22. ‘German Talk’: Follow-up

Hello, dear German Talkers,

I hope those of you who could make it yesterday enjoyed Paul Croft’s demonstration in the printmaking area and the exhibition.

Below, you find the verbatim version of the talk for you to download free of charge.

Please be aware, as usual, that all images might be under copyright and cannot be used for any other purpose without the copyright holders permission.

I am planning another ‘German Talk’ before Easter and will let you know the new date and topic as soon as possible, so watch this space.

All the best wishes, und vielleicht bis bald,


Curatorial & Technical Assistant

IN THEIR ELEMENT, Ceramic Gallery, 14th January – 26th March 2023

As a young girl, Beverley Bell Hughes enjoyed making pinch pots, but this was discouraged during her training at Harrow in the 1960s: she was expected to make thrown, functional ware in the tradition of Bernard Leach and his followers. She eventually returned to hand-building pots and developed her own techniques of pinching and coiling clay to make sculptural vessels. These are inspired by the natural forms and tidal markings that she observes during her walks at Deganwy and the Morfa beach, near the Conwy river estuary in North Wales. She is a Fellow of the Crafts Potters Association and won the Gold Medal for Craft and Design at the National Eisteddfod for Wales in 2019.

Carine Van Gestel also favours the pinch pot technique to create semi-spherical bowls which she then wood-fires. Born in Belgium, she now lives and works in Machynlleth, often digging local clay near Borth beach and Clarach Bay for her work. She is interested in the geological markings of time in local rock strata and formations. Recently she has developed slab-built work in response to the marks imprinted on the landscape by our prehistoric ancestors, incorporating cup and ring rock carvings, lines, dots and circles into her work. She studied ceramics at the Royal Forest of Dean College in the late 1990s and was mentored by Jeremy Steward at Wobage Farm, Ross-on-Wye, in glazing and wood firing.

Kim Colebrook left her career in tourism to study ceramics, receiving an MA from Cardiff School of Art and Design in 2018. Her work is based around coal (‘Black Gold’) as a commodity and its significance in the economic and social history of South Wales. She compares this to the value of porcelain (‘White Gold’) in the 1660s when it was exported to Europe from China. She works in porcelain, creating layers of iron oxides in a Japanese method of working called Nerikomi – stacking and cutting coloured pieces of clay to create patterns. This serves as a metaphor for the ways in which history and memories are buried and distorted through time and distance. She won the 2019 Potclays New and Emerging Maker’s Award at the International Ceramics Festival, Aberystwyth.

Creative Arts January Show, School of Art, 26th January 2023, 5pm – 9pm

The student-led Creative Arts January Show is a pop-up exhibition taking place in the School of Art next Thursday, 26th January, 5-9pm. 20+ student artists will be showing their work in a mixture of live theatre, music, films, installations, writing, photography and painting.

The show will be running throughout the School of Art building. You will be able to pop in whenever you want. There will also be free wine and juice 🙂 .

Social media will keep you updated about information on artists, and a programme/schedule will be posted beforehand as well:



22. ‘German Talk’: ‘Collaboration in Practice – British Lithography 1800-2022, School of Art Galleries, 25th January 2023

Hello dear ‘German Talkers’,

I hope you are all enjoying the pre-Christmas hustle and bustle and are keeping warm during these frosty late-autumn days.

The first ‘German Talk’ of 2023 will be on Wednesday, 25th January, at 5.30pm.

In addition to my usual introduction talk, Paul Croft – printmaker, lecturer at the School of Art and curator of this exhibition – has very kindly offered to give a demonstration (in English) in the printmaking area of the school. This will give you a greater insight into how a lithograph is actually created.

Have a lovely Christmas and a good start into 2023!

All the best wishes, und hoffentlich bis bald,



At Cross Purposes – 14 February-21 April 2023, School of Art, Gallery 1 & 2

At Cross Purposes is a creative curatorial project supported by 56 Group Wales that has led to the production of new work and new partnerships, a touring exhibition and accompanying book. The title of the project reflects its mix of conversation, creative practice and curation. The project required that sixteen members of 56 Group Wales each be partnered with an invited artist from elsewhere in the UK and Ireland selected by the project director, Dr Frances Woodley. Each pair of artists were then invited to engage with her in a three-way conversation/correspondence using email. Thirty-two artists and a curator have thus been involved in this project, an ambitious enterprise that has required lively exchanges and considerable commitment during the difficult period that spanned the Covid-19 lockdowns when artists were often confined to their makeshift studios.

The exhibition, At Cross Purposes, accompanies the launch of At Cross Purposes: 3-way conversations between two artists and a curator a book edited by Dr Frances Woodley.

