‘Make/Believe’: Photographs of/by Angus McBean – Tessa Sidey Gallery, School of Art – 16 May-30 September 2022

This exhibition showcases the work of Welsh photographer Angus McBean (1904-1990) in advertising, his commissioned portraits, and his annual Christmas cards. It offers glimpses of McBean’s private life, holidaying on the continent and portraits of McBean at home, in later life, by the contemporary photographer Robert Greetham. Most of the work on display was purchased for the School of Art collection with the aid of grants from the Art Fund and V&A Purchase Grant schemes. It has been curated by students on the undergraduate module ‘Curating an Exhibition’. 

The exhibition is on from the 16th May to the 30th September 2022, Monday – Friday, 10am – 5pm.

Degree Show & Postgraduate Exhibition 2022 -School of Art – 16 May-26 May 2022

The undergraduate exhibition represents the high point of our students’ achievements over three years of study. Our postgraduate students are participating in the first of two exhibitions on their Masters’ program. On display is a mixture of disciplines such as photography, illustration, painting, printmaking and multimedia installation.

The exhibition is open Monday – Friday, 10am – 5pm, from the 16th May to the 26th May 2022.

The School of Art Kodansu and George Powell’s Japonisme – an essay by Isaac Peat

During my time studying the School of Art collections there has been one object which has always captured my attention and constantly enthused me – a small, Japanese, box-shaped object delicately dressed in fine iron inlay by a masterful craftsman (figures 1a-1e). This cabinet, which has never been opened in recent times, has only occasionally been displayed in public exhibitions and seemed too beautiful not to be put in the spotlight. The cabinet has led me to the story of its patron George Powell, as well as to its own cultural history and development, but also onto a bigger story of the influences of a western world opening itself to Japanese art and culture.

(Figure 1a) Iron Inlaid Japanese Zogan Kodansu, Meiji Period 1868-1912, possibly by Kyōto-ju Komai-sei, (Japanese) 25cm x 20cm x 12cm  

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Artist Peter Davies’s Talk on Friday, 24th November 2017, 10am, School of Art Gallery

Our visiting artist PETER DAVIES, whose exhibition opens at the School of Art on Thursday evening, will be giving a free gallery talk about his work and career on Friday, 24th November, at 10am.
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Postgraduate Exhibition at the School of Art, 11 – 28 Septemer 2017


This year’s postgraduate exhibition features a variety of media such as photography, painting, illustration, printmaking and video installation.

FOR ABER TWO – New exhibition at the School of Art Gallery: 09 August – 01 September 2017

AforAber2‘A’ For Aber Two

Aberystwyth Printmakers

7 August to 1 September 2017

This exhibition is a A follow up to last year’s A for Aber. This time the focus is on Visit Wales’ theme of the ‘Year of Legends’ 2017.

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Music and Art: Alternative Facts with Chris Grooms at the School of Art Gallery, Thursday 27 July 11am

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School of Art Degree Show 2015

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You can find the complete exhibition catalogue here: Degree Show Catalogue 2015