About me

About Me

About Me...  Lyn Gallagher
After a lifetime as an art lover, at 40 years old I took the plunge and studied sculpture for 4 years.  I obtained a B.A. Hons in Fine Art at Portsmouth University in Hampshire.  Most weekdays I am in my Workshop creating ceramics that are inspired by the Island, from puffins to postcards!  Anglesey is so beautiful and interesting it cannot fail to inspire artists.  The ceramics I create reflect the history, wildlife and landscape of this wonderful island.  I love the raw colour of clay and so use terracotta, black, and neutral clays with a minimum amount of coloured glazes to make my pieces. Since qualifying I have been teaching ceramics to groups of all ages and abilities including school groups, college students, adults with extra needs, autistic students, the partially sighted, those living with dementia, and my particular favourite, Arts award projects. Along the way I have also enjoyed co-ordinating large and small community projects, working with private business, local council,  museums, charities, minority groups and the public. Now my passion is creating sculpture inspired by this beautiful island. 

2009
B.A. Hons Fine Art specialising in sculptureClaystation : Worked in partnership with Ginny Topp and WEA to establish a community workshop for ceramics. 
WEA Portsmouth Ceramics tutor 
Created and constructed The Eric Cleaver Interactive Room for The Brickworks Museum.

2010
Artist in Residence Bursledon Brickworks Museum
Ceramic tutor
2012
Brickworks industrial Museum Head of Life Long Learning strongly focussing on STEM and in particular clay.  
Portsmouth Cathedral - The Vessel Exhibition
Raymond Brown Aggregates research project experimenting with recycled clays.
Brickworks Ind Museum perm display brick amonite
Sea Sky Gallery Hamble le Rice Sand Girls
2013
Trained as Arts Award Advisor
Co ordinate Bronze Arts Award Project with Youth Offenders Team Portsmouth
2014
Co ordinate Bronze Arts Award with Friday Night Project and The Brickworks Museum. Clay/Photography
Windmill Community Project collaborating with Eastleigh Borough Council, local businesses and 500 residents
to create a 2.5 mtr mosaic for a new community centre.
Family Mosaic/In Touch Project 12 wks adults ceramic workshops. Adults with mental health issues took part
in relaxing and social clay sessions.
Co ordinate Bronze Arts Award Project with Butterfly FX and Totton College. Animation
2015
Co ordinate Bronze Arts Award Project with Youth Crime Prevention Team. Photography/Clay/Graffiti
Twisted Shard Community project in collaboration with Joe Taylor Brick Artist. I ran workshops with partially
sighted groups of adults and children to create textured bricks to be incorporated in the structure.
Family Mosaic/In Touch Project 6 weeks Christmas stage set.
Research and Create working Replica Roman chimney for building at Butser Ancient Farm. 
Co ordinate Bronze Arts award with Youth Crime Prevention Team. Photography/Clay/Grafitti
2016
Co ordinated Bronze Arts Award for Youth Crime Prevention Team. Clay/Photography/Monoprinting
Memory Cafe clay sessions for people living with dementia
Radian Housing Community Project, residents against fly tipping. Six Plaques were created with the local children to
be erected in fly tipping hotspots these youngsters also acheived their Discover Arts Award.

2017
Re located to Anglesey and Established Penmon Pottery
Sea Zoo: Created a large mosaic of Menai the turtle with youngsters for the Sea Zoo's new reception area.
2018
RNLI : Created mosaic for Crew Area with members of the public.
Anglesey Archive Shipwreck Project: With young people from Gorwel and Lia Griffiths from Oriel Ynys Mon
we created an instillation for the Archive stairwell commemorating the shipwreck of The Royal Charter.


What is an Arts Award?
 
Arts Award is a qualification that inspires young people to explore and enjoy the arts.  It's open to everyone between 5 and 25 years and EVERY ability. I am trained to deliver Arts Award at Discover, Explore, Bronze or Silver levels.  The projects can vary from a few hours to several days depending on how much time young people want to spend on their project and their abilities. When they have completed their chosen award they will have a portfolio to show off their creativity and a recognised national qualification, google arts award to find out more. http://http.www.artsaward.org.uk