ArtUK Sculpture Project – George Powell of Nanteos

George Ernest John Powell

An exciting new collaboration between Aberystwyth University, Art UK and the Penparcau Community Forum is set to explore the sculpture collection of George Powell of Nanteos. The project is the result of a grant awarded by ArtUK as part of their Sculpture Around You programme which aims to engage communities with their sculptural heritage.

George Powell (1842-1882) inherited the Nanteos Estate on the death of his father in 1878 but prior to this he mainly lived in London and travelled around Europe and into North Africa. He made connections with various artists, writers and musicians across Europe with one of his closest friends being the poet Algernon Charles Swinburne. During this time he built up a collection of small bronze sculptures, principally mythological figures and male nudes. These were bequeathed by Powell to the then new university in Aberystwyth and now form part of the collection of the School of Art Museum and Galleries.

Powell bronzes

The project will allow a group of residents from Penparcau to explore Powell as a character through his sculpture. The group will visit Nanteos and the School of Art before embarking on a creative project of digital sculptures resulting in 3D printed models. Art UK have commissioned museum consultant Alex Flowers to help develop this exciting digital outcome that will engage participants with their local history. The project will culminate with an exhibition and opening event.

Nanteos Mansion

If you want to learn more about this project please contact Phil Garratt at

(Welsh text awaiting translation.)

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