An exciting programme of exhibitions and events awaits visitors to Amgueddfa Cymru – National Museum Wales’ seven museums across Wales in 2022. The programme includes wildlife photography, five centuries of art in Cardiff, street food in Swansea and stories from the Windrush Generation Cymru touring Wales.
National Museum Cardiff
The Rules of Art? at National Museum Cardiff continues until 2023. It 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. The Rules of Art? will be on display from 23 October 2021-16 April 2023.
Following on from 2017’s successful Swaps exhibition, David Hurn: Swaps is a new exhibition opened in autumn 2021 features more highlights from David Hurn’s private collection of photography.
Hurn gifted a large collection of photographs to Amgueddfa Cymru – National Museum Wales in 2017. The gift comprised two parts: approximately 1500 of his own photographs that span his sixty-year career as a documentary photographer; and approximately 700 photographs from his private collection which he has compiled throughout the course of his career. David Hurn: Swaps will be on display from 23 October 2021-27 March 2022.
The Natural History Museum’s acclaimed Wildlife Photographer of the Year exhibition returns to National Museum Cardiff as part of a national tour from 27 May 2022-29 August 2022. It will consist of 100 backlit images to inspire and ignite curiosity about the natural world by showcasing Earth's extraordinary diversity and highlighting the fragility of wildlife on our planet. Using the unique emotive power of photography, the competition inspires people to think differently about their relationship with nature and become advocates for the planet.
National Museum Cardiff will host an exhibition showcasing the vital role played by the BBC in the everyday lives of people in Wales over the last 100 years. Celebrating 100 years of the BBC in Wales (December 2022-Spring 2023) 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.
National Museum Cardiff are also displaying Lily's Fossil Footprint, a well preserved fossilised dinosaur footprint found on at Bendrick's Bay, Barry.
Big Pit National Coal Museum
Tip Girls continues until 1 September 2022. The exhibition showcases the female workers in the Welsh coal industry and looks at how women worked in the pits - on the surface and underground - and later in the offices and medical centres.
St Fagans National Museum of History
A community exhibition celebrating the heritage of Blaenau Gwent Our Place – Celebrating Blaenau Gwent in the South Wales valleys will be on display from 2 to 25 April 2022.
National Waterfront Museum
The Red Dress Project (5 March-26 March 2022) conceived by British artist Kirstie Macleod, provides an artistic platform for women around the world, many of whom are marginalized and live in poverty, to tell their personal stories through embroidery.
During the COVID-19 pandemic, local food deliveries became vital to those who were unable to go shopping. Food based businesses have also diversified, and local deliveries have helped them survive and thrive. Street Food exhibition (3 March-18 September 2022) looks at the history of food delivered to the doorstep, fresh from a local source, – from the mobile shop to the baker’s cart or the fore-runner of the ice-cream van. Discover amazing vehicles that would have been vital to get people their weekly staples, as well as the odd treat, and learn how we are now going back to supporting locally sourced produce to help reduce waste and support our communities.
National Slate Museum, National Wool Museum, Big Pit National Coal Museum
Windrush Cymru – Our Voices, Our Stories, Our History features the stories of over 40 of those Windrush Generation Cymru, told in their own words. Learn about their journeys to Wales, and the challenges they faced in building a new life in a country far from their homelands – finding work and the attitudes of people towards them. The stories show how the Windrush Generation Cymru, and their descendants, have made their mark in all walks of Welsh life: through the jobs they worked, careers they built, the children they raised, and the contributions they made to our communities and culture. It will tour across three museums.
- National Slate Museum - 8-23 January 2022
- National Wool Museum - 28 January-14 February 2022
- Big Pit National Coal Museum - 19 February-6 March 2022
Other exhibitions around Wales
Oriel y Parc, Pembrokeshire
In Your Doorstep opening February 2022 - It’s official, getting outdoors is good for you! Make the most of your time outside by finding out more about some of the wildlife, geology, archaeology, and heritage around Pembrokeshire. With handy how-to guides from experts in history and natural sciences and some treasures from Wales’ national collections, it’s all here to help you to discover the world around you.
100 Celf Cymru touring exhibition will showcase artworks chosen by the public. The nation’s favourite pieces from the national collection will tour to different venues in Wales, as part of our ‘Celf ar y Cyd’ season of projects.
- Aberystwyth Arts Centre - 30 April-23 June 2022
- Y Gaer Museum & Art Gallery, Brecon - 9 July-29 October 2022
- Oriel Môn, Llangefni, Anglesey - 11 February-14 May 2023