An Arts Council of Wales funded project, 2013-2014
Writers and artists share a common desire and need: to create an image, whether it be a visual representation or one of text and there is an established history of artists across mediums working successfully together, creating something more than the sum of two parts.
It is around this shared creative process and the relationship between text and image that the project built a varied programme of literature and visual arts events and activities.
Eighteen Wales-based established and emerging printmakers explored the theme ‘belonging’ inspired by selected texts by Dylan Thomas and two past winners of the contemporary literature prize, the Dylan Thomas Prize.
The hunchback in the park by Dylan Thomas
Return Journey by Dylan Thomas
Robert Macdonald | detail Jackie Ford David Barron | detail
Fresh Apples by Rachel Trezise
Seating Arrangements by Maggie Shipstead
The artists’ responses to the theme were varied: they visited old haunts and made new discoveries of self and place; they remembered childhood experiences, made fresh connections with familiar spaces; they considered the role of artist and writer in society and rediscovered the value of family, community and country.
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The prints stand for themselves but each printmaker also offered a written response collected together in the accompanying publication. We were delighted to include an original piece from contemporary author Rachel Trezise.
The project supported the artists in the creation of fine-art prints and artists books through a range of contemporary and traditional techniques and the resulting collection of work not only celebrates contemporary printmaking but the wider creative community in Wales.
Each artist produced a limited edition  of their print to create fourteen boxed sets of eighteen prints.
The boxed set and publication are ISBN registered with an accompanying two-fold Colophon. The artwork is printed to a single size of 38 x 48 cm on selected acid free papers. The box is covered with a fine Colorado bookcloth, Gangees lined with Sirio Blu by The Fine Book Bindery.
The exhibition opened the year-long programme at the Ceri Richard’s Gallery, Taliesin Arts Centre, Swansea to celebrate the centenary year of Dylan Thomas’s birth in 1914.
The Boxed Sets are in the collections of the 6 UK and Ireland National Libraries: The British Library; The Bodleian Library, Oxford; The University Library, Cambridge; The National Library of Scotland; The Library of Trinity College, Dublin; The National Library of Wales. It is also held in the collection of Swansea University Library.
CONTRIBUTING ARTISTS: David Barron | Lynne Bebb | Lucy Donald | Alan Figg | Jackie Ford | Graham Galvin | Rosy Ind | Jane Jones | Hannah Lawson| Lesley Lillywhite | Robert Macdonald | Ruth Parmiter | Carys Roberts | Kara Seaman | Bridget Stevens | Judith Stroud |Adele Vye | Pip Woolf
More information and images of this project can be seen on the dedicated blog.
The exhibition is available for touring. For all enquiries and bookings, please contact: Jackie Ford
The prints can be purchased individually or as a boxed set through the Shop on our main website.
Read about our other Dylan Thomas inspired project, and view the prints on Dylan Thomas Prints.