'Ports, Past and Present’ exhibition: Creative Connections across the Irish Sea' exhibition opens this month at Ceredigion Museum


A new exhibition of artworks commissioned by the project ‘Ports, Past and Present: Cultural Crossings between Ireland and Wales’ opens at 2pm on Saturday 14 May, at Ceredigion Museum.

A new exhibition of artworks commissioned by the project ‘Ports, Past and Present: Cultural Crossings between Ireland and Wales’ opens 2pm, Saturday 14 May, at Ceredigion Museum.

The ‘Ports, Past and Present’ project considers five very different ports and their communities on either side of the Irish Sea: Dublin, Rosslare, Holyhead, Fishguard and Pembroke Dock. It aims to increase visitor numbers and enhance the tourist experience in the five communities, as well as raise awareness locally of the ports’ natural and cultural heritage and their importance to future economic growth. The work in this exhibition comes from twelve separate commissions, and ranges from poetry and story-collecting, to radio script, sculpture and ceramics, animation, photography and film. Combining thought-provoking words and images, these works reflect the richness of life on, beneath and beside the waves through time. We hope that this exhibition will inspire future journeys of curiosity.

The artists involved in the exhibition are Rua Barron, David Begley, Zillah Bowes, Gillian Brownson, Kathy D’Arcy, Jon Gower, Robert Jakes, Julie Merriman, Peter Murphy, Augustine O Donoghue, Marged Pendrell, Hannah Power, Peter Stevenson and Jacob Whittaker. More information about their work for ‘Ports, Past and Present’ can be found on the project website: https://creative-connections.pubpub.org/

The exhibition launch is free to all and will be held between 2pm and 4pm on Saturday 14 May 2022. Creative Connections across the Irish Sea is running at Ceredigion Museum until 25 June 2022, before moving on to venues in Rosslare, Pembroke Dock, Dublin, Fishguard and Holyhead.

The Museum is open Thursday to Saturday, 11am to 4pm. Wheelchair access is possible to most parts of the site. However, due to the historic nature of some of the buildings, some access may be difficult. There is a lift to all floors. Accessible toilets are available on the ground floor, shop and TIC. All Assistance Dogs are allowed in the museum.

For any further information, contact Liz Edwards: e.edwards@wales.ac.uk

This project is funded by the European Regional Development Fund through the Ireland Wales Cooperation programme and jointly run by University College Cork and Wexford County Council in Ireland, and the University of Wales Trinity St David and Aberystwyth University in Wales.

the Arts in Ireland and Wales and the Ports Past and Present Project is delighted to announce the awarding of twelve commissions of £5,000 each to creative practitioners based in Ireland and Wales.

Further Information

For more information please contact Arwel Lloyd, Principal PR and Communications Officer, on 07384 467076 / arwel.lloyd@uwtsd.ac.uk