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Cyfarthfa Castle Museum & Art Gallery Events and Exhibitions 2015
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Events & Exhibitions List 2015

 

January 19th - February 20th: What! It took 4000 years to make!?

The raw material for these sculptures is primarily ancient bogwood that has suffered the indignity of being encased in peat for about 4000 years before being exposed and broken by the unforgiving Atlantic. These pieces of wood have been carved by artist Glyn Morrill into forms that follow the natural contour of what the piece suggests.

 

February 17th & 18th: Creating Roman coasters

Drop in to this free family workshop and create your own mosaic coaster. The Romans decorated walls, floors, and more by using small coloured tiles called tesserae, to create a large mosaic picture. Come along and see what you can create. Sessions start at 11:00am - 1:00pm and 2:00pm - 3:30pm. Drop-in workshop so no need to book. If the workshop is full waiting times can vary.

 

March 3rd - May 3rd: Rhondda: An exhibition of art by Glyn Macey

Glyn Macey is a successful landscape artist based in Cornwall. He uses an array of mark making techniques to capture the underlying essence of a landscape. This exhibition captures landscapes of the Rhondda valley where Glyn's family were originally from.

 

 

 

 

 

Starting March 4th: Paint and Display: An adult art and history workshop

The first furnace at Cyfarthfa was built 250 years ago this year and we want to mark that by working with a group of adults to create 12 canvases depicting scenes from Cyfarthfa Ironwork's history. Participants will learn all the techniques needed to draw and paint as well as the history of Cyfarthfa. All the canvases will go on display for two months as part of a major summer exhibition. You must be able to commit to the majority of sessions. Sessions will take place at 6:30pm every Wednesday from March 4th to May 6th, excluding April 22nd. All materials will be provided. Course fee is £25.00, and is payable at the time of booking.

 

Easter at Cyfarthfa Castle

March 31st & April 1st: Crazy collages

Creating a collage is one of the most effective and fun ways to make a piece of art. Drop in to this family workshop and create a Welsh landscape collage. Sessions start at 11:00am - 1:00pm and 2:00pm - 3:30pm. Drop-in workshop so no need to book. If the workshop is full waiting times can vary.

April 6th to 8th: Easter bunny hunt

Many famous bunnies are hiding in the museum; all you have to do is find them. If you find them all you get a prize! Runs from 10:00am to 4:30pm. Please pick up an activity sheet at reception.

April 7th & 8th: Egyptian bookmarks

The Egyptians wrote in Hieroglyphs and now we want you to do the same. Drop in to this family workshop and work out how to spell your name in Egyptian Hieroglyphs then draw them onto a colourful bookmark.Sessions start at 11:00am - 1:00pm and 2:00pm - 4:00pm. Drop-in workshop so no need to book. If the workshop is full waiting times can vary.

 

 

April 22nd: Anthony Bacon: an Atlantic adventurer in Merthyr

 

250 years ago this year Anthony Bacon erected the first furnace at Cyfarthfa. Come to this fascinating talk by Dr Chris Evans to find out about the man who industrialised Merthyr, and changed it forever. Booking essential. Starts at 6:30pm.

 

 

 

May 11th - June 19th: 'Reincarnated Rubbish' - by Creative Recycling artist Val Hunt

 

Acclaimed artist Val Hunt creatively recycles a diverse selection of throw away material. From these she creates innovative wall sculptures, free standing pieces, hats, mobiles and jewellery. 'Reincarnated Rubbish' is full of witty, imaginative and thought provoking constructions, which aims to inspire and encourage everyone to experience the fun of creative recycling.

 

 

 

May 26th & 27th: Strike badges

 

30 years ago the miners' strike in Wales was still affecting many lives. To support the strike people wore all different kinds of badges; some said 'Coal not Dole', others 'Support the Miners'. Drop in to this free family workshop and design your own strike badge. Sessions start at 11:00am - 1:00pm and 2:00pm - 4:00pm. Drop-in workshop so no need to book. If the workshop is full waiting times can vary.

 

 

 

June 13th: Reviving Rose: A seated talk about Rose Mary Crawshay

 

Rose is one of the true forgotten figures in local history. She was a philanthropist, a scientist, an educational reformer, a female liberator, and more. Book on to this talk to find out about a person who changed Merthyr for the better. Booking essential. Starts at 2:00pm at Cyfarthfa Castle.

 

 

 

 

July 1st - August 2nd: Into the light: Art gifted to Cyfarthfa Castle by the Contemporary Art Society for Wales

 

Over a 70 year period the Contemporary Arts Society for Wales has housed an astounding collection of art at Cyfarthfa Castle, but much of it has been in storage for many years. This exhibition is the first chance to see the Contemporary Arts Society for Wales collection on display together. This one off art exhibition will feature Shani Rhys James, Kyffin Williams, Ruskin Spear and many more internationally known artists.

