How Jazz Came To Wales

 

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Links to further resources

link to website. http://www.smu.ac.uk/jazzheritage/index.php/home

Fisk Jubilee Singers  http://www.smu.ac.uk/jazzheritage/index.php/history/1899

Alan Plater  – Devil’s Music  http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b00fl777

http://www.smu.ac.uk/jazzheritage/index.php/in-print/56-wales-and-negro-minstrelsy

Some of Swansea’s bands and Orchestras, 1918-1926;  http://www.smu.ac.uk/jazzheritage/index.php/music/57-some-of-swanseas-jazz-bands-a-orchestras-1918-1926

http://www.smu.ac.uk/jazzheritage/images/stories/documents/JazzArchiveCollection.pdf

Academic papers and Presentations; http://www.smu.ac.uk/jazzheritage/index.php/in-print/36-in-print

The Collection Painting

28/05/2016 – All Day
Swansea Museum
Victoria Road, The Maritime Quarter
Swansea
Source: Swansea Museum Events

Make art from history!

22/05/2016 – All Day
Swansea Museum
Victoria Road, The Maritime Quarter
Swansea
Source: Swansea Museum Events

Michael Portillo meets John Dillwyn Llewellyn

GBRJ63dPassionate about trains, Michael Portillo has been taking to the railway tracks of Britain for the sixth series of Great British Railway Journeys, recently released on DVD.

Armed with his copy George Bradshaw’s famous railway handbook, he retraces four journeys that were first documented in the Victorian monthly guide, witnessing what’s changed and discovering how our love of the railways began.

His travels bring him to Swansea where he explores the life and passion of John Dillwyn Llewellyn, a prominent figure in Victorian society and co-founder of the Royal Institution of South Wales. John Dillwyn Llewellyn was a pioneer of technology, science and photography.

During his visit to Swansea, Portillo looks through Dillwyn Llewellyn’s photograph albums at Swansea Museum before setting off to Penllergare Valley Woods, where he recreated one Dillwyn Llewellyn’s shots of the waterfall.

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Besides discovering Dillwyn Llewellyn’s pioneering photography, during Series 6 Portillo also tries his hand at curling, visits the birthplace of golf, gives an old engine a fresh start in Derby, explores London’s Highgate Cemetery, takes a trip to Lindisfarne, learns of the miners who fuelled the Industrial Revolution, explores the treasures of the Bodleian Library… and much more!

Competition

The sixth series of Great British Railway Journeys is available now on DVD and we’ve got three sets to give away.

To be in with a chance of winning one of the DVD sets simply answer the question:

What visual art form did John Dillwyn Llewellyn pioneer?

Please enter your answer along with your contact details in the form below.

Competition terms and conditions
1. Competition is open to UK residents only, excluding employees of Swansea Museum.
2. To enter: complete the online entry form on www.swanseamuseum.co.uk including your answer and contact details.
3. Closing date for entries is 12.00 noon Monday 13th June 2016.
4. Winners will be selected at random. Winners will be notified by Friday 16th June 2016 via phone or email.
5. The promoter’s decision is final and no correspondence will be entered into.
6. There are three prizes, and a winner will be selected for each prize of one DVD set of Michael Portillo’s Great British Railway Journeys Series 6.
7. The prize is not transferable and there is no cash alternative to the stated prize.
8. By entering the promotion you agree to receive communication regarding this promotion only. No further communication will be made with you once the promotion has closed unless otherwise requested.
9. No purchase necessary. To enter offline with the same chance of winning, send a stamped postcard with correct answer to the question, your name, address, phone number and email address to Portillo’s Railway Journeys Competition, Marketing Services, Cultural Services, City and County of Swansea, Room 153, Guildhall, Swansea, SA1 4PE to arrive no later than 12.00 noon on Monday 13th June 2016.
10. For a list of winners, please send a SAE to: Portillo’s Railway Journeys Competition, Marketing Services, Cultural Services, City and County of Swansea, Room 153, Guildhall, Swansea, SA1 4PE after Friday 17th June 2016.
11. The promoter reserves the right to terminate, amend or extend this promotion in wholly exceptional circumstances outside its control.
12. The promoter acknowledges that this promotion isn’t sponsored, endorsed or administered by, or associated with Facebook and Twitter in any way.
13. The promoter is City and County of Swansea, Cultural Services, City and County of Swansea, Room 153, Guildhall, Swansea, SA1 4PE.

