Artists on Art: Sam Vicary by Martha Lloyd Morgan

“…it was a bit reckless to buy art, but that’s what we did,
and we’ve loved it every day since…”

In this, the first of a new series, Artists on Art, Cardigan based artist and regular Canfas exhibitor, Sam Vicary, contemplates artistic influences, beloved works, and her own creative process. Like her artworks, Sam’s words are insightful, varied and thought provoking, delving into her art loves, old and new, and offering meditations on creativity in the time of Covid and the value of insight, encouragement, and support.

Which work of art/ object in your collection would you never part with?

I am really enjoying my new purchase; a beautiful landscape of County Tyrone by Irish artist Jason Rouse. I bought it through the #supportartists scheme which I follow on Instagram.

Jason Rouse

Sam’s latest acquisition, a stunning landscape by artist Jason Rouse

This year continues to expose human vulnerability, but somehow artists find creative ways to stay in touch, collaborate and show work amid COVID-19 hardships. Making art in isolation can be a privilege because not everyone is able to do it. Without social interaction, funds, freedom and space to work, ideas can’t progress. We all have our own story but loads of us have turned to digital technology in the making of and presenting new work. I’ve genuinely loved seeing and reading artists’ posts this year. Jason’s work resonates – it is about converging digital and traditional arts and that about sums up the
year for me.

I will never part with a small triptych by my artist husband Seán Vicary in 2012. Seán spent time away that year working on Lament, a film about longing and belonging to the Welsh border lands where he grew up. He was also staying with his Mum who was suffering from dementia. The triptych is of her apple orchard and the Shropshire landscape. The painting signifies his homecoming for my birthday.
Séan Vicary’s Triptych (2012)
A personal and much cherished artwork, Séan Vicary’s Triptych (2012)

What would you say has had the greatest influence on your work?

Education undoubtedly. Being at college and university was exciting and the first time I’d knowingly spent time with professional artists. My peers were similar to me, we shared experiences and somehow survived/ thrived. It was a revelation. I owe a great deal to artists Osi Osmond, Jayne Bingham and Eliza Bonham Carter who taught me far more than drawing and painting skills. Being a teacher is an amazing gift if you can do it.

Environment is another key influencer. There have been periods when I haven’t been able to make the work I wanted to, but I have always found ways to remain creative. Contributing to social change is important to me and working with Small World Theatre, I am recognised for my creative contribution and I am fulfilling one of the roles of an artist.

The greatest people influencers are those who have offered encouragement, support and an insight into their own working practice. I look to all art forms for inspiration, but I keep returning to my painters; Cotan, Chardin, Gwen John, Frankenthaler, Susan Sluglett and Merlin James.

What was the first art/ object that you ever bought? Do you still have it?

This question immediately made me think of all the bits of ceramic, vintage clothing, fossil and shell collections etc. that I haven’t necessarily bought, but that I value as art objects and use in my paintings.

I started buying affordable art from Pictures on Walls and we have a great set of prints by Italian street artist Erica IL Cane. Next was an Osi Rhys Osmond painting bought with Seán. We had just been made redundant and it was a bit reckless to buy art, but that’s what we did, and we’ve loved it every day since. It’s a dark seascape of the MOD testing site at Pendine Sands (which incidentally was also the Urdd camp when I was a kid). There’s a thin shoreline of golden sand between heavy land and surging sea. It’s a precise, beautiful, brilliant strip of hope.

Something to look forward to in 2021 – Canfas will play host to Sam Vicary’s newest exhibition. We look forward to seeing what Sam’s been working on and hope you’ll join us for what is sure to be a beautiful show.

Sam Vicary

Craft Festival Wales 2024 Call for Entries 

Applications are invited from makers working to the highest standards.⁠ ⁠You make ceramics, glass, textiles, jewellery, metal, wood, plastics, mixed media, leather, recycled materials, printmaking and paper.⁠ ⁠ Your work shows a dedication to quality of making, presentation and originality.⁠ ⁠You live anywhere in the world. ⁠

Craft Festival Wales / Gŵyl Grefft Cymru –

Cardigan. Craft Festival Wales will be held over three days at Cardigan Castle from 6 – 8 September 2024.

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Interview with Steve Brockett February 2023

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Leigh Sinclair interview 2022

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Ceri Pritchard interview 2022

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Interview with Iwan Bala

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James Naughton Interview

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Interview with Charlotte Baxter

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Kathy Thomson Film 2022

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Eloise Govier Film 2022

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Film of Zena Blackwell 2022

Film of Zena Blackwell's exhibtion

Sophie Turner Films 2022

Sophie Turner film 2022

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Sam Vicary talking about here June 2022 exhibtion here at Canfas

Sam Vicary – Cathryn Gwynn

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Affordable Art Fair – Hampstead Heath 2022

Canfas has been chosen to exhibit at Affordable Art Fair - Hampstead Heath 2022 - 5-8th May 2022

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Film with Adrian Bradbury

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Natalie Chapman November exhibition

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Film with Alison Lochhead

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Angharad Taris – August 2021

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Pete Bodenham – August 2021

August 2021 interview with Pete Bodenham about his ceramic exhibition

Adam Taylor – August 2021

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Meinir Mathias

Interview with Meinir Mathias about herAugust 2021 show in Canfas.

Sean Robinson

July 2021 exhibition with Sean Robinson

Clare Rose

July 2021 exhibition with local artist Clare Rose

James Charlton

James Charlton interview July 2021

Guto Morgan, James Charlton, Sean Robinson & Clare Rose

Sean Robinson

June 2021 window display interview with Natalie Chapman

A bright and vibrant window display with Natalie Chapman

Sophie Turner art

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Natalie Chapman

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Seren Stacey

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Sam Vicary

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Pauline Latham

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Are you on Universal Credit and aged between 18- 24years? Would you like to work at a busy independent contemporary art gallery in the old market town of Cardigan in South Ceredigion?

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Rose Sanderson - lichen

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Suzanne Harris – Film November 2020

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Ag cain

Ag Cain – October 2020

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Elizabeth Haines filmed Interview 2020

Filmed Interview with Elizabeth Haines talking about her exhibition at Canfas in September 2020

Carole Hodgson film October 2020

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Meinir Mathais

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Artists on Art: Sam Vicary by Martha Lloyd Morgan

In this, the first of a new series, Artists on Art, Cardigan based artist and regular Canfas exhibitor, Sam Vicary, contemplates artistic influences, beloved works, and her own creative process.

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Once a year we invite Welsh artists or artists based in Wales to submit their work for future exhibitions. Deadline extended due to Covid 19 lockdown until February 28th 2021

Carole Hodgson

2020 Exhibitions

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Exhibition review October 2020 – Carole Hodgson

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paint tubes

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