Upcoming Art Exhibitions in February at Cynon Valley Museum

Written by on 31st January 2024

Cynon Valley Museum hosts art exhibitions throughout the year. This February the Museum is showcasing the following two exhibitions:-

‘A Celebration of Chinese Brush Painting’ by Art Bamboo Gwyrdd in Cynon Valley Museum Lower Gallery (6th-23rd February 2024)

‘Hues of History: A Tapestry Voyage Beyond the Warp’ by Bridget Aboussafy in the Mezzanine Gallery, (February 3rd-29th2024)

AberdareFebruary 2024This month Cynon Valley Museum are showcasing two wonderful art exhibitions open to the public.

Art Bamboo Gwrydd

Karen Jones, one of the artists in Art Bamboo Gwrydd explains, “Through this exhibition, Art Bambw Gwyrdd wants to create an oasis of tranquility, in which the paintings aim to be calming, and express the harmony of nature, with meaning and ‘chi’ (energy)”.

Whilst Chinese Brush Painting originated about two thousand years ago, Karen and Sue, who exhibit as Art Bambw Gwyrdd, have developed their individual styles over the past twenty years, and this will be seen from the variety of paintings on display.

Art Bambw Gwyrdd was founded a few years ago by Karen and Sue, and regularly exhibits to share this special art form with others. In all they have six members, some of whom will be showing their Chinese Brush paintings for the first time. Another member, John Henry, who has a special interest in Japanese Art is exhibiting a number of his pen and ink illustrations.

Karen says “We are very much looking forward to our first exhibition in the Cynon Valley Museum, and feel that the general atmosphere within the Gallery will certainly complement our art”.

Art Bamboo Gwrdd are holding an artist demonstration in the Lower Gallery on Thursday 8th February 2024. Free entry.

Bridget Aboussafy

Bridget Aboussafy is a Canadian born, Indigenous mixed media artist. Her work is inspired by Canadian landscapes, flora & fauna, and World History tempered by an avid interest in Science Fiction and Fantasy genres in film, literature, and music.

The Hues of History exhibition is an exploration into the stylistic designs around tapestries from the 11th century, beginning with the Bayeux Tapestry, then onwards into the later Renaissance period while looking at how those elements can be adapted into fresh usage today. Works in the collection are mixed media prints utilizing textures from the fibre arts of embroidery and quilting, sketch work, watercolour and acrylic.

Themes in this exhibition begin with the demonstration of a few traditional styled works with daily life subject matter that tapestries from this period typically displayed. Then working into contemporary historical events, people, daily activities and items into works with similar historical echoes.


Bridget is holding two workshops to support her exhibition which are both free to attend (please contact the Museum to book):

‘Art Sketching Using Historical Elements’ 12.00-2.00pm, Saturday 10th February

‘How to Market Your Art’ 1.00 – 2.30pm, Friday 23rd February


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