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Publishing and censorship theme for new exhibition

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More than 400 years’ history of publishing and censorship is being documented in a new exhibition which opens in Wrexham next week.

Glyndŵr University’s Oriel Sycharth Gallery is displaying a collection of works under the title of Publishing and Censorship from 30 September to 21 November 2014.

The exhibition comprises a selection of artefacts dating from 1585 through to contemporary items, including books, posters, prints, photographs and sound recordings.

Works by Caravaggio, Francisco Goya, Alexander Rodchenko, Kourosh Yaghmaei and Patrick Cariou vs. Richard Prince are all featured.

All of the art in the exhibition has been selected by Rory McCartney, a London-based artist.

“The works in the show highlight how the limitations of censorship can be explored and dissected with creative outcomes,” he said.

“All vary in format, period, and geographic origin. Comparisons can be drawn between contemporary and historical material; high and low culture in printed form; recorded sound and moving image.

“Y Drychcristia, a 15th century book of Catholic hymns, was produced by a break-away sect of monks in a cave fifty miles away from where this exhibition is being held at Glyndŵr University.

“In an attempt to avoid censorship, the prayers were printed in the local Welsh language in the hopes that the invading Protestants would not be able to read the text and therefore would not condemn the book.

“The monks’ plan was foiled, but the exercise of attempting to avoid censorship is a key theme within the exhibition, as is self-censorship.”

Other works on show include posters and single covers of an Iranian musician Kourosh Yaghmaei. He rose to fame prior to the 1979 Islamic Revolution but was then banned from recording music.

Yaghmaei’s voice and image were also prevented from being published. He was not able to appear on Televison and his picture could not appear on any album covers or promotional material.

Publishing and Censorship runs until Friday 21 November 2014.

Oriel Sycharth Gallery is open from 9am to 4.30pm Monday to Friday and admission is free. For more information visit, call 01978 293950 or email

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