The Hours is a host venue for several arts and culture festivals that take place in Brecon throughout the year. The upstairs gallery hosts exhibitions of new work by established and emerging Welsh and Wales based Artists on a monthly basis.
Bridget Stevens exhibition: November 2017
We are thrilled to host this November the first solo exhibition in Brecon of Artist & Printmaker Bridget Stevens. The daughter of the renowned late and much missed Painter Meg Stevens, Bridget grew up in an artistic Quaker family in Llanfrynach near Brecon. She spent many years working as a specialist in decorating and building restoration and has taught use of colour on interior design courses in London.
Her artwork has always drawn on the colours of the welsh landscape and she feels a particular affinity with night-time and evening colours, the contrasts between blue and orange.
Her imagery draws on her own experiences of growing up locally, of many years of city living, and of personal bereavement.
Bridget is interested in myths and archetypes which often evolve into personal re-interpretations, and she also draws on a gradual lifetime process of one’s own personal myth-making. Prints of paintings by Meg will also be on display and available for purchase; the display will include signed and unsigned prints. This is a rare opportunity to view a large selection of these popular scenes and studies of flowers and nature in one space…
The exhibition will open on Thursday November 11th and run until November 29th.
Brecon Fringe 2017 at The Hours Café & Bookshop
The wonky green shop on Ship Street is one of the Fringe festival’s most unique venues. With free live music at 3pm and 7pm, you can look forward to a weekend of sultry jazz and moody blues in ambient surroundings that invite lingering.
Sip local chilled ale, tuck into a delicious platter of food, browse beautiful books and art. A warm welcome awaits.
Friday August 11th – 7pm
Back due to popular demand after last year’s stunning Fringe debut are Decibelles. A passionate and innovative a cappella ladies singing group based in the Hay-on-Wye area, the group was started by Fiona Evans (MD of the Hay-on-Wye community choir) who spent most of her career working as a professional singer with groups such as The Sixteen, travelling the world over. Decibelles bring us lashings of Blues, Boogie Woogie and Jazz guaranteed to gladden the heart, get your foot tapping and raise a smile for the perfect Fringe weekend opener.
Saturday August 12th – 3pm
Bella Blue & Gareth
Sit back, unwind, browse the books, enjoy a long cool drink and bite to eat while you savour the gorgeous pared down Blues, Jazz, Ska and Soul of Bella & Gareth. Bella has one of the best new soul voices around and you’ve never seen anyone play Blues guitar like Gareth. This amazing duo are taking the music world by storm and here they are, just for you, for one afternoon only, in beautiful Brecon. Get here early – they usually pack the place to it’s wonky green rafters.
Saturday August 12th – 7pm
Afternoon in Paris
Jazz favourites Afternoon in Paris return to The Hours with a sultry, smoky, exhilarating repertoire that melds all the very best of the Gypsy, Swing, Latin and Hot Club Jazz worlds. Theirs is a veritable musical feast of sizzling bass clarinet, stand-up bass and guitar that takes you on journey through the jazz clubs of Paris and Hamburg and the cafes of Eastern Europe and Cuba on an evening in Brecon that promises to be a Fringe Saturday to remember.
Sunday August 13th – 3pm
The Keith Little Swing Trio
Brecon Jazz & Fringe favourite Keith Little returns to play with his Swing combo after two years away in Germany. Featuring Ceri Williams on trumpet and Donnie Joe Sweeney on double bass and vocals, there’ll be Swing from the 40s, a touch of Dixie and a smattering of Shuffle besides. All the musical ingredients required for a simmering swinging Fringe Sunday afternoon.
Sunday August 13th – 7pm
Paul Keddle’s Calling Card
‘It’s gonna rain brother, and it’s gonna rain hard, when the blues comes calling with it’s calling card’. Oh yes, it’s the one and only Paul Keddle and his cool as cats band of musical men with an evening of foot-tapping, hip-swinging, heart-stopping, sassy, smooth Rhythm & Blues to give you a Fringe weekend closer to remember… Oh yeah.
IMPRINT! August 2017
Come at see the latest exhibition at The Hours Café & Bookshop during August 2017. IMPRINT! is an exhibition by local artists Vivienne Albiston, Amanda Rose and Tanya Rotherfield including ceramics, original prints and sketches.
‘Up Ship Street’– by Susan Adams: June 2017
‘Up Ship Street’ is an exhibition of artist Susan Adams’s creative exchanges with Jerwood prize-winning author Jo Mazelis and Award-winning poet Lesley Saunders. Funded by a Major Creative Wales Award, it’s a startling exploration of relationships between words and images entering territories ranging from the amusing to the macabre.
Mazelis and Adams corresponded on “Basildon Bond” through the ciphers of various characters that sprang to life in the words and drawings as they were dispatched. The Saunders-Adams exchange evolved into animations with voice-overs telling tales of domestic half-worlds and the nurturing of the inanimate.
‘Up Ship Street’ runs until the end of June 2017.
‘Backstage’– by Paul Rees: Jan/Feb 2017
‘Backstage’ is our fantastic new exhibition by Neath artist, Paul Rees. Born in Pontypool in 1971 and brought up in Neath, Paul studied Fine Art at Swansea Metropolitan University graduating with first class honours in 2008. He has since exhibited regularly throughout Wales.
Paul is known for his moody backstage theatre paintings. Many depict Neath Little Theatre, where he has acted, designed stage sets and worked as a stage manager for many years. His paintings have an atmosphere and tension as well as provoking feelings of nostalgia.
‘Backstage’ runs at the Hours Café & Bookshop until the end of February 2017.
‘Still Air’ by Sara Philpott: Dec 2016
‘Still Air’ is our beautiful new exhibition by the wonderful Sara Philpott inspired in part by the Poems of Christopher Meredith. They have collaborated to produce a stunning limited edition booklet for the exhibition, featuring nine new poems by Chris with original linocuts by Sara.
The exhibition is hung upstairs and down, and the booklet can also be purchased here at The Hours – it makes a truly lovely gift.
‘Still Air’ runs until December end.