Richard Pinkney, The Alphabet Twice, 1971

Please see below for information on exhibitions and activities taking place in Aberystwyth on 12-13 September. The Arts Centre, Aberystwyth University, and the School of Art, have both arranged to exhibit materials to accompany the conference.

National Library of Wales

Exhibitions: https://www.llgc.org.uk/en/visit/things-to-do/exhibitions/?no_cache=1

  • Arthur and Welsh Mythology
  • Legends!
  • Cover to Cover
  • Fallen Poets: Edward Thomas and Hedd Wyn
  • Discover the Heart of Welsh Culture
  • Nanteos Cup

Weekly guided tours: https://www.llgc.org.uk/index.php?id=6801

School of Art, Aberystwyth University 

To accompany the conference (and for perusal at the wine reception), the School of Art will display three limited edition artist book/pamphlets by Richard Pinkney, Tetra Press, from the Welsh Arts Council gift of 2002.

They’re screenprints of poems – an abstract sequence of images for each poem. The titles are:

  • A Bridge (a long fold-out work), 1973
  • The Alphabet Twice, 1971
  • A Verse from ‘The Death of a Guiser’ by Petre M Andreevsky (trans Graham Reid), 1971

Other exhibitions: https://www.aber.ac.uk/en/art/gallery-museum/exhibitions/now-showing/

  • Postgraduate exhibition
  • Alternative Facts exhibition

Arts Centre, Aberystwyth University

To accompany the conference, the Arts Centre will be screening the following films on a loop from 10am to 5pm on 12 and 13 September:

Archif Genedlaethol Sgrin a Sain Cymru / The National Screen and Sound Archive of Wales:

4603269 – The Artist – Robert Evans-Hughes

1961, Standard 8mm (original format), 8 minutes, colour, silent

Copyright: Michael Theaker – contact details available from the Archive


Silent film, with inter-titles, directed by Michael Theaker of Rhyl, giving a glimpse of the life of artist Robert Evans Hughes (1896-1970), who settled in Rhyl after moving from Wales to Australia as a boy and after a period of artistic study in Italy. He was a founder member of The Colour Society [?] and the Prestatyn 57 Group and president of Denbighshire Art Society.  ‘Bob’ is seen entering his studio early in the morning [he lived in a flat in Queen Street and his studio was in Bedford Street], setting up his easel, painting in both a traditional and an abstract manner, and settling down to smoke a pipe.  There are still photographs of himself as a baby and of his parents and shots of his work (early and later).

187/4479952 – Island Artist

1953, 13 minutes, colour, sound

Copyright: No need to ask permission of third party for use


An Amateur Cine World award-winning impression of the artist Brenda Chamberlain’s life on Bardsey Island/Ynys Enlli, shot by Edgar Ewart Pritchard, a native of Brownhills in Staffordshire but a regular visitor to Bardsey.  Brenda Chamberlain is seen in her home (with two siamese cats) – sketching, writing (‘Island Fisherman’) and completing a painting, which she sends off by boat to the mainland – and outside – collecting milk (fresh from the cow) from a neighbour, watching shearing in progress, riding her pony, walking with her dog, enjoying a boat trip to see seals.

Shotlist: available on request

1393/4481159 – La Cathedrale Engloutie – the cathedral under the sea

1961, 8 minutes, colour, sound

Copyright: Arts Council England (probably)


An exploration of a series of paintings and collages created by the artist Ceri Richards, inspired by Debussy’s musical treatment of the Celtic myth of a cathedral hidden beneath the waves.  The film unites the two different media and included are shots of the artist sitting on cliffs, looking out to sea, and at work in his studio, and shots of the paintings.  There is just one narrated comment, which gives the film’s context: “For two years Ceri Richards has worked on a series of paintings and collages based on Debussy’s theme of the submerged cathedral of Ys.  This music has haunted the artist’s imagination since his childhood on the Welsh Gower peninsula.  The Celtic legend of bells ringing beneath the waves is shared by Brittany and Wales.  ‘La Cathedrale Engloutie’ – the sound of chanting and bells rising from the depths of the sea on days of special calm.”

3647/4483413 – Y Rhaeadr

1982, 5.28 minutes, colour, sound

Copyright: S4C


Abstract animation, commissioned by S4C and created by artist film-maker Clive Walley with music by Neil Ardley, conveying the secret life of a waterfall [rhaeadr].

6130548 – Catrin Webster in Venice – June 9th-13th 2003

2003, 3.35 minutes, colour, silent

Copyright: Stuart Evans


Footage of the Borth-based artist Catrin Webster (b. Cardiff 1966, brought up on Anglesey) water-colour sketching by the side of the Grand Canal in Venice and seated on a balcony overlooking rooftops.  Above her head flies Welsh flag bunting (attached to the balcony).  She was engaged in producing a watercolour of the Grand Canal from the roof of the Peggy Guggenheim Museum in Venice, as part of a series of paintings from the roofs of art galleries (e.g. Tate Modern, London, and the Modern Art Gallery, Toronto) and was present for the first showing of Welsh (and Scottish) art at the Venice Biennale in 2003, the year of the Biennale’s 50th anniversary.  The artists from Wales involved were Cerith Wyn Evans, Bethan Huws, Simon Pope and Paul Seawright.

For more information, please see:


Exhibitions: http://www.aberystwythartscentre.co.uk/whats-on/exhibitions

  • Maid / Mother / Crone | Morwyn / Mam / Hen Wrach
  • Rhi Moxon: Food & Folklore | Rhi Moxon: Bwyd Llên Gwerin


  • David Gilmour live at Pompeii 13 September


Ceredigion Museum, Aberystwyth


Old College, Aberystwyth



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