INTO THE LIGHT: CASW Gifts to Cyfarthfa Castle



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 (, 01685 727371).

Experimental Drawing Workshop with Pip Woolf


Event Date(s): 19th SEPTEMBER 2015 (& 20th SEPTEMBER).


Exploring drawing through the senses and with our different physical possibilities


Saturday 19 September 10.30am – 3.30pm (exhibition continues until Sunday 20 September).


A2 paper will be provided along with drawing materials. Please wear old clothes or overalls as we will be using charcoal and pigment. Open to all ages and ability over 15 years.



Full/Keyholder members and those aged 15 to 19: £10;

Ordinary members: £15;

Non-members: £20


Swansea Print Workshop,  19a Clarence St., Swansea SA1 3QR.


To book: e: | t: 01792 464418 (leave a message)

Mapping The Welsh Group at 60 (Revisited)


Event date: 24th SEPTEMBER  2015.



presents an illustrated talk given by Dr. Ceri Thomas entitled Mapping The Welsh Group at 60 (Revisited) - An Art Project by Ceri Thomas


In this illustrated talk, Ceri Thomas will revisit the 60th anniversary of the Welsh Group of artists in 2008-09 which involved his activities as an artist, art historian and curator.

For more information on him please visit


The event will take place at the WELFARE HALL, YSTRADGYNLAIS on THURSDAY,  24th SEPTEMBER  2015 at 7.00 p.m.

Admission is FREE

Refreshments will be available during a short break in the programme






Barcode Exhibition / Arddangosfa Cod Bar


Event dates: 6th JUNE - 25th SEPTEMBER 2015.

Barcode Sculpture features new work from nine artists from Sculpture Cymru, an organisation of sculptors living and working in Wales. Two of these artists are also members of The Welsh Group (Dilys Jackson and Antonia Spowers).


Each artist has made a response to the ground-breaking DNA barcode research carried out by our Head of Science and Research Dr. Natasha De Vere, and her team of students. The exhibition runs from January to September 2015.


Barcode Exhibition at the National Botanic Garden of Wales, Llanarthne, Carmarthenshire SA32 8HN.


Opened by David Alston, Arts Director, The Arts Council of Wales.




Dyddiad yr arddangosfa: 6ed o FEHEFIN - 25ain o FEDI  2015.


Cerflunwaith Cymru


Arddangosfa CodBar yn yr Ardd Fotaneg Genedlaethol Cymru   Llanarthne   Sir Gaerfyrddin   SA32 8HN.


Agorir gan David Alston, Cyfarwyddwr y Celfyddydau, Cyngor Celfyddydau Cymru

Out of Nature: Sculpture Exhibition


Event dates: 4th - 25th OCTOBER 2015.


Out Of Nature is one of the UK's largest outdoor sculpture shows to celebrate our link with nature.


The exhibition includes Welsh Group members Sue Hiley Harris, Sally Matthews and Antonia Spowers.


Newport House, Almeley HR3 6LL.


Opening times: 10.30am - 5.30pm.

Entrance fee: £5 / Children and students FREE.

Shelter Cymru Art Auction


Event dates: 20th & 25th SEPTEMBER 2015.


The Annual Welsh Art Auctions are amongst the biggest fundraising events for Shelter Cymru and always a great evening out.


Artists who are Welsh or based in Wales very generously donate their pieces so that all the income from the auctions goes directly to helping people in housing need in Wales. There's always a wide range of styles, sizes and prices to suit every wall and pocket.


We have two auctions this year to be held during the last week of September. We start the week in North Wales at Rossett Hall, Wrexham and, finish in Penarth at the Penarth Pier Pavilion.


On the afternoon of the North Wales Auction all lots can be viewed from 3pm with bidding commencing from 5pm, and in South Wales at our evening auction all lots can be viewed from 6pm with bidding commencing at 7.30pm.


We are continually adding new donations to our gallery so please check back to see what new art has been added. At the end of August we will be allocating the art to the specific auctions. Our aim is to have a balance of work at each auction, taking into account medium, size, guide price and experience of artist.


Full details including size, medium and guide price will be added. The guide price is often well below what a similar piece of work will appear as in a gallery or non-charity auction as there are no commission fees to be paid. Some of our lots will have a reserve. The guide price is not a reserve and is a suggested value as to the current market worth of the piece.


Shelter Cymru accepts cash, cheques and all major credit and debit cards for the payment of successful bids. Also available is a monthly payment plan where the cost can be spread over a maximum over 12 months. All items included in the auction have been donated to Shelter Cymru.


Tickets to our auctions are available free of charge but our venues do have limited capacities so we would recommend pre-ordering your tickets for the evening. We particularly anticipate a considerable demand for the auction in Penarth.


We do hope you will be able to come along and join us at one of our Auctions.


The 2015 auctions include work by past and present Welsh Group members including Tony Goble, Jacqueline Jones and Gustavius Payne.

Gustavius Payne exhibition


Event dates: 24th JULY - 26th SEPTEMBER 2015.


Launch: 6pm, 24th July 2015.

Exhibition of large paintings, together with some new smaller works.


Click link below for radio interview (15:20) on BBC Wales' Arts Show.


Andrew Lamont Gallery, Theatr Brycheiniog, Canal Wharf, Brecon, Powys LD3 7EW. 

Revealing Histories / Datgelu Hanesion


A Sculpture Cymru project - Reflecting 900 Years of Kidwelly History


Event date: JUNE – SEPTEMBER 2015


Kidwelly Castle, Castle Road, Kidwelly, Carmarthenshire SA17 5BQ.


9.30am - 6.00pm


Adults £4.00 Family £12 Concessions £3.30


The ‘Revealing Histories’ sculpture exhibition sets out to explore some of the history and culture of the castle, the town and its environs.


