The Art of Dylan Thomas comes to Art Central


Published 9 September 2014


AP-Judith-StroudArt Central, the Vale of Glamorgan Council’s prestigious international art gallery in Barry, is proud to be hosting ‘The Art of Dylan Thomas’, one of the largest exhibitions of work ever assembled relating to and inspired by the renowned poet.



To commemorate his life and work, this exhibition of paintings, etchings, prints and other mediums has been gathered together for the centennial celebration of Dylan Thomas’ birth in Swansea on the 27 October 1914.



All of the works have been inspired and created by the poet’s words, poems and life. This exhibition opens in Wales just as London launches their Dylan Thomas centenary celebrations with a tour of Dylan’s old haunts and an exhibition by Welsh artist Dan Llywelyn Hall, which opens at Coningsby Gallery, London. The Dylan Thomas Centre, Swansea, has this year celebrated with a permanent exhibition about Thomas’ life with the annual Dylan Thomas Festival taking place during October and November. Wales and the arts are certainly being placed on the map thanks to this distinguished poet’s legacy.



‘The Art of Dylan Thomas’ has been curated by Tony Curtis, Emeritus Professor of Poetry at the University of South Wales. Curtis grew up in Carmarthen during Dylan Thomas’ final years; he has won the Western Mail’s Dylan Thomas Prize, and was awarded the Dylan Thomas Prize for Spoken Poetry. Curtis has published over thirty books including eight collections of poetry.



This unique exhibition has works by some of today’s celebrated artists including Ceri Richards. Some of Richards’ works have never been shown publically and include original studies for the Dylan Thomas Suite of lithographs from 1965 - ‘And Death Shall Have No Dominion’ and ‘The Crooked Rose’.  There are also works by well known leading Welsh artists including; John Selway, Robert Alwyn Hughes, Andrea Kelland, Mary Husted, Ceri Thomas and two series of work by artists from Swansea Print Workshop: ‘Especially when the October wind’ and ‘Dylan Thomas Dialogues’.



A talk by Professor Tony Curtis about ‘Dylan Thomas and the Artists’ is taking place at Art Central Gallery on the 18 September 2014 commencing at 7pm. If you would like to attend please contact Arts Development on 01446 709805 or email



The exhibition is on show Monday to Saturday from 10am to 4pm, until 4 October 2014.



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