Oriel y Bont| Past Exhibtions


9 July – 19 October

The University of South Wales announced its summer exhibition, vis-à-vis. In celebration of the centenary of women’s suffrage, a selection of twenty images of women from its own Museum Collection have been paired with twenty images of women by contemporary artists from Wales.

Accompanying the exhibition is a conversation project that has taken place between the exhibition’s curator, Dr Frances Woodley, and each of the artists in which the paired works of art are considered in relation to one another. These conversations have brought new perspectives to works in the collection, and they, in turn have brought new understanding to artists’ current practice.

Into the Light: CASW Gifts to the University of South Wales

4 October to 22 December 2017

This exhibition is part of the 80th anniversary celebrations of the Contemporary Art Society for Wales (CASW).

It features work by David Garner (left), Carol Hiles, James Donovan, Alan Salisbury, Sue Williams, Charles Burton, Glenys Cour, Jack Crabtree, Dilys Jackson, Shani Rhys James and many more.

More information about the Into the Light exhibition.

Coal Society

1 December 2016 to 13 April 2017

This exhibition examines, celebrates and commemorates aspects of the south Wales coalfield.

It includes the work of incoming artists and those born in the area, ranging from painters Jack Crabtree and Josef Herman, Ken Elias and Ernest Zobole to photographers Levi Ladd, I C Rapoport, Ray Klimek and Anthony Stokes.

It is part of a collaboration with Wolfson College Cambridge and its complementary exhibition ‘Valley of Vision’.

More about the Coal Society exhibition.

Towards Abstraction? Art in South Wales since 1960

1 July to 18 November 2016

An exhibition of works from the university art collection. The artists featured are Sarah Ball, David Binns, Brendan Burns, John Cleal, Richard Cox, Michael Freeman, Carol Hiles, Bert Isaac, Robert Alwyn Hughes, David Nash, Stephanie Tuckwell and Ernest Zobole.

Nth Degree: BA (Hons) Art Practice Year 3 Show

5 May to 8 June 2016

Alan Salisbury: A Retrospective

Thursday 25 February to Monday 25 April 2016

Weekdays only. Closed Friday 25, Monday 28, Tuesday 29 March. Private view, including a related USW publication, Wednesday, 2 March 2016.

Alan Salisbury was born near Preston, Lancashire, in December 1946 and studied painting at Manchester and Liverpool Colleges of Art and the Royal College of Art, London. He has lived in Barry, south Wales, since 1974 working at the University of Glamorgan where he was Principal Lecturer in Painting and Field Leader in Arts and Media. He left in 2003 to concentrate on his own artistic practice although he maintains contact with the University (now the University of South Wales) as an External Fellow. He has exhibited widely throughout the UK, in Europe and the USA. In 2005 he was awarded Joint First Prize in the ‘Liverpool School of Art Alumni’ Open Competition. Three years later he was awarded First Prize in the ‘Wales Portrait Award 2’ Competition. In 2012 he was shortlisted for the ‘BP Portrait Award’ National Portrait Gallery Travel Award.

Alan is a painter who works within the conventions of narrative representation. This retrospective exhibition, at his former workplace in Trefforest, has a changed configuration which includes different and new artworks from those shown in his adoptive hometown of Barry (November 2015 to January 2016). The selection is representative of work that he has completed over the last forty-five years. The earlier artworks include imagined and invented landscapes. The later artworks are influenced by concepts gleaned from postmodern approaches to visual arts production and span a number of familiar subject genres – the human figure, (self) portraiture and still life.

This exhibition celebrates five decades of active involvement with the visual arts since enrolling on a Foundation course at Manchester School of Art in 1965. Salisbury’s subsequent art education took him to Liverpool School of Art (1967 to 1970) then to the Royal College of Art in London from 1970 to 1973. After completing an Art Teaching Certificate in Cardiff, Salisbury obtained a teaching post at Glamorgan College of Education based in Barry. He was then transferred to the Polytechnic of Wales, which later became the University of Glamorgan. He remained in Barry, which has now been his home for more than 40 years.

“This exhibition includes work completed over five decades so it is inevitable that my ideas have changed considerably over this period of time. It is interesting looking back to see how much the early painting in particular was influence by the cultural milieu of the time. As you practise you gain experience and become knowledgeable and of course biographical events inform and shape the work undertaken. Although the conceptual underpinning of some of the themes represented in this exhibition are sometimes radically different, there are nevertheless lots of constant factors evident – not least that I have always been a painter and by and large a representational painter.

“Looking back over a career of fifty years I am aware of all the individuals and organisations to whom I owe thanks, but they are too numerous to mention. These include staff who taught me at art schools and the fellow artists, mainly in Wales, who have become friends and significant others. During my career many years were spent teaching undergraduates, so thanks to all of my former colleagues and students. Having to think about how to communicate your understanding of a subject really does help you develop your own conceptual understanding and refine practical skills. I am also greatly indebted to all those scholars who contributed sections to the book/catalogue which accompanies this retrospective show.”

