Local artist wins council ‘commission’

By Contributed Item in Local People

Ogmore artist Ingrid Walker has been commissioned to create awards for a prestigious event as the Vale Council continues to support the local arts scene.

She was selected from a number of artists to design the trophies handed out at the ‘Arts and Business Cymru’ awards dinner.

Ingrid’s trophies featured stained glass set inside driftwood picked up from nearby beaches.

She is part of a group that run Crafts By the Sea, a shop in Ogmore-by-Sea that opened three years ago, sells work by a range of local artists and is soon to launch a new website, www.craftsbythesea.co.uk

Art Central, the council-run gallery, also provides local artists with an opportunity to showcase their work.

“Every year, Arts and Business Cymru commission an artist to design the trophies for their awards night because they like to have something individual. I work with stained glass and I like collecting driftwood because it comes in interesting shapes and people love it,” said Ingrid.

“They wanted 11 trophies and I suggested doing 11 different scenes from all around Wales. It’s really helpful to get funding from the council for our upcoming festival – it will help us produce things like marketing materials.

“We’ve also had an offer to display our work at the council’s Art Central gallery, so we’re going to have a look at the space and sort that out for the future.

“We’ve been asked by Creative Rural Communities, the council’s rural regeneration initiative, to link up with other craftspeople so there’s more of a forum for the Vale. That’s something we’re looking into at the moment.”

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