Nod arddangosfa gerfluniau ‘Datgelu Hanesion’ yw archwilio ychydig o hanes a diwylliant y castell, y dref a’r cyffiniau.


“Look out for the 'headless' Princess in one of the towers or Mr Turner's Cows amongst the ruins or the Mandrakes in the Physic Garden!”


“Chwiliwch am gerflun ‘heb ben’ o’r Dywysoges yn un o’r tyrrau  neu Wartheg Mr Turner ymlith yr adfeilion neu’r Mandraglysiau yn yr ardd berlysiau!”


Exhibiting artists include The Welsh Group members; Simone Bizzell-Browning, Dilys Jackson, Sue Roberts and Antonia Spowers, together with John Howes, Mandy Lane, Nick Lloyd and Lyndon Mably.


Sculpture Cymru would like to thank Cadw for their financial support.
Hoffai Sculpture Cymru ddiolch i Cadw  am eu cymorth ariannol.
01269 822515

Trwy Wahoddiad / By Invitation


Event date: 12th SEPTEMBER - 3rd OCTOBER, 2015.


Academi Frenhinol Gymreig "Trwy Wahoddiad", curadu gan Shani Rhys James AFC, MBE. Yn cynnwys aelod o'r Grwp Cymreig Jacqueline Janine Jones.


Royal Cambrian Academy "By Invitation", curated by Shani Rhys James RCA, MBE. Including Welsh Group member Jacqueline Janine Jones.


Academi Frenhinol Gymreig / Royal Cambrian Academy, Crown Lane, Conwy, LL32 8AN.


Ffon / Tel.: 01492 593413

Talk by Dilys Jackson


Event date: Saturday 10th OCTOBER 2015. 11am.


In association with Art Central Friends, Art Central are "thrilled to be hosting a talk by Dilys Jackson who will take you on a personalised tour of her current exhibition '7 to 77'".


Art Central Gallery, Town Hall, King Square, Barry CF63 4RW.


Please RSVP to by 8th October

Philippine Sowerby - Wood Sculptures and Puzzles


Event date: 9th SEPTEMBER - 17th OCTOBER 2015.


Philippine Sowerby - Wood sculptures and puzzles, 2000 - 2015.


with guest artist Jacob Buckland - Welsh landscapes.


The exhibition runs from Wednesday 9th September until Saturday 17th October, 2015.

Gallery opening hours are 10am - 5pm, Wednesday to Saturday or by appointment.


Tower Gallery / Oriel Twr, Usk Valley Artists' Co-operative, 49 High Street, Crickhowell, Powys NP8 1BH.

Tel: 01873812495


Also showing other work from the Usk Valley Artists' Co-operative: Hannah Firmin, Grahame Galvin, Kay Leverton, Lesley Lillywhite and Robert Macdonald.


Robert Macdonald print exhibition

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Event date: 6th - 20th OCTOBER 2015


“I am drawn to images of journeying, whether of travels into and out of underworlds or into and out of memories”.


Meet the Artist: Tuesday 6th - Friday 9th October, 11am - 3pm
continues 11am- 4pm on Tuesday 13th, Thursday 15th, and final day Tuesday 20th October.


Through his printmaking, Robert Macdonald explores Welsh myth, history and personal narrative.  Prints include work based on Dylan Thomas’ radio piece, Return Journey about the wartime Blitz; an experience which resonates with Robert whose family home was destroyed in the Blitz.  Recent etchings entitled ‘Departure’ and ‘Arrival’ explore aspects of his family’s Scottish history and the journeys he made as boy to New Zealand on the first peacetime passenger voyage to the Antipodes.. Now based in Brecon, the artist often returns to the legend of Llyn-y-Fan Fach in his work. The lake in the legend lies under Mynydd Du, the Black Mountain, near to his home in the Beacons.


ABOUT THE ARTIST: Robert trained as a journalist in New Zealand but studied painting and printmaking when he returned to Britain in 1958. He had early success in 1960 when one of his first etchings was selected for a prestigious exhibition of 25 British Printmakers shown in the USA. Since then his prints have been exhibited widely in the UK and internationally in Brussels, Holland, USA, Germany, Pakistan and New Zealand. His prints are held in a number of public collections including the Victoria & Albert Museum.
Robert Macdonald is also the author of the much-praised book on New Zealand and the Maori, ‘The Fifth Wind’ published by Bloomsbury in 1989 and illustrated with his own linocuts. His Welsh watercolours have won many awards.

In 2014 he became the first elected president of the Royal Watercolour Society of Wales and he is a past chair of the Welsh Group.


This exhibition is part of a year long programme of events and workshops in 2015 celebrating 15 years of printmaking at the Workshop.


Swansea Print Workshop, 19a Clarence Street, SWANSEA SA13QR

Tel.:01792 464418

7 to 77 - Dilys Jackson


Event date: 12th SEPTEMBER - 31st OCTOBER 2015.


'7 to 77' is a significant collection of work spanning 70 years by Wales based artist Dilys Jackson.


Art Central Gallery, Town Hall, King Square, Barry CF63 4RW.

AMSER / TIME by Anthony Evans


Event date: 19th OCTOBER - 14th NOVEMBER 2015.


Anthony Evans gwaith / work 1965-2015


44a Glamorgan St., Canton, Caerdydd / Cardiff CF5 1QS.


Dyddiadau'r sioe:
19eg Hydref - 14eg Dachwedd


Dates of show:
19th October - 14th Tachwedd


Amserau agor: Mawrth - Gwener: 1.00-4.30pm Sadwrn: 10.30am-4.30pm

Opening times: Tuesday - Friday: 1.00-4.30pm Saturday: 10.30am-4.30pm

Ffon/Tel: 029 2066 6455

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