Storiel - The Shadows of the Prairie - Patagonia Exhibition

Date: 22/09/2017

Drawings and original textile work by Cefyn Burgess will be on-show at Storiel, Bangor, until 7 October 2017.

The theme of the exhibition is one of belonging; two countries with shared roots, history and culture going back over 150 years. This is why Patagonia holds a special place in the hearts of the Welsh people.

Cefyn Burgess was born and raised in Bethesda, north Wales. After graduating from Manchester with BA (hons) in woven textiles and then an MA in textiles from the Royal College of Art, he became the first weaver in residence at Paradise Mill Silk Museum in Macclesfield.

The ‘Shadows of the Prairie’ exhibition is, according to Burgess, “a body of work made of images of special moments captured on my visit to Patagonia”.

He went on to describe, “The charm and loneliness of the chapels on a trip in the car with Luned Gonzalez. The welcome of the Mapuche people to their weave workshops and the craft skills at the Escuela Municipal de Artesanias, and the sweet smell of lanolin at the wool factory with Billy Hughes in Trelew…”

The sights, sounds and smells of Patagonia has inspired Burgess to create, “a quilt of memorable experiences and images”.

His work will be on-show at Storiel until 7 October. Storiel is open Tuesdays to Saturdays from 11am to 5pm.