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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...

Mining Josef Herman – Cyfle i Artist

Mae Sefydliad Celf Josef Herman Cymru (SCJHC) am benodi artist cyfranogol i weithio gyda Thîm Prosiect Mining Josef Hermano 20 Hydref 2014 – 30 Mehefin 2015

Mining Josef Herman – Artist Opportunity

The Josef Herman Art Foundation Cymru (JHAFC) is looking to appoint a participatory artist to have the opportunity to work with the Mining Josef Herman Project Team from 20th October 2014 – 30th June 2015.

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Today we said our goodbyes to painter, John Selway, at the beautiful StMichaels Church in Abertillery. A fitting setting as we were surrounded by John’s striking series of canvases of ‘ The Stations of the Cross’
John and his wife Allison pictured below at Oriel is Bont earlier this year with Carolyn and Elinor of JHAF
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Farewell Rock and Josef Herman Exhibition
Theatr Brecheinog, Brecon
This Exhibition of Hilary Powell's emotive prints documenting the last coal miners in South Wales along with a significant number of images from the JHAFC's collection, is continuing until July 26th. Well worth a visit at this excellent canalside location.
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