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BBC Wales Arts BBC Wales Arts | 15:06 UK time, Friday, 8 January 2010

Need inspiration for a weekend activity? If the wintery Welsh weather doesn't prevent you from getting out and about, how about visiting an art exhibition in your area?

Some ideas are highlighted below, but check our BBC Local sites to see what else is coming up in your neck of the woods.
South east
The works of one of Wales' most famous artistic daughters is on show at the National Museum Wales, Cardiff, in the exhibition Master and Model: Gwen John and Rodin. Gwen John began modelling for the legendary sculptor Auguste Rodin in 1904 and subsequently became his lover, and this exhibition - which runs until the end of January - examines their works and their fascinating relationship.

While you're there, remember there are two major pieces of work by two giants of the visual arts world on display: Rembrandt's Portrait of Catrina Hooghsaet - on loan from Penrhyn Castle until March - and the new acquisition by Pablo Picasso, Still Life with Poron.

South west
The Glynn Vivian Art Gallery in Swansea has a special screening of recent acquisitions of work by Peter Finnemore, a contemporary Welsh artist. Plus there's an exhibition of Derry-born Willie Doherty's work including a new film, Buried.

The Torch Theatre in Milford Haven is currently showing Don't Go Calling Us Ugly..., a series of behind-the-scenes photographs taken by student Ben Meagher during the theatre's recent production of Cinderella. And for those mourning the departure of the festive season, there's a collection of photographs and artefacts from Christmases past in Pembrokeshire. Both exhibitions finish on 11 January.

Mid
An array of visual arts are on show at Aberystwyth Arts Centre, ranging from Disposable People: Contemporary Global Slavery - a project by photojournalists that highlights slavery and servitude across the globe - to Welsh Table, an exhibition celebrating contemporary ceramic tableware from Wales.

North east
A new exhibition opens at the Rhyl Library Arts Centre on 9 January. A Welsh-Irish collaborative project, Le Chéile (meaning 'together') has involved a series of working prints, drawing and collages between artist in County Kildare and Wrexham.On 16 January, meanwhile, Wise and Foolish Dreamers opens at Denbigh Library Art Gallery, exploring the role of Wales and Welsh soldiers within the Spanish Civil War.

North west
The Ucheldre Centre in Holyhead sees two art exhibitions open on 9 January: Brian Crouch and The Studio Re-cycled, and Heglu2. Couch, inspired by Picasso's Cubist constructions, has composed 3D collages made from off-cuts from his studio, while Heglu2 is the result of a project involving artists Richard Houghton, Femke Van Gent and Tom Simone, in conjunction with Tyddyn Môn.

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