‘Classic|Romantic’-Exhibition Opening, 18th May 2019

Our new exhibition Classic|Romantic: Works from the School of Art Collection will be opening in the Tessa Sidey Gallery at the School of Art, Aberystwyth University, on Saturday 18 May 2019, 3 − 6 pm.

The show is then open from the 20th May until the 30th of August 2019, Monday – Friday, 10am-5pm.

Classic|Romantic invites visitors to explore the meanings of two widely used words and reflect on the relationship between them. The works on display range from sixteenth-century woodcuts to late twentieth-century photography and twenty-first-century ceramics.  Also included are prints by or after notable Romantics such as Blake, Fuseli, Goya and Turner.  Most of them are focussed on the human, superhuman and not quite human figure. Together, they demonstrate shared interests in – as well as different approaches to – mythology and Greco-Roman antiquity.

The show has been curated by students on the undergraduate module ‘Curating an Exhibition’.

All welcome.

We are looking forward to seeing you!


An Essay and its unexpected Aftermath

“Even essays can grow if fed and watered.”

These wise words come from our very own postgraduate student Gerry McGandy who contributed his undergraduate essay Who were Edward J. Burrow and Richard Eustace Tickell and why did they record The Vale of Nantgwilt in 1893? to this blog back in 2017.

Artist Kate Green came across his text and contacted Gerry, telling him about her latest project called ‘Walking the Pipe’. She told him that the essay was helpful and led to further research by her; to the extent that she purchased a copy of the book in which the discussed prints, which we hold in the School of Art collection, were originally published.

By now, the project has at least two artists and two musicians, including Gerry, collaborating. They intend, for example, to base a song on the memoirs of a woman called Hetty Price, of life in the valley before the dams and her sorrow at its passing.

So, all you weary students who suffer from writer’s blog and/or general ‘essay fatigue’: take courage and carry on writing. You never know what might come of it!

See the poster for more information about all events Kate and her fellow artists have planned. It surely looks very interesting, and we wish her all the best with her project.

Walking the Pipe 2019

8. German Talk, Follow-up


it was great seeing you all yesterday.

I hope you enjoyed the exhibition! For those who would like to have another look, it is still open until the 3rd May, Monday – Friday 10am – 5pm (closed over Easter). There is of course also Marie’s French Talk coming up on the 2nd May at 6pm.

As usual, please find the exercise sheets as a PDF for you to download and print off here. Please remember that any included images might be subject to copyright.

I will publish the details for the next German Talk in all the usual places as soon as possible.

All the best wishes, und bis bald,