The new art exhibition at Tenby Museum, Timestones: Tenby History Through Art Works from the Museum’s Collection, was officially opened by BBC journalist Abigail Neal on Saturday 28 November.
The exhibition, featuring over 50 paintings of Tenby, was curated by Tia Lynwood and Lauren Roberts, two Year 10 students from Greenhill School as part of the Kids in Museums Taking Over Museums Day Wales project. The aim of the exhibition is to use art works as social history artefact, recording the changes and developments witnessed by Tenby. The earliest work dates from 1795, the most recent from 2011. The exhibition has been arranged in a way that takes the visitor on a historic walk around the town and interpretive texts have been provided, detailing the history of the buildings seen in the paintings.
In her opening speech, Abigail Neal said that the exhibition allowed the viewer to “be a time traveller in your own town and huge congratulations should be extended to the two girls for their wonderful selection of paintings.”
Sue Davies, representing Kids in Museums, stated, “It is a fabulous museum, a wonderful event and tremendous exhibition. It is such a joy to see such enlightened attitudes towards working with young people.”
Both Tia and Lauren enjoyed the experience. Tia stated, “I have learned a lot about different types of art and how different artists interpreted the town in different styles. It will help me to look at areas of Tenby differently in future”, and Lauren said, “I wasn’t sure what to expect when I first got involved. I learned how much Tenby has changed from the details of paintings and we learned a lot about different styles of painting.”