New exhibitions at Storiel, Bangor

Date: 16/05/2019
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A variety of new exhibitions have recently opened at Storiel, Bangor following very successful opening events.

One of the exhibitions on show is Merched Chwarel, displaying paintings, drawings and sculptures in various media.

The work has been inspired by the slate quarries of north Wales and researches the traces of women’s footsteps and presence in a previously male‐dominated environment.

On 18 & 23 Mai the artists will be present at Storiel between 1-4pm to discuss their work. For more information about Merched Chwarel go to

The annual Open Art exhibition showcases work by artists and students who are 16 and over and live and work in Wales.

This year applications were invited on an open theme, and the artwork could be submitted in any media: painting, drawing, photography, textile, wood, clay and in 2D or 3D format. The diverse range of artwork submitted is represented in the exhibition by 94 selected pieces.

This year’s Selector’s Prize was awarded to Dorothy M. Williams for her oil painting Mother and Child, Singapore. Eight other artists have also been commended for their work.

There is also an opportunity for the public to vote for their favourite piece of artwork in the Open Exhibition, which could then become eligible for the People’s Choice prize (Donated by Friends of Storiel). The voting period will run until 1 June, with the artwork receiving the most votes being declared on 4 June.

An interesting insight into the past is offered by the Migrating Metal exhibition, a collaborative project which examines the themes of trade and migration. Metal items from Storiel’s collection ranging from the Bronze Age to the late medieval period are on display, as well as artefacts acquired through the community archaeology Saving Treasures project.

Some of the items on display include coin hoards from Llanllyfni, Porthmadog and Bangor, a silver annular brooch and a medieval pin and buckle.

There is also a smaller exhibition in Storiel’s reception area which displays for the first time the garden diaries, portrait and the beautiful embroidered dress of 18th century Anglesey Gardener Elizabeth Morgan.

The Merched Chwarel exhibition will be open until 7 September.

The Open Art exhibition will be open until 15 June.

The Migrating Metal exhibition is open until 6 July.

The Elizabeth Morgan exhibition is open until 2 November.

Storiel is open Tuesday-Saturday – 11am – 5pm.

Picture: Top-Left: Merched Chwarel Exhibition; Top-Right: Dorothy M. Williams, this year’s Selector’s Prize winner; Bottom-Left: Migrating Metal exhibition; Bottom-Right: Elizabeth Morgan exhibition.