New Welsh arts column looks at the rebirth of Wales’ longest-running independent art gallery

Mark Rees - The Attic Gallery, Swansea in The Bay magazine

I’m pleased to announce that, staring with the July 2018 issue, I will be contributing a regular Welsh arts column to the wonderful magazine The Bay.

To kick things off, I’ve decided to start with a look back at the history of Wales longest-running independent art gallery which reopens this weekend – The Attic Gallery.

This Swansea institution came perilously close to closing its doors for good earlier this year (check out my articles on WalesOnline), before being saved at the eleventh hour by a pair of art lovers from the city.

Arts editor Mark Rees

The Attic Gallery, a Swansea institution

For more than three decades, Alexandra and David Roe were at the helm of the artistic institution perched on a corner of the Maritime Quarter. But following their decision to retire, the search to find suitable new owners for the art space began in earnest.

On Saturday, July 14, long-standing customers, and now directors of the gallery, Lisa and Andrew Green, will open their doors to the public for the very first time. Their debut exhibition will be the annual Summer Group Show which, quite appropriately, mirrors the gallery’s debut exhibition from 56 years ago.

There’ll be paintings, sculpture, glasswork, pottery and original prints on display from around 50 artists, including Glenys Cour, David Carpanini, Karel Lek, George Little and Helen Sinclair.

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