The Art of Dylan Thomas at Art Central


Published 17 September 2014


On Saturday 13 September, people flocked to Art Central, the Vale of Glamorgan’s prestigious international art gallery, to see the work of some of Wales’ most celebrated artists in one of the largest exhibits of work inspired by the work of Dylan Thomas.


Mayor Howard Hamilton opens the Dylan Thomas exhibitionThe exhibition commemorates the life of the famous poet one hundred years since his birth in Swansea, 1914.


Mayor of the Vale of Glamorgan Cllr Howard Hamilton, who welcomed guests as they arrived, said: “Dylan was born in Swansea in 1914 and died at the young age of 39 in 1953. During his short lifetime Dylan’s work was, and continues to be an inspiration to many, which is the theme of this exhibition. Every artist in this exhibition has created work in response to Dylan’s poetry.”


He then went on to introduce the curator of the exhibition, Professor Tony Curtis, Emeritus Professor of Poetry at the University of South Wales, and who was himself taught at University by Dylan’s best friend Vernon Watkins.


Professor Curtis added: “It may be a bold statement, but I believe this is probably the biggest and most impressive collections of Artworks relating to and inspired by Dylan Thomas.”


Curtis discussed the number of talented artists included in the exhibition, with special reference to Ceri Richards with work from his famous suite of Dylan Thomas Lithographs.


Other celebrated artists include John Selway, Robert Alwyn Hughes, Angela Kelland, Mary Husted, and two fantastic collections of works by Swansea Print Workshop, ‘Especially When the October Wind’ and ‘Dylan Thomas Dialogues.’


This unique exhibition is a rare opportunity to see so many works that translate  Dylan’s writings visually and can be seen at Art Central Gallery Monday to Saturday from 10am to 4pm until Saturday 4 October.


There is also an opportunity to hear Professor Tony Curtis talk about ‘His life with Dylan’ on Thursday 18 September at 7pm at Art Central Gallery. For more information about the talk and exhibition please visit