 

 

 

July 21st & 22nd: Painting the past

 

Drop in to the family workshop to paint an image of the furnace fire form Cyfarthfa Ironworks. All the paintings will go on display for two months when finished and form a huge fire, symbolic of the huge furnace fire at Cyfarthfa. Sessions start at 11:00am - 1:00pm and 2:00pm - 4:00 pm. Drop-in workshop so no need to book. If the workshop is full waiting times can vary.

 

 

 

August 4th & 5th: Designer bag

 

Julian Macdonald and Laura Ashley are just two designers from Merthyr. We want you to follow in their footsteps and design your own bag.Sessions start at 11:00am - 1:00pm and 2:00pm - 4:00pm. Drop-in workshop so no need to book. If the workshop is full waiting times can vary.

 

 

 

August 10th - September 28th: 1765

 

This is an exhibition of art created in partnership with Cyfarthfa Castle and members of the local community to mark the 250th anniversary of the founding of the first furnace at Cyfarthfa. The art work depicts many aspects of the great Cyfarthfa Iron Works.

 

 

 

August 18th & 19th: Cyfarthfa Commemorative Plates

 

To mark the 250 anniversary of the first furnace at Cyfarthfa drop in to this family workshop and paint a plate with an image from the Ironworks.Sessions start at 11:00am - 1:00pm and 2:00pm - 4:00pm. Drop-in workshop so no need to book. If the workshop is full waiting times can vary.

 

 

 

September 20th: Mosaic Art: Create a Piece of Mosaic Art

 

This adult workshop will teach you how to create your own mosaic piece of art. Study different Roman mosaics and then make your own to take with you. Booking essential. Starts at 2:00pm and finishes at 4:00pm.

 

 

 

October 6th - November 8th: Message in a Bottle: An exhibition by ARRT (Alison Richards & Rob Taylor)

 

This is an exhibition of sculpture and poetry. Each object tells a story, holds a meaning, and has a presence. The history and place of Merthyr Tydfil is the subject of the stories and the work utilises ceramic, glass, metal and wood.

 



October 10th: The Complete History to Cyfarthfa Castle

 

This seated talk is all about the story of Cyfarthfa Castle itself; how it came to be built, who lived there, what the rooms contained and how it has been changed from a Georgian house to an Edwardian School and a Museum and Art Gallery. If you are interested in Cyfarthfa Castle then come along and discover even more to be interested in. Booking Essential. Starts at 2:00pm.

 

 

 

October 29th & 30th: Create a glow in the dark Halloween picture

 

Drop in to this free family workshop and create a Halloween picture to display in your window and scare passers-by.Sessions start at 11:00am - 1:00pm and 2:00pm - 3:30pm. Drop-in workshop so no need to book. If the workshop is full waiting times can vary.

 

 

October 29th to 31st: Halloween Monsters & Ghost Hunt

 

Throughout the museum famous monsters and ghosts are hiding, and it's your job to find them all. Find them all and you will get a Halloween treat! Runs from 10:00am to 4:30pm. FREE. Please pick up an activity sheet at reception.

 

 

November 16th - December 18th: Red Flag: An exhibition of art by Sean Puleston

 

Sean Puleston's work is about the evocative nature of symbolic items, focusing on how colour becomes a cultural signifier. The Red Flag which was raised during the Merthyr Rising of 1831 is the inspiration behind this eclectic collection of art.

 

 

Christmas at Cyfarthfa

 

December 5th & 6th: Victorian Christmas Craft Day!

 

As everyone knows, the Victorians invented how we celebrate Christmas today. Christmas cards, trees and decorations, were all either invented or made popular by the Victorians. Drop in to this family workshop and create a variety of Christmas crafts. You will be making everything from Christmas cards, tree decorations, pomanders and more.Sessions start at 12:30pm till 3:30pm. Drop-in workshop so no need to book. If the workshop is full waiting times can vary.

 

 

 

December 12th: Christmas Craft Fair & Meet Father Christmas at Cyfarthfa Castle

 

Come along to our Christmas craft fair to find the perfect gift and bring along the kids to meet Father Christmas Craft Fair is Open from 10:30am to 4:00pm and drop-in to meet Father Christmas between 11:00am to 1:00pm and 2:00pm to 4:00pm. The cost of meeting Santa is £2.50 per child. Adults pay £1.00 entrance fee, this gives access to the museum and craft fair, as well as the Santa event. Drop-in event so no booking required. Waiting times can vary. Drop-in event so no booking required. Waiting times can vary.

 

 

December 15th & 16th: Victorian Christmas Wrapping Paper

 

Another Christmas tradition popularized by the Victorians. Wrapping paper was very different in the 19th century however. Come along to this adult workshop to find out how to make as much Victorian wrapping paper as you like. Booking essential. Cost per person is £5.00, starts 6:30pm on both evenings.

 





 

 

If you want more information or you want to book an event please contact us by phone or e-mail -

 

Phone: 01685 727371 E-mail: museum@merthyr.gov.uk

 

For Park Events please see : Park Events



Tel: 01685 727371
Last updated: 16.12.2014
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