Creative talents of Professors Sue Williams and Tim Davies feature in exhibition by The Contemporary Art Society for Wales


The creative talents of Professor Sue Williams and Professor Tim Davies, from UWTSD's Swansea College of Art, feature in an exhibition by The Contemporary Art Society for Wales (CASW) of seminal works from the many pieces that it has acquired and gifted to public collections around Wales - to celebrate its 80th anniversary.


The exhibition also includes work by Glenys Cour, Claire Curneen, David Garner, Josef Herman, Shani Rhys James, Gwen John, Cedric Morris, David Nash, Ceri Richards and Lois Williams among others.

Since 1938 the Contemporary Art Society for Wales (CASW) has acquired around 900 works by 500 artists. These are now held as part of well-known public collections across Wales – a vital record of Welsh art through the decades. This exhibition celebrates the 80th anniversary of the Society’s first acquisition by exploring the contemporary art of successive eras, much of which may have seemed challenging when new.

This exhibition - Then + Now: 80 Years of Collecting Contemporary Art for Wales - is curated for the Contemporary Art Society for Wales by Peter Wakelin who has written an extensive catalogue to accompany the exhibition.

Professor Williams said: "It gives me great pleasure to be in this exhibition and to be part of such a prestigious art collection in Wales.  Most importantly for me I am exhibiting alongside Gwen John, whose work greatly influenced me as an art student and whom I consider to be one of the most important artists in Welsh history."

Professor Davies said: "It's always good to have one's work selected for group shows, especially with the historical perspective that the Contemporary Arts Society of Wales provides. This exhibition provides an opportunity for dialogue between artists and artworks across time."

Peter Wakelin notes: "Selecting this exhibition has been like organising a party with all the most interesting people from history. It is wonderful that museums and galleries across Wales have been so willing to lend their treasures. Visitors will see some favourite works of art and some challenging ones too."

The CASW exhibition was recently featured in the Futures Gallery of the Pierhead Building in Cardiff Bay for the duration of the 2018 National Eisteddfod.

"We are very pleased to mark CASW’s 80th anniversary with this gem of an exhibition”, says CASW’s Chair, Sandra Harding. “The iconic Pierhead Building at the centre of the National Eisteddfod 2018 was a wonderful location. We have developed strong links with the National Eisteddfod over the years through the annual CASW National Eisteddfod Purchase Prize, first awarded in 2004.”

The CASW exhibition will now tour to the following venues:

 Oriel Plas Glyn-y-Weddw, Llanbedrog: 7 October – 25 November 2018

 MOMA, Machynlleth: 8 December – 26 January 2019

 Glynn Vivian Art Gallery, Swansea: 9 February - 12 May 2019

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