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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“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: soaexhibition.eventbrite.co.uk

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

All the best wishes,

Karen

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: soaexhibition.eventbrite.co.uk

Karen Westendorf (Curatorial & Technical Assistant)

Arddangosfa Goffa i Ddathlu Bywyd a Gwaith  – A Memorial Exhibition to Celebrate the Life and Work of John Jones(1932‒2021), 14 February to 29 April 2022, School of Art Gallery

This exhibition contains a selection of prints, lino cuts, etchings and screen prints including early work from 1953, made during John’s student days in Cardiff College of Art. Also included are his hand-woven rugs, experimental constructions using cork, string and metal stencilled letters, original lino blocks, etching plates and print-making tools.

For more information and to book your free visit, please click here: soaexhibition.eventbrite.co.uk

‘A Sorrowful Healing: Reflections in stitch, sound and word on the Troubles in Northern Ireland and the peace gained.’ – Eileen Harrisson PhD exhibition, School of Art Gallery, 7 February – 11 March 2022 

Continuum (detail), Eileen Harrisson

This exhibition explores the creative relationship between stitch, sound and word through the prism of my experiences of the Troubles in Northern Ireland. It bears witness to my sorrow at the suffering of the conflict and desire for the peace gained to hold and be expanded on. A nurse’s cape and artworks hand-stitched on linen, interspersed with poems, tell out the stories. A looped sound-track, Fusion, voices how thread pulled through fabrics replicates the sound of the bombings, my voice telling out the ensuing confusion and reflections on the theme in tone and poetry.

Please book your visit here: https://soaexhibition.eventbrite.co.uk

18. (digital) German Talk – Eine Weihnachtsgeschichte

Dear German Talkers,

I hope you are all well and that you will have the chance to catch up with your friends and families during the festive season – despite Corona.

I spontaneously decided to create another digital German Talk, because I realised that I published the last one quite some time ago. So I entered all sorts of ‘Christmassy’ keywords into our collection’s database to see what images would pop up. Given that I always have to respect copyrights, Victorian illustrations were the safest option. According to what the database had to offer me, I wrote the following little Christmas story. It is an old-fashioned, cosy tale from times gone by, which will hopefully distract you for a short while from the worries of the real world.

The PDF includes the verbatim script and a list of vocabulary as it appears in the text. Just click on the link to open the presentation. I’m still not perfectly happy with the sound, but hope you will have no problems understanding everything.

Have a lovely Christmas and a great start into 2022!

All the best wishes,

Karen