CYFARTHFA CASTLE MUSEUM AND ART GALLERY, MERTHYR TYDFIL
INTO THE LIGHT: CASW Gifts to Cyfarthfa Castle
Contemporary Art Society for Wales Gifts to Cyfarthfa Castle Museum and Art Gallery
Event dates: 1st JULY - 2nd AUGUST, 2015.
(Opening times: Monday to Friday, 10am - 5.30pm | Saturday and Sunday, 12 - 5.30pm | Last Admission, 5pm.)
This July Cyfarthfa Castle Museum and Art Gallery in Merthyr Tydfil, Wales, are celebrating, with an exhibition, the gifts since 1947 of thirty-eight artworks to its collection from the Contemporary Art Society for Wales (CASW). Some works have not been seen for a long period.
CASW was formed in 1937, since when it has acquired 850 contemporary paintings, drawings, sculptures and prints, exhibited them and, then, gifted them to public institutions - museums, colleges, local authorities and, latterly, hospitals - in Wales.
The CASW-gifted collection at Merthyr Tydfil is explored in a new colour publication written by David Moore. Well-known works by Welsh artists include Alfred Janes's 1938 Salome, Cedric Morris's 1930s Caeharris Post Office and The Tips, Dowlais and Brenda Chamberlain's 1950 Children on the Seashore. Rarely-seen works, which have been conserved recently, include Josef Herman's 1950s Sad News, Will Roberts's 1954 Bideford Bridge, Ray Howard-Jones's 1959 South Haven and Arthur Giardelli's 1964 abstract relief Pembrokeshire Panel. Giardelli came to Merthyr Tydfil as a teacher during the Second World War.
Perhaps surprising is the inclusion of a c.1913 Cubist drawing by Czech sculptor Otto Gutfreund, works by Bloomsbury Group members Vanessa Bell and Henry Lamb and Camden Town painter Sylvia Gosse. Research has shed light on largely-forgotten Welsh artist James Wynne Parry, who painted Sunlight and Shadow in 1932. He emigrated to the United States and, together with Evan Walters, showed work in a 1917 exhibition Thirty Young Artists of New York City. Important works by 56 Group Wales founder members Heinz Koppel and Eric Malthouse are also included as well as a notable 1993 painting by Shani Rhys James, Morning Shave.
The CASW-gifted artworks have considerably enhanced the significance of the twentieth-century art at Cyfarthfa Castle. It is hoped that the collection will continue to be a source of pleasure and interest for Merthyr Tydfil residents and visitors.
For further information, please contact Kelly Powell, museums officer, Cyfarthfa Castle Museum and Art Gallery, Cyfarthfa Park, Brecon Road, Merthyr Tydfil, CF47 8RE (Kelly.Powell@merthyr.gov.uk, 01685 727371).