10 upcoming art and poetry exhibitions along the Wales Coast Path

Wales’ leading artists and poets will unveil new creative works this autumn, as 10 pop-up exhibitions appear along the Wales Coast Path – to celebrate 10e anniversary.

Celf Coast Cymru’s exhibitions will be housed in creative spaces along the Wales Coast Path – from the National Waterfront Museum in Swansea to Harlech Castle in Gwynedd.

The exhibitions will feature the work of 20 artists and poets from across Wales, all inspired by the extraordinary natural beauty of the 870-mile trail.

The first inaugural launch will take place tomorrow (Thursday 22 September) at Turner House, Penarth – also marking Hanan Issa’s first event as the new National Poet of Wales, alongside lead artist Dan Llywelyn Hall. Other sites will follow later in September and October.

Featured artists include Manon Awst, Bob Guy and Simon Page – all of whom will bring different mediums to the project, from sculptures to woodcuts and graffiti.

Meanwhile, participating poets include Gillian Clarke, Ceri Wyn Jones and Llion Pryderi Roberts – each tasked with producing work that reflects their local part of the Welsh coast, curated by Ifor ap Glyn.

The project’s lead artist, Dan Llywelyn Hall, said: “With Offa’s Dyke Path and Glyndŵr’s Way, the Wales Coast Path opens up an arterial journey around Wales, providing endless scope for exploration for artists and poets involved in this project.

“The powerful artwork created pays homage to Wales’ rich history of trade, settlement, migration, industry and survival – which has shaped the rugged wonder of our nation over the centuries. And I can’t think of a better time to celebrate it, than during the 10e anniversary of the Wales Coast Path.

First Minister of Wales, Mark Drakeford, added: “The Wales Coast Path is one of the glories of Wales and one of the proudest achievements of devolution.

“It has stood out as a beacon of our country’s natural beauty and will provide much inspiration to artists and poets as they celebrate this milestone.”

Additionally, to mark the launch of the hubs, Chris Jones – renowned meteorologist and presenter – will host a series of four bespoke guided walks in October.

As well as views of the affected individual stretch of the Wales Coast Path, the walks will also give the public a first look at four of the exhibition spaces – Carmarthen Library, Pontio Theater and Arts Center in Bangor, Riverfront Theater and Arts Center in Newport and Castle of Harlech.

With only 25 places available on each march, those interested in participating are encouraged to book their free ticket as soon as possible through Eventbrite.

Clare Pillman, Managing Director of Natural Resources Wales, said: “Over the past 10 years, the Wales Coast Path has encouraged hundreds of thousands of visitors to go beyond the country’s traditional tourist attractions and explore all that our spectacular stretch of coastline a. to offer.

“And thanks to the wealth of creative talent in Wales, we’re proud to now offer 10 more landmarks to explore and admire along the Trail this autumn – housing works that have been directly inspired by our wonderful Path.”

Full list of exhibition venues, including opening dates and participating artists and poets:

  • Pontio, Bangor University, LL57 2TQ.

Opening date: October 15

Artist: Wendy Dawson

Poet: Zoe Skoulding

  • Uchelder Centre, Millbank, Holyhead, LL65 1TE.

Opening date: September 24

Artist: Manon Awst

Poet: Lion Pryderi Roberts

  • Plas Glyn and Weddw, Llanbedrog, Gwynedd, LL53 7TT.

Opening date: October 21

Artist: Brian Jones

Poet: Guto Dafydd

  • Harlech Castle, LL46 2YH.

Opening date: October 29

Artist: Liz Neal

Poet: Haf Llewelyn

  • Aberystwyth Center for the Arts, SY23 3DE.

Opening date: October 03

Artist: Bob Guy

Poet: Ceri Wyn Jones

  • Oriel and Park, St Davids, SA62 6NW.

Opening date: October 01

Artist: Stephen West

Poet: Gillian Clarke

  • Carmarthen Library, Carmarthen, SA31 1LN.

Opening date: October 08

Artist: Iwan Bala

Poet: Elinor Gwynn

  • National Waterfront Museum, Swansea, SA1 3RD.

Opening date: October 06

Artist: Simon Page

Poet: Natalie Holborow

  • The Riverside, Newport, NP20 1HG.

Opening date: October 22

Artist: Neale Howells

Poet: Robert Minhinnick

  • Turner House Gallery, Penarth, CF64 3DH.

Opening date: September 22

Artist: Dan Llywelyn Hall

Poet: Hanan Issa, National Poet of Wales 2022-25.

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