The new year sees an exciting programme of exhibitions and events at National Museum Cardiff. From social and media history, to exploring Wales’ contribution to the world of Hip Hop and the return of the UK’s premier art competition, Artes Mundi, the museum has a lot to offer through its doors! As well as the exhibitions programme, the museum will continue to extend its opening times into the evenings on the first Thursday of each month. ‘Extra Time’ allows your clients to enjoy a free night out at the museum it isn't included in their itinerary. The museum will also continue to host events throughout the year. In February, the museum will host another of its Hwyrnos (Lates) events. Hwyrnos: Queer will bring the LGBT+ community and allies together for a night of celebration, education and history during LGBT+ History Month. Visit the website for more information on National Museum Cardiff programme of events.
BBC 100 in Wales continues until 16 April 2023
From the first broadcasts of the 1920s through to the digital age of the 2020s, BBC 100 in Wales takes visitors on a journey through time to explore how Wales has contributed to the making of the BBC and how the BBC has impacted on life in Wales.
BBC 100 in Wales will also feature a display of items on loan from some of the most notable BBC programmes made in Wales over the past two decades, with something for everyone in the exhibition. The exhibition will coincide with BBC centenary celebrations and marks 100 years of broadcasting in Wales which began on 13 February 1923, with the first public radio broadcast from Cardiff.
The Rules of Art? continues until 4 June 2023
The Rules of Art? examines the relationships between different art forms, relooking at the way that art is traditionally celebrated as either “high art” or “low art”, and whose stories are being told and who is telling them. This large exhibition brings together five centuries of painting, drawing, sculpture, photography, film and ceramics to explore questions of representation, identity and the environment. Working with artists, writers and community partners, elements of the interpretation of the exhibition will come from a range of different voices.
In February 2023, work by Turner Prize-winning artist Chris Ofili will go on display in the landscapes section of the exhibition. The 10 prints, a new acquisition into Amgueddfa Cymru’s collection, feature landscapes of North Wales and were selected for acquisition by the Demystifying Acquisitions group. This group of young people aged 18-25 from across Wales have co-curated a new display within the exhibition, centered around the Ofili works. The purchase of Chris Ofili’s North Wales series of prints was made possible with the generous support of the Ampersand Foundation and the Derek Williams Trust.
Reframing Picton continues until 3 September 2023
A community-led exhibition which aims to reframe the legacy of Lieutenant General Sir Thomas Picton (1758-1815) and give a voice to those most affected by Picton’s actions, and to those who live with the legacy today.
Reframing Picton includes two newly commissioned artworks, which will become part of Wales’ national collection. The two new commissions include an immersive installation of sculpture, objects from the Amgueddfa Cymru collections, striking photographs and film.
Mary Anning Rocks! (10 January-26 March 2023)
To kick off the new year, a model – or maquette – of one of the most important palaeontologists of the 19th century, Mary Anning will go on display in the museum. The model has been on tour around the UK, and National Museum Cardiff is the only venue it will be visiting in Wales.
Mary Anning (1799-1847) collected specimens that were the subject of scientific papers by the prominent male palaeontologists of the time but her contribution was almost forgotten until quite recently. The model was created following a campaign for a statue of Mary Anning by a 12-year-old girl, who was dismayed that there was not one in her hometown of Lyme Regis.
The Sea Horizon (18 February-10 September 2023)
The Sea Horizon is a new exhibition featuring 40 photographs by Garry Fabian Miller - one of the most progressive figures in fine art photography - all of which were made between 1976- 77 from the rooftop of his home in Clevedon. Overlooking the waters of the Severn Estuary towards Wales, the photographs were taken from the same place but at different times of day and under different weather conditions.
All the photographs have the same square format with the line of the horizon dividing the sea and the sky, creating a portrait that highlights the body of water dividing Wales from its neighbour. It is a perspective of Wales that is unusual and unfamiliar, and urges the viewer to contemplate ideas around identity, borders, and sense of place.
Artes Mundi 10 (20 October 2023-25 February 2024)
The UK’s leading biennial exhibition and international contemporary art prize returns to National Museum Cardiff, and will this year be shared across 4 other sites across Wales.
The winner of the prestigious £40,000 Artes Mundi Prize – the UK’s largest contemporary art prize – announced during the run of the Arts Mundi 10 exhibition. 7 artists have been shortlisted for the 2023 prize:
• Rushdi Anwar
• Carolina Caycedo
• Alia Farid
• Naomi Rincón Gallardo
• Taloi Havini
• Nguyễn Trinh Thi
• Mounira Al Solh
Phones from Stones (Opens autumn 2023)
Our mobile phones are essential for everyday life. But do we know where they come from? And what is the environmental cost of that ringing thing in your pocket?
From batteries to chips and to touch screens, everything that goes into making a mobile phone has come from somewhere. This exhibition will take us on a journey to find out more.
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