David Carpanini gives 2017 Richard Burton Lecture

The celebrated Welsh artist will discuss the creative processes and inspirations that have fuelled his illustrious career. The occasion will also mark the arrival of a collection of his paintings to Swansea University.

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The Richard Burton Lecture is an annual event endowed by Richard Burton’s widow, Sally Burton, and is inspired by the launch of the Richard Burton Archives in 2010. 

This year’s lecture is set to be presented by renowned Welsh artist and printmaker, David Carpanini, who will be discussing the various creative processes and inspirations that have helped fuel his illustrious career which has spanned six decades, in a talk entitled 'Figure in a Landscape' on Thursday 16 November 2017.

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Whilst Carpanini spent the majority of his adult life studying in England, it is his and Burton’s birthplace of the Afan Valley that is the focal point in much of his work. Many of Carpanini’s paintings, drawings and etchings are devoted to the presentation of the valleys and former mining communities of South Wales.

Professor Daniel G. Williams, Director of the Richard Burton Centre for the Study of Wales at Swansea University said: “If Richard Burton gave voice to the Afan Valley of his upbringing, David Carpanini has created lasting images of the area by capturing the nonconformist past, the passing of industry and the post-industrial present in his paintings.”

This year marks the first Richard Burton lecture to be delivered at the Great Hall on the Bay Campus, and the celebrated arrival of some of Carpanini’s paintings to the University, which have been loaned by Unite the Union.

Emeritus Professor Hywel Francis, chair of the Richard Burton Advisory Board, said: “I am delighted that one of Wales' greatest living painters, David Carpanini, is giving this year's Richard Burton Lecture, at the very time that some of his finest works depicting as they do his native Afan Valley, are unveiled at the Great Hall on the Bay Campus.

I wish to thank Unite the Union for agreeing to the loan of the collection and I pay tribute to the late Clive Jenkins, leader of ASTMS/MSF, (now part of Unite) whose enabling vision has ultimately meant that the paintings have come home, to the Aberavon constituency.”

Thursday 16 November at 7.30 pm

Venue:  The Great Hall, Bay Campus, Swansea University, SA1 8EN.

Admission: This is a free event; however tickets are required (seating unreserved).

To book a place, or for further information:

Visit: http://www.taliesinartscentre.co.uk/great-hall-events.htm?id=1608

Call 01792 604900 / 604999, or email: Greathallboxoffice@swansea.ac.uk