Cardiff Art Galleries stand the test of time

by Cass Art

As you'd expect from the city that has provided the backdrop to Doctor Who, an experience at one of Cardiff's many art galleries is both timeless and out of this world.

The National Museum Cardiff, Cathays Park, invites visitors to discover art, archaeology, natural history and geology across 500 years, boasting that it has something to amaze everyone. This includes one of Europe's finest impressionist art collections. Currently exhibiting until March 16 next year is Sir Peter Blake's illustrations of Under Milk Wood. Dylan Thomas finished the play in 1953, but this is the first time Blake's works have been exhibited in the culmination of a 25-year project. The show includes portraits of each of the cast's characters. watercolours of the dream sequences, and collages and paintings of the scene's fictional locations.

Ffotogallery, Plymouth Road, is the national development agency for photography and lens-based media in Wales. This year saw it host Diffusion, Cardiff's first international photography festival. Visitors can currently see Trine Sondergaard's Stasis until January 25, 2014. This marries three recent series by the Danish artist exploring stillness and introspection.

Oxford Street hosts g39, an artist-run space set in an expansive warehouse, running as many as eight exhibitions a year, mixing work from Wales and further afield. This year’s Barnraising & Bunkers event was an exploration of space, and how we choose to build. Looking ahead to 2014, g39 will be running UNIT(e), in which artists and curators can take over warehouse spaces for their work.

Gallery ten, Windsor Place, is one of Wales' premier contemporary art galleries. It is now displaying a seasonal exhibition, which runs from December 6-21 and January 14-February 1 next year. Winter marks the gallery's first birthday in its permanent home. It is a mixed collection of latest work from the venue's artists and designers. This includes work from Andre Stitt, Elfyn Lewis, Carwyn Evans and Molly Rooke.

Chapter Arts Gallery, Market Road, is an international arts space that commissions, produces and presents contemporary visual and live art projects. It is currently featuring something to entertain insomniacs and heavy sleepers alike until March 2, 2014 with 3am: Wonder, Paranoia and the Restless Night. This focuses on how this particular nocturnal hour has captured the imagination of artists such as Francis Alys, Sophy Rickett and Fred Tomaselli. It comprises drawings, sculpture and videos, plus photo footage of just-awoken bleary-eyed sleepers.

Image credits

Interior #13, 2007 - 12 © Trine Søndergaard

Guldnakke #8, 2012 © Trine Søndergaard

Barnraising & Bunkers, 2013 g39


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