Opening of ‘7 to 77’ - an exhibition by Dilys Jackson


23 September


Saturday 19 September saw the opening of ‘7 to 77’, an exhibition celebrating 70 years of the work of Dilys Jackson at the Vale of Glamorgan Council’s Art Central gallery in Barry.


The Mayor of the Vale of Glamorgan, Councillor Fred Johnson opened the exhibition with Betty Evans, Vice Principal of the Contemporary Arts Society for Wales (CASW).


Commenting the Mayor said, “It seems fitting that Dilys Jackson chose to exhibit her work here in Barry, a place where she lived for many years.  We are also fortunate to have a first-class venue in the Art Central gallery which has the capacity to exhibit the work of an artist whose creative endeavours have spanned over seven decades.”  


Betty Evans, Vice Principal of the Contemporary Arts Society for Wales (CASW), said, “We are very privileged to be hosting such an extensive collection of the work of Dilys Jackson.  Her artistic flair was already apparent at the tender age of 7 with her colourful drawing of an Indian Pitta bird which is on display here today.  This exhibit follows her journey to the Slade School of Fine Art to her involvement in the anti-war campaign at Greenham Common and her continuing exploration of foreign lands and natural formations.”       


She added, “Dilys creates huge sculptural pieces of far off places like Ayres Rock which we can then enjoy at home. Her work moves from gargantuan landscapes to tiny objects and substances such as pollen. She has certainly broadened my understanding of the latter. Dilys Jackson has dedicated her life to her work and we are the lucky beneficiaries of her endeavours.    


The artist will be giving a talk about her work on show on Saturday, 10 October at 11am, to attend please email or call 01446 709496.


This ‘7 to 77’ exhibition will run until Saturday 31 October, 2015 Monday – Saturday, 10:00am – 4:00pm. Admission to Art Central is free and the Gallery is accessible to all. To find out more about the Gallery, please visit: