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.
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.
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.