Fuse 3

4 December to 19 February 2016 Lisa Krigel

An exhibition of 2d and 3d contemporary artworks by six female artists, all members of the University’s Faculty of Creative Industries.

Artists: Carol Hiles, Celia Jackson, Lisa Krigel, Tiffany Oben, Heather Parnell and Natalia Dias.

Engaging with the Past

10 July to 23 November 2015

This exhibition, originated by the University of South Wales, has been designed in association with the interdisciplinary University of South Wales conference Representing the Tudors of 10-11 July 2015, held in the Tŷ Crawshay building.

Curated by Dr Ceri Thomas, Engaging with the Past consists of a small selection of artworks whose makers form part of the visual culture of modern and contemporary south Wales.

Read more about Engaging with the Past exhibition.

From Coast to Valleys: Ronald Lawrence and Anthony Stokes

31 March to 23 November 2015

An exhibition, selected from the University of South Wales’ permanent art collection, of contemporary photographs by two south Wales artists. Ronald Lawrence (b 1929) depicts Rest Bay, Porthcawl, in black and white. Anthony Stokes (b 1946) captures various locations in the South Wales Valleys in colour. The images by Stokes feature in his book ‘The Valleys’ (Seren, 2007) which is available for purchase. For more details, please ask in the gallery or telephone reception on 01443 480480.

Ronald Lawrence can also be seen discussing his life and work at his 2013 Retrospective exhibition, in the video Ronald Lawrence in conversation with Ceri Thomas. You can watch or download the video FREE from the South Wales on iTunes U collection entitled Visual Culture of South Wales since 1910.

On Route – MA Arts Practice Show

6 June – 11 June 2015

MA Art Practice interim show, with work from eight current students.

The River Next Door: Valerie Coffin Price and Philip Gross

Wednesday 18 March to Fri 15 May 2015

Contemporary artwork by artist Valerie Coffin Price comes together with poems and prose by award-winning poet Philip Gross in a deep collaboration grounded in the heart of the Taff valley. This exhibition accompanies their new book, A Fold In The River, published by Seren.

Alert to natural processes as well as human lives and histories, their work together sees the damage, the resilience and the surprising beauty in this place of change.

More information on The River Next Door.


Fuse 2: David Barnes, Paul Cabuts, Andreas Ruethi and Christopher Nurse

Paul Cabuts photography Monday, 8 December 2014 to Friday, 6 March 2015

An exhibition of contemporary artworks by four south Wales-based artists: two photographers and two painters. This has grown out of the Fuse group exhibition which was held in the Flock gallery, University of South Wales, Caerleon, in 2013.

More information on the exhibition.

Dylan Thomas Centenary 1914-2014: Prints by Swansea Print Workshop

October 10 to November 28 Dylan Thomas Centenary

An exhibition of 30 original, handmade prints from two Swansea Print Workshop collections inspired by the world-famous Swansea-born poet.
Here is more information.

Imaging South Wales: 1910-2010

June 30 to September 26, 2014

An exhibition of selected artworks from the University’s art museum collection which focuses on the visual culture of modern and contemporary South Wales.
Here is more information.

MA Art Practice Show: Dispersal

May 28 to June 17, 2014

An opportunity to see the work of students from the MA Art Practice course at USW, from the different strands of Fine Art and Arts, Health and Well-being.
Here is more information.

Ray Howard-Jones: A Retrospective

April 1 to May, 16, 2014

Rose Marie (Ray) Howard-Jones’ life was, in many ways, exceptional. She attended the Slade School of Art where she was taught by Henry Tonks and later worked in the National Museum of Wales. During World War Two she recorded loadings for D-Day and was only a small number of officially accredited female war artists.

She travelled extensively through Europe after the war and became closely associated with Wales, especially the island of Skomer where she spent the summer for several years. Ray was inspired by nature and the inner spiritual life portrayed in Christian teachings and Celtic mysteries and legends. More information

In Our Own Image? A Century of Imaging of and in South Wales: 1910-2013

November 18, 2013 to March 17, 2014

The main focus of the exhibition is identity which is celebrated and considered via the imaging of: society; place; memory and imagination. Many of the exhibits relate directly to the history of the University of Glamorgan which began in 1913 as the South Wales and Monmouthshire School of Mines. Other exhibits are more broadly connected to aspects of modern and contemporary south Wales.
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56 Group Wales – Now

July 11 to November 8, 2013

A range of nearly forty 2d and 3d artworks by the contemporary members of the 56 Group Wales whose artist-chairman is John Selway.

This exhibition complements last winter’s historical 56 Group – Then exhibition of artworks by the twelve founders who created the Group in 1956. It is accompanied by two new publications on the Group which add to the story of the development of art in modern and contemporary Wales.

Ron Lawrence: A Retrospective – 60 years of exhibiting since 1953
March 11 to May 3, 2013

Ronald Lawrence can also be seen discussing his life and work at his 2013 Retrospective exhibition, in the video Ronald Lawrence in conversation with Ceri Thomas.

You can watch or download the video FREE from the South Wales on iTunes U collection entitled Visual Culture of South Wales since 1910.

56 Group – Then
November 28, 2012 to March 1, 2013