Aberystwyth University School of Art Gallery and Museum

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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

Admission charges


Getting there


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.
Graham Sutherland etching

An Exacting Taskmaster: Stanley Anderson and the Class of 1921

  • 1 February — 11 March 2016 *on now

In the early 1920s Anderson was appointed to teach printmaking at Goldsmiths’ College School of Art, London.  He taught a talented group of young etchers, the class of 1921, who included Graham Sutherland, Paul Drury, Robin Tanner, Edward Bouverie Hoyton and William Larkins.  All of them are represented in the university collections and many prints were acquired from them while they were still students.  It was his pupil William Larkins who described Anderson as an ‘exacting taskmaster’.

Suitable for

  • Any age
Black and white line engraving of quarrymen

Unmaking the Modern: The Work of Stanley Anderson

  • 1 February — 11 March 2016 *on now

Anderson was a key exponent of the revival of line engraving in Britain in the 1920s. He taught at Goldsmiths’ College and was a member of the Royal Academy of Arts. His work seems to eschew Modernism. Most of his subjects evoke a sense of nostalgia and he appears fiercely opposed to modernity: craftsmen and labourers carrying out work that is now performed by machinery. And yet, he did not retreat into a romanticised past but commented on the dramatic changes he observed in British society and saw modern art as a manifestation of modernity’s adverse effect on the human spirit.

Suitable for

  • Any age





Getting there


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




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01970 622 460


01970 622 461

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