2016 News Archive / Archif Newyddion 2016

(July - December / Gorffennaf - Rhagfyr)

Charity Auction: Swansea


Event dates: 29th JULY 2016.


Charity Auction at the Grand Theatre Swansea.

You are invited to an evening charity auction held at the Swansea Grand Theatre. The Friends of the Glynn Vivian Art Gallery have put together a fantastic exhibition of over 80 lots of primarily contemporary artwork but also to include International names. Lots include work by Welsh Group members Glenys Cour, Robert Harding and Ceri Thomas. The collection is open for view at the Grand this week, with the auction taking place this Friday, July 29th at 7pm.

Our auctioneer and valuer Charles Hampshire will be conducting the auction and would love to see you there to support the gallery and to have the opportunity to bid on some exciting works of art. 

The link below will enable you to view what is included in the exhibition with further information:

Tirlun Cymru / Welsh Landscape


Event dates: 29th JULY - 20th AUGUST 2016.


Paintings, drawings and etchings by Dan Llywelyn Hall and supporting artists.

A collection of over 50 recent works based on the Welsh landscape and inspired by RS Thomas's poem (Welsh Landscape).


"Down the centuries the people of Wales have felt themselves be particularly at one with the land they live on, its substance and its meanings, and they have honoured the mystic loyalty in poetry as in legend. Firmly in this tradition stands the art of Dan Llywelyn Hall – firmly, hauntingly, and as instinct demands, sometimes in grand challenge too." Jan Morris 2016.


Exhibition opening on Thursday 4th August, 6 - 7.30pm. There will be a talk from 3 - 4pm chaired by Dr Peter Wakelin including: Dan Llywleyn Hall, Owen Sheers, Paul Henry and Peter Lord. Please see below for tickets.


Recent Paintings, prints and drawings 

29th July - 20th August 2016.

The Artshop and Chapel, Abergavenny.


The exhibition has a catalogue to accompany with a foreword by author Owen Sheers and introduction by Andrew Lambirth

Cardiff Open Studios


Event date: 27th AUGUST 2016


Part of Cardiff Contemporary 2016.


Open 12 - 5pm.


Butetown Artists' Studios, 54b/c Bute Street, Cardiff Bay CF10 5AF.

Contact: 07969900847 / bayartcardiff@gmail.com / www.bayart.org.uk.


Welsh Group members Dilys Jackson and Mary Husted will be taking part, together with David Knight, David Gould, Maggie James, Terry Setch, Valerie Coffin Price, Iwan Bala, Janet Beeny and Phil Nicol.


Free entry.


Visit website for further information.

Beep 2016


Event dates: 6th AUGUST - 3rd SEPTEMBER 2016.


Welsh Group treasurer, Heather Eastes, will be exhibiting in the 2016 Beep exhibition "This Must Be The Place I Never Wanted To Leave..."


The exhibition runs from 6th August - 3rd September 2016 (Tuesdays - Saturdays, 11am - 4pm) at:

Swansea College of Art

Dynevor Campus

De-la-Beche Road

Swansea SA1 3EU.
Beep (Biennial exhibition of painting) is Wales’s only large-scale contemporary international painting exhibition taking place at different venues every two years. This year will see the main Beep2016 exhibition tour from Swansea to Wrexham and include satellite exhibitions, events and residencies in and around Swansea, Wrexham and Cardiff. 

Changing Nature


Event dates: 3rd AUGUST - 10th SEPTEMBER 2016.


"Changing Nature" is an exhibition by three artists; Welsh Group member Philippine Sowerby, together with Jane Bennet and Alan Young.


Tower Gallery

49 High Street 


Powys NP8 1BH


Regeneration by VOGA


Event dates: 28th JULY - 9th SEPTEMBER 2016.


Vale of Glamorgan Artists present Regeneration.


Oriel Yr Aelwyd / Hearth Gallery, Ground Floor, University Hospital Llandough, Penlan Road, Llandough, CF64 4XX.


Opening of the exhibition on Tuesday, 2nd August, 11am by Jane Hutt AM. Private View 10.30am - 12pm.


