Art Review: Artes Mundi 8

From Planet 233

by Huw David Jones

From the early 1950s to the late 1960s, the Arts Council of Great Britain’s Welsh Committee (forerunner of the Arts Council of Wales) organised an annual exhibition of contemporary Welsh painting and sculpture. Opening at the National Museum, before touring throughout Wales, the ‘Welsh Opens’ were, in the words of organiser John Petts, ‘a meeting place, in the true sense a community centre, for artists in Wales and all those (an increasing number) who follow their achievement with interest and growing respect’.1Among the artists championed were Kyffin Williams, Ernest Zobole, John Elwyn, Mildred Eldridge, and Brenda Chamberlain.

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