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Eisteddfod 2015

Cyhoeddodd Mererid Hopwood mai Menna Angharad sydd wedi ennill Gwobr Josef Herman Dewis Y Bobl yn Eisteddfod Maldwyn a’r Gororau 2015. Mae’r disgrifiad o waith Menna Angharad yn y Lle Celf yn dweud ei bod yn creu ‘portreadau eiconig o wrthrychau digon cyffredin’. Yn ail roedd Jason Chart Davies am ei emwaith papur ac arian, ac yn drydydd roedd ffotograffydd dewi Glyn Jones. Rhoddwyd Mererid teyrnged i’r diweddar artist a noddwr Sefydliad Josef Herman, Osi Rhys Osmond wrth wneud y cyhoeddiad yn y Lle Celf ar y maes yn Meifod. Hilary Osmond a Mererid Hopwood...

Rabab Ghazoul – Mining Josef Herman Project Artist

On Sunday 12 July, internationally renowned artist Rabab Ghazoul presented a participatory open rehearsal of song followed by a performance with Welsh choirs at The Welfare, Ystradgynlais, which brought to life the work of Polish émigré artist Josef Herman. Ghazoul, who is currently representing Iraq at the Venice Biennale 2015, has worked with the Josef Herman Art Foundation Cymru, Tate’s online selection of Herman’s sketches, and community members and groups from Ystradgynlais and the surrounding area as part of Mining Josef Herman – a project exploring the work and legacy of Herman through archives and digital learning. Mining Josef Herman is part of the Archives and Access project led by Tate and supported by the Heritage Lottery Fund. Herman’s writing and his journals provide a striking commentary to his visual work. His observations about poverty, injustice, the lives of working people, the landscape, community and the human condition, resonate as powerfully today as they did sixty years ago. Rabab has been working with local groups to open up the visual world of Herman’s work through his writings. Herman once said of the miners of Ystradgynlais: “But now and again one of them would sing, holding his head up to the sun.” The project culminated in THEN THERE COMES A CHAOS OF THINGS – a participatory open rehearsal of song between 2-5pm and performance at 6pm on Sunday 12th July at The Welfare, Ystradgynlais, with local choirs Cor y Gyrlais Male Voice Choir & Cwmtawe Community School B# Choir. The performance explored specially written vocal scores based on Herman’s texts, with three generations of singers working together to bring Josef...

Schools Project 2015

Young artists inspired by Josef Herman and their local landscape Photo:Ffion Roberts Drakley A new exhibition of young people’s artwork inspired by the internationally renowned artist Josef Herman opened this week at the Welfare Ystradgynlais with a celebratory event. Pupils from schools in Neath Port Talbot, Powys, Swansea and Carmarthenshire came together on 24th June to mark their achievements over the past two months as part of the Josef Herman Schools Project 2015 and to see each other’s creative work on show, including a wide variety of art forms from paper craft and book making to portraiture and three dimensional work. The Josef Herman Schools Project has been an annual event since 2000 and it is led by the Josef Herman Art Foundation Cymru. The project places artists in schools to work with pupils to develop their own artistic responses to the life, times and work of Polish-émigré artist Josef Herman, who lived in Ystradgynlais from 1944 to 1955. Herman’s time in Ystradgynlais greatly influenced his work, which is now held in many major collections around the world, including Tate and Amgueddfa Cymru – National Museum Wales. As part of the project the young people walked in Herman’s footsteps by visiting Ystradgynlais and viewing and sketching the valley, chapels, houses and studios where he once lived and worked. They also visited the Foundation’s collection of Herman prints and paintings on display in the Welfare Ystradgynlais. Back in the classroom they worked with a project artist to research Herman’s archive on the Tate website, explore his artistic techniques in depth and make their own artworks based on what they had...

Sarah Rhys, Artist in Residence

Sarah Rhys’s residency is a research and development Arts Council Wales funded project. She has been exploring  Ystradgynlais and the surrounding area responding to the place and landscape through a deep mapping, responding and creating interventions with drawings, writings, photography and installations. She has also been exploring the relationship between human and landscape a theme that ran strongly through Josef Herman’s work, and the notions of dislocation, place, belonging and ‘hiraeth’.   Her Exhibition opening and artist’s talk will be on Saturday May 16th at 6.30pm at The Welfare Ystradgynlais SA9 1JJ. Everyone...

Annual Lecture 2015

‘Josef Herman’s Artist Contemporaries in Wales’  The Polish Jewish refugee artist Josef Herman’s connections with south Wales are relatively well known. He came to the then mining village of Ystradgynlais in 1944 for a fortnight and, captivated by its miners and the wider community, remained for eleven years. In 1962, he was awarded the Fine Art “Golden Medal” at Llanelli National Eisteddfod. Herman was born in Warsaw in 1911 and within a couple of years of his death in the year 2000 the Josef Herman Art Foundation Cymru was set up in the Welfare, Ystradgynlais. Two years ago, the Foundation, a registered charity, entered into a partnership with the Tate Gallery in London. It is called ‘Mining Josef Herman’ and one of the initiatives is to ‘excavate’ his contemporaries. At 7pm on Friday 1st May, Ceri Thomas will give an illustrated talk in the Welfare, Ystradgynlais, on some of Herman’s artist contemporaries in Wales. These include the English-born Mary Fogg (1918-2012) and the Welsh-born Will Roberts (1907-2000). Herman was best man at Fogg’s wedding in Neath in 1945 and Roberts, who was also based in that town, first encountered the Polish artist in Ystradgynlais in the same year. This generation of artists, including Herman himself, became part of what has been called a ‘Welsh environmentalism’ in painting that had began with other artists before the war and which flourished in the immediate post-war period. Ceri Thomas is a curator, art historian and artist who specialises in the visual culture of modern and contemporary south Wales. He was a trustee of the Josef Herman Art Foundation Cymru from 2010 to...

Holocaust Memorial Day January 27th

Cafodd y rhaglen a ddangoswyd ar S4C ym Mis Ionawr ar Ddiwrnod Cofio’r Holocaust lwyddiant ysgubol. Roedd yr achlysur yn bwysig iawn yn hanes y Sefydliad oherwydd Iddew o Wlad Pwyl oedd Josef Herman. Ffödd o Wlad Pwyl ar ddechrau’r Ail Ryfel Byd i fyw yn Yr Alban ond fe gollodd ei rieni a’i holl deulu yn ystod teyrnasiad creulon y Natsiaid. Bu disgyblion o ysgolion lleol yn cymryd rhan yn y rhaglen gan ddysgu tipyn am hanes a bywyd Josef Herman yn ogystal am yr holl dristwch sydd yn bodoli yn sgil rhyfeloedd.On January 27th we are commemorating Holocaust Memorial Day at The Welfare. This occasion is also the 70th anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz.   We have arranged an exhibition of the Kindertransport for Schools and a free viewing of a film illustrating the stories of child refugees who were transported to Britain which is narrated by Judi Dench. AM – Kindertransport Exhibition and talk for Schools. 7PM-  Exhibition and Free showing of the film ‘Into the Arms of Strangers,’ narrated by Judi Dench. We hope that you can join us!  Josef Herman Art Foundation Cymru in association with the Welfare...



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