Celebration of Welsh Contemporary Painting: New Blood

Date: 08/07/19 to the 10/08/19
Time: 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM

An exhibition by current and recent Fine Art students from The College Merthyr Tydfil

Exhibiting artists:

  • Ellie Barnard
  • Meg Lillas
  • Catlin Mayo
  • Zoe Morgans
  • Zoe Ridgway
  • Luis Tapia
  • Sian Thomas

Free entry but the exhibition space is occasionally used for other events, so to avoid disappointment, please call 01685 384111 or message us on social media to confirm the show is accessible.

CoWCP exhibitions are also being held at other locations, including Cyfarthfa Castle.

Celebration of Welsh Contemporary Painting
A long-overdue new initiative launches in Wales this year with the first country-wide Celebration of Welsh Contemporary Painting. The 2019 event, involving six galleries from Merthyr Tydfil to St David’s has grown from a smaller experimental event run two years ago in Glasbury-on-Wye and Merthyr, the brainchild of the late Pete Goodridge, who had for many years believed that the amazing range of work by current Welsh painters was lamentably overlooked and should be celebrated in a biennial exhibition.

That initial event in two galleries in Merthyr – Cyfarthfa Castle and Redhouse – featured the work of 13 artists – from significant living painters to the next generation of up and coming artists – and achieved the project’s aim of delivering a successful quality event that attracted increased numbers of visitors and engaged the next generation as schools also became involved.

In 2019, the work of 37 artists will be featured in six venues, with exhibitions specific to each one, and, significantly, each presenting a balance of male and female painters, reflecting the many talented but previously under-represented women’s painting in Wales.
As well as the galleries, two art colleges and a number of schools will also be involved in the Celebration of Contemporary Welsh Painting – at Pembrokeshire College’s arts and design department, work from Level 2 to degree level will be shown, based on study and analysis of a selection of the 40 artists exhibited elsewhere.

Artists being showcased range Pembrokeshire colleges and Gwernyfed High School. Also featured and fitting the event’s criteria of having been born in Wales, or living and working in Wales, is a Congolese refugee, who, having fled for his life, now lives in Wales.

The exhibitions, which run from July 8 to November 30, take place at:
• Cyfarthfa Castle, Merthyr Tydfil (www.cyfarthfa.com) 8 July to 23 September
• Redhouse, Merthyr Tydfil (http://www.redhousecymru.com) 8 July to 23 September
• Andrew Lamont Gallery, Theatr Brycheiniog, Brecon (www.brycheiniog.co.uk) September 19 to November 17;
• Oriel y Parc, St David’s (www.pembrokeshirecoast.wales) 4 October to 30 November
• Pembrokeshire College, (www.pembrokeshire.ac.uk) Haverfordwest 4 October to 30 November.
• Futures Gallery, Pierhead Building (www.glasburyarts.co.uk and www.assembly.wales ), Cardiff ( 4 – 30 November).

Back in 2017, when his dream of a biennial celebration of contemporary Welsh painting stood on the threshold of becoming a reality, Pete Goodridge was, say organisers of the expanded event, ‘so excited’. As the Celebration is launched, it is hoped that his dream will now stand as a lasting legacy.

For further information: John Fitzgerald of Glasbury Arts: john.fitzgerald@glasburyarts.co.uk/ 01497 847426. Information about individual events and community activities, please contact the appropriate galleries as above nearer the time.


Artists in each Gallery
Cyfarthfa Castle:
Katharine Sheers
Amanda Turner
Glenys Cour
Charles Uzzell- Edwards (Pure Evil)
Wendy Yeo
Charles Burton
David Carpanini
Maurice Sheppard

Elfyn Lewis
Joanne Headington
Angela Kingston
Keith Bayliss
Jason Williams
Jacqueline Alkema
Plus an exhibition of Fine Art students from The College Merthyr Tydfil

Andrew Lamont Gallery:
Pip Woolf
Kate Bell
Sue Hiley Harris
Jennifer Allan
Lucy Corbett
Robert MacDonald
David Roy Kerton
Lee Wright
Meirion Jones
Plus a Congolese refugee living in South Wales

Oriel y Parc Gallery:
Shani Rhys James
Mary Lloyd Jones
Martyn Jones
Sally Mathews
Alan Salisbury
Kate Freeman
John Darlison
Cherry Pickles
Selection of Students from Pembrokeshire FE College Haverfordwest

Pembrokeshire College – Arts and Design Department:
Student work from across the department from Level 2 to degree level based on study and analysis of a selection of artists from the 36 listed across the other five galleries

Futures Gallery Pierhead:
Charles Burton
Rosemary Burton
Joanne Smith
Five artists from Glasbury Artists Group
Students from Merthyr Arts College and Gwernyfed High School
Refugee from Democratic Republic of Congo living in South Wales

Celebration of Welsh Contemporary Painting Appeal
Glasbury Arts is a small community arts charity in mid-wales and our task in relation to this series of exhibitions, includes promoting them through national media and social media, assisting with curating exhibitions in two of the galleries and managing any necessary transportation of arts works needed. Some of the work can be done by our enthusiastic volunteers but we still need to raise £6000 to cover additional costs. We already have £1200, thanks to a generous donation from Trish and John Richardson in remembrance of Les Newton, Clyro, who supported the Arts in Wales plus several small donations and now we are trying to raise the rest.
Please help with any donation that you can afford and payment can be made at Just Giving:
Thank You.
John Fitzgerald
President, Glasbury Arts and Chair of the exhibitions planning group.

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