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Exhibition visit ‘For the Curious…’

Aberration & Voices From the Edge present

Insights into the exhibition
‘For the Curious and Interested’

Installation view
Installation view

Friday 26 July  6pm to 8.30pm (doors open 5.45pm) £5
at Amgueddfa Ceredigion Museum, Terrace Road,
Aberystwyth SY23 2AQ

with Rose Thorn and Abid Hussain

Come with us behind the scenes at the museum! This exhibition asks questions about historic objects. We will see the brilliant creative and artistic responses from Voices from the Edge. And we will talk about what people of colour and/or LGBTQ+ (lesbian, gay, bi, trans and queer) people have in common, in museums and galleries where our very existence has been hidden, skewed or exploited for hundreds of years.

About the exhibition visit

Aberration (the LGBTQ+ arts strand) is delighted to host this evening visit to the exhibition ‘For the Curious and Interested’ at Ceredigion Museum, in the centre of Aberystwyth.

A unique feature of this exhibition is the presence of the responses of Voices from the Edge – a group of creatives from the global majority in Mid and West Wales. They have responded artistically to a selection of artefacts from the collection of Sir Hans Sloane, which were used to found the British Museum in 1753. The contributors vividly express themes of globalisation, ‘being silenced’ and ‘not being heard’, which resonate strongly through the exhibition.

When looking at museum objects and artworks gathered from around the world during a period of colonial expansion and transatlantic slavery, how do we respond?

Rose Thorn and Abid Hussain (from the Voices from the Edge group) will guide us in their process of co-curating and working with a powerful organisation; a unique opportunity to explore the intersections of being from the global majority and LGBTQI+ communities.

Ceredigion Museum auditorium / theatre
Ceredigion Museum Auditorium – former music hall / cinema

We will have exclusive use of the space where you will be able to visit the exhibition in the gallery at the start of the evening. We will then move into the main auditorium for talks and films and to share our responses with each other and the artists. An opportunity to reflect on and respond to these many layered issues and consider the implications for today’s world.

Entry: £5 per person. It would help us if you could reserve your place/s in advance from Aberration (not the museum!). Just send an email to aberrationcymru@gmail.com with the subject line 'Exhibition' and the number of people. We will add you to the list and take payment on the door (cash or card). There are also likely to be places available on the night.

About our guides

Rose Thorn has worked in many roles as a community artist, project coordinator and performer within health, education and voluntary settings; she is passionate about the therapeutic uses of the arts with people who often feel disempowered. She is a Playback Theatre performer and trainer, which honours community stories by instantly ‘playing-back’ what the audience shares. Her interest in the body, breath and mind continues with teaching local yoga classes and facilitating well-being retreats.

Abid Hussain is an emerging artist, based in Wales. “I perceive my art practice as a living and breathing organism which is guiding me in return for nourishment and protection. It lingers ‘outside’ or ‘in-between’ the established boundaries of Sculpture, Performance, Installation and other disciplines.”

About the venue

Amgueddfa Ceredigion Museum is in the old Coliseum Theatre not far from the seafront on Terrace Road in Aberystwyth (next to big Boots!). There are lifts and wheelchair access to the upstairs rooms we are using, and disabled toilets.

This exhibition ‘For the Curious and Interested’ is open to the public outside our visit and you can read more about it here: https://ceredigionmuseum.wales/collections-community/exhibitions/

Croeso i bawb

Aberration and its partners welcome all open-minded folk to this special evening. If you are from the global majority and/or LGBTQ+ community, or if you are just interested to hear these perspectives first-hand, do come along! Reserve your place by emailing Aberration: aberrationcymru@gmail.com (See grey box above for full entry info.)

More this weekend

Aberration is also involved in another Aberystwyth event the following day: ‘Peace of WritingSaturday 27 July 11am to 3pm. The workshop is inspired by the Welsh Women’s Peace Appeal and petition of 1923/24 and takes place just uphill, at the National Library of Wales. Led by Norena Shopland and Jane Hoy, and organised by Academi Heddwch. Find out more about the writing workshop >>

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Partners & supporters

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Peace of Writing workshop

Cymraeg >>

Saturday 27 July 11am to 3pm Llyfrgell Genedlaethol Cymru / National Library of Wales, Aberystwyth: Creative writing workshop hosted by Sian Howys of Academi Heddwch Cymru, with historian Norena Shopland and Aberration’s own Jane Hoy, inspired by the Welsh Women’s Peace Petition of 1923-24. Scroll down for details and booking link.

