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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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