Border Country

13 Aug 2016 – 3 Sep 2016

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Four artist contemporaries of the writer Raymond Williams whose paintings conjure daily life in South Wales communities from the 1930s to the 1950s.


The inspiration for this special exhibition is Border Country, the autobiographical novel set in and around Abergavenny by Raymond Williams (1921-1988), first published in 1960. The ‘border’ refers to the conjunction of England and Wales, but boundaries iterate throughout the book’s characterisation of south Wales around the middle of the twentieth century:

  • borders between town, country and coalfield;

  • borders between nature and man;

  • borders between generations;

  • borders between classes;

  • borders between close community and wider world.

This exhibition, curated by Dr Peter Wakelin, arrives directly from the National Eisteddfod of Wales in Abergavenny and continues on tour to MoMA Machynlleth.

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Peter Wakelin

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Bert Isaac

Joan Baker

Charles Burton

John Elwyn


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