Hay Festival 2022 – Art

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Event 17

Events taking place live 26 May–5 June 2022

John Bulmer and Billie Charity

Capturing a Community

Venue: Cube
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Photographers John Bulmer and Billie Charity talk about their photo books, shot in the Marches. John’s A Very English Village was shot 50 years ago in Pembridge and Billie’s Lockdown Light captured lockdown in and around Hay. They discuss the changes five decades have wrought both in the subjects and the process of taking photographs and publishing them in book form.

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John Bulmer and Billie Charity

Event 43

Events taking place live 26 May–5 June 2022

Adele Nozedar joins Jodie Bond and Sam Harpur

Ancient and Veteran Trees Walk

Venue: Meeting Place on Site
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The food writer and passionate forager (author of The Tree Forager) joins guides from Brecon Beacons National Park to lead a gentle walk through the beautiful surrounds of Hay-on-Wye. The Park’s lead tree warden introduces wayfarers to some of the area’s oldest and most interesting trees.

Please wear appropriate footwear and come prepared for the weather. The walk returns to the Festival site by midday.
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Adele Nozedar joins Jodie Bond and Sam Harpur

Event 54

Events taking place live 26 May–5 June 2022

Frances Spalding

The Real and the Romantic: English Art Between Two World Wars

Venue: Llwyfan Cymru – Wales Stage
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Leading art historian Frances Spalding takes a fresh look at a period of English art that has surged in interest and popularity in recent years. Mining a hugely versatile era, she investigates the nation’s aesthetics and cultural output in the 1920s and 1930s, shaped by the endless interplay between the emphasis on the ‘real’ or authentic and romantic sensibilities.

Price: £10.00
 
Frances Spalding

Event 66

Events taking place live 26 May–5 June 2022

After Hours: Director’s Tour

Portraits of Writers Exhibition

Venue: Hay Castle
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Visit Hay Castle’s inaugural exhibition, Portraits of Writers, where Tom True, director of Hay Castle, will give a ten-minute introduction to the exhibition followed by a question and answer session in the gallery.

Portraits of Writers is the exciting inaugural exhibition at Hay Castle, newly opened to the public after a major restoration project. The display, selected from the collection of the National Portrait Gallery by guest curator, author and journalist Dylan Jones OBE, brings together a range of portraits of celebrated British individuals who identify as writers. The golden thread is the theme of identity, both individual and collective. The exhibition presents a range of methods and approaches used by artists to capture the complex identities of writers, including gender identity, sexuality, race, ethnicity, national and regional identity, migration and colonisation. Writers depicted include RIz Ahmed, Simon Armitage, Salman Rushdie and Bernardine Evaristo.

After Hours: Director’s Tour of Portraits of Writers is available 5pm–5.45pm on Saturday 28 May, Sunday 29 May, Saturday 3 June and Sunday 4 June.
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Event 104

Events taking place live 26 May–5 June 2022

Susan Ogilvy talks to Oliver Balch

Nests

Venue: Starlight Stage
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Susan Ogilvy introduces her unusual obsession: painting bird nests. It started almost by accident – while tidying up her garden after a storm, she found a chaffinch nest. She carried it inside and, as the water drained out of it, the sodden lump blossomed into a mossy jewel. She was amazed, and dropped everything to make a painting of the nest.

Ogilvy has since painted more than fifty bird nests from life, each time marvelling at its ingenious construction. Every species of bird has its own vernacular, but sources its materials – most commonly twigs, roots, grasses, reeds, leaves, moss, lichen, hair, feathers and cobwebs, less usually, mattress stuffing and string – according to local availability.

Ogilvy’s work has been shown at the Ashmolean Museum, Oxford, the Smithsonian Institute, Washington, and the Kew Garden Gallery, London, amongst other places; it is included in several public and private collections, including Dr Shirley Sherwood's world-renowned collection of contemporary botanical paintings.

Price: £10.00
 
Susan Ogilvy talks to Oliver Balch

Event 108

Events taking place live 26 May–5 June 2022

After Hours: Director’s Tour

Portraits of Writers Exhibition

Venue: Hay Castle
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Visit Hay Castle’s inaugural exhibition, Portraits of Writers, where Tom True, director of Hay Castle, will give a ten-minute introduction to the exhibition followed by a question and answer session in the gallery.

Portraits of Writers is the exciting inaugural exhibition at Hay Castle, newly opened to the public after a major restoration project. The display, selected from the collection of the National Portrait Gallery by guest curator, author and journalist Dylan Jones OBE, brings together a range of portraits of celebrated British individuals who identify as writers. The golden thread is the theme of identity, both individual and collective. The exhibition presents a range of methods and approaches used by artists to capture the complex identities of writers, including gender identity, sexuality, race, ethnicity, national and regional identity, migration and colonisation. Writers depicted include RIz Ahmed, Simon Armitage, Salman Rushdie and Bernardine Evaristo.

The exhibition is the result of a partnership between the National Portrait Gallery and Hay Castle with the support and collaboration of Hay Festival.

After Hours: Director’s Tour of Portraits of Writers is available 5pm–5.45pm on Saturday 28 May, Sunday 29 May, Saturday 3 June and Sunday 4 June.

