Photos: Exhibitions Opening, 6. December 2019, School of Art: John Duffin & Simon Pierse

Our visitors enjoyed the opening of John Duffin’s Retrospective and Simon Pierse’s Shy Green – Ice Blue: Paintings of Greenland on Friday night. The evening was a great chance for students, staff and guests to have a chat with both artists and find out about their work.

The exhibitions are open Monday – Friday, 10am – 5pm, until the 7th February 2020. Please be aware that the School of Art Gallery is closed from 23th December until the 3rd January 2020. It will be open again on the 6th January 2020.

John Duffin’s exhibition
Simon Pierse’s (left) exhibition
John Duffin (left) and Head of Department Professor Robert Meyrick
John Duffin

The Winter Show, School of Art, 11 December 2019, 6pm – 9pm


The Winter Show is an exciting, annual, one- evening, 2 hour, site and situation specific, ‘pop-up’ intervention exhibition at the School of Art, Buarth Mwar, Aberystwyth University. The exhibition will feature a wide range of interdisciplinary projects such as performance, workshops, installation, mixed media assemblage, text, video and sound by 1st, 2nd and 3rd year students on the Creative Arts and Fine Art Interdisciplinary Practice modules.

Photo: Keith Morris

Over 25 exciting, challenging and original responses and interpretations to the architecture, culture and creative educational programme will directly and subtly engage with ‘sites and situations’ in and around the School of Art offering new understanding and awareness of the school and its role within the University and Abersytwyth community. The exhibition, curated by a student curatorial team, enables the student participants to celebrate their own work and support the work of their peers through this unique public platform.


Students will welcome visitors with a guide- book and refreshments at the welcome desk in the School of Art Foyer between 6.00 – 9.00pm.

John Duffin: Prints and Paintings, 09/12/2019 – 07/02/2020, School of Art Gallery

Coastal Trains - Victoria Station, etching 38 x 25 cm (15 x 10 inch)
Coastal Trains – Victoria Station, etching 38 x 25 cm (15 x 10 inch)

John Duffin is a painter and printmaker who makes images of the urban environment that show the energy and drama of contemporary life. His work is influenced by film noir and graphic novels and contains unusual overhead angles, cinematic crops and an implied narrative that the viewer can interpret as they wish. His work is in many public and private collections and has great appeal to a wide audience.

‘Shy Green – Ice Blue’ Simon Pierse: Paintings of Greenland, 09/12/2019 – 07/02/2020, School of Art Gallery

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In September 2018, Simon Pierse joined the Friends of the Scott Polar Research Institute on an expedition to the arctic regions of West Greenland and Baffin Island. On board the Russian-owned research ship Akademik Sergey Vavilov he made sketches of icebergs, saw the northern lights from the ship’s deck and met the Inuit community of Qikiqtarjuaq.

These paintings in oil and watercolour, prints and photographs are a memory of that experience.

Simon Pierse is Emeritus Senior Lecturer at Aberystwyth University, member of the Royal Watercolour Society, the Australian Watercolour Institute, and Keeper of Pictures at the Alpine Club.

Northern Lights

Shy green
timidly pale at first
but emboldened,
little by little,
to dance in the dark
– as if no-one is watching –
like a torch-waving child
swirling arabesques into the night sky.

Then fading away
a silent encore
brings me from my bed
to stand on deck,
pyjama bottoms
dampened by the salty swill,
Gazing upwards
at the inky dancing floor.

Simon Pierse


‘Halfboy: Stuart Pearson Wright’- exhibition, School of Art Gallery, 7/10-22/11/2019

HalfBoyposterFINAL_2smallIn 1975 the artist was conceived by anonymous donor insemination. He has no way of discovering his father’s identity and, by extension, knowing his own. The works in this exhibition are an attempt to reconstruct his childhood in order to make some sense of this feeling of incompleteness.