Art at Waunifor: End of Summer

Exhibition Location: Canolfan Waunifor Centre

This exhibition was something me and my parents came across on the last day of our trip to whales. The brochure we had picked up boasted over thirty local artists, ‘with a special focus this year on contemporary ceramics’.

When we walked into the building, it felt more like an art sale, albeit a very beautiful art sale with a collection of different glass works by different artists. It wasn’t until we walked past the desk in this small entrance room and down a hall, that we came onto the larger part of the exhibition, and it began to feel a little more like an exhibition. It did have the air of a college exhibition rather than a professional one, though it is easily debatable as to whether that is a bad thing.

I thought it being in a relatively small building, and with so many different artists, it would possibly feel clustered and unorganised, but it was executed very well. All of the artists have information and many had leaflets and contact details which made it feel more inclusive and helped reinforce the fact that these were all local artists.

With some of the artists, I felt the cultural impact on their work was quite noticeable. Many showed aspects of Welsh life, which gave a fascinating insight into how they perceive their own culture, and how it perhaps differs from our own.

Even if they did not relate to Welsh life, they certainly were a brilliant way to expose myself to varying forms of work by a range of artists who, if it wasn’t for shows like this, possibly wouldn’t get viewed.

My favourite artist of the exhibition was by far David Beattie and his Flying Hares of the Apocalypse. Beattie is a well known artist who focuses of printmaking and etchings/ engravings. He has been doing his work for over 30 years.

I found his pieces stylised and incredibly detailed, but not over stimulating to the point were it all blurred into one. Each work, though in the same style and part of a set, was on it’s own an incredible creation that could stand alone. I fell in love with his designs.

Overall I thought this was a great opportunity to expose myself to different artists, and it certainly delivered in that respect. I think these sorts of exhibitions are culturally significant because they bring light to local talent and create a flow of money and tourists interested in the exhibition. I especially believe that the fact you could purchase small pieces of ceramic artwork for incredibly reasonable prices helps to make the artwork for accessible to the viewer and means you have the piece of the exhibition beyond guides and leaflets to remember it by.