“EuroVisions” complements these accounts as it focuses on works of art that have been inspired by the landscape, sites of industry and the people of Wales. The National Library of Wales has kindly contributed to the content of the exhibition in lending some of their valuable artwork, some of which has never been on public display.
The exhibition shows a broad range of works by artists from Switzerland, Belgium, France, Italy, Germany, Austria and Poland from the Romantic period up to the present. Interestingly, refugees from mainland Europe form a significant presence among the identified writers escaping war and political persecution since the eighteenth century. The principal investigator of the project, Professor Carol Tully, Bangor University, points out, ‘“EuroVisions” is a wonderful opportunity for us to bring our research to a wider audience and to show just how varied the European view of Wales has been over time.’
During summer 2015, “EuroVisions” had been on display in Ceredigion Museum, Aberystwyth, before it travelled to Swansea Museum in autumn 2015 where it was on show until late January 2016. After a short break, “EuroVisions” will return for its final display (9 April to 2 July 2016) in the newly renovated Storiel museum, Bangor.
Guest blogger Dr Rita Singer, Research Assistant, University of Wales Centre for Advanced Welsh and Celtic Studies