During the Spring of this year, VOGA, The Vale of Glamorgan Artists, conducted a series of visits to University Hospital Llandough in exploration of the hospital and its surrounding environment and the rich hospital community.


Responding through the various media of drawing, painting, ceramics, print, sculpture and photography, VOGA artists’ creative response is a rich, eclectic and exciting exhibition – Regeneration, which focuses on renewal, healing, wellbeing and growth within University Hospital Llandough.


The hospital is pleased to present this delightful and intriguing body of work by one of Wales’ leading artists’ collectives. Founded in 1997, VOGA aims to create a greater awareness and accessibility of the visual arts through exhibitions, open studios and community events.


VOGA includes a number of Welsh Group members including Shirley Anne Owen, Sue Roberts, Eileen Allan and Alan Salisbury.

The Welsh Group: Myriad Perspectives


Event dates: 11th JULY - 11th SEPTEMBER 2016.


Myriad Perspectives: Work of members of the Welsh Group


This exhibition shows the many and varied traditions, styles and media of the well-established members of this long-standing group, which is soon to be celebrating its 70th Anniversary.


The Welsh Group art exhibition in a former Iron Master's mansion.


Cyfarthfa Castle Art Gallery and Museum, Merthyr Tydfil, Wales.

10 Years of Iron Casting at Camarthen School of Art


Event dates: 6th AUGUST - 10th SEPTEMBER 2016.


Exhibition featuring several Welsh Group members, celebrating 10 years of iron casting at Camarthen School of Art. Curated by Andy Griffiths, head of sculpture, who will give a talk at the gallery on Saturday, 27th August, at 2pm.


Oriel Q

Queens Hall Gallery

High Street


Pembrokeshire SA67 7AS


Tel: 01834 869454

Gawain and the Green Knight: Clive Hicks-Jenkins and the Penfold Press


Event dates: 8th SEPTEMBER - 1st OCTOBER 2016.


Gawain and the Green Knight: Clive Hicks-Jenkins and the Penfold Press


The Martin Tinney Gallery, Cardiff.


Thursday 8th Sept - Saturday 1st Oct, 2016


In collaboration with Dan Bugg of Penfold Press, Clive Hicks-Jenkins is devising a series of fourteen prints based on the medieval verse drama, Sir Gawain and the Green Knight – a classic vividly translated for the 21st century by Simon Armitage. The exhibition will present the first seven prints, marking the half-way stage in this major project, together with paintings and drawings on the theme.

Art commentator James Russell writes of the series:

"The story is the kind you might find in The Mabinogion. Sir Gawain is more human than your average legendary hero. Having taken up the challenge offered at the Camelot Christmas feast by the terrifying Green Knight, he embarks on a quest to find this ogre, only to be tested – and found wanting – in unexpected ways. Sir Gawain is both a glittering knight and a fallible young man, and it is this flawed human character that intrigues Clive. Each print is inspired by the text and rooted stylistically in its world, but beyond that Clive and Dan have allowed their imagination free rein."

56 Group Wales: Breaking With Tradition


Event dates: 19th SEPTEMBER - 15th OCTOBER 2016.


Breaking with Tradition.

Merthyr Tydfil exhibition in Redhouse and Cyfarthfa Castle galleries.


The 56 Group Wales (Welsh: Grŵp 56 Cymru) is an artists’ organisation founded in Wales in 1956, with the aim of promoting Welsh Modernist art and artists.

The group continues to include some of Wales’ most significant contemporary artists including members of The Welsh Group Ken Elias, Robert Harding, Sue Hiley Harris, Dilys Jackson and Antonia Spowers.

Drawing & Collage: Chris Griffin


Event dates: 7th - 29th OCTOBER 2016.


A retrospective of supporting disciplines



FRIDAY 7TH OCTOBER 7.00 - 9.00

Dydd Gwener 7fed o Hydref 7.00 - 9.00pm


Exhbiton continues until October 29th / Hydref 29ain 2016.


