In a 3-part BBC 2 series, broadcaster Huw Stephens discovers the many treasures of Welsh art, following the story from prehistoric times up to the present day.
The series has recently been broadcast and is now available on BBC i-player until 2022.
Huw starts his journey on the island of Anglesey where he steps inside a prehistoric burial chamber to witness Welsh art in its earliest form. He sees an exquisite example of Bronze Age artistry in the form of a gold cape, found by chance in a field in North Wales and now one of the prize exhibits in the British Museum.
In episode 2, we retrace the steps of Richard Wilson, the 18th-century artist who changed the course of art history. Bringing harmony and beauty to a terrain previously dismissed as 'God’s rubbish tip', Wilson, and then JMW Turner, transformed the way Wales was seen by the world.
In the final episode, Huw Stephens’s journey begins at the dawn of the 20th century with the artists who broke with tradition and depicted Wales in radical new ways. He looks at the impact of Augustus and Gwen John, JD Innes, Evan Walters, Cedric Morris, Brenda Chamberlain, Kyffin Williams and more recently Daniel Trivedy, Shani Rhys James and Bedwyr Williams.
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We offer you a warm welcome, here at the gallery in Conwy. The Annual Open Exhibition is up on the walls and looks fantastic. And the shop is full of gorgeous books, artists materials, high quality greetings cards, jewellry, ceramics and other local crafts.
We are pleased to announce the winner of our Peoples Prize.
A big congratulations to Meinir Mathias whose fabulous work Tan ar y Mynydd/Fire on the Mountain got the most votes.
Thank you to everyone that voted and all of the artists that took part in our OPEN21 exhibition. Its been a pleasure for all of us here at the Royal Cambrian Academy to work on such a fabulous exhibition.
New exhibition featuring drawings, objects and sculptures from the studio of sculptor Sally Matthews RCA.
"I make work in praise of animals to throw a light on their importance and to revere their being. The task gets more daunting as we move further away from them – domesticate or industrialize their presence and steal their land."
Renowned watercolourist and draughtsman, George Drought RCA is known throughout the north west for his sensitive landscape paintings and drawings of this part of the world. This exhibition is a look back at a lifetime's work.
Ysgol Porth-Y-Felin students work is currently on show at the gallery. The Children's funny vegetables with faces are inspired by an unusual medieval image of a vegetable with a face. Other students looked at images of fantastic bestiaries and then created their own mythical creatures.