Disability Arts Cymru Exhibition final week


Published 21 April 2015


The Vale of Glamorgan Council’s International Gallery, Art Central, is currently hosting Disability Arts Cymru’s annual touring exhibition, which includes work by over forty artists.


This year’s annual touring exhibition is dedicated to the life of Mark Anthony Annis, a member of Disability Arts Cymru who sadly passed away in May 2014.


Art Central Disability Arts Cymru exhibitionAnnis spent his life combating Asperger’s Syndrome, and was devoted to his art practice. He was greatly influenced by early 20th Century artists from the cubist movement and exhibited his work widely throughout the UK and Europe.


Annis was also one of the twenty artists to exhibit in Art Central Gallery’s inaugural exhibition held in 2006.


Amongst the variety of works that include paintings, ceramics, steam punk, and photographs, are drawings by artist Gordon Farmer. Born in Pontyrhyl in 1939, Farmer left School at the age of 15 to begin working in the coal mines. It wasn’t until the year 2000, when he suffered a spinal accident leaving him with limited mobility, that he began to draw.


Farmer said: “My art is a real therapy for me, as by concentrating on drawing I can find a new world with less discomfort.”


Since 1982, Disability Arts Cymru has been promoting equality for deaf and disabled artists, who have an exciting and valuable contribution to make to the arts in Wales. The organisation raises the profile of deaf and disabled artists by developing opportunities to enhance and widely promote their creative, artistic skills.


This week is the last opportunity to visit and view the art works on show as it draws to a close on Saturday 25 April. All are welcome and entry is free via the Town Hall, Barry.


For more information about the gallery programme, visit or contact arts development at