Artist Profile - Shanti RayShanti Ray is an Abergavenny born artist who grew up in the valleys. She pursued her studies in art, photography, media studies and film, and received her first commission at the age of 16 years old whilst studying at Coleg Gwent, Ebbw Vale. By 17 years old she was starting to exhibit her art and was later invited to work as an Artist in Residence at a local primary school.

After leaving college at 18 years old, she made a studio for herself, and spent time further developing her skills as a painter. In particular she loved painting in encaustic, and went on to train with Arts Encaustic Ltd as an encaustic art tutor. This was the catalyst to setting up her own business as a freelance artist and tutor, with the help of The Prince’s Youth Business Trust and Valleys Enterprise.

In 1998 she was one of five women in Wales shortlisted for Welsh Woman of the Year in the Young Achiever category, and in 2003 was shortlisted for Welsh Artist of the Year, during her printmaking degree at the Ruskin School of Art, Cambridge.

Shanti has over 20 years teaching experience of working with various groups and has a passion for raising the well-being of her community through art. She will be exhibiting at the Melville Theatre¬†Abergavenny and giving a free coffee painting demonstration at The Auberge on Saturday 30th June 2018, at this year’s festival, from 12pm-2pm.

An exhibition of her work and the groups she supports in the titled Heart of the Valleys exhibition will be held Saturday and Sunday at the Auberge from 10am to 4pm.

For further information please contact Shanti.