Here we have Chris, one of our volunteers, working on one Oriel Môn’s recent new acquisition – the Ieuan Williams collection of drawings and paintings. This exciting collection, kindly donated by the artist, includes some 144 drawings and paintings, all Anglesey based and date from the 1960s onwards.
A selection of the nation’s favourite artworks are touring across Wales as part of Celf ar y Cyd on Tour, an initiative to share the national art collection with communities and galleries across the country.
Around 20 pieces of art from the Amgueddfa Cymru – National Museum Wales collection will tour to Oriel Môn from 11 February to 14th of May, 2023.
Celf ar y Cyd on tour follows an Instagram vote held during the Covid 19 pandemic. While National Museum Cardiff’s galleries were closed in 2020, curators from Amgueddfa Cymru selected 100 artworks and shared them digitally via the @celfarycyd Instagram. The public were then asked to vote for their favourite artworks from the collection using the ‘like’ button. This helped produce a shortlist of their Top 30 artworks culminating in the exhibition which is touring to galleries across Wales.
From the most recent contemporary art to ceramics and photography, the selection reflects the rich diversity and experience of life in Wales. Artists include Thomas Jones, Betty Woodman, Adam Buick, David Hurn, Laura Ford, Elizabeth Fritsch and many more.
Celf ar y Cyd is a group of four projects which were developed to share the visual arts across Wales at a time when museum and galleries were closed to the public. Funded by the Welsh Government, the project is a partnership between Amgueddfa Cymru and Arts Council for Wales. As well as Celf ar y Cyd on Tour, the projects also include Art in Hospitals, the digital arts magazine Cynfas and a series of commissions which asked Wales based artists to use the museum’s collection to inspire new work.
Nicola Gibson, Visitor Experience Manager, Oriel Môn said:
“We are delighted to be working with Amgueddfa Cymru on this project. Not only is it fascinating to see which artworks have been chosen by the public, we are also thrilled to be able to make these wonderful artworks accessible to audiences outside of Cardiff”.
Dr Kath Davies, Director of Collections and Research, Amgueddfa Cymru said:
“The national collection belongs to everyone in Wales. This project is a starting point in our ambition to build a new sense of ownership and collaboration, and to ensure that art works can be seen in different locations across the country on a regular basis. The public choice has resulted in a rich and varied mix of work with something for everyone to enjoy”.
Deputy Minister for Arts and Sport, Dawn Bowden, said, “I’m delighted that we’ve been able to provide funding support for Celf ar y Cyd. It’s great news that this exhibition – which has been voted for by the public – is now making its way around Wales. This is an excellent way for more people to see the wealth and variety of artworks at Amgueddfa Cymru and for this to be shared with communities across Wales”.
- Laura Ford (1961-) - Cod Clod (Het a Chyrn) / Glory Glory (Hat and Horns), 2005, copyright – Laura Ford
- Michal Iwanowski – O’r Gyfres, From the Series - Go Home, Polish, 2018, copyright – Michal Iwanowski
- Thomas Jones (1742 – 1803) – Adeiladau yn Napoli / Buildings in Naples, 1774, copyright – Amgueddfa Cymru
- Lucie Rie (1902 – 1995) – Set o bedwar cwpan a soser / Set of four cups and saucers, 1958. Ar fenthyg gan Ymddiriedolaeth Derek Williams / On loan from the Derek Williams Trust Collection, (Casgliad Anita Besson / Anita Besson Collection), copyright - Ystad Lucie Rie / Lucy Rie Estate
Oriel Môn is proud to be launching a magnificent exhibition by ‘The North Wales Society of Fine Art’ (NWSFA) on Saturday the 14th of January.
The NWSFA was established in 1990 by founder president and the esteemed botanical artist, Margaret Stevens to encourage the promotion of botanical artwork across Wales and into the north west of England. The society has since thrived and evolved into a more eclectic mix of artists, displaying a wide range of inspiration and ideas interpreted through a variety of styles and media.
The Society’s Patron, Edmond Douglas-Pennant, donates an award for artists producing the two most popular works in the annual exhibition, as voted for by the general public. There are also six Society Awards given, three to the botanical and three to the general categories, by two independent judges.
Philip Stanton Chairman of the NWSFA states, “The aim of the Society is to encourage and maintain a highly professional standard and to offer its members the opportunity to display their work in major exhibitions annually, at different venues across Wales and the north west of England. The exhibition at Oriel Môn is always a highlight of the Society’s calendar and offers an ideal environment for the artists to display their work to its best advantage”