Iwan Bala Exhibition
Nov 15, 2016
We are aware that there have been a number of comments regarding our current exhibition, ‘Dyma Gariad (fel y moroedd)/ Here is a love (deep as oceans)’ by Iwan Bala, particularly as posted on the blog, Penarth Daily News.
We acknowledge that there is some language in the drawings and caricatures that people may find offensive. However, it is not, and never has been the intention of Penarth Arts & Crafts Ltd simply to offend, and with this exhibition as with many others, we are aware that the work will divide opinion, as did the EU referendum itself.
The work on display, as with most contemporary artwork, reflects the thoughts, situations and politics of the time we live in, and naturally there will be those that agree, and those that disagree with what is communicated, but we stand by the case for artists creating work that questions our values, our politics, our ideals and our way of life. Although the current artist was firmly rooted in the ‘Remain’ camp, Penarth Arts and Crafts maintains a totally neutral stance on such matters as required by the Charity Commission. As clearly indicated on our website, artists from anywhere are invited to submit proposals for consideration for the exhibitions programme and, in addition, next year we will once again be holding our annual open art exhibition which this year featured the work of 29 different local and national artists.
Our Exhibitions Coordinator will be holding an informal Walk & Talk around the exhibition on 30th November at 2pm, and we would like to invite any residents who have concerns or questions to come and discuss them in the safe and open environment of Penarth Pier Pavilion.