A new exhibition opened at Oriel y Bont last week, inspired by the changing environmental and economic fortunes of Treforest and the South Wales valleys.
The Art of Regeneration, at the gallery in Ty Crawshay, Treforest Campus, focuses on how the local area has been transformed from a rural idyll to an industrial powerhouse, before entering a period of post-industrial economic decline during the 1980s that communities, institutions and politicians have sought to counter.
This, together with the way attitudes and pressures on the environment have changed from the demands of unbridled exploitation to the need for sustainable development and conservation prompt the question: what is the art of regeneration?
To look toward what the future might hold for the region and what the changes taking place mean to people, artists Nichola Goff, Shaz Magill and Natalia Dias have engaged with a variety of local community organisations: Pontypridd Creative Writing group, children from Parc Lewis Primary School, Artis and the Crafty Cuppas.
While creating their own objects and images using plants found growing on former slag heaps and printed with pigment derived from mining waste, the community have also chosen artworks from the USW Permanent Collection that reflect the scars of the industrial past. These are shown alongside artwork produced by the artists and facilitators of the exhibition and interactive elements originated by students from Games Design.
The exhibition will be on display until 28 March 2020, and is open Monday to Friday, 9am to 4.30pm (excluding 20 December to 2 January when the University is closed for the Christmas break). For more information, call 01443 480480.