Throughout October the spotlight will shine on the visual arts, and on the artists responsible for creating them, in the county of Powys.

Powys Arts Month has been organised by the Powys Arts Forum, who earlier in the year won a £25,000 grant from the Arts Council of Wales to set up this rolling programme of events.

I've been having a flick through the brochure and there's a whole host of different arts on offer. There's also a large number of artists who are throwing open their studio doors for visitors to pop in, have a chat and take a look around. Some are even offering workshops for visitors to their studios.

In addition to open studios and practical workshops, there are a number of exhibitions being hosted plus musical performances, demonstrations, talks and more.

The website,, has an interactive map that allows you to search for events by area so that you can see what's on near you with most events taking place on weekends and in the school half term holiday. It's also possible to create your own arts trail and to take in a number of the open studio events.

I've been sent a few pictures of work by a just couple of the artists who are taking part in the Powys Arts Month, and I think they give a small flavour of just how many different types of art media you'll be able to see.

Woven willow deer by Beryl Smith. Image courtesy of the artist

Pottery by Newbridge-on-Wye based artist Alex Allpress. Image courtesy of the artist

Rock and Pebble by Phillipa Hughes, who works with fused and cast glass. Image courtesy of the artist

Ts'ung by Tony Hall. Image courtesy of the artist

Arts Month Xtra is another part of the initiative, which consists of seven projects across Powys that provide an extra opportunity for the public to interact with artists and their work.

These range from multimedia and creative workshops in Newbridge-on-Wye and an artist-led walk into ancient caves that takes in performance readings and music, to an opportunity to experience Paul Granjon's works and to engage with the artist at the Oriel Davies Gallery in Newtown. Arts Month Xtra also takes in Artbeat Brecon, a nine day arts festival in Brecon.

Take a look at the schedule of events on the website and keep up to date with the latest news on the Powys Arts Month Twitter account and Facebook page.

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