According to John Berger, when we see a work of art, ‘We leave it, carrying away in our consciousness something which we didn’t have before…. What we take away with us – on the most profound level,’ Berger suggests, ‘is the memory of the artist’s way of looking at the world.’ This creates meaning and […]
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The Hare Book and The Hedgehog Book

Suzy Ceulan Hughes recommends two gorgeous, stunningly illustrated hardback books which treat wildlife to a cultural, factual feast

PUBLISHED ON: 29/09/20


In an essay in the current issue of New Welsh Reader [Issue 124], I confessed to my obsession with hares. And I drew on Jane Russ’ The Hare Book for i …

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Lest We Forget

Wanda Zyborska writes about HM Stanley, Denbigh, memorialisation and art, asking, How can we have equality without diversity in our cultural representations?

PUBLISHED ON: 28/07/20

CATEGORY: Column, Opinion

The recent actions of Black Lives Matter (BLM) protesters tearing down statues of the slave owner Edward Colston in Bristol has drawn public attention …

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Suicide Machine

Tim Cooke on a photography book of Bridgend which is about people and places that exist, unknowable, beyond the headlines

PUBLISHED ON: 30/06/20


It’s just over a decade since I first met the photographer Dan Wood. I was gathering footage for a student film about creativity in our hometown, Brid …

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Mark Folds: Crises

Daniel Snipe attended a talk and exhibition at Swansea’s Elysium gallery on the domestic, class-inflected and global experiences of crisis

PUBLISHED ON: 03/06/20


On a rainy evening in March, the Elysium bar and gallery in Swansea welcomed the artist Mark Folds to talk about his latest exhibition, with the fitti …

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National Dance Company Wales: KIN

Oliver Heath admires the contemporary and dynamic dances performed by National Dance Company Wales

PUBLISHED ON: 11/03/20


Contemporary dance as an artistic medium may appear difficult from a spectator’s perspective. Its routines are frequently long, with a variety of intr …

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A Life’s Work: The Art of Evelyn Williams Review

Penny Simpson

PUBLISHED ON: 11/02/20


During her working life, Welsh artist Evelyn Williams forged a unique path, separate from the artistic mainstream, and yet much admired (and collected …

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Dear Christine: A Tribute to Christine Keeler, at Swansea’s Elysium Gallery

Demi Roberts notes the compassion inspired by this exploration of hypocritical attitudes to female sexuality and media scapegoating

PUBLISHED ON: 20/11/19


The Elysium gallery is an unsuspected little gem at the top of Swansea’s high street. Neatly nestled between two shops with ‘For Sale’ signs in the wi …

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Anna Falcini, In Between the Folds are Particles, at Oriel Davies, Newtown

Ellen Bell

PUBLISHED ON: 01/05/19


Long before visiting Anna Falcini’s In Between the Folds are Particles at Oriel Davies, I’d decided that I was going to forget all previous knowledge …

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Waking the Witch: Old Ways, New Rites

Ellen Bell assesses this visual exploration at Oriel Davies, Newtown, of the ‘witch’ through the ages, right up to feminist icon and modern-day shaman

PUBLISHED ON: 08/10/18


Main picture: ‘Home Rites’ by Cathy Ward, courtesy Oriel Davis Kate Bush’s song ‘Waking the Witch’ – a glorious, sometimes-kitsch-sometimes-terrifying …

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