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This autumn, Oriel Môn welcomed a new community group behind the scenes, as part of the ‘Our Museums, Our Voices’ project. Funded by the Welsh Government and Art Fund UK, this project aimed at giving a BAME community group the opportunity to share their unique voice within the Gallery and Museum. The group were led by contemporary artist, Mfikela Jean-Samuel, originally from Cameroon, now residing in Bangor. As part of the project, the group took part in a guided tour, as well as a behind the scenes look at the Oriel’s work. Over the course of four weeks, the group – led by Jean-Samuel, created works of art as a creative response to their experience at Oriel Môn. The collection of works is now on display in the Oriel’s community space.

We’d like to thank Jean-Samuel and the group for their work, and for contributing their voices and unique perspectives to the work at Oriel Môn.

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This work has been created by the Byron Community Project Group. The group is part of Adult Day Services within Anglesey Local Authority, The exhibition is the group's interpretation of Branwens story. Clay pots from Branwens grave are on display here in the History Gallery and have been part of the inspiration for the theme of the project. The group worked under the tuition of Diana Williams, Elly Stringer and Lora Morgan. This project was funded by the Federation of Museums and Art Galleries of Wales and Welsh Government as part of the summer fun 2022 grant.

Canolfan Byron

Do you own paintings by these three artists?

Next year Oriel Mon will be showing an exciting exhibition celebrating the 70th Anniversary of Ysgol Gyfun Llangefni. It will focus on the work of three influential artists who had strong links with the school: Harry Hughes Williams, Ernest Zobole and Gwilym Prichard. All three were popular art teachers at Llangefni and had success as professional artists; making a significant contribution to the Welsh art scene.

For this exhibition we are asking if you have, or know someone who has paintings by any of these artists and if you can make a temporarily loan to the Oriel. The exhibition opens on the 26th of May until the 24th of September, 2023. As usual, the utmost care and attention will be given to any works of art loaned to us, and they will fully insured for the duration of the show.

For further information or to discuss possible loans, please contact Ian Jones, Curator and Collections Manager, Oriel Môn: 01248 752082 / 724444 / IanJones@ynysmon.llyw.cymru