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Art of the Cynon Valley: the latest exhibition at Cynon Valley Museum

Written by on 22nd October 2021

A new exhibition entitled Art of the Cynon Valley is currently on display at Cynon Valley Museum, Aberdare. The exhibition showcases the work of the members from Aberdare Art Society, Miskin Art and the Hirwaun Library Art Group.

These local art groups help each other learn, improve, and develop their artistic abilities, and provide a space to enjoy art and friendship! This group exhibition was created to celebrate and showcase the range of styles and skills of artists from across the valley. The works are mixed media, ranging from watercolour and acrylic to charcoal and feltwork.

The exhibition will be on display at Cynon Valley Museum, Aberdare, from 24th September to 30th October 2021. The museum is open Tuesday – Saturday, 10am – 3pm.

About the Art Groups:

Aberdare Art Society was established in 1938 and is open to people of all ages, backgrounds and artistic ability, from beginners to more experienced artists. The class is not a taught session but, if you are looking to improve your skills, the members are more than happy to share their wisdom. If you are an experienced painter, then you can help the members to expand their knowledge. This friendly community group meets weekly to produce works of art, calling on their decades of combined experience to nurture aspiring artists and offer a place to enjoy and discuss art. The Society regularly exhibits and promotes art in the Aberdare area providing a platform for the individual artist to express themselves, develop their artistic ability and promote their artwork in the public space. More information and examples of the group’s work can be found on their Facebook Page @AberdareArtSociety or please feel welcome to go along to one of the meetings which are held each Wednesday at 7-9pm at St Therese Church Hall, 11 Station Rd, Hirwaun, CF44 9TA.

Miskin Art was first formed in 2005 by three friends, Peter Mayo, Gareth Davies and Haydn Williams, who had a mutual interest in the production and appreciation of Art. The Club originally met at the Roman Catholic Church Hall in Mountain Ash but changed venue to the Catholic Church Hall in Hirwaun a few years ago. The group now boasts a membership of over 50 persons with 10 to 20 people usually present on an average Club night. Miskin Art provides a taught session during which instruction is given by qualified Art teacher, Peter Mayo. They meet every Thursday from 7pm until 9pm and are always ready to accept new members regardless of their abilities. Tea/coffee and biscuits are available during the meetings.

Hirwaun Library Art Group is a local group of budding amateur artists who, pre Covid, met every Tuesday at Hirwaun Library to chat, learn to create and to improve our art. They are from varied backgrounds, mostly retired, and keen to pursue art for pleasure. They also enjoy the friendship which being part of a group provides. There is one semi-professional member, Amanda Monk, who the group relies on to provide support, advice and tuition at times, using her artistic experience. The group also like to help each other, which they managed well during the height of the pandemic by utilising technology to exchange ideas and give each other moral support.

About Cynon Valley Museum Trust

CVMT was established in 2015 with the sole aim of reopening the then closed Cynon Valley Museum. This was achieved in September 2016. The Trust is an independent Charity (1161227) which is responsible for the operation of the museum, promotion and organisation of activities and staffing, through a mix of paid staff and volunteers. The CVMT receives no statutory funding for the running of the Museum. The Trust’s website is www.cynonvalleymuseum.wales and you can follow the Museum on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram by searching for ‘Cynon Valley Museum’.