Ceredigion Art Society
Inspired by History - exploring the pre-historic, Celtic, and Roman treasures of Ceredigion
19 January - 23 March 2019
The County of Ceredigion wraps itself around the centre of Cardigan Bay stretching from Aberdyfi in the north to Abertyfi in the south and inland towards the Cambrian mountains covering some 696 square miles or approximately 1,783 square kilometres and has been inhabited since prehistoric times.
The most obvious signs of habitation by our forebears as we travel today through the area comes in the form of the numerous hillforts and enclosures of the iron age, giving distinctive form to the hills. In particular, Aberystwyth’s own impressive hillfort of Pen Dinas dominates the skyline above the town. More recently the Roman Villa discovered at Abermagwr has yielded valuable information about the Roman occupation of the area.
Besides evidence of man’s occupation of the area there are also other treasures such as fossils of long dead sea creatures and the fascinating submerged forest at Borth.
Our members have attempted to bring to life some of these treasures and whether it be the exquisite Tynddol sun disc and the mysterious Penbryn ritual spoons from Castell Nadolig or the photographic reality of the submerged forest at Borth, the abstract textile depicting the Romans search for gold or the imagined way of life in the hillforts, together with artefacts from the Museums own collections we hope you enjoy this peep into the past.
Margaret Jones: Celebrating 100
27 October 2018 - 5 January 2019
Ceredigion Museum celebrates the 100th birthday of award winning Ceredigion illustrator Margaret Jones with an exclusive exhibition.
The exhibition Margaret Jones: Celebrating 100, highlighting the career of award winning illustrator Margaret Jones on the eve of her 100th birthday, includes early sketches and unseen drawings owned by the Jones family themselves. The exclusive exhibition opens the door to this famous painter’s art, inviting visitors to discover the ideas, sketches and inner workings of her iconic paintings and illustrations.
The exhibition will feature previously unseen original prints from the ‘Arthur’ series and rare prints from unpublished work including ‘Seven days of the week’, which looks at how the names of the days of the week derive from the sagas of the Nordic Kings and Queens. Archive photo albums and unpublished books will be shown alongside the drawings and prints giving an intimate view of the artist and her life.
Ceredigion Museum’s assistant curator Alice Briggs said, “It has been wonderful to have the chance to delve through the portfolios of Margaret Jones, to discover more about her process of creating her illustrations and to learn more of her own detailed knowledge of the storytelling traditions in which she has illustrated.”
Becoming a professional painter at the age of 60, Margaret became known as one of the leading illustrators in the Celtic tradition and other folklore. Born in England, Margaret brought up her own young family in India with her husband, before is appointment as lecturer in Education Studies at the University College of Wales, Aberystwyth. Here, her portrayal of the Mabinogi has defined the way a generation of children in Wales imagine the folklore of the nation’s past.
Professor Sioned Davies, the former Head of Welsh at Cardiff University, whose ongoing contribution to Welsh language and culture is highly influential, will open the exhibition on Saturday 27 October at 2pm. All museum visitors are very welcome to attend the official opening.