Bernard Mitchell will be launching his new book at the Being Human festival, discussing the faces of Welsh art from the past and present.
Location: Glynn Vivian Art Gallery
Date/Time: 25th November 2017, 11.00 – 12.00pm.
Pieces of a Jigsaw: Portraits of Artists and Writers in Wales will be released during the final event of this year's Being Human festival, the UK’s only national festival of the humanities. Introduced by Professor Wynn Thomas, the book launch will also include an exhibition featuring a unique collection of portraits from the Welsh arts scene taken by Mitchell.
Published by Parthian Books, Pieces of a Jigsaw is a selection of portraits from the Welsh Arts Archive, now held in the Richard Burton Archives in Swansea University. The Archive began in 1966, whilst studying in Reading; inspired by the work of Dylan Thomas, Bernard returned home to Swansea to photograph some of Dylan’s friends the ‘Swansea Gang’ including Vernon Watkins, Daniel Jones, and artists Ceri Richards and Alfred Janes.
Following 30 years working as a press photographer, Bernard restarted his earlier passion for documentary portraiture starting with Sir Kyffin Williams. During the 1990’s with the support of the National Library of Wales, Bernard continued to expand the archive with many prominent and contemporary artists, writers and photographers of Wales including Will Roberts, John Petts, Mererid Hopwood and R.S Thomas.
Mitchell will also be providing talks and signing books in local Swansea libraries, including Clydach Library on the 4th of December.
- Tuesday 21 November 2017 10.19 GMT
- Wednesday 25 September 2019 13.39 BST
- Ffion White