CEL­E­BRAT­ING 25 YEARS OF ART

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2016 HAS seen an An­gle­sey gallery cel­e­brate its 25th an­niver­sary, a year filled with ex­cit­ing events and ma­jor ex­hi­bi­tions.

Oriel Ynys Môn’s doors were first opened on October 25 1991 by Her Majesty the Queen, and since this time the Oriel has be­come known as one of North Wales’s ma­jor Arts and Cul­ture venues.

The his­tory of the Oriel goes back fur­ther than 1991, when An­gle­sey Bor­ough Coun­cil as it was at the time, suc­cess­fully pur­chased the works of Charles Tun­ni­cliffe when they came up for auc­tion in Christies, Lon­don in 1981.

Charles Tun­ni­cliffe, one of the fore­most wildlife artists of his day spent 35 years at Mall­traeth record­ing the wildlife of the Cefni es­tu­ary.

This im­por­tant col­lec­tion was housed in Oriel Ynys Môn, a pur­pose built new gallery which to this day, con­tin­ues to pro­vide a fo­cus for the cul­tural life of the is­land.

One of the most re­cent de­vel­op­ments has been the open­ing of Oriel Kyf­fin Wil­liams in 2008.

This gallery, on the out­skirts of Llangefni, is a last­ing trib­ute to one of Wales’ most cel­e­brated and re­spected artists, and ex­hibits works be­long­ing to the Isle of An­gle­sey County Coun­cil’s col­lec­tion as well as show­ing ma­jor works loaned by Na­tional In­sti­tu­tions.

Es­ther Roberts, Se­nior Man­ager of Oriel Ynys Môn, said, “Since open­ing 25 years ago, the Oriel has gone from strength to strength.

“The Oriel con­tin­ues to present an ex­cit­ing artis­tic pro­gramme of ex­hi­bi­tions of na­tional im­por­tance, show­cas­ing promis­ing lo­cal artists and fea­tur- ing his­tor­i­cal ex­hi­bi­tions that con­vey the unique­ness of the Is­land’s his­tory.

“We’re proud to of­fer free ac­cess to ex­hi­bi­tions and events of the high­est cal­i­bre to all who live and visit.”

The Oriel is cur­rently ex­hibit­ing a poignant ex­hi­bi­tion about the First World War, a story told through let­ters sent by sol­diers from the front line to loved ones back home on the is­land. This ex­hi­bi­tion can be viewed un­til 17 Septem­ber 2017.

To cel­e­brate the Oriel’s 25th An­niver­sary, Tudur Mor­gan has also remastered his orig­i­nal CD, Bran­wen, which will be for sale for £10.00 in the Oriel’s shop and craft fair.

While in Oriel Kyf­fin Wil­liams, there’s another ex­hi­bi­tion por­tray­ing the AONB (Area of Out­stand­ing Nat­u­ral Beauty). Each art­work in the ex­hi­bi­tion has been se­lected to rep­re­sent the four themes cen­tral to the AONB’s ethos - Land­scape, His­tory, Wildlife and Ac­tiv­i­ties.

Works by Sir Kyf­fin Wil­liams and Au­drey Hind amongst oth­ers can be seen in the Land­scape sec­tion, while works by Tun­ni­cliffe and the Massey Sis­ters em­bod­ies the Is­land’s Wildlife.

Paint­ings by Keith An­drew, Gwilym Prichard, Harry Hughes Wil­liams, Teg­wyn Fran­cis Jones, Clau­dia Wil­liams and Rob Piercy can also be seen. This ex­hi­bi­tion can be viewed un­til 5th of Fe­bru­ary, 2017.

The re­fur­bished Oriel Ynys Mon gallery, Llangefni and in­set the Queen open­ing the gallery in 1991

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