A new exhibition of artwork inspired by Mererid Hopwood’s book “Nes Draw” – Winner of the 2016 Wales Book of the Year (Poetry) – opens in the Chate Room, King Street Gallery, Carmarthen next month.
Mererid Hopwood is one of the best-known contemporary poets writing in Welsh, and she made history as the first woman to win the bardic chair at the National Eisteddfod. “Nes Draw” is the first collection of her poetry and during the last few months, King Street Gallery members have been creating artwork in response to individual poems selected from the collection.
The poems have been translated from Welsh into English by Tim Ap Hywel, and both versions will be displayed alongside the corresponding artwork so that guests can fully explore and enjoy the response by visual artists to Mererid’s poetry in the form of paintings, ceramics, textiles, photographs and printmaking.
Elinor Jones, well-known TV presenter and former High Sheriff of Dyfed, will open the exhibition along with Mererid Hopwood at a launch event on Friday 9th of December from 5.30 – 7.30pm. The exhibition runs until 4th January.
King Street Gallery artist Ken Day said: “This is a very special and unique exhibition which combines poetry and visual art.
“We have all been inspired by Mererid Hopwood’s extraordinary poems which have such depth and resonance, and we thoroughly look forward to presenting our diverse responses in our forthcoming exhibition.”
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