You may have heard of the Welsh Women’s Peace Petition, which was signed by nearly 400,000 women from across the country, sent in a huge chest to the USA a century ago; and has recently returned to Cymru. But who were the women who signed this petition? We will hear the stories behind some of these women, and have the opportunity to write our own stories, poems or other writing in response to their lives.

Images of some of the women who signed, provided by their relatives

Details

Welsh Women’s Peace Appeal 1923/24
Peace of Writing Creative Workshop – free of charge!

Education Room, National Library of Wales, Aberystwyth
Saturday July 27 11 am – 3 pm

Refreshments: Tea and coffee will be provided and Pendinas cafe will be open for light refreshments.

With Norena Shopland (Women and LGBTQ+ Historian) and Jane Hoy (Queer Tales from Wales and Aberration). You will be guided to produce short pieces of creative writing – poems, stories or other –  inspired by the hidden histories of the women who signed the Welsh Women’s Peace Petition 1923/24.

Four women with petition
M.G. (Gladys) Thomas; Mary Elizabeth Ellis; Annie Jane Hughes-Griffiths; Elined Prys
(Gwefan Llyfrgell Genedlaethol / National Library of Wales website)

You can present your work in Welsh or English. With your permission, the Petitioning Peace project would like to consider including any finalised pieces within the project’s collection of creative work.  

To receive further information about the workshop and to book your free place please email: post@academiheddwch.cymru


Ladies of Llangollen play at Plas Newydd

Saturday 3 August 3.30pm Plas Newydd, Llangollen: Queer Tales from Wales present ‘An Extraordinary Female Affection: The life and love of the Ladies of Llangollen’. An entertaining promenade performance in the grounds of the very house where the ladies lived two hundred years ago. Performed in English.

Tickets are £22.50 (plus booking fee), to include tea and cake with the Ladies and entry to the House during the day.

Book your tickets on Eventbrite >>

Poster text:

[CYMRAEG] Dydd Sadwrn 3ydd Awst, 3:30 PM

Perfformiad chwareus lle mae Sarah Ponsonby ac Eleanor Butler yn mynd â chi ar daith o
diroedd eu cartref, Plas Newydd. Atgynhyrchiad bywiog o’u 50 mlynedd gyda’i gilydd, gyda help y gynulleidfa, gwartheg anwes, hel straeon enllibus ac ymweliadau gan ferched sy’n eu hedmygu, gan gynnwys Anne Lister. Wedi’i gyflwyno gan Jane Hoy a Helen Sandler mewn hetiau befar.

Pris tocynnau yw £22.50, gan gynnwys te a chacen gyda’r Merched a mynediad i’r Tŷ yn ystod y dydd.

Tocynnau >>

[ENGLISH] Saturday 3rd August, 3:30 PM

A playful promenade performance in which Sarah Ponsonby and Eleanor Butler take you on a tour of the grounds of their home Plas Newydd. A lively re-imagining of their 50 years together helped along by the audience, pet cows, scurrilous gossip and visits from their women admirers including Anne Lister. Presented by Jane Hoy and Helen Sandler in beaver hats.

Tickets are £22.50, to include tea and cake with the Ladies and entry to the House during the day.

Book your tickets on Eventbrite >>

Event Calendar

DIGWYDDIADAU CYFFROUS

Friday 26 July 6pm Amgueddfa Ceredigion Museum
Exhibition visit, artist talks, film and discussion around the exhibition ‘For the Curious and Interested’, led by Voices from the Edge. With Rose Thorn and Abid Hussain. Read more >>

and the next day…
Saturday 27 July 11am to 3pm Llyfrgell Genedlaethol Cymru / National Library of Wales
‘Peace of Writing’ – Creative writing workshop led by historian Norena Shopland and our own Jane Hoy, inspired by the Welsh Women’s Peace Petition of 1923-24. Details >>

Saturday 3 August Plas Newydd, Llangollen
Queer Tales from Wales present ‘An Extraordinary Female Affection: The life and love of the Ladies of Llangollen’. An entertaining promenade performance in the grounds of the very house where the ladies lived two hundred years ago. With afternoon tea! Details >>

Friday 16 August Aberystwyth South Beach
Picnic after work – bring your own food and drink to this fun social event. Don’t forget a rug or folding chair to sit on too.

September: We’re taking a break – no event.

Wed 16 October Aberystwyth Arts Centre
A new operetta marks the centenary of Edward Prosser Rhys winning the Crown at the National Eisteddfod with his poem ‘Atgof’. And Aberration will host an intervention that turns a queer gaze on the poet and his circle.

Thurs 14 November Surprise event at Bank Vault!

