Four local artists are utilising a retail unit in Bangor’s Deiniol Centre as a studio & exhibition space.

‘Stiwdio 9’ was created in March 2019 by four local artists driven by their need for an affordable space to work and exhibit their art.

Noticing the number of empty retail units in Bangor, the team approached landlords and by luck and perseverance secured Unit 9 in the Deiniol Shopping Centre for a six week pop-up exhibition and open studio launched on 7th April 2019 – Stiwdio 9 was born.

Featuring diverse artwork by the four founding members, Cathy Dale – watercolourist, Anthony Marsden – multimedia painter, Julian Sales- wood sculptor and Sophia Ingham – Phia eco-art & apparel, Stiwdio 9’s debut show encapsulates the quality and variety of local Welsh Art, allowing the public to engage with the artists and watch them create their work.

Sophia said: “All four of us have worked really hard to make Stiwdio 9 a reality and are so proud of what we’ve achieved in such a short space of time! We’ve created a wonderful atmosphere in which to work and exhibit and we’re all so grateful for this opportunity.

“After just two weeks in our amazing new studio we’ve had two great events – our Easter Crafternoon and our first Funky Friday with live soundscapes by local DJ BassLayer as we created mutual art!

“We’ve had such positive feedback from lots of enthusiastic visitors and just wish we could stay here forever.”

With monthly Crafternoons and exciting workshops such as upholstery, frame making and freestyle weaving, daily art & craft demos and fantastic local arts, crafts, handmade clothing and gifts to buy, Stiwdio 9 is well worth a visit. Head to or find @stiwdio9 on Facebook and Intagram for more info.

Stiwdio 9’s monthly Crafternoon coincides with Bangor’s Spring Fair next Sunday, 28 April, between 10am-4pm. More info Here: