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Pet-inspired Exhibition Opens at Insole Court


A vibrant new art exhibition showcasing a collection of illustrations from an original piano music book for children has recently opened to the public in The Gallery at Insole Court.

The ‘Dinosaurs Definitely Don't Dig Dancing’ exhibition features original artwork from Welsh illustrator Rhiannon Howell as well as her illustrations for the original children’s piano music book called ‘Magi the Dawg (and friends)’.

The book was created between Rhiannon and Tim Riley, a composer, pianist and Director of The Primo School of Music at Insole Court.

The two began their collaboration after meeting through the Insole Court Community Choir, and after finding inspiration in their pet dogs, the pair combined their love of music and art to work on a project to create an illustrated piano music book that would accompany Tim’s beginner’s course for group piano.

The book’s name refers to Tim’s own dog Magi, who features throughout the book alongside Rhiannon’s dog, Towser,

This exhibition is the latest of Insole Court’s ongoing contribution to Cardiff’s creative scene and is a welcome addition to its very own thriving creative community, with regular arts and crafts classes and workshops held across the site on a daily basis.

Director of The Primo School of Music, Tim said: “This is an exhibition of Rhiannon's playful and colourful original illustrations for the book and a selection of some of her other beautiful and illustrations. Her illustrations help bring our piano music book to life for the children on my course.”

Rhiannon said: “Working on this Primo Music project with Tim has been a joy, some jobs you just really want to do, and this has been one of them! It has been a serendipitous collaboration brought about by our mutual participation in the ‘Insole Court Community Choir’.

“Tim is our esteemed Choral Director and his enthusiasm and dedication to students, young and old, as Director of The Primo Music School at Insole Court and with the community choir is inspiring and it’s been great fun to create some-thing together. If you’re inspired by our exhibition, I invite you to my drawing skills classes I teach at Insole Court.”

The exhibition is running until the 24th of February in the Gallery at Insole Court. The Gallery is open daily from 10 am - 4 pm. Please note the Gallery occasionally closes for private events, so please call ahead if you are planning a visit especially.

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