Pentre Ifan Photograph by Linda Norris


Art and Archaeology Symposium

St. Davids, Pembrokeshire, Wales

5th-11th September 2022

Coordinators: Jane Bruce & Linda Norris

FEE: £1350

The symposium will be based at Tŷ’r Pererin, the Pilgrim Centre adjacent to the medieval cathedral in St Davids. The building is a refurbished Victorian school providing a private and tranquil, light and airy base for the symposium.

This symposium is designed for a group of 10 artists. Focusing on an experimental and open-minded approach to working and utilizing drawing, painting, writing and model making, the symposium will encompass a balance of field trips into the Welsh environment and self-directed studio time. An integral, and important, component of the experience will be group communication, with each participant being encouraged to exchange points of view as both maker and viewer. The coming together with others of diverse backgrounds to explore the past and to consider the future is a perfect way to view the world and one’s work in a fresh light.

The itinerary will feature several site visits and tours of archaeological sites together with presentations by archaeologists who are specialists in their field. There will be the chance to visit studios of several internationally recognized artists and makers working in Pembrokeshire.

Please note: there will be no glass facilities available

About the Place

Pembrokeshire is a sparsely populated, wild and beautiful landscape on the far west coast of Wales and is home to seals and dolphins and a wide range of birds and plants. People have lived and worked here since the end of the last Ice Age and have left thousands of standing stones, castles, churches, burial chambers, place names, hut circles and other traces of their lives. It is this rich seam of history that we will draw on during this artist’s retreat.

About the Coordinator’s

Linda Norris is a painter and artist working in glass who has lived in Pembrokeshire for 30 years. Much of her work is inspired by her connection with the land and language of the place and she is currently engaged in making work inspired by everyday sherds of pottery found by people in their gardens. In addition to making gallery-based work she also makes bespoke architectural glass work for public buildings. She is currently working with Rachel Phillips to make a stained-glass window for Caernarfon Castle, a 13th Century Castle in North Wales.



Jane Bruce is an artist and educator living in New York City. She teaches and exhibits internationally and her dual careers have taken her around the world, from the UK to Europe to the USA, to Australia and back again to the USA. Jane’s recent work embraces a range of materials and techniques – glass, steel, drawing, video and sound – to create objects and mini installations that look at landscape, nature and time and which interact with the viewer.




Symposium Assistant

Karen Browning is an installation and glass artist. In her work she creates a dialogue and altered perceptions by playing with the key elements of glass, light and space. Her work is bold, dramatic yet intensely researched. Karen has used glass as recurrent medium throughout her career, she holds a degree in Architecture, Oxford Brooke’s University, a Masters in site-specific sculpture, Wimbledon School of Art and a Masters in Glass, from Swansea Institute. A rural/agricultural childhood and a love of wide open spaces informs her work.



To apply please email a current cv together with a short statement outlining your interest in the symposium and 5 images of your work to Jane Bruce by June 30th at