Details of all above events to be announced soon on our website and socials!

www.aberration.org.uk @aberrationcymru

SPONSOR


We are grateful to Prifysgol Aberystwyth University for financial support for Aberration.

See you soon! Edrych ymlaen!

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Lucy and Hazel gig [past event]

[PAST EVENT] Thursday 20 June 2024: Aberration presents queer folk duo Lucy and Hazel, with special guest Cerys Hafana, at Bank Vault, Aberystwyth – 6pm doors for 7pm start

A wonderful evening of inspiring music! Lucy and Hazel combine a love of groove, soulful raw harmonies and passionate songwriting to bring you hope and rage in these strange times. Mid Wales’ own Cerys Hafana will open the night with spellbinding tunes that blend innovation with tradition. Come on down! Edrych ymlaen!

Entry: £7 full price / £5 for concessions. Pay on the door.

Lucy and Hazel

Sheffield-based duo Lucy and Hazel write songs on feminism, politics, climate, land rights, swamp monsters, lawns and anything that gets their goat. Playing guitar, uke, melodeon, clarinet and blending voices in harmony, they draw influences from multiple musical traditions from Europe, and the comings and goings of Hazel’s brain.

Two of the Aberration team met Lucy Huzzard and Hazel Thompson when they were visiting Mid Wales – and when they sang harmonies in the back of our car we immediately invited them to play Aberration. We were delighted when they said a big YES! We can’t wait for you to hear them!

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/lucyandhazel_/

Web: https://lucyandhazelmusic.wixsite.com/lucy-and-hazel

‘Surely the queens of the new tribe of British folk emerging from the radical activist left. Folk music just got very exciting.’ Sam Lee, singer

‘Poignant and witty, Lucy & Hazel will make you laugh and cry. Absolutely brilliant!’ Tamsin Elliott, musician (Solana)

Don’t miss this special performance. With inspirations spanning from Joni Mitchell and Ivor Cutler, to stories of resistance, Lucy and Hazel are a powerful and entertaining duo. 

VOTING

Vote for Lucy and Hazel to win the Homestage competition by liking this video on Youtube>>

Special guest Cerys Hafana

Cerys Hafana is a composer and multi-instrumentalist who mangles, mutates, and transforms traditional music. She explores the creative possibilities and unique qualities of the triple harp, and is also interested in found sounds, archival materials and electronic processing. Cerys comes from Machynlleth, where rivers and roads meet on the way to the sea.

Edyf is her second album, released in 2022, and was selected as one of The Guardian’s Top Ten folk albums of 2022. In January 2023, Cerys was also featured on Cerys Matthews’ BBC 6 Music ‘Highlights of 2022’ New Year show.

‘Mae gan Cerys Hafana amser: amser i fynegi ei syniadau trwy gyfrwng ei hofferyn, amser i greu awyrgylch, amser i ddilyn ei dychymyg, ond yn bwysicach na hyn oll, amser i wneud i’r gerddoriaeth anadlu.’ Tomos Williams, O’r Pedwar Gwynt

‘Hafana explores resonances from the past that connect with the modern day in a contemporary, creative way. On her second album, Edyf (meaning “thread”) she uses her harp as a percussive, jagged-toothed tool… Hafana also sings movingly, her high voice like an indie-pop soprano shorn of its sweetness.’ Jude Rogers, Folk Album of the Month, The Guardian

Cerys Hafana’s website >>

DEWCH I YMUNO Â NI!

About Aberration

Aberration is a series of exciting events with an LGBTQ+ theme. We aim for a friendly community space. Everyone is welcome, including open-minded straight friends and allies of course. Events are very much trans-inclusive as well as highlighting gay, bi and lesbian lives and culture. All under one rainbow! Your friendly hosts are Jane Hoy, Ruth Fowler and Helen Sandler.

The venue is the Bank Vault bar at 1 New Street, Aberystwyth SY23 2AT. A supportive venue where we are made very welcome. Please buy drinks to return the support! There is a range of craft beers, ciders, wine, spirits and soft drinks on offer.

We are grateful to Prifysgol Aberystwyth University for financial support for Aberration.

See you soon! Edrych ymlaen!

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Packed House show [past event]

[The following events have already happened!]

Thursday 9 May 2024 at Bank Vault Bar, Aberystwyth. Doors 6pm, onstage 7pm. Tickets on the door, £7 / £5.

Lou C brings their new one-person show Packed House to Aberration in the intimate venue of the Bank Vault.

