Year of Legends 2017

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2017 is the ‘Year of Legends’ in Wales, and we delved deeply into our collection to see what treasures relating to this fabulous theme might come to light. We selected a few, some of which will be included in a small display at the School of Art; others will only be viewable online. This is an on-going project and from time to time we might add to this post, so keep an eye out for updates.

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Alternative Facts 22 May – 29 September 2017

22 Mai – 28 Medi 2017 22 May – 28 September 2017

AltFactsPoster_web_mailCurated by students enrolled in the undergraduate module Stagingan Exhibition, the show explores the historic functions of visual culture as a reflection of reality and as social commentary.  Responding to the state of veracity in a ‘post-truth’ climate – and the fact that both ‘post-truth’ and ‘surreal’ were words of the year 2016 – Alternative Facts also considers the role of the museum curator as reliable storyteller and trusted guide.

Cutting Edge: The British Print from Hayter to Hockney 1960 to 1980, 12 June – 28 July 2017

Cutting Edge: The British Print from Hayter to Hockney 1960 to 1980CuttingEdge Poster_web

Including work by Stanley William Hayter, Jeffrey Steele, Ian Hamilton Finlay, William Scott, John Piper and David Hockney

This exhibition surveys the cutting edge of British printmaking from the 1960s to the early 1980s. It has been chosen chiefly from the Aberystwyth University School of Art Collection that benefitted from a gift of prints from the Arts Council of Wales in 2002.

In the 1960s, British artists broke away from traditional making techniques, not only in painting and sculpture but also in printmaking.  Printmaking had enjoyed a revival in the first decades of the twentieth century with an emphasis on etching that required highly accomplished figure or landscape drawing as well as expertise in the craft elements of printmaking.

In the ‘60s British artists began to use screen-printing which suited both hard-edged Abstractionist and Pop Art imagery, inspired by the example of American artists working in New York earlier in the decade. Op Art, with its use of stripes and dots, also gained much from the clean-cut, industrial nature of silkscreen printing.  At the same time, new experiments in lithography and combinations of techniques, often employing photographs and collage, meant that British printmaking became a vibrant and exciting form.


Degree Show and Alternative Facts Exhibition Opening, Saturday, 20 May 2017

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