School of Art
HighlightsThe highlights of the University’s extensive collection of fine and decorative art are many and varied. It includes European prints from the 15th century to contemporary, drawings, watercolours and photographs. The George Powell of Nanteos collection of pictures, bronzes and objet d’art (including works on paper by Turner, Burne-Jones, Rossetti, Poynter, Rebecca and Simeon Solomon) is of particular interest to scholars. There is a fine group of some 5,000 wood engravings for periodicals of the 1860s and an excellent collection of prints representing the Etching Revival since Whistler, particularly etchings of the inter-war years.
As representative surveys of the careers of printmakers and photographers, the ‘Artist Collections’ provide an excellent resource for teaching and research. Rigby Graham, George Chapman, John Elwyn, Derrick Greaves, Evelyn Gibbs, Edgar Holloway, Edward Bouverie Hoyton, Keith Vaughan, Carlo Bevilaqua, Mario Giacomelli, and Elio Ciol are amongst the many represented here by significant holdings of their work.
The Gulbenkian Collection includes Welsh artists of the 1950s and 1960s as well as an excellent group of School of Paris prints (Picasso, Leger, Dufy, Chagall et al). The Gregynog Loan Collection significantly enhanced the print collection in 1988 with the deposit of works by James McNeill Whistler, Augustus John, Anders Zorn and others. Also noteworthy is the contemporary Welsh photography and outstanding collection of post-war Italian photographs. The School of Art Gallery stages periodic exhibitions from the Collection, alternating with touring exhibitions, works by invited artists and student shows.
The Collection of Ceramics is of international importance, most notably for its early 20th century British pioneer studio pottery (Martin Brothers, Leach, Hamada, Cardew et al) and contemporary British, European, American, and Japanese studio pottery. The smaller collections of 18th and 19th century Welsh and English slip ware, Swansea and Nantgarw porcelain, Art Pottery and Oriental ceramics are exhibited in the Ceramics Gallery from time to time.