What's On

Free Lunchtime Tours,

Evening Talks and Summer Excursions 2018


Free lunchtime tours of the Museum and Art Gallery take place at 1.00pm


Evening talks take place at 7.00pm on the second Tuesday in the month in the Newport Art Gallery,

John Frost Square, Newport NP20 1PA. All talks and walks are free to Members, otherwise £2.00


9 January : "Swaps" - The David Hurn Gift

Bronwen Colquhoun, Senior Curator of Photography, National Museum Wales


13 February : Prehistoric Finds in South East Wales

Elizabeth Walker, Head of Collections, National Museum Wales


13 March : The Story of St. Woolos Cathedral

Jeremy Knight, Former Inspector of Ancient Monuments, English Heritage, CADW


10 April : The Work of Bert Thomas and Other First World War Artists and Illustrators

David Mayer, Former Lecturer in Graphic Communication & Design History, University of South Wales



Summer Excursions and Events


Saturday 19 May : A Tour of Pontypool Museum

Meet at Pontypool Museum at 2pm. Parking available in Museum carpark

The admission charge is £4 for adults/£3 concessions & children accompanied by an adult are free.



Saturday 16 June : A Tour of the Hans Feibusch Murals at Newport Civic Centre and Original Cartoons held in the Art Gallery

Barbara Bartl, Museum and Art Gallery Manager, Newport City Council

Civic Centre - 10.30am, Art Gallery - 12.15pm


Saturday 30 June : A Tour of St. Woolos Cathedral

Jeremy Knight, Former Inspector of Ancient Monuments, English Heritage, CADW

Meet 2.00pm at Cathedral


11 September : My Working Life.

Louise Mees, Regional Inspector of Ancient Monuments and Archaeology (South East Wales) CADW


9 October : The Catacombs of Anubis at North Saqqara

Professor Paul Nicholson, Professor of Archaeology, School of History, Archaeology and Religion, Cardiff University


13 November : Chartism - An Update

Les James, Editor, Chartism Magazine


11 December : The Role of St. Woolos Hospital During the First World War

Peter Strong, Gwent County History Association



Other events and talks at the The Museum and Art Gallery can be found by going to their What's On page

Our Last Talk


Dave Mayer


The Work of Bert Thomas & Other First World War Artists and Illustrators


Another sizeable audience of more than 40 people gathered in the Art Gallery to hear Dave Mayer, recently retired from his post as a lecturer in Graphic Communication and Design History at the University of South Wales, describe the work of Bert Thomas, an artist who is virtually unknown in his home city. Mass produced propaganda was widely used for the first time during the First World War, and a number of different techniques were adopted, including appeals to patriotism, demonization of the enemy, and attempts to provoke feelings of guilt in the target audience if they failed to provide enough support for the war effort. Thomas was born in Rodney Wharf in 1883, but moved to Swansea at the age of six after the death of his parents. He became an artist and illustrator and his first commission was the production of a music hall poster for Albert Chevalier in 1906. He went on to produce hundreds of cartoons for magazines including Punch and The Tatler, but became most famous for his wartime posters, the best known of which, ‘Arf a mo, Kaiser’, helped to raise over £250,000 to pay for cigarettes for the troops at the front. His images, and those of other wartime artists, show the influence of contemporary European art movements such as Futurism and Vorticism. Thomas produced further propaganda illustrations during the Second World War, and died in 1966.


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