Decolonising the National Art Collection

Collections - Posted 05-12-2023

The National Library of Wales is home to over 60,000 works of art, ranging from watercolour paintings to cartoons and continues to expand its art collection through various projects.

One such project is the Library’s Anti-Racist Project for which four artists – Joshua Donkor, Jasmine Violet, Mfikela Jean Samuel and Dr Adéọlá Dewis – were commissioned to create new works of art in response to the Library’s collections, whilst facing some challenging aspects of history.

The result is new works of art which contribute to improving the diversity of the art collection so that it can be a better reflection of Wales.

These works are on display across two locations: at the Wales to the World exhibition at the Riverside gallery at Haverfordwest, the Reflection display for Black History Month and the newly opened CYFOES exhibition, both taking place at the Library.

The Library’s Art Curator, Morfudd Bevan said “It has been a great experience working with these four extremely talented artists on this very important project. It is essential that we have open and honest conversations about our collections in order to create improvements and to educate ourselves about the hidden history of Wales.”

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