This is Video of the Week from Wales Arts Review. We’ll be showcasing some of the best art in Wales with a new video shared every week. From music to drama and everything in between, videos will not be limited by medium. Today we’re featuring the ‘Demystifying Acquisitions’ project at the National Museum Wales.
This week’s Video of the Week is a celebration of the work by Museum Wales/Amgueddfa Cymru to inspire younger generations to get involved with art and culture. Recently acquired art work by Chris Ofili is featured in Museum Wales/Amgueddaf Cymru’s Rules of Art exhibition, featuring prints, paintings, photographs of Welsh landscapes.
This video presents the new exhibition and introduces the ‘Demystifying Acquisitions’ group, who worked to curate these pieces. In this introduction to the exhibition, the young people involved recount their experiences of curatorial decisions and gain an insight into the programs offering young people the opportunity to get involved with curation.
The display houses ten new prints of Chris Ofili’s etchings, depicting his visit to North Wales in 1996. The ‘Demystifying Acquisitions’ group was set up by Museum Cardiff to give young people aged 18 to 25 access into the world of curation, which is typically behind closed doors.
“Dr Kath Davies, Director of Collections and Research, Amgueddfa Cymru, “We are committed to working in a more open and democratic way by listening to new voices and seeing new perspectives. This project has given an opportunity for the next generation of artists and creatives in Wales to have access to every stage of the curatorial process. Together, they have created something special.”
‘The Rules of Art?’ exhibition is open until 4th June 2023 and is free to attend. Further details are available here.
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