21. German Talk – Follow-up ‘The Derbyshire Collection’

Hello German Talkers,

It was great seeing some of you yesterday, and I hope you enjoyed the talk and looking at some of the works from the Derbyshire Collection. For those who couldn’t make it, you can find the text to download and print free of charge below. Unfortunately, I can’t include any images, as most of them are under copyright and, while I was allowed to show them during the talk in a presentation, I am not permitted to publish them online (Please do not reuse/duplicate the cover image Janet in the PDF for any purpose.). However, if you would like to have a look at some paintings from that collection in our care, you can find them on the Art UK website: https://artuk.org

The paintings that were shown during the talk and are currently on display in one of our seminar rooms are:

Christopher Hall

Ashford Hill, Hampshire

Brindley Road, Paddington, London

Capo di Rio, Italy

The Beach at Marzocca, Italy

Wakefield Street, Bloomsbury, London

Edward le Bas

Band in Hyde Park

Edward Middleditch

Still Life, Blossoms

Ernest Perry


Frederick Mcdonald

Two Figures with a Machine

Fred Uhlman

New York

Hugh Verschoyle Croynyn


James Boswell

Shoreham Beach

Jean Young

Feeding the Pigeons

John Ridgewell

Buildings and River

Lionel Bulmer

The Greengrocer

Nan Youngman

Landscape in South Wales

Peter Sheldon-Williams

El Cid at Peñiscola

Ralph Allen


Reginald Henson

The Fishmongers

Thomas Swimmer

Ruined Church, Casares, Spain

Night Fishing Lamps

Louis James

Still Life

Alan Price

Flower Market, Paris, France

You can search for the artist, the title of the image, or just enter ‘Aberystwyth University’ to find works from our collection on the Art UK website.

You can download the PDF with yesterday’s (almost) verbatim talk here:

I will publish the date for the next talk as soon as possible. It will probably be at the end of January.

All the best wishes, und vielleicht bis bald,


Asphalt Expressionism: Mobile Phone Photography of NYC Pavements 14 Feb – 28 April 2023 Oriel Tessa Sidey Gallery, School of Art

Photo of concrete sprayed with colourful graffiti
Red, White and Green (Harry Heuser)

In 1958, the US American painter Allan Kaprow abandoned traditional media and called for a ‘new concrete art.’ Jackson Pollock, he argued, ‘left us at the point where we must become preoccupied with and even dazzled by the space and objects of our everyday life.’ A few years later, in 1961, sculptor and installation artist Claes Oldenburg declared: ‘I am for the art of scratchings in the asphalt,’ the ‘art of ice cream cones dropped on concrete.’

Asphalt Expressionism showcases large-scale digital prints of New York City’s scratched, streaked and splattered sidewalks – impressions of which were gathered during the curator’s monthlong return visit to the Big Apple in the autumn of 2022 – to consider contemporary mobile phone photography, the most common mode of capturing the mundane and memorable alike, in the contexts of canonical art and its histories. In particular, the exhibition relates the visual culture of those stumbled-upon public spaces to the artworld of the 1950s and 1980s, of which New York City was widely held to be the capital. Autobiographical and interactive, Asphalt Expressionism invites reflections on the relationships between life, art and the museum environment.

Asphalt Expressionism was conceived by Harry Heuser, Senior Lecturer in Art History, Aberystwyth University.

150 years of Ceramics at Aberystwyth: The gift, bequest and funding of the Ceramic Collection at Aberystwyth University 1872-2022, 8 October 2022 – 8 January 2023, Ceramic Gallery, Arts Centre

exhibition poster with a shallow brown and beige patterned ceramic dish and a partial view of a ceramic figures head and torso

This exhibition is selection of the gifts, bequests and purchases for the Ceramic Collection to celebrate the 150th anniversary of the foundation of Aberystwyth University. Continue reading

21. German Talk – School of Art – 16th November 2022, 5.30pm

Cronyn, Hugh Verschoyle; Janet; Aberystwyth University School of Art Museum and Galleries http://www.artuk.org/artworks/janet-60689

Dear German Talkers,

I hope you are all doing well.

Please find below the flyer for the next German Talk. This time, it will not be in one of our galleries, but in room 206. It is the seminar room next to our small gallery, just down the corridor on the left when you come through the main door.

I’m looking forward to seeing you!

All the best wishes,


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‘Collaboration in Practice: British Lithography 1800-2022’ – 24th October 2022 to 27th January 2023, School of Art Galleries

This exhibition offers a visual narrative of British lithography from its beginnings at the turn of the 19th century to the present day. Many of the prints on show are taken from the Aberystwyth University School of Art Collections. Continue reading