Packed House is a sexy, honest and gut-punching exposé from poet Lou C where body politics gets queerly personal. In a cocksure and impassioned delivery, Packed House refuses the dangerous absurdity of the binary and flags up how transness ushers in liberation for all.

A captivating literary voyage of witty, profound, and life-altering experiences.’ – Radio Summerhall Arts – Full review here>>

Audacious new writing that finds personal survival in collective healing through joy and protest, Packed House is an emboldened response to the mundane violence of the everyday straight world.

Performed at the Edinburgh Free Fringe 2023 where audiences found it ‘Profoundly moving. Rhythmic, inspiring, spiritual poetry about our universal relationships with our bodies and each other. … Superbly written. Super talented!’

Lou C’s previous Fringe shows are critically acclaimed, earning them the title “the literary lovechild of Allen Ginsberg and Jeanette Winterson”.

AUDIENCE PRAISE:

An extraordinary spoken word piece – a torrent of powerful poetry, language and queer creativity. Thank you!

This was wonderful. I didn’t expect to blush or cry so much or to be so understood.

Fabulous, informative, exciting, educational, fun, quirky, languaged – a walking lexicon… Loved it!

Really powerful, when Lou stepped forward at the end it felt magical.

The perfect show for queers and their allies; or even queers who need a refresher.

Thank you for helping me to be inspired to be myself.

It feels so important to be understood like this by someone with more life experience than me.

About Lou C

Lou C aka Lucy Aphramor is a radical dietitian and spoken word performer – or poetitian!

Lou C’s shows are renowned for connecting disparate themes with immediacy and physicality, captured by a review from the iconic Bar Wotever as “horny and lust-filled” and “heart breaking” and by Scotsgay as “graphic and cuts no corners … a poet of real substance.”

Described as “the literary lovechild of Jeanette Winterson and Allen Ginsberg” (Broadway Baby) and noted for “dizzying eroticism” Lou C has performed across general and LGBT venues and events ranging from Shrewsbury’s Severn Theatre to L Fest and at Manchester and Seattle Pride. And now, Aberration!

About Aberration

Aberration is a series of exciting events with an LGBTQ+ theme. We aim for a friendly community space. Everyone is welcome, including open-minded straight friends and allies of course. Events are very much trans-inclusive as well as highlighting gay, bi and lesbian lives and culture. All under one rainbow!

Your friendly hosts are Jane Hoy, Ruth Fowler and Helen Sandler (pictured above with D-M Withers and canine pal at one of our first Bank Vault events).

Tickets are £7 full price, £5 concessions (including low waged). Pay by card or cash on the door.

The venue is the Bank Vault bar at 1 New Street, Aberystwyth SY23 2AT. A supportive venue where we are made very welcome. Please buy drinks to return the support! There is a range of craft beers, ciders, wine, spirits and soft drinks on offer.

We collect for our favourite charity, All Out, so bring some cash for the collection.

We are grateful to Prifysgol Aberystwyth University for financial support for Aberration.

See you soon! Edrych ymlaen!

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Ladies of Llangollen at Mach Pride

[Past event 17/5/24]

Friday 17 May 7pm at Wynnstay Hotel (in Old Pizzeria), Machynlleth, as part of Balchder Mach PrideAn Extraordinary Female Affection: The Life and Love of the Ladies of Llangollen – see an intriguing pair of women from 1778 brought back to life by Queer Tales from Wales. 

Gay Gardeners’ Question Time

Aberration presents GAY! Gardeners’ Question Time at Bank Vault Bar, Aberystwyth on Thursday 25 April at 7pm. Doors open 6pm. Suggested payment on the door: £7 / £5 (but no one turned away for lack of funds, see below).

We bring you our very own Aberration tribute to the long-running Radio 4 show Gardeners’ Question Time ­­– with a queer twist! Our panel are three highly knowledgeable local gardeners, who also have a sense of fun. They are ready and willing to answer your questions about your own gardening, as well as telling us why they love getting down in the dirt. Whether you have a garden, an allotment, or just a straggly houseplant, you will enjoy this very special evening, which adds an LGBTQ+ slant to the world of horticulture. And non-gardeners are of course very welcome!

Questions

It would be great if you could email questions to aberrationcymru@gmail.com in advance, but there is also the option to bring them on the night. The panel will answer a selection.

