Bowl With FragmentsMatthew Tomalin

Bowl With Fragments
Matthew Tomalin

GestianaElfyn Lewis

Gestiana
Elfyn Lewis

Summer Coastline DetailIwan Gwyn Parry

Summer Coastline Detail
Iwan Gwyn Parry

About the Society

The Society was conceived in the 1930s following the economic depression and resulted from a belief in the ability of the visual arts to uplift the human spirit in times of material adversity. In 1935 a major touring exhibition of contemporary art was promoted by a prominent group of London-Welsh and was curated by Augustus John. The following year the group arranged a high grade exhibition at the National Eisteddfod in Fishguard, using it to involve notable Welsh-based individuals to explore the formation of a society devoted largely to indigenous contemporary art.

Latest Events

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JAC SAORSA – Artist: The Abject Artist: Exploring the Capacity of Art to Communicate the Experience of Illness

Lecture Theatre 0.53, School of Architecture
King Edward VII Drive – Cardiff

Date(s) – Tuesday, November 22, 2016
7:30 pm – 9:00 pm

Jac Saorsa is a visual artist and researcher. Her background is in philosophy and creative practice and she has extensive international teaching experience in higher education. Her work is rooted in the Medical Humanities and is characterised by an interdisciplinary mix of practice and theory where the overarching theme is questioning how, as human beings, we experience and engage with the world and with others in it. She focuses on this engagement through exploring the relationship between sickness and health, and the existential experience of illness. This has led to various projects, solo and collaborative, in the field of arts and medicine including Drawing Women’s Cancer: Art Science and the Lived Experience.


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SALLY MOORE – Artist – in Conversation with Tony Curtis – Domestic Surrealist

Lisvane Memorial Hall
Heol Deryn – Lisvane|

Date(s) – Saturday, November 12, 2016
11:00 am – 2:30 pm

Sally’s paintings are intriguing, there is a drama being enacted, a story unfolding.Sometimes the stage set is a domestic one, or an everyday scene, a seemingly familiar and therefore reassuring picture. We are drawn in as eager observers, only to realise that we have become participants in the story.

Her work displays an interest in, and a deep knowledge of, three visual art traditions, the Narrative, the Surreal and the Symbolic, marrying all together through her use of highly personal imagery. Her paintings are painstakingly crafted, taking months to produce one glowingly detailed art work. The paintings are icons of magical realism, the known with the mysterious. In making art she is making sense of the world and we, in viewing the work become part of that process, part of the drama.