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We have a long way to travel. Why not join us along the way on this interesting journey? We would love to hear your stories, ideas, and memories of Josef Herman’s work; the life and times in which he lived; what his legacy means to Ystradgynlais or how it can benefit the town and the surrounding area. This information may be included in our new digital community archive, uploaded to Tate Britain’s website or used to inform future project activities. Benefits of becoming a Friend  Our annual membership year starts in August.  Benefits include:  Regular newsletters and information on events by email  Friends will be offered discounted rates to workshops and lectures and will also be invited to private views of exhibitions.  Invitations to family events and celebrations  The AGM where you have the right to be nominated for office and vote for officers  Helping us to achieve our goals in supporting the future development of the Foundation The challenge is to make the Foundation sustainable and to increase community use and participation. Membership is just £5 for an individual or £10 for a family (2 adults and 2 children under 16) per year. We need your help and support, so why not join the Friends of the Josef Herman Arts Foundation Cymru today?     Friends of Josef Herman Foundation 520.68 KB Friends Leaflet   Cyfeillion Sefydliad Josef Herman 636.66 KB Ffurflen...
Print Residency at The Curwen Studio 2016

Print Residency at The Curwen Studio 2016

Farewell Rock The last coal miners of South Wales An exhibition of new work by artist Hilary Powell Preview 18:00 – 20:30, 28 July 2016 Exhibition open 29 July – 23 August 2016* The Welfare, Brecon Road, Ystradgynlais, SA9 1JJ The exhibition will be opened by Wayne Thomas, South Wales General Secretary, National Union of Mineworkers.  The preview will include a short film and presentation by Hilary Powell. The last coal miners of South Wales emerge from a drift mine in the Upper Swansea Valley. Hilary Powell documents these workingmen and the landscape and culture that surround them in a series of printed portraits.  Farewell Rock is the band of sandstone that lies below the coal measures.  Once reached it signals ‘a farewell to riches’ and the end of coal – fitting as the last open cast mines in the region are mothballed and the colliery faces an uncertain future. The exhibited work was produced through the Josef Herman Art Foundation Cymru’s Print Residency at The Curwen Studio, where Josef Herman produced many of his print works.  Josef Herman was a Polish emigrant who settled in and portrayed the then thriving mining town of Ystradgynlais in the 1950s.  Herman’s journal, ‘Notes from a Welsh Diary’, became a starting point for Hilary to examine the very different contemporary landscape of industrial decline and recovery. When a miner is injured the presence of coal dust in the wound creates blue scars.  They call it ‘being mapped.’  These portraits are also maps – layered coalfaces produced through the processes of stone and offset lithography and printed using coal dust  – an apt...