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,

Karen

 

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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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)

‘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

A Glimpse of the School of Art Postgraduate Exhibition – Still open until 29th September 2021!

Our postgraduates are extremely proud to be able to present their exhibition to the public this autumn, given the difficult circumstances they had to work under due to the Covid-19 pandemic. They certainly deserve a huge ‘Congratulations!’.

If you would like to see the show, please book your (free) visit in advance here: soaexhibition.eventbrite.co.uk.

(Click on the images to enlarge them.)