Forty Years On at Newport Museum and Art Gallery

Posted on Friday 13th March 2020
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Work by former students and staff from the internationally-renowned Newport College of Art will be on display in a special exhibition opening later this month.

It will be the first time in 40 years that the 37 exhibitors have come together with a fascinating art display including animation and sculpture.

Forty Years On, curated by Neil Carroll, can be seen from 31 March to 4 July.

Most of the former students taking part graduated in 1980 and each has submitted a piece of work which represents their own lives.

Among them is Graham Bebbington who left the college to work at Siriol on the popular animated series Super Ted and since then has been a special effects artist on many well-known films.

Others include musician Bari Goddard, a vocalist who has toured the world and is now a successful photographer and filmmaker, and award-winning travel photographer Cathy Cooper.

Former tutors involved include Gillian Clarke who was the National Poet of Wales from 2008 to 2016, world-famous sculptor David Petersen and Magnum photographer David Hurn.

The exhibition will include a special tribute to painter Terry Ilott who died last March. He created the Mike Oldfield album cover Crisis and his work is in some notable collections.

Councillor Debbie Harvey, Newport City Council's cabinet member for leisure and culture, said: "Newport Art College had an amazing reputation locally, nationally and internationally and this is a fantastic opportunity to see the work of former students and tutors who have achieved so much in their careers."


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