Vale of Glamorgan Council officials attend Art Central Holocaust Memorial day event

VALE of Glamorgan Council Cabinet Member for Learning and Culture Bob Penrose and Mayor Leighton Rowlands recently hosted an event at the Art Central Gallery to mark Holocaust Memorial Day.


  • Thursday, 07 February 2019

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The pair gave speeches before two artists spoke about their exhibitions, which are currently on show at the Barry venue and centre on the theme “Torn from Home”.

Alison Lochhead tells the story of conflict, migration and the destruction of culture and history through her installation of cast iron shoes, burnt books and columns of rubble.


Nerea Martinez de Lecea’s ‘Child A’ digital paintings explore fractured identity and a dislocated sense and sensation of being in the world.



 Cllr Penrose said: “I was keen to attend this important event and sample the work of two extremely talented artists for myself. 

“Holocaust Memorial Day is a poignant and powerful reminder of one of the darkest chapters in human history.

“It is important we learn lessons from such an unspeakable tragedy and the work of these two artists certainly conveys a moving message.”

Cllr Rowlands said: “I’d like to encourage as many people as possible to come along and sample the work of these remarkable artists for themselves.

“Both collections of art are incredibly affecting and it’s fantastic we have a facility like Art Central in which they can be showcased.”

The exhibitions can be seen at Art Central Gallery, King Square, Barry, until Saturday 02 March 2019. 

The gallery is open Monday to Friday, between 09:30am – 4:30pm, and between 09:30am – 3:30pm on Saturdays. 

For further information about this and forthcoming exhibitions at Art Central, visit