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.
Altered pages from Genesis, and the Gospels of St Luke and St John

John Harvey: The Bible in Translation

  • 16 February — 20 March 2015 *on now

The Bible in Translation is the third project in 'The Pictorial Bible' series (following 'Settings of the Psalms' (2000) and 'Seal up the Vision and Prophecy' (2007)), and the second project in 'The Aural Bible' series. The exhibition investigates ways in which texts from, commentaries upon, and cultural articulations of, the Judaeo-Christian bible can be transformed into visual and sonic images.

Suitable for

  • Any age
Four paintings of naked human figures confined in wooden crates

Glenn Ibbitson: Consignment

  • 16 February — 20 March 2015 *on now

This series of work, developed by Glenn Ibbitson over a number of years, tackles themes of human confinement and trafficking. It sprang, quite unexpectedly, from a project on circus performers and in particular while observing an escapologist. The works that followed depict human bodies contorted into wooden crates, given numerical titles, stripped of identity, treated as goods and intentionally objectified. The artist modelled for himself in the confinement of the crates, filming his movements from above and using photographs to help create the paintings.

Glenn Ibbitson trained at Harrogate College of Art and then Hull College of Art and went on to work as a set painter for the BBC in London and a as a freelance scenic artist for film and television. He has been exhibiting in group and solo exhibitions since 2001 He now lives and works in West Wales.

Suitable for

  • Any age
Image of altered Museum Box

Space Place Practice: The Museum Box Project

  • 8 April — 8 May 2015

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
Colour photograph of fruit in a nylon stocking

Still Life: Ambiguous Practices

  • 8 April — 8 May 2015

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
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

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