Bethan Ash

Bethan Ash

Neath, South Wales, United Kingdom

About Bethan Ash

I am a textile artist living and working in Neath, South Wales. I have been making art quilts for a very long time - over 30 years!
I love colour and use it for its contrasts and its vibrant and intense nature. I cut and fuse fabrics to make collage and am inspired by, urban, social and popular culture and natural forms. Making fabric collage is a natural outlet for my passion for cloth, for exploiting its possibilities and for providing a dialogue with the viewer. I believe that quilts are tactile evidence that we were here and have left something of value,as a mirror of ourselves and our accomplishments.


1971-72 B.B.S.I. Fellowship, shoe design, Northampton Polytechnic
1968-71 Dip. AD Fashion, Cardiff College of Art
1965-68 Foundation, C&G Dress Design/textiles, Swansea College of Art


Queen Street Gallery. Have moved premises to new ground floor premises - 33 Queen Street, Neath
'Found' exhibition at the Festival of Quilts, NEC, Birmingham. August 2020
Exhibition at the Quilt Room, Llanidloes, Powys. August - September 2018.
Arts in the Tawe Valley Christmas exhibition, Pontardawe Arts Centre. 9/12/17 - 12/1/18
Solo exhibition, Pontardawe Arts Centre, Pontardawe, 2017
Art in the Tawe Valley group, Arts Week, Pontardawe. 2017.
British Quilt Study Group, talk, Bath Museum


Found, Art Textiles - made in Britain, group exhibition.
NEC Birmingham August 2020
Wild, Art Textiles - made in Britain, group exhibition.
NEC Birmingham August 2018
Summer show Quilt Room, Llanidloes, Powys.
August 2018
Workshop at the Quilt Room, 1st Sept 2018.
Mysterious Landscapes exhibition, Welsh Assembly building, Cardiff. 12/12/20117 - 21/7/2018
Solo exhibition, Pontardawe Arts centre, Pontardawe, August - September
'In Our Minds’ There Are Many Rooms', travelling exhibition, opens Bangor Cathedral 28th Feb.
'Portrait,' Through Our Hands group exhibition, NEC, Birmingham
'Colour,' Itchy Fingers Group, Swansea Museum, Swansea

Stronger Together, DACs group, Touring exhibition, Wales
When Love Speaks, AitTV group, Pontardawe Arts Centre, Swansea
'Move it for Money', Art & Craft Fair in aid of Guide Dogs Cymru, Victoria Gardens Community Centre, Neath.
Swansea Festival of Stitch, Swansea Museum
'Colour Shape & Form', an exhibition of art quilts, paintings and mosaics by Bethan Ash, Victoria Gardens Community Centre, Neath, 15th - 20th October. 10am - 4pm
Solo exhibition, Victoria Gardens Centre, Neath - 9th - 14th July,
2013 -2014
'Quilt Art in Russia', Tsaritsyno Museum, Moscow, 19 November
Quilt Art 20, group show, The Sioux City Arts Center, Sioux City, Iowa,
'It's All in the Making', British Quilt Study Group
Cynon Valley Museum & Gallery, South Wales
Through Our Hands, NEC, Birmingham,
'A Slice of Quilt Art', De Schierstins, Veenwouden, the Netherlands
'Quilt Art 20', group show, The Karl and Helen Burger Gallery, Union, NJ
'Dialogue and Conversations', Fibe Art Wales, Gwynedd Museum & Art Gallery
Through Our Hands, Leamington Spa Art Gallery and Museum, Leamington Spa
'Quilt Art at 25,' QA group show, The Hunt Museum, Limerick, Ireland
'Quilt Art at 25', Textilsammlung Max Berk, Germany
National Eisteddfod, Bridgend, South Wales
Quilt Art 20, Edsel & Eleanor Ford House, USA
A Slice of Quilt Art, Cornwall, UK
Solo exhibition, Museum of Modern Art (MOMA), North Wales.
Quilt Art 20, Taubman Museum of Art, USA.
Quilt Art 20, Oregon Historical Society, USA.
Oriel Makers 20th Anniversary exhibition, Cardiff, Wales,
Solo exhibition, Llantarnam Grange Arts Centre .
Fibre Voices. FAW exhibition, Newport Museum and Art Gallery, South Wales.
Treasure from Trash : Creative recycling from around the globe, Rhyl Library Arts Centre, Rhyl
Quilt Art 20, James A. Milchener Art Museum, USA.
A Slice of Quilt Art, Quilt und Textilkunst, Munich, Germany.
EXNA IV, Museum of Art and History of Neuchâtel, Switzerland.
Exposed, Fibre Art Wales group show, The National Botanical Gardens, Carmarthenshire.
Tros Gynnal Art Exhibition and Auction