The best art exhibitions to see in Wales during 2015

By Kate McNab | 15 October 2015

Explore Wales with Culture24's constantly updated guide to the best exhibitions to see between now and Christmas

video still showing man in submarine, red dots of light on his face and chest
George Barber, Still from Akula Dream© George Barber

Cardiff’s Chapter Arts Centre celebrates the work of video artist and Scratch-video movement pioneer George Barber, whose low-tech manipulation of found footage brought him acclaim in the 80s and established him as one of Britain's primary video artists. and (both until January 1 2016) are both on the bill at Chapter.

Aberystwyth Art Centre have (November 28 2015 – January 30 2016) is the longest running exhibition of its kind, welcoming prints from every genre and style. Running since the early pioneering days of photography, the wining photographic prize is awarded each year.

By way of contrast, the gallery is also showing (November 18 2015 – January 16 2016), a six-metre long whale skeleton, found washed up on the east coast of England, which has been encrusted in alum crystals by artists Ackroyd & Harvey. The ecologically-minded pair produce work concerned with climate change and pollution; this unsettling example is a cutting reminder of the importance of our ecological responsibility.

People walking down Regents Street London 1920s
Regent Street, etching by F C Dixon© Suzy Williams and Sally Taylor

Staying in Aberystwyth, the University School of Art Gallery and Museum pays homage to a little known printmaker, whose impressive catalogue was discovered by relatives tasked with clearing his house. (November 30 2015 – January 15 2016) presents the work they found, both of the obscure ancestor and his well-known contemporaries.

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Vivienne Rickman-Poole, Mission Accomplished© Vivienne Rickman-Poole

Nestled at the edge of Snowdonia, the National Slate Museum holds (until March 11 2016), an exhibition of beautiful photographic prints by wild swimming enthusiast Vivienne Rickman-Poole. Rickman-Poole’s ethereal self-portraits embrace the peace and serenity found in the cold waters of Snowdonia’s many Llyns.

The mountains of Wales were also favourite spot for celebrated painter and war artist John Piper, who spent fifteen years living in North Wales, exploring the landscape and capturing its sublime drama in his artworks. (until December 13 2015) at Oriel Plas Glyn-y-Weddw brings together some of his most accomplished pieces from the Amgueddfa Cymru collection.

In response to the John Piper collection at the National Museum, acclaimed painter Clare Woods has created a body of work, also taking inspiration from the landscape, as well as from portraiture and still life. (until March 6 2016) sees Woods’ wonderfully colourful, lively paintings grace the gallery’s walls. Displayed concurrently with the work it took inspiration from, this is your best opportunity to catch the touring exhibition.


Want to know what else is going on in Wales? Browse all of our Wales listings here.

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