Oriel Canfas Gallery

Opening times / Amserau agor:

Tuesday – Friday / Mawrth – Gwener: 1.00 - 4.30pm

Saturday / Sadwrn 10.30 – 4.30pm


Oriel Canfas Gallery, 44a Glamorgan Street, Canton, Cardiff CF5 1QS.


Tel. 20920 666455

Alan Salisbury: A Retrospective. Tenby


Event dates: 23rd SEPTEMBER - 5th NOVEMBER 2016

Tenby Museum & Art Gallery, Castle Hill, Tenby, Pembrokeshire SA70 7BP.

01834 842809.


This exhibition celebrates five decades of active involvement with the Visual Arts since I enrolled on a Foundation Course at Manchester School of Art in 1965. My subsequent art education took me to Liverpool School of Art (1967 to 1970) then to the Royal College of Art in London from 1970 to 1973. After completing an Art Teaching Diploma at Cardiff I began a teaching career at Glamorgan College of Education which subsequently merged with the Polytechnic of Wales later to become the University of Glamorgan.


This exhibition includes work completed over five decades so it is inevitable that my ideas have changed considerably over this period of time. It is interesting looking back to see how much the early painting in particular, was infuenced by the cultural milieu of the time. As you practice you gain experience and become knowledgeable and of course biographical events inform and shape the work undertaken. Although the conceptual underpinning of some of the themes represented in this exhibition are sometimes radically different, there are nevertheless I think lots of constant factors evident - not least that I have always been a painter and by and large a representational painter.


Looking back over a career of fifty years I am aware of all the individuals and organizations to whom I owe thanks but they are too numerous to mention. These include the staff who taught me at art schools and the fellow artists, mainly in Wales, who have become friends and signifcant others. During this career many years were spent teaching undergraduates so thanks to all of my former colleagues and students. Having to think about how to communicate your understanding of a subject really does help you develop your own conceptual understanding and refne practical skills. I am also greatly indebted to all those scholars who contributed sections to the book/catalogue which accompanies this retrospective show.


Alan Salisbury
September 2016

Towards Abstraction? Art in South Wales since 1960


Event dates: 1st JULY -  18th NOVEMBER 2016.


This exhibition includes works by current Welsh Group member Paul Brewer and honorary member Robert Alwyn Hughes, together with former members Michael Freeman, Bert Isaac and Ernest Zobole. Also included are Sarah Ball, Brendan Burns, Richard Cox, David Nash, Stephanie Tuckwell and others from the university art collection and creative responses from staff, students and visitors.


Oriel y Bont

Tŷ Crawshay, University of South Wales, Trefforest, Pontypridd CF37 1DL


Mon to Thurs 8.30am to 5pm.

Fri 8.30am to 4.30pm.


Free entry


Tel: 01443 480480.    

Gustavius Payne at Art in the Attic


Event dates: 28th NOVEMBER - 14th DECEMBER 2016.


Solo exhibition of new work by Gustavius Payne.
Art in The Attic, The Factory, Jenkin Street, Porth, CF39 9PP.
Monday 28th November - Wednesday 14th December 2016.
(10am - 4pm daily excluding weekends).


Tel: 01443 687080
Email: anneculverhousevans@valleyskids.org




Arddangosfa unigol gan Gustavius Payne.
Art yn The Attic, Y Ffatri, Stryd Jenkin, Porth, CF39 9PP.
Dydd Llun 28ain o Dachwedd - Dydd Mercher 14eg o Rhagfyr 2016.
(10yb - 4yh heb gynnwys penwythnosau).


Ffôn: 01443 687080
Ebost: anneculverhousevans@valleyskids.org

Cynon Valley Museum Reopens


Event dates: 27th OCTOBER 2016 - Xmas closing.


Following its initial closure due to local authority cuts The Cynon Valley Museum is now opening back up as an independent Trust. The first new exhibition includes work by Welsh Group vice-chair Gustavius Payne.


Cynon Valley Museum, Depot Road, Aberdare CF44 8DL.


Opening times: Wednesday - Saturday 11am - 4pm.


Tel.: 01685 886729


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