Art lovers have been spoiled this year with what has been on offer at the galleries across the Welsh visual arts, and it has not been an easy task for the writers at Wales Arts Review to pick the top ten visual arts exhibitions of 2019. The breadth of work shows just what a strong year it has been, but these ten were way we believed marked the highpoints.
It’s Called Ffasiwn – Clementine Schneidermann & Charlotte James (Martin Parr Foundation, Bristol)
Love Hangover – Tom Cardew (g39, Cardiff)
Face-Ade – Kevin Hunt (Ty Pawb, Wrexham)
Squatters – Laura Ford (Ten, Castell Coch)
Sui Generis – various artists (Plas Bodfa, Ynys Mon)
Mordaith – Pete Jones (Oriel Ynys Mon)
Then & Now: 80 Years of the Contemporary Society of Welsh Art – various artists (Glynn Vivian, Swansea)
David Nash: Sculpture Through the Seasons (National Museum of Wales, Cardiff)
An Artist Apart: Frances Richards (Glynn Vivian, Swansea)
Merched Chwarel – various artists (Storiel, Bangor)
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