The Panel

Alys Fowler is a well-known horticulturist who lives in Aberystwyth. A former presenter of Gardeners’ World on BBC2, Alys writes a regular column for the Guardian. Her popular books include The Thrifty Gardener, The Edible Garden (to accompany her TV series of the same name), and Hidden Nature. Alys is a regular attendee at Aberration and we are delighted that she will be chairing our “Gay Gardeners’ Question Time” panel. (Photo: Francesca Jones / Guardian)

Colin Audigé-Soutter (otherwise known as the gay gardener) is a self-taught gardener and landscaper working in and around the Dyfi Valley. He is happiest with a pair of secateurs in his hand and his head in a bush! Colin is originally from Conwy and was given his first plant, a Venus Flytrap, at the age of six. He learnt how to keep cacti and orchids from his grandmother in his teens. Since moving to Machynlleth in 2018, he has started the Houseplant Hospice and Cacti Against Covid; as well as working on market gardens and with the Mach Vegbox scheme, which supplies seasonal local produce. Since 2020 Colin has been running his own garden maintenance and landscaping business in the area.

Preds Tomos has been gardening in the Dyfi Valley all his life, first at his parents’ farm and subsequently in Machynlleth. For the past 13 years he has tended the garden of the old house near Darowen where he lives with his partner Mike. This special place was inherited from their dear old friends Reg and George, who were together more than 60 years. Preds’ sense of place – and of being the custodian of the land – drives all of his planting and design ideas, and inspires much of his artwork too.

Contributions

After a run of subsidised, free Aberration events at the Bank Vault, we now need to start asking for your contributions to cover costs, including paying our speakers and artists. Please contribute on the door if you can afford it. Suggested payments: £7 waged, £5 concession / low waged. Cards or cash accepted. If you don’t have funds right now, just say ‘Not today thank you’ on the door!

AllOut

Aberration will still collect for our favourite campaign, All Out, by passing the bucket round, so please bring cash to donate if you can. Or you can give to AllOut direct on their website >>

The All Out movement works with activists around the world to mobilise efforts to shut down hateful bigots, change anti-LGBT+ laws, and provide life-saving support to LGBT+ people facing emergencies.

Venue

Bank Vault is a lovely bar where we are made very welcome. They serve a fantastic range of craft beers, ciders, wine, and soft drinks. Please support them by buying drinks.

Ethos

This is a friendly LGBTQIA+ themed night, and all open-minded folk are welcome. Trans and non-binary people are of course very much part of our rainbow at Aberration. And just to be clear, straight allies are welcome too!

Sponsor

Aberration is grateful to Prifysgol Aberystwyth University for its generous support. Diolch yn fawr.

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Aberration Beach Party Sept 2021

International Women’s Day 2020 ~ ‘Our Voices, Our Lives’ evening

Aberystwyth 7 March 2020

Diwrnod Rhyngwladol y Menywod 7 Mawrth

Shrouk dancing with rainbow flag
Shrouk El Attar performs her ‘Dancing Queer’ act
Photo: @Diego_Maeso_ 

Celebrate International Women’s Day (a day early) on Saturday 7 March with a sparky and inspiring evening of talks, discussion and live music! At Aberystwyth Arts Centre. Organised in partnership by Aberration / SpringOut, Aberystwyth University and WEN Wales.

English details below // Cymraeg >>

6 to 10pm
Our Voices, Our Lives

Talks and live performance to challenge, dazzle and inspire. Hosted by Helen Sandler. £7 / £5 (concessions) – your ticket is for the whole evening. TICKETS>>

6pm Panel discussion on the theme ‘Speak Up’: amplifying crucial issues affecting women’s lives in Wales and beyond. How can campaigners be heard and be effective? With activists Maria Mesa, Leena Sarah Farhat and Shrouk El-Attar. Read more about speakers >>

8pm Live performance

Shrouk El-Attar’s gyrating and gender-bending Dancing Queer (pictured, top) brings us magic tricks and Egyptian belly-dancing. Plus beautiful live music from Louise and the Feathers, whose second EP is now in progress; and truth-telling poetry from Kittie Belltree whose new collection Sliced Tongue and Pearl Cufflinks came out recently from Parthian. Read more about performers >>

Evening open to everyone interested in women’s equality, whatever your gender (women, men, non-binary – all welcome). Events mainly in English. Age guidance 14+. Programme has changed slightly since we printed our leaflets due to unforeseen circumstances.

TICKETS: Aberystwyth Arts Centre 01970 62 32 32 www.aberystwythartscentre.co.uk

WORKSHOPS: Earlier the same day we are running an afternoon of creative workshops for women. Release your inner rock star with our ‘Encore’ music session run by The Rock Project, or make your own zine with artist Nicky Arscott. More about workshops here>>

Women’s Equality Network Wales Cymru
Prifysgol Aberystwyth University
Aberration