Seventy years of acclaimed artist’s work on show in Barry

17 September 2015

Seventy years of work by the notable Welsh artist Dilys Jackson is currently on display at the Vale of Glamorgan Council’s Art Central gallery in Barry as part of an exhibition entitled ‘7 to 77’.

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The exhibition, which takes the viewer on a journey of the artist’s life and career, begins with a brightly coloured drawing of an Indian Pitta bird drawn when Jackson was only seven years old. The display then progresses to a collection of works from her studies at The Slade School of Fine Art and eventually onto Jackson’s most recent studies of natural plant forms.

Celebrating seven decades of her creative voyage, the pieces on show guide the viewer on a journey through two and three dimensional art works influenced by war, landscapes and geological formations from all over the world. Although primarily a sculptor, the exhibition also includes a selection of Dilys Jackson’s drawings, paintings and 3D wall work. Visitors are also treated to a glimpse inside her sketch books to see the foundations which led to the making of her impressive, large-scale works.

Ahead of the launch Dilys Jackson said: “Art Central is probably the only Gallery space in South East Wales that can comfortably house so much work in such an elegant and beautiful way. I am delighted to see such a large selection of my work under one roof and in a setting where each piece can be viewed as it is meant to be seen.”

Cllr Lis Burnett, Cabinet Member for Regeneration, said: “It is fantastic to see Art Central host yet another first class display. The arts in their many forms are uniquely able to comment, reflect, and inspire. The Vale of Glamorgan Council recognises the role that the arts can play in engaging and regenerating communities and this is why we continue to support exhibitions such as this.”

Jackson’s work is often inspired by the diversity of foreign landscapes. The influence of the distinctive and striking environments she has witnessed during travels across Europe, America, the Middle East and Australia can clearly be seen in her work.

The artist has also created work which explores the devastating impact of war, with particular focus on the anti-war efforts at Greenham Common where the artist attended the Women’s Peace Camp established in the early 1980s to protest against nuclear weapons.

Dilys Jackson remains an extremely active artist and is a member of several artist groups including the Royal British Society of Sculptors, Sculpture Cymru, the 56 Group Wales, the Women's Arts Association and the Contemporary Art Society for Wales.

The artist will be giving a talk about her work on show on Saturday 10 October at 11:00am, to attend email or call 01446 709496. ‘7 to 77’ is open to the public until Saturday 31 October, 2015. To view the Art Central Gallery 2015 programme please visit