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Oriel y Parc Exhibitions - Present & Future

Picturing Castles
Until May 5th 2014


Paul Sandby, Daddy's Hole a Chastell Penfro / Daddy's Hole and Pembroke Castle, 1782
© Amgueddfa Genedlaethol Cymru / National Museum of Wales



Wales is often described as the ‘land of castles’ and has more castles per square mile than many other countries.

From the middle of the eighteenth century nearly all of the great British landscape artists went on painting tours through Wales, seeking inspiration from the wild, romantic beauty of its scenery. Wales’s many dramatic castles were ideal subjects. Picturing Castles presents works from this golden age of British landscape art and is selected by Dr John Kenyon, a leading authority on castles.

On display at the same time is Tim Davies’s Blue Funk II: Postcard Series (2002) – the artist’s response to the historical context of castles in Wales. Born in Solva in 1960, Davies exhibits internationally and represented Wales at the 54th Venice Biennale in 2011.

Oriel y Parc is also thrilled to show the magnificent Tregwynt Hoard once again. Discovered at Tregwynt Manor in 1996 by Roy Lewis, it is one of the finest coin hoards ever uncovered in Wales and includes 33 gold and 467 silver coins, the latest dating from 1647/48, during the Civil War in Britain. The exhibition also includes finds from recent excavations at Carew Castle and Nevern Castle.


Llareggub: Peter Blake illustrates Dylan Thomas’s Under Milk Wood

May 17th – September 23rd 2014


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

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

Join Sir Peter Blake in conversation with Dylan Thomas expert Jeff Towns as they discuss Under Milk Wood.
Please note the location: Ysgol Dewi Sant, St Davids.
Places are limited and tickets are available from Oriel y Parc now, so please contact us to book your place. £7 full, £5 concession, call 01437 720392.

Under Milk Wood film memorabilia display
May 17th to September 23rd

A display celebrating the filming of Under Milk Wood in Lower Fishguard in 1971. Including photographs, memorabilia and stories. Kindly supported by Hedydd Hughes.
Free as part of your admission to Oriel y Parc.

Film: Under Milk Wood (1972, certificate 15, dir. Andrew Sinclair)
Thursday June 5th 2014, 7pm

Starring Richard Burton, Elizabeth Taylor and Peter O’Toole. The film will be introduced in Welsh and English by Hedydd Hughes, local Under Milk Wood enthusiast!
Oriel y Parc Discovery Room Cinema

Dylan’s Mobile Writing Shed
5th and 6th July 2014

Dylan Thomas’s iconic Writing Shed in Laugharne (well, a portable version!) will be visiting Oriel y Parc this summer.

This bespoke replica of Dylan’s writing place even has the curled pictures on the walls. Visitors will be able to come inside and see the shed that inspired Dylan Thomas.

Dylan’s Mobile Writing Shed is part of Dylan Thomas 100, a year long festival of celebrations commemorating the birth of this famous Welsh poet.

The shed’s visit to St David’s is kindly supported by the Friends of Oriel y Parc




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.