mills. Eleri’s work magically evokes landscape and the enduring history and feel of place, time and myth in delicate stitch and pigment. The artist has been offered exhibition space with the prestigious SOFA New York, a first invitation too for Ruthin Craft Centre to this important international arena. SOFA will also include her in a publication and she will combine this with the invitation to undertake a three month studio residency at Columbia State University.
Eleri Mills lives and works in rural Montgomeryshire where she was born and brought up. She has exhibited widely in the UK and abroad since the late 1970s, including at the Museums of Modern Art Kyoto and Tokyo, Museu Textil d'Indumentaria, Barcelona and the Museo Nacional de Artes Decorativas, Madrid; and at international expositions SOFA Chicago and Collect at the V&A with RCC supported by Wales Arts International and Arts Council of Wales.
Eleri’s work in national collections includes the Whitworth Art Gallery, Manchester, National Museums Scotland, Edinburgh and the National Library of Wales. She was awarded the Craft Gold Medal at the National Eisteddfod in 1987.
Eleri sees her time as Creative Wales Ambassador as an opportunity for exploration and continued growth.
Her objectives are to:
- experience new work environments
- work alongside different creative people
- absorb other cultures
- explore new ways of working and allow technique and subject matter to evolve
- promote Wales internationally
During the summer of 2011 Ruthin Craft Centre will provide Eleri with a Studio Workshop Space. This time will give her a structured and welcome separation from the routine of the studio, and allow her to be able to contribute towards the Centre’s education programme.
In 2012 Eleri will take up the invitation to be a visiting artist at Columbia University, New York. This University works closely with the museums and arts community in New York and there are distinct lecture possibilities at related institutes in Baltimore and Chicago.
Following this, Eleri’s work will be featured at the SOFA (Sculpture Objects & Functional Art) New York 2012 exposition.
Eleri has always been proud to take Wales with her, as a matter of principle, wherever she may go. This Award will allow her to represent Wales on a truly international level.
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