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The number of people visiting Amgueddfa Cymru – National Museum Wales’ sites is continuing to rise, with figures reaching a record high of 1.75 million visits in 2012-13 (9% above target).
One of the world's most acclaimed ceramicists working today, Julian Stair comes to Cardiff with his first major museum solo exhibition. Julian Stair Quietus: The vessel, death and the human body explores rituals around death and burial and how these can be interpreted as a celebration of life at National Museum Cardiff from 6 April – 7 July 2013.
The first ever Cardiff Children’s Literature Festival takes place in March, a fantastic celebration of children’s books and National Museum Cardiff is one of the venues hosting amazing authors and illustrators from Martin Brown’s Horrible Histories to Doctor Who and How to Train your Dragon, there’s something for everyone. Events take place in the Reardon Smith Theatre at National Museum Cardiff on Saturday 23 & Sunday 24 March. To purchase tickets please call 02920230130. The festival is supported by Legal & General.
Artist Graham Sutherland (1903-1980) was influenced profoundly by the locations in which he worked and during the 1930s he developed a very personal vision of the Pembrokeshire landscape, noting that ‘I felt as much a part of the earth as my features were part of me’. A new exhibition Spirit of Place: Sutherland and the Romantic Landscape at Oriel y Parc Gallery & Visitor Centre in St Davids, Pembrokeshire (16 March – 8 July 2013) includes work the collection of Amgueddfa Cymru, and also includes a loan of a major Sutherland oil painting from Tate, Black Landscape. Painted between 1939 and 1940, Black Landscape is one of the best examples of Sutherland's early work in Pembrokeshire.
West Wales will welcome one of the world’s most renowned textile artists this year as not one, but two exhibitions of his extraordinary work are hosted here. Kaffe Fassett is an American born artist who has lived and worked in Britain for several decades. He is well-known for designing exquisite textiles that use colour in an explosive and dramatic fashion. He started with knitwear back in the 1960s, and by today he has worked with needlepoint, mosaics, rugmaking, quilts, and much more. For the first time, Kaffe Fassett will be exhibiting in Wales and it provides an unmissable opportunity to see not one, but two elements of his work. His quilts will take centre stage at The Welsh Quilt Centre in Lampeter from 9 March to 2 November whilst in the National Wool Museum in Drefach Felindre, his knitwear will be on display from 8 March until 2 November.
Spring brings three exciting new contemporary displays to National Musuem Cardiff from March. A new pop art exhibition Pop and Abstract features many important artists’ works from the modern art collection of Amgueddfa Cymru. There will also be a new photographic installation commission by artist Holly Davey and Tim Davies brings his 2011 Venice Biennale video installation to the museum.