Sites of Inspiration

13th July - 12th October 2014

'Sites of Inspiration' is an exhibition looking at the art and architecture of Llanthony Priory.  It features archaeological artefacts relating to the medieval abbey and watercolours and oil paintings from the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries, by artists such as Paul Sandby, Edward Dayes and Samuel Hieronymus Grimm.  Complementing the art works are diaries from those who visited the valley.  Moving into the twentieth century, the exhibition features sculpture by Eric Gill and watercolours by Eric Ravillious and John Craxton. This exhibition showcases some of the finest works produced in this inspirational valley.

The exhibition is funded by Welsh Government and the Heritage Lottery Fund as part of the Sharing Treasures programme.  Additional funding and support was received from Brecknock Arts Trust, with the exhibition being co-curated by William Gibbs.  There is a partner exhibition at Chepstow Museum, featuring art works and archaeology relating to Tintern Abbey. 

These exhibtions are a once in a lifetime opportunity to see world class art and archaeology close to their sites of inspiration.  We extend a warm welcome to everyone - to come and find out how artists over the years have interpreted this beautiful landscape.

To celebrate Welsh Museums Week www.welshmuseums.co.uk we have extended the exhibition at both sites until 12th October.  There will be a follow up exhibition, incorporating art works from the current community.

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