THE slate quarries of north Wales and women’s connection to them is being featured as part of a series of art exhibitions in Bangor.

Merched Chwarel presents work tracing women’s footsteps amid the former male‐dominated environment. The artists will be at Storiel from 1-4pm, to discuss their work, on Saturday, May 18 and Thursday, May 23.

The annual Open Art exhibition showcases work by artists and students living and working in Wales. This year, artwork could be submitted in any media; painting, drawing, photography, textile, wood, clay and in 2D or 3D format. The diverse range of work submitted is represented in the exhibition with 94 selected pieces. This year’s Selector’s Prize was awarded to Dorothy M Williams for her oil painting Mother and Child, Singapore. Eight artists have also been commended for their work.

The public is able to vote for their favourite piece of art in the Open Exhibition, which could then become eligible for the People’s Choice prize (Donated by Friends of Storiel). The voting runs until June 1, with the winner declared on June 4. The Migrating Metal exhibition examines trade and migration. Items from Storiel’s collection from the Bronze Age to the late medieval period, are on show, as well as artefacts acquired through the community archaeology Saving Treasures project. Coin hoards from Llanllyfni, Porthmadog and Bangor, a silver annular brooch and a medieval pin and buckle can be seen. Storiel’s reception also displays the garden diaries, portrait and embroidered dress of 18th century Anglesey Gardener Elizabeth Morgan. Merched Chwarel is open until September 7, the Open Art exhibition, until June 15, Migrating Metal until July 6, and Elizabeth Morgan exhibition until November 2. Storiel is open 11am to 5pm, Tuesday-Saturday.