On display in our Alcove gallery until the end of April is work by local artist Andrew McConnach.
Andrew studied for his BA in Painting at St.Martins School of Art, London and gained his MA in Fine Art Printmaking at the University of Brighton, East Sussex.
Andrew is inspired by the mandala – a symbol that has been used in meditation, protection and healing in many world cultures throughout history and first began exploring this path whilst living in north Wales in the 1990s.
Andrew has also worked on art based residencies with Stichting Kunst & Complex, in Rotterdam, Netherlands, at ArtSpace Portsmouth, Gamrie near Banff in Aberdeenshire, the Crichton Centre in Dumfries, Scotland and now enjoys making his artworks mostly from his home in Llanfyllin, Powys.
Since 1998 Andrew’s been working in quite a variety of education establishments in Wales, England and Scotland and with a large variety of age groups, using the art of mandala-making as a basis for students to explore their own designs. He also ran workshops through the WEA(Workers Education Association) for adults for several years. Andrew has, through his classes and his studio work, involved himself looking at and establishing skills with those experiencing a large range of emotional and behavioural difficulties.
Whilst in England Andrew was fortunate to spend a month working at Kagyu Samye Dzong, London Tibetan Centre for World Peace helping to paint the new shrine room and more recently Andrew has helped with some of the painting of the Tara Project at Kagyu Samye Ling in Eskdalemuir, Scotland and partially as a result of these experiences has begun to look at Buddhism and what it has to offer. At the moment Andrew is working on several projects, with both a contemporary and traditional feel to them and hopes to be exhibiting again in Oswestry in the near future.