Then+Now: 80 Years of Collecting

Contemporary Art Society for Wales Exhibition
At the Pierhead from 4 – 11 August
 
This exhibition celebrates the 80th anniversary of the Contemporary Art Society for Wales’ first acquisition.
 
CASW was founded, partly, following a exhibition organised at the National Eisteddfod held in Fishguard in 1936. Since its establishment in 1938 the society for Wales has acquired around 850 works by 500 artists.These are now held as part of public collections across Wales – a vital record of Welsh art through the decades and much of which may have seemed challenging when new. The collection includes work by some of Wales’ leading painters, sculptors and film-makers from the 1930s to the present day.
 
The exhibition also includes examples of work by some of the winners of the Gold Medal for Fine Art - including the first recipient Brenda Chamberlain – from the period when the winners were honoured for their artwork’s excellence to the time when the Medal was awarded for their contribution to art and reverting again to being given for merit. 
 
Curated by Peter Wakelin on behalf of the Contemporary Art Society for Wales 
 
 
Tim Davies, Figures in a Welsh Landscape (collage in twelve parts) 2002, CASW / National Museum Wales