Thursday 26 September 2019
6:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Come and celebrate the opening of these captivating exhibitions featuring work by local and international artists, discover inspirational works of art in Swansea from our own Collection.
Free, everyone welcome
To celebrate Swansea’s 50th anniversary as a city, Glynn Vivian presents Swansea Stories in which we are showing the largest selection of our permanent collection ever displayed. The Gallery’s collection includes works from the 18th century to modern times and it presents an eclectic and unique portrait of the city: the changing landscape that has inspired artists for centuries, from the steep hills of the city centre to the surrounding landscapes of Townhill, Mayhill, Mumbles and Dunvant, to our beautiful coastline.
The exhibition explores to main themes, Swansea People and Places and Swansea Favourites.
Swansea People and Places includes portraits of the rich and famous such as opera singer Adelina Patti, the poet Vernon Watkins, and past Lord Mayors; to its workers such as miners, cockle pickers and dockworkers – and even our very own beloved dog, Swansea Jack. Swansea’s streets, its beautiful coastline and its industry will also feature, from agricultural landscapes to the bombing of the city centre.
Swansea Favourites, is a collection of works which people ask to see most often. In this section we celebrate some of our most famous works by internationally renowned artists such as Gwen John and French Impressionists Claude Monet and Lucien Pissarro; and a papier-mâché portrait made by over 100 children from Penlan Comprehensive School in the 1980s.
This solo exhibition by Sophy Rickett combines photography and text and is inspired by the life and work of Thereza Dillwyn Llewelyn, a Swansea artist and astronomer active at the end of the 19th century. The project, which has evolved over a number of years, documents Rickett’s journey as she moves towards a closer understanding of this remote world of Victorian privilege, with its close connections to the early history of photography.
For her installation at Glynn Vivian, photographs and text from Cupid and the Curious Moaning of Kenfig Burrows are combined with works Rickett has selected from the Glynn Vivian’s own collection.
Glynn Vivian Art Gallery
Alexandra Road, Swansea, SA1 5DZ