from the arts alive website

Masterclass with Clive Hicks-Jenkins RCA at Arts Alive

Supported by the Brecknock Museum Trust Fund


Arts Alive Wales is delighted to welcome Clive Hicks-Jenkins RCA to host a unique Masterclass in March 2013. The Masterclass is open to professional, practicing artists, working in any medium and at any stage of their career.

“I’ve always been intrigued by the notion of the Green Man. Long ago, before I became a painter, I made foliate masks out of thin papier-mâché that I surfaced with metal leaf. Later I produced a series of works based on the medieval poem of Gawain and the Green Knight. In another series of paintings I explored the legend of Saint Kevin and the Blackbird, who was said to have held in his outstretched hand a hen bird in her nest while she incubated and hatched her eggs and then reared her young until fledged and flown. In the early paintings Kevin’s hand stretches out like the branch of a tree to hold the fragile cargo of life, and in the later ones, when the nest is empty, his skin becomes laced with the inky shadows of branches and leaves, as though stigmatised by foliage.

This year sees the publication of two poetry books with ‘foliate’ themes that I’ve illustrated, working through the medium of collage to make the images. Over the weekend of the Masterclass, participating artists will be encouraged to examine ‘green’ themes in literature and the visual arts, and then give expression to their ideas using various techniques, including collage, drawing, simple printmaking and paint.”

– Clive Hicks-Jenkins 2012

Saturday 16th & Sunday 17th March.

10am – 4pm

£60 for the weekend, includes a materials allowance of up to £40.

With thanks to our sponsor: Gallery on the Usk, of Crickhowell.

Places are strictly limited to 8 artists only. TO APPLY:

Please contact Rebecca Spooner, Arts Development Manager, email: with the following –

  • A brief statement (no longer than 250 words)  describing your artistic practice and why you would like to take part in the Masterclass.
  • An up to date artistic CV (no longer than 2 sides of A4) including full contact details
  • A link to your website or up to 3 relevant digital images in JPG  format (no bigger than 600kb each)

DEADLINE FOR APPLICATIONS: Friday 1st February. Selected artists will be informed by 8th Feb.

Clive Hicks-Jenkins has shown with the Martin Tinney Gallery since 1997. He was born in Newport in 1951 and currently lives in mid Wales. His work has been critically praised in The Independent, Modern Painters, Galleries and Art Review. Shelagh Hourahane, in Planet, has called him ‘an inspiring and masterly painter’, and Robert Macdonald described his Mari Lwyd sequence as ‘one of the most powerful series of paintings and drawings produced in Wales in recent times’. He is an Honorary Fellow of Aberystwyth School of Art and has been a guest tutor at the Royal College of Art. Hicks-Jenkins was winner of the Gulbenkian Welsh Art Prize in 1999 and a Creative Wales Award from the Arts Council of Wales in 2002. He has had exhibitions at Christ Church Picture Gallery in Oxford, The Museum of Modern Art Wales, Newport Museum & Art Gallery and Brecknock Museum. A member of The Welsh Group and 56 Group Wales, he was elected a Royal Cambrian Academician in 2008. His illustrated edition of Peter Shaffer’s award-winning play Equus was published by The Old Stile Press in 2009. His paintings, prints and artists’ books are in numerous public collections and a major retrospective of his work was mounted by the National Library of Wales in 2011. In March 2012 his images for Stravinsky’s L’Histoire du Soldat were projected to accompany a concert performance of the piece conducted by David Montgomery in Washington DC.

For more information about Clive’s work visit:

Image: Clive Hicks-Jenkins. The Greening of Gawain – 2012. Mixed media: acrylic paint, crayon and collage.

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  2. Masterclass… It has the sound of being taught by a master and creating a masterpiece. How I’d love to just sit in the back and listen to some of the advices you give. Good luck Clive and good luck participants. Please show us some results by the time…

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    • Well, they’ll get me, and what I hope will be an interesting exploration of the theme. I balk at the ‘master’ bit, but I think exchanging ideas and getting the energy flowing will make this a good gig.

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