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


Tuesday 9 January : The David Hurn Gift

Bronwen Colquhoun, Senior Curator of Photography, National Museum Wales


Tuesday 13 February : Prehistoric Finds in South East Wales

Elizabeth Walker, Head of Collections, National Museum Wales


Tuesday 13 March : The Story of St. Woolos Cathedral

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


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

David Mayer



Summer Excursions and Events - details to be confirmed


Saturday 19 May :


Saturday 16 June :


Friday 13 July :


Friday 17 August :



Tuesday 11 September : My Working Life.

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


Tuesday 9 October : Catacombs of Anubis at North Saqqara

Paul Nicholson, Professor of Archaeology, Cardiff University


Tuesday 13 November : Charterism - An Update

Les James, Editor, Chartism Magazine


Tuesday 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


Jon Gower


John Selway - His Life and Work


Despite traffic chaos on the Newport streets and the uncertain October weather, a capacity audience of well over 50 people filled the Art Gallery to hear Jon Gower’s exploration of the life and work of Welsh artist John Selway. In a highly personal account informed by the time he has spent with Selway in the past year while researching the background for his forthcoming biography, Vigilant Imagination, Jon demonstrated the deeply inquisitive, intelligent imagination underlying the artist’s work. Although Selway grew up in Abertillery and has lived there for most of his life, his subjects have ranged across the world from Auschwitz to Spain to Africa and Australia. He reads voraciously, and much of his painting has its inspiration in literature and poetry, taking its subject matter from writers including Dylan Thomas, Patrick White, Jean Genet and, more recently, J.M.Barrie. Although his work has been shown in major galleries around the world, Selway’s art is less well known than it should be, demonstrated by the neglected obscurity in which his Stations of the Cross series languishes in St Michael’s church in Abertillery. Felt by some to be possibly the greatest Welsh artist, maybe Selway’s reputation and renown will grow with time.



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