School of Art
Aberystwyth nestles between countryside and sea at the centre of Cardigan Bay, an area of mid-Wales renowned as an environmental haven and for its spectacular scenery. Little wonder that for over two centuries its combination of pastoral, picturesque, romantic, and sublime landscape has inspired the work of artists including Richard Wilson, J. W. M. Turner, John Sell Cotman, and John Piper.
Originally a medieval walled-town, Aberystwyth was established upon farming, seafaring, shipbuilding, and mineral mining. The vestiges of iron-age and thirteenth century fortresses, together with an eclectic blend of Victorian, Gothic, and Classical revival architecture, imbue the topography with a rich historical flavour. It is not surprising that the town is sometimes referred to as the ‘Oxford of Wales’.
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