Guided Arty Walks

‘The family loved it – still talking about it’

These walks are an intimate and sociable experience and eco friendly- all that I do is recycled and sustainable. Visitors enjoy the quirky stories and fascinating facts. I run two walks; one about the mosaics around the town and the other on the figurative sculptures; yes there are quite a few. Another is being designed so keep checking in. 🙂 Keep an open mind and be ready for some discussions and fun facts. The walks are suitable for all, but good walking legs are a great help. Dates for both walks are on request at the moment. I am taking a social media holiday as I have a commission to finish. All walks are £8. If you wish to book a bespoke tour I may be able to accommodate you; do get in touch. On booking you will receive a pre introduction letter about where to meet, eat and park.. Contact alisonpierse@gmail.com.

Are you not available on those dates? Do you have family visiting or planning a corporate low carbon event? I am happy to run bespoke tours for groups of over 5 people. Keep checking in, I add dates to the site when I have consulted the long-term weather forecast.

Both walks are £8 each

Payment by PayPal guarantees your space. It is important to please let me know which date you have booked for and send me an email. alisonpierse@gmail.com or text me on 07807699118. Walks have restricted numbers.

Past Presences: Sculpture tour

Friday 7th October 4pm. A guided walking tour of the statues of Aberystwyth. What influences / presences are considered by artists when making a piece of sculpture? The walk includes discussion, techniques, facts and the quirky stories. Please check the date and time. The tour lasts 1.5- 2 hours (depending on the group) You will walk 1.5.miles. Please note; there are a few steps and gradients. Maximum of 10 people.

£8.00

What do folks say? and a little more information

What folks have said:

‘It was great to really look at Aber, rather than rush through. Your passion for the place and mosaics really comes through.’

‘Fascinating insight into Aber’s mosaics and history’.

‘Thank you also for a stunning session on the mosaics of Aber in May 2022. I loved every minute of it, especially your expert blend of history, technique, terminology and anecdotes. Truly inspirational, with the added bonuses of hands on nipping and the delicious elderflower/lemonade/soda drink. Have lived in Aber since 1977 and had neither noticed nor appreciated the consummate craftmanship of the town’s mosaics. Your walk awakened in me a deeper sense of perception. It was like being let out of ‘Plato’s cave’!’

Walking tour: Aberdabbadoo presents

‘A Summer Night on the Tiles’ – a heritage mosaic tour.

Learn about the mosaics of Aberystwyth town centre through a walking tour, Q and A, conversation, tile nibbling and a bit of history! Put your sleuth hat on and join me meandering around the streets and enjoying a sociable early evening.

Next tour date: I am taking a social media holiday. walks will resume in September.

Bring something to sit on, warm clothing and wear sensible shoes as we will be standing for periods of time. It is also wise to wear closed toe shoes and something warm as Castle Point is very windy, even on a sunny day! The price includes some tile nipping and a half–time refreshing drink in the castle grounds. £8 per person. the tour lasts between 1.5 hrs to 1hr 50 depending upon the group.

Pay by PayPal but please let me know what date you have paid for.

A Night on the tiles – Mosaic Tour

Sunday 9th October 11am. A meander around Aberystwyth looking at our amazing heritage above our heads and below our toes. Delivered by a mosaicist who gives an insight into the materials, techniques and quirky stories associated with the mosaics. This is a sociable evening with a refreshing drink provided and a chance to experience cutting tiles.

£8.00

‘Fantastic tour. I love the mosaics in Aber and now I have seen more and learnt loads from Ali- thoroughly recommend.’

Really good tour of mosaics of Aberystwyth with Alison yesterday, who knew there were so many?’

‘Your informative insight into mosaics was absolutely wonderful. Thank you.’

I absolutely loved this tour discovering mosaics I never knew existed. What an awesome treat, listening to the wonderfully enthusiastic stories of the town with Ali. Highly recommend’.

Alison describing the tiles and their sources.

Fee: £8 per person – you can pay on the evening with the correct cash. By emailing to reserve a place you will be given the starting place, where to meet and other information.

If you are interested please text 07807699118 or alisonpierse@gmail.com

AND… THERE IS MORE, KEEP SCROLLING DOWN!

‘I just wanted to take a moment to thank you for the wonderful tour you gave us on Thursday! I really enjoyed it! I liked how you showed us how all those bits of arts connected to the story of Aberystwyth and other places, it was very interesting. ‘

Contact me to book a space. alisonpierse@gmail.com

A new walk is happening soon.

A World War II love story- Rosemary’s legacy

A World War II Love Story- Rosemary’s Legacy

Coming soon, a new walk set in 1941 delivered as a narrative intertwined with letters written in their locations. What was Aberystwyth like during the war and how did students in that period socialise, What worries did they have? Life as an undergraduate evacuee. Bring a handkerchief. First walk will be delivered in September…reserve a place by contacting alisonpierse@gmail.com

£8.00

Teaching

Fancy learning how to mosaic but never got around to actually doing it?

Aberdabbadoo presents, ‘Nipped in the Bud” – an introduction to mosaics. 

This two-day course will cost £115. This includes, a basic pack of tiles, inspiration, laughter, a wee bit of historical context, help with design and a working lunch on both days. Most materials are supplied apart from glue, protective eye wear, or glasses and aprons etc.  

This workshop has just 6 places. Dates announced in the New Year

Alternatively an online version of this course starting in September is delivered as self-paced study and covers similar topics. The cost of this course is £55 but does not include materials; it is heavily subsidised by the Higher Education Council. Please contact Aberystwyth Lifelong Learning https://www.aber.ac.uk/en/lifelong-learning/courses/search/subjectcode/o/

Guidance on purchasing materials is included in the course details.

I also offer self-paced online drawing and painting courses- a fully self-paced learning experience. You may be at home, but I will be helping you and giving advice throughout. Please access Aberystwyth University for details. https://shop.aber.ac.uk/short-courses/dysgu-gydol-oes-lifelong-learning

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