Cynon Valley Museum Relaunches Mezzanine Gallery
Cynon Valley Museum continues on its journey of recovery from the Covid-19 pandemic with another reopening milestone this week. The popular Mezzanine Gallery has relaunched to the public for the first time in over 18 months with a brand new exhibition that celebrates the artistic talent here in the Cynon Valley.
This landmark exhibition brings together three local community groups from the Cynon Valley, Aberdare Art Society, Miskin Art Society, and Hirwaun Library Art Group. They will be exhibiting across the Lower Gallery and Mezzanine Gallery in what is the first time the three groups have exhibited together and the first time any of the group has exhibited in the museum in over two years due to the impact of the Covid-19 pandemic.
When Can You See the Exhibition?
The exhibition will be open to the public from Wednesday 22nd September until Saturday 30th October.
The Cynon Valley Museum is free to visit and currently open to the public Wednesdays to Saturdays 11am to 3pm, please check before visiting as opening hours may change due to the current covid-19 guidance. You can find out more about our covid-19 guidance for visitors here.
About the Art Groups
Aberdare Art Society
Aberdare Art Society, established in 1938 is open to people of all ages, backgrounds and artistic ability, from beginners to more experienced artists. The class is not a taught session but, if you are looking to improve your skills, the members are more than happy to share their wisdom. If you are an experienced painter then maybe you can help the members to expand their knowledge.
This friendly community group meets weekly to produce works of art, calling on their decades of combined experience to nurture aspiring artists and offer a place to enjoy and discuss art. The Society regularly exhibits and promotes art in the Aberdare area providing a platform for the individual artist to express themselves, develop their artistic ability, and promote their artwork in the public space.
More information and examples of the group’s work can be found on their Facebook Page @AberdareArtSociety or come along to one of the meetings which are held each Wednesday at 7-9pm at St Therese Church Hall, 11 Station Rd, Hirwaun, CF44 9TA.
Miskin Art was first formed in 2005 by three friends, Peter Mayo, Gareth Davies and Haydn Williams, who had a mutual interest in the production and appreciation of Art. The Club originally met at the Roman Catholic Church Hall in Mountain Ash, but more recently have moved more recently to the Catholic Church Hall in Hirwaun. The group now boasts a membership of over 50 persons. Miskin Art provides a taught session during which instruction is given by qualified Art teacher, Peter Mayo. They meet every Thursday from 7pm until 9pm and are always ready to accept new members regardless of their abilities. Tea/coffee and biscuits are available during the meetings.
Hirwaun Library Art Group
Hirwaun Library Art Group is a local group of budding amateur artists who, prior to the Covid-19 pandemic, met every Tuesday at Hirwaun Library to chat, learn to create and to improve their art. The group is from varied backgrounds, mostly retired and keen to pursue art for pleasure though they also enjoy the friendship which being part of a group provides. The group has one semi-professional member, Amanda Monk, who gives valuable support, advice, and tuition at times, using her artistic experience.
The group likes to help each other, which continued to meet through the pandemic utilising technology to exchange ideas and give each other moral support.
The group only recently returned to the library as a group and hope you can appreciate their creative efforts. The group has received financial support from Pen Y Cymoedd Wind Farm Community Fund which has greatly helped in providing materials enabling the group to exhibit, and for this help the group is very grateful.
Cynon Valley Museum would like to say thank you to everyone who has continued to support the museum through the Covid-19 pandemic your support is vital to us. The museum would also like to recognise the essential support we have received from funders providing emergency covid-19 funding. This includes Pen Y Cymoedd, National Lottery Heritage Fund, Moondance Foundation, Welsh Museums Federation and MALD (Museum, Libraries and Archives Division of Welsh Government).
Cynon Valley Museum continues to feel the impact of Covid-19, you can help support and ensure the future the museum by making a donation on the link below.