The new exhibition at the museum is Diverse Perspectives by The Welsh Group: Y Grwp Cymreig. It was officially opened by David James, Secretary of the Welsh Group on Saturday 4 February.
At the opening, David said, “This is the second time our society has shown at the museum, having shown previously in 2003. It is delightful to be back in Tenby, which has a long history and association with the arts. I would like to offer special thanks to Curator Mark Lewis and Museum Assistant Thelma Mort for doing such a wonderful job of hanging and curating the show, it looks fabulous. The Welsh Group is one of the oldest and most prestigious societies in Wales and next year is our 70th anniversary. Despite financial cutbacks, the arts are alive and well in Wales and this gallery is testament to that and long may that continue.”
This sales exhibition runs until Saturday 18 March.
The Welsh Group: Y Grwp Cymreig is a collection of professional artists. It’s purpose is the exhibiting of visual art in Wales and abroad.
The Welsh Group is one of Wales’ most established and respected groups of artists. It was founded in 1948 as the South Wales Group which at that stage consisted of both professional and amateur artists from South Wales’ six leading societies. However, by 1975 it had radically changed, becoming a professional only collection renaming itself ‘The Welsh Group’: Y Grwp Cymreig. Throughout its history the group has exhibited widely in Wales and internationally. It celebrated its 50th Anniversary in 1998 with a publication by Dr Peter Wakelin and an exhibition of current members work at the National Library of Wales. The exhibition was curated by Dr Ceri Thomas who also wrote the accompanying introduction and catalogue.
The Welsh Group members are not dominated by any movement, style or manifesto, but come together as professional individuals promoting and exhibiting art of high quality. The Group gives a sense of comradeship and belonging to its members and, by association, the other artists living and working throughout Wales. The Welsh Group members demonstrate a wide cross section of conceptual approaches in contemporary visual arts practice through a range of media and processes.
The Group currently has about forty active members (occasionally including a Graduate Fellow) located across the whole of Wales. Its members are among the best-known and respected practitioners working in the visual arts within Wales.