Mary Lloyd Jones
ABOUT THE ARTIST
Mary Lloyd Jones is a well-established, hugely respected, and popular artist in Wales. She has exhibited widely since the mid 1960s, in Wales, elsewhere in Britain, and internationally. She was admitted to the Honorary Degree of Doctor of the University of Wales in November 2008.
She was one of three artists from Wales selected to take part in a touring exhibition in China in the Spring of 2009 in a project supported by Wales Art International. She was also invited to take part in the Wales Smithsonian Festival in Washington DC in the summer of 2009, supported by Wales Art International and the Welsh Government.
Of her work she writes "My aim is that my work should reflect my identity, my relationship with the land, an awareness of history, and the treasure of our literary and oral traditions. I search for devices that will enable me to create multilayered works. This has led to my involvement with the beginnings of language, early man made marks and the Ogham and Bardic Alphabets." She is represented by the Martin Tinney Gallery in Cardiff and currently has a solo exhibition in Oriel Myrddin in Carmarthen. www.marylloydjones.co.uk
ABOUT THE WORK
ABOUT THE AREA
As its name suggests, Blaengarw is the uppermost village in the beautiful Garw Valley (Cwm Garw) to the north of Bridgend. Cwm Garw is usually translated as the Rugged Valley although other possible derivations are from Cwm Y Ceirw, meaning The Valley of Deer. The village developed in the 19th century to house coal miners for the Garw Valley section of the south Wales coalfield. The Blaengarw Workman's Hall built in 1893 is a testament to this history and is still used today as a community and entertainment centre.
There are new Mountain Bike Trails have in the Darren Fawr forestry have being completed whilst Parc Calon Lan offers excellent walks on a former colliery site.
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