‘Art of Regeneration’ is a new exhibition looking at the changing environmental
and economic fortunes of Treforest and the South Wales valleys. Artists Nichola Goff, Shaz Magill
and Natalia Dias have worked with a variety of local community organisations to
voice their experience of the changing landscape and their hopes for the
future. The exhibition includes artworks from the University of South Wales Permanent
Collection that reflect the scars of the industrial past and interactive
elements by students studying Games Design.
2 December 2019 - 28 February 2020 (The gallery is closed from 20 December - 2 January)
Oriel Y Bont , Tŷ Crawshay Building , Treforest
Campus, CF31 1DL, Weekdays 9am – 4.30pm. 01443480480
You are warmly
invited to the opening event for ‘The Art of Regeneration?’ on Wednesday 11
December 6 – 8pm
Treforest and the South Wales valleys have been subject
to changing economic forces over the last two centuries. Transformed from a
rural idyll the valleys became an industrial powerhouse before entering a
period of post-industrial economic decline during the 1980s that communities,
institutions and politicians have sought to counter. This together with the way
attitudes and pressures on the environment have changed from the demands of
unbridled exploitation to the need for sustainable development and conservation
prompt the question: what is the art of regeneration?
To look toward what the future might hold for the region and
what the changes taking place mean to people,
artists Nichola Goff, Shaz Magill and Natalia Dias have engaged
with a variety of local community organisations: Pontypridd Creative Writing
group, children from Parc Lewis Primary School, Artis and the Crafty Cuppas.
While creating their own objects and images using plants found growing on
former slag heaps and printed with pigment derived from mining waste the
community have also chosen artworks from the USW Permanent Collection that
reflect the scars of the industrial past. These are shown alongside artwork
produced by the artists and facilitators of the exhibition and interactive
elements originated by students from Games Design.
The University of South Wales in its own history reflects
the way the valleys have developed from dependence on heavy industry toward a
diversified economy. The Treforest campus is located on the site of a
former Tinplate works built by William Crawshay II, which in 1913
became home of The South Wales and Monmouthshire School of Mines before
evolving into a polytechnic and then University, which is host to a
multiplicity of disciplines from Advanced Technology, Business and Society to
Health and Life Sciences and Creative Industries.