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Celf Gwyrdd. How Green Is My Art?

This important exhibition brings together the Welsh Group, a collective formed and run by artists, and the Mid Wales Art Centre, a not-for-profit, voluntary organisation. Both groups have a mission to make the visual arts accessible - the Welsh Group by exhibiting across Wales, often away from the established cultural centres, and Mid Wales Art Centre by bringing and showing significant work in the centre’s extensive exhibition spaces.

The Mid Wales Arts Centre gives each artist here the opportunity to show work that responds to the environment and reflects on the idea of ‘Celf Gwyrdd’ - Green Art. Many responses are quite explicit because some of the artists here work with and in the natural environment, using recycled materials or responding to landscape. Other work in this show is more implicit and takes a sideways look at environmental issues

‘To see a world in a grain of sand And a heaven in a wild flower,

Hold infinity in the palm of your hand, And eternity in an hour.’

William Blake

I think the default position with visual art, and maybe all of the arts, is an engagement with environmental issues and this is because the arts are concerned with what it is to be human in the world, what it means to exist on this earth. On one level all artists are concerned with responding to existence, stopping time and grabbing hold of life.

Paul Edwards

Chair, The Welsh Group

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