Neale Howells: Bring the Story Inside | Video of the Week

Bring the Story Inside: Neale Howells | Video of the Week

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 ‘Bring the Story Inside’, a Culture Colony video which explores the new exhibition by Neath-based artist Neale Howells.

As artist Neale Howells showcases a new exhibition at MOMA Machynlleth, Bring the Story Inside, today’s Video of the Week features an interview with Neale about his work, his life and the moments that influenced and shaped his work. Taking us on a whistle-stop tour of Neale’s thirty five year career,


The origins of the works in the exhibition come from Neale himself, forming from accidental marks and his imagination. A lot of the works were reconstructed under lockdown, combining older works to establish new ones. The shape can be as important as the colour used, an important component to how the work develops and how everything relates. Sometimes Neale contradicts himself: “there were rules you learned but you rip them up, you spin the work around and mix up the way you look at it. I feel that way of working is important for an artist. Artists should not be controlled by the work but rather they should be in control. Some works are meant to be, with some you are in a gladiatorial fight to the finish. Of course, it must be the artist, but it can come down to the wire.”