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Over 55's (Glyn Vivian Art Gallery) Art class at the YMCA in Swansea

Over 55’s (Glyn Vivian Art Gallery) Art class at the YMCA in Swansea

A new exhibition of work by the Gallery’s Wednesday afternoon adult art class is now on display at the Civic Centre in Swansea. Reproductions of works by famous Welsh artists like Gwen John and Joseph Herman are among the selection of drawing and paintings which can be found on the second floor corridor, next to the council chambers.

The art classes for the over 55s, run at the YMCA on The Kingsway, began at the Gallery in January 2010.

The classes were set up to inspire our adult audiences to learn new skills through workshops focused around the collection, exhibitions and their own personal experiences. Whilst this display comprises paintings, drawings and prints, people taking part in the workshops have been able to work with a variety of materials and techniques, ranging from clay and plaster to drawing and print. Tablet computers have also been used to create digital artworks.

In this display, we’re showcasing the work the group has made both independently outside of the classes prior to attending the group, and through participating regularly. The classes give participants the opportunity to meet new people and to look, discuss and create artworks. For some, the classes have provided an opportunity to rekindle a passion for making artworks that was hampered by ill-health or circumstance. For others, it has been a chance to be creative where the opportunity, space or technical know-how was not available before.

This exhibition presents a small selection of their artworks and recognises their diverse output to date.

The work is open for everyone to view, for directions, please ask at the main reception desk at the Civic Centre.

The Wednesday afternoon adult classes for over 55s are currently full.

To register your interest and put your name on our reserve list, call the Gallery on 01792 516900. For a full programme of Offsite activities and workshops, please visit our website.

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