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Cabinet Exhibitions: Five artistic commissions that respond to contemporary artworks in the national collections and Storiel’s collections

As part of the National Contemporary Art Gallery Wales project, Storiel are excited to have commissioned five artworks that respond creatively to Storiel’s collections as well as contemporary art from the national collection, many of which can be seen on the Celf ar y Cyd website. The commissioned artists are Studio Cybi, Christine Mills, Audrey West, Carreg Creative and Rachel Evans. Each artist in turn, will display their work for five weeks within a display cabinet, loaned by the artist Gareth Griffith which is located near the stairs on Storiel’s ground floor.

The idea of the commissions is to explore what the national contemporary art gallery for Wales could mean for each artist and their local community, with flexibility of how this is approached and through what medium.  The creative processes and outputs of which will contribute to the ongoing development of the national contemporary art gallery for Wales.

Whether the artwork is stimulated in response to an artwork or artist represented in the national collection or an item from Storiel’s museum collections, or both, the artists’ responses will reflect specific interest of their practice – whether relevant to the artist’s community, landscape or cultural heritage.

The Cabinet Exhibition dates are:

Studio Cybi                     11/05/24 –  15/06/24

Christine Mills               22/06/24 – 26/07/24

Audrey West                  03/08/24 – 07/09/24

Carreg Creative             14/09/24 – 19/10/24

Rachel Evans                 26/10/24 – 30/11/24

A workshop, led by Carreg Creative to begin creative conversations around this project was held 27th April at Storiel.  Further workshops with some of the artists are also planned and include;

Audrey West workshop           dateTBC

Rachel Evans workshop           date TBC

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More information about the National Contemporary Art Gallery Wales initiative

It’s early days for the national contemporary art gallery Wales initiative. Based on a dispersed model, the national contemporary art gallery for Wales is a partnership between Amgueddfa Cymru, National Library of Wales, the Arts Council of Wales, Oriel Myrddin in Carmarthen, Aberystwyth Arts Centre Gallery, Oriel Davies in Newtown, Storiel in Bangor, Plas Glyn y Weddw in Llanbedrog, Ruthin Craft Centre, Mostyn in Llandudno, Newport Museum and Art Gallery and the Glynn Vivian Art Gallery in Swansea.

The national collections, cared for by Amgueddfa Cymru and the National Library of Wales, are central to the model. Contemporary artworks from the collections are being loaned to partner venues, for inclusion in exhibition and outreach programmes. Hand in hand with this, is the will to develop commissioning, engagement and exhibition opportunities that both draw on and support Wales’ contemporary artists.

As a national initiative, the national contemporary art gallery for Wales aspires to advocate for contemporary creative practice and to grow audiences and interaction, locally and internationally. This dispersed model is an ambitious approach that seeks to respond to communities’ interests and to build cohesive support and promotion of contemporary art in and of Wales.

The initiative is funded by the Welsh Government.

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