Make a ‘Star Wars’ Art Sculpture

01/05/2016 – All Day
Swansea Museum
Victoria Road, The Maritime Quarter
Swansea
Source: Swansea Museum Events

Free Art Workshop: Stained Glass Huda Awad

10/04/2016 – All Day
Swansea Museum
Victoria Road, The Maritime Quarter
Swansea
Source: Swansea Museum Events

Prehistoric Sculpture Workshop – for Adults

02/04/2016 – All Day
Swansea Museum
Victoria Road, The Maritime Quarter
Swansea
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Free Easter Activities at Swansea Museum!

Prehistoric Sculpture Workshop for Adults: Saturday 2 April, 10am – 1pm, 2pm – 4pm

Study Palaeolithic and Neolithic art with Michelle Dawson. You will be introduced to some pre-historic artefacts, decorative techniques and the ancient use of red ochre pigment. Then respond by creating your own sculpture. You can experiment using air drying clay or try carving into thermalite blocks.

 

The Red Baron: Sunday 3 April, 1.30pm

Join our special screening of the classic film plotting the remarkable tale of the infamous German fighter pilot, Manfred von Richtofen, who served with the Imperial German Army Air Service during the First World War.

 

Family Egyptology Day: Saturday 9 April

Explore the world of ancient Egypt through our special Egyptology Day, featuring workshops on calligraphy, hieroglyphics, amulets and shabtis. Something for everyone!

 

Stained Glass Art Workshop: Sunday 10th April, 10am – 1pm, 2pm – 4pm

Free art workshop with a local stained glass artist Huda Awad – suitable for beginners.

 

South Wales Scribes Exhibition

20/02/2016 – 23/04/2016 – 12:00 am
Swansea Museum
Victoria Road, The Maritime Quarter
Swansea
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The Art of Gordon Stuart at Swansea Museum

January 14th – February 11th 2016.

There are very few artists working in Wales who painted as many portraits of famous people as did Gordon Stuart. His prodigious output spanned over six decades. Yet there was so much more to his work than just portraiture as this small exhibition will reveal.

Gordon Thomas Stuart was born in Toronto in 1924 into a working class family.  His considerable talent was spotted early on and in 1934 he attended art classes in the city art gallery  where he won a prize of $100 for a drawing. On leaving school he worked in a graphic design company. In 1942 he joined the Canadian Army and came to Britain for the first time.

Gordon spent most of his military service in Italy where he was captivated by the landscape and the people. His artistic skills were used to draw sketches of enemy positions. When the war ended he returned to Canada with the intention of saving enough money to return to Italy. Back in Toronto he resumed his art studies and became assistant art editor of New Liberty magazine.

In 1952 he returned to Europe and spent an enjoyable year in Paris. When his money ran out he moved to London and combined work with part time study at St. Martin’s College. Finding it difficult to survive in London he decided to return to Canada after firstly visiting Carmarthen. In west Wales his fortunes picked up, he attended classes in the local art school met his future wife Mair and painted the last portrait of Dylan Thomas, in Laugharne in September 1953.

Following their marriage in 1955, Mair and Gordon moved to London. Gordon trained as a teacher and worked in several schools across the city.  They returned to Wales in 1975 when Gordon took up a part time lecturing post in Dyfed College of Art in Carmarthen.

After his retirement from the in 1986  he became a full-time painter. Although he still took portrait commissions , much of his subject matter was drawn from the landscape of west Wales, and still life studio compositions mainly of flowers. Gordon and Mair travelled extensively during this time to Canada and Europe. In 1992 a trip to the south of France was the inspiration for some of his most memorable works a series of paintings of Boule players. Gordon liked nothing more than capturing individuals in their day to day lives – children playing, people returning home, or shopping, or simply walking in the rain.

In 1995 Gordon was appointed artist in residence when Swansea hosted the Year of Literature. Over the course of the year a glittering array of authors, poets, artists, musicians, politicians came to the city. Gordon made hundreds of sketches and well over eighty portraits.

Gordon was a regular exhibitor at the Royal Academy summer exhibitions. He won a number of prizes for his paintings and five of his portraits have been bought by the National Portrait Gallery, London. His work is held in many public collections in Britain and Canada. Gordon became a Royal Cambrian Academician in 2001 and was honoured by Swansea University in 2014 for his contribution to art.

A new book, The Art of Gordon Stuart by Dylan Rees and Twm Gardner is launched at The Taliesin Arts Centre on Saturday 23rd January at 2pm.