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Art and industry exhibition to showcase role of coal, copper and iron in Wales

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September 28 2012

The industrial past of Wales and the communities forged by the copper, coal and iron industries are to be showcased in a new exhibition in Wrexham.

Art and Industry is an exhibition of 27 works from a local collection, dating from the 20th century and mainly by Welsh artists depicting aspects of Industrial Wales from the work-face and workmen to the industrial landscapes created.

It will be open to the public from 9 October to 14 December 2012 at the Oriel Sycharth Gallery, Glyndŵr University.

The works have been loaned to the university by a local art collector, who has built up the collection over a period of 45 years.

The drawings and paintings mostly reflect depictions of south Wales, including the former Morfa Copper Works; Ynyscedwyn Colliery near Ystradgynlais; the Rhondda valleys; Pontrhydyfen in the Afan Valley, Port Talbot; Llanhilleth Ebbw Vale and Alcan Steel Works in Rogerstone near Newport, Gwent.

North Wales is represented in the exhibition by works depicting the Brymbo Steel Works and the Sion Chapel, Cefn Mawr.

Estelle Thompson, visiting professor at Glyndwr University curated Art and Industry and is co-ordinator of exhibitions at the Oriel Sycharth Gallery.

Professor Michael Scott, Vice-Chancellor of Glyndŵr University, said: “This year marks 125 years since the creation of the founding college which has evolved into Glyndŵr University.

“There is no better way to celebrate this anniversary than to launch an exhibition of Welsh paintings of industrial themes and landscape lent to the University from a private collection - they are a record of the industrial heart of the country and testimony to the quality of Welsh artistic endeavour.” 

  • Art and Industry is on display at the Oriel Sycharth Gallery at Glyndŵr University, Mold Road, Wrexham, from Tuesday 9 October to Friday 14 December 2012. There will be a private view on Tuesday 9 October from 5-7pm. The gallery, situated above the main reception, is open 9am to 4.30pm Monday to Friday and admission is free.
  • A book which accompanies the works is available for purchase priced at £5.99 (£3.99 for Glyndwr University students) from the campus bookshop or by clicking here.
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