Current Guest Artist

Our February Guest Artist is Ivor Arbuckle.  We are delighted to be able to show his original Papercuts based on Myths, Legends and Scary (Hairy) Tales.

I was born in Derry in Northern Ireland and moved to Birmingham to study Graphic Design and Illustration, receiving a B.A.(Hons.) Degree in 1987. After graduating, I taught at H.N.D/H.N.C. Level at Stafford College, at degree and Foundation level with a 0.5 post at the University of Coventry and on Art Foundation at U.W.E. In Bristol.

During this time I was co-director and art worker with Splinter Community Arts Ltd. A not-for-profit co-op based in the West Midlands but working all over the U.K. We worked with all levels of (dis)ability, ages and ethnicities. Much of our work was either textile based (large scale collaborative banners with Linda Merriman, my partner and the other Director of ‘Splinter’) or spray-can murals on canal sides and other public sites. I also worked with groups on graphics, posters, leaflets, graphic novel projects and long term residencies.

My freelance work has included tee-shirts, corporate identities, leaflets, posters, web graphics, designing and producing magazines, illustrations for books, talking books, C.D. covers and inserts and commissions.

We moved to Llanfachreth in 2004 where we live the ‘good life’ halfway up a mountain, producing a lot of our own food on a Permaculture holding. Since moving here I have taught courses for Lifelong Learning at Aberystwyth University, given guitar and mandolin lessons and sold our produce and artwork on Dolgellau Farmers’ Market. I gained my 2nd Dan Black Belt in Wado Ryu Karate and run my own club in Llanelltyd teaching Karate and self defence. I continue to teach drawing skills to local art groups.

I have a lifelong interest in Horror stories, myths, legends and folk tales that began with Norse mythology and Marvel comics, moving on into Graphic Novels. Visual influences include Jack Kirby, Hokusai and Alphonse Mucha, amongst others. My current work explores storytelling, with the development of my cut-paper techniques and new ways (for me) of printmaking. I have tried to mix well known stories (such as the red Welsh dragon fighting the white dragon) with more local stories from where I live in Llanfachreth.

You can see more of my work at-


or you can contact me by email at

or telephone at 01341 422177.

Thank you for showing an interest in my work.