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Llareggub: Peter Blake illustrates Dylan Thomas’s Under Milk Wood
Until September 23rd 2014


Image by Sir Peter Blake © Courtesy of Sir Peter Blake

Oriel y Parc is delighted to present Llareggub, Sir Peter Blake’s illustrations for Under Milk Wood (1953). This major body of work is the culmination of a 25-year project by the artist to fully illustrate Thomas’ most enduring work.

The show includes portraits of each of the characters in the cast, watercolours of the dream sequences and collages and paintings of scenes and locations in the fictional village of Llareggub.

Blake’s illustration of Dylan Thomas’s ‘play for voices’ is one of his longest ongoing projects. He continues to illustrate characters, dreams, scenes and locations. A longtime admirer of Dylan Thomas, the artist has always been fascinated by the radio play and remembers first hearing Under Milk Wood as a student at the Royal College of Art.

The exhibition features portraits drawn in black and white pencil on tinted paper, watercolours illustrating the dream sequences in the play, ‘narratives and locations’ in a mix of media including collage, and photographs that Blake took himself in Laugharne in the 1970s.

Peter Blake emerged as a key figure of the Pop Art movement of the late 1950s and his early paintings include imagery from advertisements, music hall, entertainment, and wrestlers, often including collaged elements. Throughout his career he has engaged with popular culture and especially the music industry.


Special exhibition events

Saturday May 17th, 11am
Sir Peter Blake in Conversation

Join Sir Peter Blake in conversation with Dylan Thomas expert Jeff Towns as they discuss Under Milk Wood.
Ysgol Dewi Sant, St Davids. Tickets £7, £5 concession
To book call 01437 720392


Thursday June 5th, 7pm
Film: Under Milk Wood (1972, certificate 15)

Introduction in Welsh and English by Hedydd Hughes, Under Milk Wood enthusiast.
Discovery Room Cinema, Oriel y Parc
Tickets £4, £3 concession
To book call 01437 720392

Thursday June 26th, 2pm
Nick Thornton, Head of Fine Art, Amgueddfa Cymru – National Museum Wales, Peter Blake and Pop Art.
Oriel y Parc Discovery Room. Free event
Booking advisable


Saturday July 5th and Sunday July 6th
Dylan’s Mobile Writing Shed, Oriel y Parc Courtyard

The replica of Thomas’s iconic Writing Shed rolls up at Oriel y Parc as part of its national tour.
Kindly supported by the Friends of Oriel y Parc.
Free event

Thursday July 10th, 2pm
Beth McIntyre, Senior Curator, Prints & Drawings, Amgueddfa Cymru – National Museum Wales
Tour of Llareggub, gallery.
Free event


Family workshops: Collage a Masterpiece
Every Tuesday, from July 22nd to August 12th, and Thursday August 21st
10am, 12.30pm, 2.30pm. £3 per participant
To book call 01437 720392


Saturday August 23rd, all day
Dylan’s Mobile Bookstore, Oriel y Parc Courtyard


Thursday September 4th, 2pm
Professor Chris Williams, Cardiff University - Richard Burton: Aspirant Scholar
Oriel y Parc Discovery Room
Free event


Saturday 20th September, 7pm
Andrew Lycett Talk

Journalist and leading biographer Andrew Lycett, author of 'Dylan Thomas: A New life', discusses the poet's life and work.
Ysgol Dewi Sant, St Davids. Tickets £5, £4 concession
To book call 01437 720392


May 17th – September 23rd Under Milk Wood film memorabilia display at Oriel y Parc
Celebrating the filming of Under Milk Wood in Lower Fishguard in 1972. Including photographs, memorabilia and stories. Kindly supported by Hedydd Hughes. Free admission



Natural Images: Historic Photography Uncovered
October 3rd 2014 – March 17th 2015

This autumn at Oriel y Parc, step into the past with the historic photography collections at Amgueddfa Cymru – National Museum Wales.

From the pioneering mid-19th century discoveries of John Dillwyn Llewelyn to the extraordinary wildlife photography of Arthur Brook, Natural Images presents highlights from across these photographic collections, and shows how Wales played a key role in the evolution of photography. The exhibition will introduce you to people and places, and uncover the science behind how the images were made.


Rev Francis Lockey, Carew Castle from the North West, 1855-60 © National Museum of Wales

Many of the works on display come from Pembrokeshire, providing fascinating insight into its past, through natural history, industry, tourism and the changing landscape.

The gallery will also be showing works by Graham Sutherland, exploring the role of photography in his late Pembrokeshire paintings.

John Dillwyn Llewelyn, Dunraven Castle, c.1854 © National Museum of Wales


Natural Images: Historic Photography Uncovered is generously supported by the Esmée Fairbairn Foundation.







Oriel y Parc Gallery is a unique collaboration between Amgueddfa Cymru and Pembrokeshire Coast National Park Authority, in which services for visitors are joined by displays from the national collections to celebrate the landscape.

Admission is free and the building is fully accessible. For opening times and events please see the Oriel y Parc website.