Aberystwyth University School of Art Gallery and Museum

Aberystwyth University School of Art Gallery and Museum
Aberystwyth University
School of Art
Buarth Mawr
SY23 1NG




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The School of Art promotes its art collection as a public resource. It offers primary research material for public reference and in its galleries a regular programme of public exhibitions from the Collection as well as providing a venue for prestigious touring exhibitions, works by invited artists, staff and students of the School of Art. The Collection makes an invaluable contribution to the teaching and research activities of the School.

All collections are available to the public in addition to being used for teaching and research. In the School’s galleries there are changing exhibitions from the Collection, touring shows and exhibitions by invited artists. All artefacts are accessible for study by appointment.

The University Museum was founded in 1876; in time it outgrew its space and the material was devolved to individual departments who formed and developed their own collections. The Art and Crafts Museum was established in 1918 and has since been administered by the Department of Art. The School of Art Gallery and Museum and the Ceramics Gallery, as we are renamed, are now both Accredited Museums.

Venue Type:

Museum, Gallery

Opening hours

Mon - Fri 10:00-17:00

Closed: Sat, Sun
Easter, Christmas, New Year

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Our superb collection of 20th century British ceramics from pioneer studio pottery to contemporary, together with Welsh slipware and porcelain, is housed and displayed in the Ceramics Gallery at Aberystwyth Arts Centre on the University campus. The School of Art houses other ceramic collections that are available for study by appointment, most notably 18th-century British Delft, Art Pottery, and Japanese ceramics that include Satsuma and Bizenware.

Collection details

World Cultures, Fine Art, Decorative and Applied Art, Coins and Medals, Archives

Exhibition details are listed below, you may need to scroll down to see them all.
Image of altered Museum Box

Space Place Practice: The Museum Box Project

  • 8 April — 8 May 2015 *on now

The Museum Box Project, work by the Space Place Practice group, focuses on a collection of 19th century glass-lidded display boxes from the Natural History Museum, London and explores the theme of a research seminar in which each member of Space Place Practice presented 'something of their place'. Each member went home with a museum box in which/with which to develop their connections with these ‘somethings’ and through which to re-present their place as a finished work.

Suitable for

  • Any age
Painting by Emma Bennett

Still Life: Ambiguous Practices

  • 8 April — 8 May 2015 *on now

We think we know what we mean by a 'still life' but contemporary art has recently thrown up some ambiguous practices in painting that whilst recalling still life's traditions simultaneously disabuses it of its conventions. This exhibition, curated by Frances Woodley, explores ways in which ambiguity is used as a method in what has long been the problem for still life painters - the representation of objects illuminated in space in relation to a surface. To do this the exhibition particularly exposes ambiguities in the ways in which contemporary painting invokes historical still life to paint the objects of the everyday today.

Suitable for

  • Any age
Watercolour by Simeon Solomon

Queer Tastes: Works from the George Powell Bequest

  • 18 May — 11 September 2015

Watercolours, paintings, prints, drawings and objets d'art from the 1882 George Powell Bequest to Aberystwyth University.

Suitable for

  • Any age
visitors to the School of Art Degree Show

Undergraduate Degree Show and Postgraduate Exhibition

  • 18 — 28 May 2015

Work by undergraduate and postgraduate students: includes printmaking, drawing, painting, photography, illustration, performance, installation, film and mixed media

Suitable for

  • Any age
Rebecca Collins, photograph

Rebecca Collins: Experiments in Aural Attention: Lingering Longer & Listening Away

  • 8 — 26 June 2015

Experiments in aural attention re-stages three practical experiments from a practice-based PhD in order to question how we are together through listening. Listening’s modus operandi is appropriated as an approach to making. This is reflected in the unfinished nature of the experiments that aim to echo the processual workings of this sense.

Aural attention is not only the subject matter of the exhibition but also the method by which it is explored – actively inviting visitors to experience the aural-as-encountered shaping their own path through aspects of the practices on display.

In This is for you (don’t treat it like a telephone) manmade objects are used in unusual combinations to estrange familiar conversational conditions in an installation that encourages visitors to position and shape their bodies in response to the sounds of others. Listening to water brings meanderings through the countryside of Powys and Ceredigion into the studio space to explore how an aural approach might reveal details of a landscape more often obscured. Stolen voices explores a practice of eavesdropping and how fiction might alter the attention we place on sounds of the everyday.

In this exhibition all three experiments are brought together for the first time to further question how it might be possible to practice aural attention.

Suitable for

  • Any age



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