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Furnace Club

A group of graduates from Carmarthen College of Art set up an experimental space in one of our barns at Cilyrynys where they met regularly to discuss and try out their ideas.

Kerry Collinson

Kerry used one of the barns at Cilyrynys for her final MA degree show, with a performance and exhibition.   You can find Kerry's work at @kerrycollisonart • Instagram photos and videos


Courses and Commissions

Bronze Casting Weekends continued throughout the year, with 7 courses held.  Mark undertook a growing number of commissions to cast work for artists working towards exhibitions.



We managed to re-start courses again here at the Teaching Foundry in May, restricting numbers.  It was great to see people back here again.




The pandemic has affected how we are able to operate and we had to close to course participants after our March workshop, managing to open back in September with lower numbers to allow spacing and with new procedures in place.  We've courses planned in October and November but plans may change depending on the pandemic.


Bronze Cast by Post

This new course developed during lockdown allows people to make a small sculpture at home and send to us for casting.  It offers the chance of two online tutorials one-to-one with Mark so there is plenty of learning too.


Studio work

Lots of work has been going on in the studios here during lockdown and we hope to publicise this in the coming months.



This year has seen a massive growth in attendance at our weekend bronze casting course with bookings filling up each month.  We have had some fantastic visitors, both new faces from around the UK and overseas as well as old friends.  We're looking forward to developing a new advanced 4 day course for those who'd like to try some more complex processes.

Andrew Harrison

Our resident artist Andrew has continued to create an exciting array of sculptures, drawings and paintings.


New accommodation on site

The Foundry Cottage is now available to book if you would like to visit for a course, to spend time working in the foundry or just for a break away in beautiful Carmarthenshire!

Exhibition news

2018 has seen Mark Halliday's sculpure 'Leads & Reglets II' on display at the Royal Academy Summer Exhibition, and Gareth Williams sculpture on show at In Bristol Studio.

New 'Make your own foundry' course 

A new package, which includes a furnace, burner, a range of equipment to get you started, as well as a 3 day course to learn how to use and commission your foundry back at home, has been developed.

Visitors from Jordan

Mark worked with two students from Jordan in October, teaching them how to transform their resin casts to bronze.

Summer Camp

We welcomed a fantastic group to our summer camp this year held in July.  New faces joined some of our regulars and we enjoyed some great weather (and of course some rainy times!) and made new friends while creating some fantastic work.


Working at the Eden Project

Mark built a furnace and installed a foundry for the Eden Project, Cornwall in November this year.

Hitoshi Kimura - Residency

Japanese artist Hitoshi Kimura is undertaking a 10 day residency with us during October.  He is working on his ongoing HA-NE project, making casts in bronze.  His work can be viewed at his website

Caroline Taylor Exhibition

Until December an exhibition of Caroline's drawings can be viewed at Abstract House gallery at

Developments at Cilyrynys

Work continues to improve the foundry and workshop spaces at New British Art's studio base.  We've continued to run monthly bronze casting courses throughout the year, with the new 2 day course becoming particularly popular.  

A new residential facility with self catering accommodation and a studio will be complete and ready for this Autumn.

Working with Lou Lockwood

Registered blind artist Lou Lockwood has started a project exploring her developing tactile sculptural language by working with Mark and casting her work in bronze.

Mark Halliday Exhibition

Mark has been exhibiting his work at Oriel Q, with Lee Williams and Jon Anderson.

2015 and 2016

Bronze Casting Summer Camps

We've continued to hold 5 day summer camps each August which have been attended by participants from all across the UK.

Artist in Residence

Andrew Harrison has been working at a studio at Cilyrynys for over a year now.  Andrew has been busy making a large number of bronze casts, works in plaster and mixed media and large scale drawings.  He visits regularly and works with Mark to experiment and develop his practice.


Becky Whitmore Exhibition

Becky has been exhibiting her work at an event in Southampton.


Canadian artist working at Cilyrynys

Michelle Lemire, based in Quebec, visited New British Art's studios to work with Mark on a project funded by the Canadian Arts Council.  Michelle spent the week here and learned how to set up her own foundry whilst experimenting with casting.




A fantastic group of 12 participants from all over the UK joined us for a 5 day residential course to learn the principles and practices of the ancient 'Lost Wax' casting process. Check our Facebook page for images from the course.


2 & 3.8.2014

An excerpt from a library of cast objects

Exhibition of casts both ancient and modern at Cilyrynys.  Works in plaster, wax, bronze, lead and cement.



Mark Halliday - Rhod Talks and Exhibition

Speaking about his work at the Small World Theatre in Cardigan on 23 May at 6.30pm, Mark will then be making a new work at Rhôd 2014 – The Exhibition / Yr Arddangosfa.  The exhibition runs Sunday 25 – Saturday 31 May 2014, opening at 2pm on 25 May and then 11 – 5 each day (except Saturday 31 May closes 4pm).


