Degree Show & Postgraduate Exhibition – Some Impressions from the Opening, 14 May 2022

We think it is fair to say that the opening was a great success. Well done, everyone!

You can still visit the exhibition until the 26th May 2022. The opening times are Monday-Friday, 10am-5pm. No need to book, just turn up and enjoy the show. Admission is free.

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‘Make/Believe’: Photographs of/by Angus McBean – Tessa Siday Gallery, School of Art – 16 May-30 September 2022

This exhibition showcases the work of Welsh photographer Angus McBean (1904-1990) in advertising, his commissioned portraits, and his annual Christmas cards. It offers glimpses of McBean’s private life, holidaying on the continent and portraits of McBean at home, in later life, by the contemporary photographer Robert Greetham. Most of the work on display was purchased for the School of Art collection with the aid of grants from the Art Fund and V&A Purchase Grant schemes. It has been curated by students on the undergraduate module ‘Curating an Exhibition’. 

The exhibition is on from the 16th May to the 30th September 2022, Monday – Friday, 10am – 5pm.

Degree Show & Postgraduate Exhibition 2022 -School of Art – 16 May-26 May 2022

The undergraduate exhibition represents the high point of our students’ achievements over three years of study. Our postgraduate students are participating in the first of two exhibitions on their Masters’ program. On display is a mixture of disciplines such as photography, illustration, painting, printmaking and multimedia installation.

The exhibition is open Monday – Friday, 10am – 5pm, from the 16th May to the 26th May 2022.

John Leech – “Not an artist of the common type”

sepia photograph of Victorian illustrator John Leech, standing with his hands in his trouser pockets
Leech’s carte de visite (Wikipedia)

John Leech was born 29th August 1817. His father had moved from Ireland to London in about 1813 to work for his uncle, the proprietor of the London Coffee House in Ludgate Hill. By 1823, Leech senior owned the business. It was a well-respected and popular place, which must have been a very stimulating environment for a little boy to grow up in. Leech junior enjoyed drawing from an early age. Wood engraver and illustrator Frederick George Kitton (1856-1904) claims in his biography of the illustrator (1883) that the artist John Flaxman (1755-1826) first noticed the boy’s skills when he was only three years old and advised the parents: “Do not let him be cramped with lessons in drawing; let his genius follow its own bent; he will astonish the world.” When Leech was seven, he started attending Charterhouse School, first as a day boy and then as a boarder. Here he first met novelist William Makepeace Thackeray (1811-1863), who would become a lifelong friend when they met again at Punch in 1843. Continue reading

“It’s the Thought that Counts: Concept over craft in ceramics from the University Collection”- Exhibition, Ceramics Gallery, Aberystwyth Arts Centre, until 27 March 2022

“When an artist uses a conceptual form of art, it means that all of the planning and decisions are made beforehand and the execution is a perfunctory affair… It is usually free from the dependence on the skill of the artist as a craftsman.”

Sol LeWitt, ‘Paragraphs on Conceptual Art’, Artforum Vol.5, no. 10, Summer 1967, pp. 79-83 Continue reading

19. (digital) German Talk – Eileen Harrisson: ‘A Sorrowful Healing’

Dear German Talkers,

I hope you are all doing well.

This talk is about Eileen Harrisson’s PhD-exhibition A Sorrowful Healing, which is currently on at the School of Art Gallery until the 11th March.

You can simply click on the below video to watch and listen. The PDF contains the verbatim text of the voice-over, including some vocabulary.

Please be aware that this exhibition is about the Troubles in Northern Ireland, so the talk contains images, sounds and descriptions of events that you might find upsetting.

Feel free to download the PDF for your own private usage, but please be aware that all texts, sounds and images on the document and in the presentation are under copyright.

If you would like to visit the exhibition, please book your free ticket here in advance:

The School of Art Gallery is open Monday – Friday, 10am-5pm.

All the best wishes,


You can adjust the quality of the video by clicking on ‘AUTO’ in the lower right corner and choose the highest pixel option.

Carmen Mills PhD Exhibition: ‘Jacob’s Ladder: seeing the invisible through the archaeological imagination’, 21/03 – 29/04/2022, School of Art Gallery

This exhibition is my response to visiting Bardsey Island (Ynys Enlli) and spending time on the site of the 6th century monastery built by Celtic Christian monks. Using archaeology as a metaphor for my fine art practice, I aim to make artworks that enable viewers to consider their own personal ‘spiritual archaeology’. I use the simplest and most universal of marks – the vertical line and the circle – seeking to give visual form to the invisible. The viewer is then invited to ‘excavate’ these artworks, and find through them an evocation of the passage of time which, while hinting at prehistory, nevertheless speaks to their contemporary world.

Interview with Eileen Harrisson about her PhD-exhibition “A Sorrowful Healing” at the School of Art Gallery

Eileen Harrisson Stitching 'Façade'About a couple of weeks ago, I had the chance to speak to artist Eileen Harrisson about her PhD-exhibition A Sorrowful Healing, which is currently on at the School of Art Gallery here in Aberystwyth.

You can listen to the full interview here:

Please be aware that it includes some sounds and descriptions of events during the Troubles that you might find upsetting.

A Sorrowful Healing is open Monday – Friday, 10am – 5pm, until the 11th March.

If you would like to visit the exhibition, please pre-book your free ticket here:

Karen Westendorf (Curatorial & Technical Assistant)