To celebrate Swansea’s 50th anniversary as a city, the Glynn Vivian has an exhibition called Swansea Stories in which they are showing the largest selection of their permanent collection ever displayed. The Gallery’s collection includes works from the 18th century to modern times and it presents an eclectic and unique portrait of the city.
The exhibition is subdivided into two sections, City and Coast. City features Swansea’s streets, from the steep hills of the city centre to the surrounding landscapes of Townhill, Mayhill, Hafod and Dunvant. Works depict industrial scenes, agricultural landscapes and the bombing of the city centre. Coast is a collection of works depicting our beautiful coastline; including Swansea Bay, Mumbles and Gower.
I had a very personal reason for wanting to view this collection, my late father in law, Simon’s dad’s work was on display. Archie Williams was a much-loved art teacher and artist who sadly died in 1993. He was a prolific painter of Swansea landmarks as well as Gower landscapes, and the exhibition features three of his works. One, that is my favourite, is of Salubrious Passage, another depicts the docks while the last is a view of Three Cliffs.
The other part of the exhibition, Swansea Favourites, is a collection of works which people ask to see most often. This section celebrates some of the most famous works by internationally renowned artists such as Gwen John and French Impressionists Claude Monet and Lucien Pissarro.
The exhibition runs until 15 March 2020 and I highly recommend you pop in and see some of these wonderful artworks before they go back into storage.
Glynn Vivian, Alexandra Road, Swansea SA1 5DZ