Winning artists at STORIEL, Bangor annual Open Art exhibition.

Winning artists at STORIEL, Bangor annual Open Art exhibition.

This year an open theme was set for the annual Open Art exhibition at STORIEL. A diverse range of framed artworks have filled the gallery walls along with a range of ceramic pieces. Two paintings in oil by Jonathan Retallick was awarded the Selector’s Choice. Works by eight other artists also received commendation. As the… Read more »

Blue or Pink?

When a baby is born the first question asked is ‘what sex is it’, followed by ‘how much did it weigh’. Neither of these questions should really make any difference to the future life of an individual, but they are so inbuilt we rarely question them. Cultural expectations begin at birth.  Until the First World… Read more »

Gender Views in Roman Times?

Roman and Greek attitudes to gender influenced later civilisations.   Roman society was patriarchal, and strong commanding virile men were the most highly respected. (Vir: the roman word for man) Alpha males have been described as ‘impenetrable  penetrators’ – it was not thought wrong to have sexual relations with other men, and boys, although the ‘penetrator’… Read more »

STORIEL Open 2022 – Selector’s Prize Winner: Jonathan Retallick

Jonathan was born and raised on Anglesey. In his younger years, he often walked the North Wales countryside with local artists and was inspired by the special places nestled in the sublime landscapes. He expresses this passion by showing the effect that both artificial and natural light have on organic environments, developing a non-representational way… Read more »

Artist Spotlight: Pete Jones

I was born and bought up in Bangor, Wales. After studying at Chester School of Art in 1979 I completed a degree in Fine Art (Painting) at Loughborough College of Art & Design during 1983. My life then took a “swerve” through the NHS, becoming a Learning Disability Nurse for 30 years, before returning to… Read more »

The Dancing Marquess

Henry Cyril Paget, 5th Marquess of Anglesey (16th June 1875- 14th March 1905), styled Lord Paget until 1880 and Earl of Uxbridge between 1880 and 1898, nicknamed ‘Toppy’ was a British peer known for spending his inheritance on an extravagant social life and accumulating massive debts during his brief life. He was the eldest son… Read more »

Pride Month

THE LADIES OF LLANGOLLEN To celebrate PRIDE month, each week we will be giving you a short biographical history of LGBTQIA+ icons in and around Wales. This week we will be kicking it off with ‘The Ladies of Llangollen’. Eleanor Butler (1739-1829) and Sarah Ponsonby (1755-1831) were originally from Ireland but moved to Plas Newydd,… Read more »

Meet the Team – Alexandra Gillgrass

Name Alexandra Gillgrass Position Occasional site assistant The main duties of your role at Storiel – Open and close the building – Maintain reception and shop – Ensuring the maintenance of the building, supporting staff members How long have you worked at Storiel? 3rd June 2019 What’s the best thing about your role at Storiel?… Read more »

Meet the Team – Lynwen Hamer

Name: Lynwen Hamer Position: Storiel Site Assistant The main duties of your role at Storiel Welcome visitors / reception work; Shop duties; Cleaning; deal with any issues that arise. How long have you worked at Storiel? June 2018. I was away on maternity leave for 9 months in 2019, returning in the middle of the… Read more »