Art society gifts to USW

Contemporary Art Society for Wales (CASW) is holding an exhibition at Oriel y Bont, University of South Wales (USW), Treforest, of paintings, sculpture and prints it has gifted to the art collection at USW. October 2017. Neil Gibson

Contemporary Art Society for Wales (CASW) is holding an exhibition at Oriel y Bont, University of South Wales (USW), Treforest, of paintings, sculpture and prints it has gifted to the art collection at USW. October 2017. Neil GibsonAs part of its 80th-anniversary celebrations, the Contemporary Art Society for Wales (CASW) is holding an exhibition at Oriel y Bont, University of South Wales (USW), Treforest, of paintings, sculpture and prints it has gifted to the art collection at USW.

Accompanying the exhibition, which runs from the October 4 until December 22, will be a full-colour bilingual publication, researched and written by independent curator David Moore, highlighting all 40 artworks by significant Welsh artists which the society has gifted.

It will also include 12 CASW-commissioned portfolio prints purchased by USW. The exhibition is supported by the Morel Trust and Brecknock Art Trust.

Together with a similar study of CASW-gifted works to Cyfarthfa Castle Museum and Art Gallery, Merthyr Tydfil, in 2015, the aim has been to bring 'into the light' the Society's huge impact on public art collections in Wales since its creation in 1937.

The USW collection, much of which was developed during the curatorship of Dr Ceri Thomas, focuses upon the distinctive art of modern and contemporary south Wales, particularly the Valleys.

Studies from the 1940s of a miner by Josef Herman and tinplate workers by Ceri Richards were CASW-gifted works inherited from earlier institutions. Further coal-mining related works were gifted in 2000.

After the collection obtained museum status, major CASW gifts of work were received in 2006 and 2011 including important sculpture and work by women artists.

“We are very pleased that these artworks are part of an important art collection, within the University, which focuses on the visual culture of south Wales,” said CASW's chair, Sandra Harding.

“During the past 80 years CASW has gifted more than 850 works of art to organisations making a significant contribution to the art collections of Wales.”

Huw Williams, USW’s Deputy Vice-Chancellor, added: “The art collection is one of the tangible ways that USW demonstrates its close and continuing association with its communities.”

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