With the Year of Legends inspiring many to discover Wales’ famous folk tales, a new exhibition at Oriel y Parc Gallery and Visitor Centre in St Davids promises to bring these stories and their colourful characters to life.
Enchanted Landscapes: Pembrokeshire in Myth and Legend will explore the links between the legendary National Park landscape and some of these tales, with works depicting iconic landmarks such as St Govan’s Chapel and Pentre Ifan as well as notable names including King Arthur, Merlin and the tales of the Mabinogi.
Cherry Pickles, The Most Bleeding Yew, 1993 © The Artist.
Bryony White, Partnership Projects Curator at Amgueddfa Cymru - National Museum Wales, said: “Described in the Mabinogi as Gwlad hud a lledrith or The land of mystery and enchantment, the ancient Pembrokeshire landscape has many extraordinary tales to tell.
“The exhibition will include works inspired by stories such as Cantre’r Gwaelod, the lost sunken hundred off the North Pembrokeshire Coast, as well as the story of the yew tree in Nevern Church yard that will ‘bleed’ until the nearby Castle is once again ruled by a Welshman.”
Sir Edward Burne Jones, Figure Study for The Sleep of Arthur in Avalon, 1883 © Amgueddfa Cymru – National Museum Wales.
The display from the collections of Amgueddfa Cymru-National Museum Wales will also include a range of works by Graham Sutherland, who was so inspired by the Pembrokeshire landscape that he left a collection of his work to the people of Wales.
Oriel y Parc is owned and managed by the Pembrokeshire Coast National Park Authority and is the home of Amgueddfa Cymru-National Museum Wales in Pembrokeshire.
The Enchanted Landscapes: Pembrokeshire in Myth and Legend exhibition will be on display at Oriel y Parc from Saturday 8 April until Sunday 17 September 2017. The Gallery is open every day from 10am-4pm.
For more information visit www.orielyparc.co.uk.
Published 07 April 2017