Galleries - March 2016

died too young, in 1985. MOMA Machynlleth continues to grow organically, spreading from its chapel and former shop by bridging an alley and rejuvenating a derelict tannery. It is now a substantial art venue run almost entirely on voluntary resources and last year became an accredited museum. I have been privileged to guest-curate MOMA’s most ambitious exhibition to date, ‘Romanticism in the Welsh Landscape’. Paintings by Turner, Cotman and locally born master Richard Wilson join neo-romantic interpretations by David Jones, Ceri Richards, Craxton, Sutherland and Ravilious and recent and contemporary works, including videos by two artists who have represented Wales at the Venice Biennale, Tim Davies and Helen Sear, and paintings by younger artists Ed Kluz and Dalit Leon. Some contemporary works are for sale, so visitors can both see the hidden fruits of private and public collections and feed their collecting habit on green shoots. P eter Wakelin from left: Oliver Gaiger ‘Safe Harbour’, Martin Tinney Gallery John Piper ‘Rocky Valley North Wales’ Oriel Kyffin Williams/Oriel Ynys Môn © The Piper Estate / DACS 2016 Paul Wearing ceramics, Late November Gallery William Brown ‘Mari Lwyd’, The Art Shop & Chapel Denis Curry ‘Sheep Study 1’, The Gallery Yr Oriel MARCH 2016 GALLERIES 15 ‘visitors . . . can feed their collecting habit on green shoots’