Coleg Cymraeg Cenedlaethol branch welcomes art historian Peter Lord to deliver its annual lecture


The University of Wales Trinity Saint David (UWTSD) Branch of the Coleg Cymraeg Cenedlaethol’s annual lecture was delivered this year by renowned art historian and artist, Peter Lord.   

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Peter Lord gained a degree in Fine Art from the University of Reading in 1970 before being accepted as visiting fellow at the Yale Centre of British Art in 1994. He is currently research fellow at the Centre for Research into the English Literature and Language of Wales at Swansea University.

He has published and broadcast widely on Welsh visual culture and has curated major exhibitions for national institutions. He has a particular interest in the work of the Welsh artisan painters during the first half of the nineteenth century, and in the art of the Great Depression, between both world wars.

Following the lecture, Peter Lord said:

“I was honoured to deliver this year’s UWTSD Coleg Cymraeg Branch annual lecture. 

“The lecture focused on the development of portraiture in Wales over a period of three centuries. I looked specifically at the change in the nature of the patronage available for artists during the period, as the middle class replaced the nobility as the main source of patronage at the beginning of the 19th century. Following the growth of the middle class, there was a golden age of artisan painting in Wales between 1830 and 1850.

“I am always pleased to be able to support the activities of Y Coleg Cymraeg Cenedlaethol, and I would like to wish the UWTSD Branch well for the future.”

Bethan Wyn Davies, UWTSD Coleg Cymraeg Branch Officer, added: 

“I was delighted to welcome such a prominent figure as Peter Lord to deliver the Annual Coleg Cymraeg Branch Lecture here at the University of Wales Trinity Saint David. 

“Peter is a very well-known name in his field and has made a massive contribution over the years.  It was wonderful to see so many people present at the event and I’m looking forward to seeing the annual lecture go from strength to strength.”

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