An Ammanford art group which has been running for over 60 years is looking for a new home.

The first recorded meeting of the Amman Valley Art Group was in November 1954.

The actual location is not known but the second meeting was held in March 1959 in the group’s own studio.

In the Annual General Meeting in November 1962, membership was 14 and the treasurer had £25 in the bank.

Exhibitions were held in several locations around Ammanford as well as one in London.

In 1984, Carmarthenshire Council stopped funding arts events in the county and so The Three Towns Exhibition as it’s now called was born with Amman Valley Art Group teaming up with Llanelli and Carmarthen art groups.

The original concept was started in Ammanford in 1955, so it was fitting that the new look 1984 exhibition was held in Ammanford for the first time.

Over the years, friendship has built, and the group now has 33 members in 2019.

The art group has been at their present premises for over 25 years and are now looking for a new location due the current owners putting their property on the market.

Club member Siwla Virago told The Guardian: “We would dearly love to keep art in Ammanford.

“We would like to expand our membership and be able to include the general public in art by putting on art workshops and sharing the joy of being creative in all spheres of arts and crafts.

“We are now appealing for a suitable premise for our group to rent.”

Chairman Alan Thomas added: “We are looking for a suitable venue where there is plenty of storage, water facilities, toilet and parking if possible.

“We need a permanent base as sometimes we need to leave our work dry overnight.

“Staying in Ammanford is important to use but we would venture to nearby villages.”

If you know of a suitable place available for the Amman Valley Art Group to use or if you would like to join the group, please contact Alan Thomas on 0784751067 or Siwla Virago on 07527312462.