Exploring the Scenic Beauty of Mountainous Regions

The South Wales Valleys have been a source of inspiration for artists from around the world for centuries. From Ammanford to Pontypool, the beauty and history of the Valleys have been captured in various forms of art since the 18th century.

An exhibition called “The Valleys” celebrates the work of artists from the national collection, showcasing over 200 artworks in painting, photography, film, and applied art. These works tell the stories of how the lives and landscape of the Valleys were shaped by industries like iron and coal, and how the communities living there made significant contributions to the modern world.

Throughout the 20th century, the Valleys faced economic and social challenges due to global pressures. In response, artists created a unique representation of working-class experiences that remains relatively unknown today.

The exhibition features works by more than 60 artists, including Tina Carr, Annemarie Schöne, Robert Frank, Josef Herman, and Ernest Zobole. It also introduces the art of collier artists and makers such as Nicholas Evans, Harry Rodgers, and Illtyd David.

Visitors can expect to see never-before-displayed works alongside new photography acquisitions, made possible with support from Art Fund. Additionally, a series of events will accompany the exhibition, offering further insights into the artistic representation of the Valleys.

Whether you are a lover of art, history, or culture, “The Valleys” exhibition is sure to captivate and educate visitors about the rich heritage of this unique region. Stay tuned for more information on upcoming events related to the exhibition.