Part of the Celebration of Welsh Contemporary Painting, in partnership with Cyfarthfa Castle and Glasbury Arts.
This exhibition includes work from two projects linked to the past and the future of Welsh art:
1. Josef Herman Foundation / Glasbury Arts / Swansea University schools accredited project in which pupils will have the chance to learn about the history of internationally renowned painter, Josef Herman*, take part in workshops / lectures at Josef Herman Foundation / Swansea University / Glyn Vivian Gallery and produce a body of course work to be exhibited as this part of the Celebration of Welsh Contemporary Painting.
A series of four Josef Herman prints are also on show alongside the students’ work.
2. A Merthyr / Dowlais Project involving local primary schools focusing on the work of Cedric Morris**, who contributed so much to art education in the South Wales Valley’s in the 1930’s, and then producing project work that can also be exhibited as this part of the Celebration of Welsh Contemporary Painting. Click HERE for link to pictures of school workshops.
*Josef Herman was a Polish born artist who is remembered for his depictions of the Welsh mining community in Ystradgynlais. Though Herman escaped the Nazi invasion and subsequent atrocities, he lost his entire family in the Holocaust.
In 1944 he visited the Welsh town of Ystradgynlais in the Swansea valley on holiday, and made it his home until 1955. He was later quoted as saying: “I stayed here because I found all I required. I arrived here a stranger for a fortnight; the fortnight became 11 years.” He became a big part of the local community where he was fondly nicknamed ‘Joe Bach’.
In 1981 Herman was awarded an OBE for services to British Art and was elected to the Royal Academy of Arts in 1990. He died in February 2000.
**Cedric Morris was born in the Sketty area, Swansea. He was a direct descendent of John Morris, owner of the Morriston copperworks. He spent his early years in the Gower and was educated at Charterhouse School.
He moved to Paris in 1914 and took up art seriously shortly before the First World War; he attended various academies but was essentially self-taught. He travelled across Europe and lived in Cornwall and London.
He came back to Wales to paint in 1928 and soon became involved in working on behalf of the unemployed, notably through his work at the Dowlais Educational Settlement.
Cedric Morris died in 1982.
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