'Are You Sitting Down?'

Screening sculpture as/in moving image

‘Are you sitting down? Screening sculpture in/as moving image’ is the final event of the ON YOUR MARKS season hosted by Pangaea Sculptors' Centre - London.

New British Arts' film Blue Bell Hangar by John Minton will feature at the event, alongside a wide range of films; fiction, documentary, art house and block buster. This curated program is sure to cast sculpture in an unusual light.


Visit Pangaea Sculptor's Centre website for more info about the event



Becky Whitmore - exhibition at BOCS gallery, Caernarfon

29 November - 29 December 2013. Opening night 28 November, 6-8pm



Becky Whitmore - exhibition with Lucy Tomlins at BayArt in Cardiff

Opening 14 September 2013 at 7pm-9pm



Impious: Mark Halliday & Anna Hayes

3 & 4 August 2013, open from midday

Exhibition of artwork

Cilyrynys, Porthyrhyd, Carmarthenshire SA32 8PX  


SATURDAY: The Feast - 3pm

The Feast will present a bounty of weird and wonderful eats. This elaborate display will create a grotesque backdrop to a live performance. Before Mark and Anna invite the audience to tuck in.


SUNDAY: Grand Opening – 3pm

We will be joined by neighbours Will and Wendy Thomas. They run the neighbouring farm and will be bringing with them; the bull (featured on the flyer) along with a cow. A special presentation to the cow will be made and a bronze will be poured; opening the exhibition and celebrating Cilyrynys as a venue.

The featured events will commence at 3pm on each day. However, please feel free to make a day of it. We officially open at Midday on Saturday and Sunday when you can view the artworks and explore the buildings and land around Cilyrynys.  We will be showing films in the Dutch barn at dusk



New British Art invite you to join them at their Carmarthenshire base Cilyrynys, to celebrate new artworks produced by Mark Halliday & Anna Hayes on the 3rd and 4th of August 2013.  The event will open from midday on the 3rd and a full itinerary for the weekend will be available soon.  Funded by the Arts Council of Wales as part of the Exchange Project, the exhibition includes sculpture, painting and performance.

Cilyrynys Farm, Porthyrhyd, Carmarthenshire SA32 8PX

All are welcome



New British Art is pleased to announce the commencement of the Exchange project.  Funded by the Arts Council of Wales, this first Exchange will enable recent graduate Anna Hayes to work alongside Mark Halliday over a period of 8 weeks at Cilyrynys Farm, culminating in an exhibition of their work during the summer.  A subsidised bronze casting workshop will also take place during this period.  The project will help to cement the group's base at the farm and mark the start of a developing residential studio and exhibiting facility there.

More information to follow shortly!



A pack of dogs and a lone stag.  Part 2.

Gareth Williams and Caroline Taylor continue their collaboration 'Road to Cockaigne. Filming began this weekend at Cilyrynys, New British Art HQ in Carmarthenshire.

See projects & exhibitions page for more info



New British Art is pleased to announce the release of the film of The Blue Bell Hangar Project.  The collaborative project  began in 2010 when the group set out to create a sculpture and a series of outcomes, reflections and events around a celebrated experimental kite called The Cygnet, made by Alexander Graham Bell at the turn of the 20th Century.  To view the film, click the icon on the image.



The Independent Art School for Wales is a new project set up by Mark Halliday and Luke Mintowt-Czyz, along with the painter Cherry Pickles.  It is a new not-for-profit venture that seeks to provide affordable high quality art education in Wales. Please see the Projects & Exhibitions pages for further information.




The Road to Cockaigne: Part I

See the Projects & Exhibitions pages for images from the first part of this year-long project.




The Road to Cockaigne

The first exhibition of work for this project will be held on

Saturday, 10th March 2012, 3pm - 6pm at:


PLATFORM ONE GALLERY, Wandsworth Common Station, London SW12

The station can be reached in 15 minutes from Victoria, or by bus from Clapham Junction.




Joseph Beuys direct from the afterlife

To view Gareth's film, visit





Luke Mintowt-Czyz is exhibiting a large-scale drawing in response to the Bluebell Hangar project.


'"Here & Now" takes place at at Newport City Museum & Art Gallery, John Frost Square, Newport, NP20 1PA. Opens18.30



Gareth Williams will be performing an irreverent and saucy puppet show with artist Will Woon. The performance forms part of Will Woons exhibition 'Bystanding' at G39. Expect lots of dirty humour and a good look at Gareth and Williams sausages


For more information click here                            




New British Art have been short-listed to represent Wales at the 54th Venice Biennale to be held in summer 2011 with their project proposal Sal Venezia.





New British Art would like to thank everyone that attended the show in March.


The event was documented by award winning film maker John Minton. The film is currently in production and will be released alongside a publication in the near future.


This unique exhibition has also been covered by BBC News,  which can be seen here.

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