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Ceredigion Museum’s new exhibition casts a hopeful eye to the future

Ceredigion Museum

Ceredigion Museum will open a new exhibition on 29 January 2022 entitled ‘Moving On, Looking Forward’.

The exhibition will display works by a group of mid-Wales and Ceredigion-based artists’, The Picturemakers / Y Llunwyr. It offers a fresh take on recent times by encouraging the public to enter the New Year with a sense of hope after another challenging winter.

‘Moving On, Looking Forward’ features new work from The Picturemakers. It will grant people who cherish Ceredigion the opportunity to see it represented in art through a variety of creative methods. It will also appeal to people looking for something to do in Aberystwyth as we move towards spring, and provide an opportunity to think positively about the future.

The Picturemakers / Y Llunwyr are a group of artists based in mid-Wales who convene regularly to discuss their artwork and develop their creative practice. They are based in and around Aberystwyth, Felinfach, Llandrindod Wells, Pant-y-Dwr, Pennant and Rhayader, and have held over forty exhibitions since their foundation in 2006. The group consists of Jane Burnham, Lindsay Davies, Rosemary Fahimi, Philip Huckin, Kim James-Williams, Mike Laxton, Greteli Morton, Joanna Munro-Hunt, Patrick Owen, Catherine Smedley, Shelley Upton, Moira Vincentelli and Ann Williams.

The Picturemakers moved their meetings online in 2020 where they discussed the importance of staying creative; setting artistic challenges for each other to inspire fresh approaches to their subjects and materials, whilst bringing more unity to their work as a group. The challenges were often a fun distraction from the pandemic, with one involving members producing a self-portrait in the style of their favourite artist.

The Picturemakers said: “Our art practice has been an anchor in turbulent waters, and we feel optimistic about the year ahead. The artwork that we produced during and after the lockdowns can be viewed as a creative thread which links different seasons and experiences.”

They said of the exhibition: “The philosophy of The Picturemakers is to support, challenge, question and celebrate. Some of the work you will see is work in progress, part of our ongoing journeys to find out, experiment, look at the world and keep moving. We hope that the public enjoy the exhibition as much as we enjoyed making it.”

‘Moving On, Looking Forward’ follows the hugely popular ‘Human Threads’ exhibition, which displayed historic quilts from the Museum’s collection alongside a digital quilt consisting of reflections by the community in Ceredigion.

Ceredigion Museum is open from Thursday to Saturday, 11:00 until 4:00pm.