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Event 132

Events taking place live 26 May–5 June 2022

BBC Radio Wales: The Arts Show

Venue: Marquee
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Carolyn Hitt rounds up the best of the Welsh contemporary arts scene.

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Free – no ticket required
BBC Radio Wales: The Arts Show

Event 186

Events taking place live 26 May–5 June 2022

Peter Lord

Vosper’s Salem

Venue: Festival Friends Stage
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In 1908, Sydney Curnow Vosper painted an elderly Welsh woman in national costume, standing inside a chapel. Purchased by Lord Leverhulme and bizarrely deployed to advertise ‘Sunlight Soap’, Salem achieved the status of a national icon in Wales. Widely distributed as a print, it came to symbolise the piety of the common people, and acquired a moralising mythic back story. However, in the last quarter of the twentieth century, against a background of bombings, the burning of holiday cottages and the language movement, it underwent a transformation, redeployed by activists as a token of political docility and colonial subservience.

Following the acquisition by the National Library of Wales of a second version of the original painting, art historian Peter Lord reviews how this simple image became the focus of complex political identities, and the wider question of iconic representations of nationhood in Wales.

The original Salem painting by Sydney Curnow Vosper will be on display during the event, offering a special opportunity to view one of Wales’ most iconic artworks.

Photo © Dylan Williams

Ym 1908, peintiodd Sydney Curnow Vosper lun o hen fenyw mewn gwisg Gymreig draddodiadol yn sefyll y tu mewn i gapel. Wedi iddo gael ei brynu gan yr Arglwydd Leverhulme a’i ddefnyddio, yn rhyfedd iawn, i hysbysebu ‘Sunlight Soap’, daeth Salem yn eicon cenedlaethol yng Nghymru. Cafodd ei rannu'n eang fel print gan ddod yn symbol o dduwioldeb y dyn cyffredin, a datblygodd stori foesegol chwedlonol amdano. Fodd bynnag, yn chwarter olaf yr ugeinfed ganrif, gyda bomio, llosgi tai haf a’r mudiad iaith yn gefnlen, fe'i trawsnewidwyd a chael ei ailgyflwyno gan actifyddion fel arwydd o waseidd-dra trefedigaethol ac o fod yn wleidyddol ddof.

Yn dilyn caffaeliad gan Lyfrgell Genedlaethol Cymru o ail fersiwn o’r darlun gwreiddiol, mae hanesydd celf Peter Lord yn adolygu sut y daeth y darlun syml yma i fod yn ganolbwynt i hunaniaethau gwleidyddol cymhleth, gan edrych ar y cwestiwn ehangach ynghylch cynrychiolaeth eiconig o genedligrwydd yng Nghymru.

Yn ystod y cyflwyniad, bydd y llun gwreiddiol Salem gan Sydney Curnow Vosper yn cael ei arddangos ac yn cynnig cyfle arbennig i weld un o weithiau celf fwyaf eiconig Cymru.

Mewn partneriaeth gyda Llyfrgell Genedlaethol Cymru a noddir gan Oriel Mimosa

Price: £10.00
 
Peter Lord

Event 188

Events taking place live 26 May–5 June 2022

Rankin in conversation with Dylan Jones

Venue: Festival Friends Stage
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John Rankin Waddell, known as Rankin, is an exceptional photographer, publisher and film director. From the Queen of England to the Queen of Pop, his images have become part of contemporary iconography, evidence of his passion for all aspects of modern culture and its representation in the photographed image. In 2020 during the Covid-19 pandemic Rankin created a series of portraits of key health workers to highlight the essential services provided by the NHS while celebrating the individual subjects for their contribution to society. He speaks to journalist and author Dylan Jones.

Price: £12.00
 
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Rankin in conversation with Dylan Jones

Event 225

Events taking place live 26 May–5 June 2022

Catharine MacLeod talks to Tom True

Portraits of Writers

Venue: Cube
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Catharine MacLeod is Curator of Seventeenth-Century Portraits at the National Portrait Gallery. She contributed to 100 Writers, a publication that brings together portraits of writers from various periods who have made an important contribution to British society and culture. Inspired by the collaboration between Hay Castle Trust, the National Portrait Gallery and Hay Festival, Catharine explores the relationship between writing and portraiture with art historian and newly appointed Director of Hay Castle, Tom True.

Price: £8.00
 
Catharine MacLeod talks to Tom True

Event 246

Events taking place live 26 May–5 June 2022

Amy Jeffs talks to Julia Wheeler

Storyland

Venue: Festival Friends Stage
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Soaked in rain and old magic, Storyland is the history of Britain through medieval eyes. Grounded in meticulous research by art historian Amy Jeffs, related as fiction, it is filled with places we know, and can still visit, and characters half-remembered: Lear in Leicester, Merlin in Stonehenge, Grim in Grimsby, St Columba on the River Ness. Each episode is illustrated with an original linocut print by the author. This landmark publication rooted deep in the ancient British landscape will delight lovers of history, art, myth and stories. The author talks to journalist Julia Wheeler.

Price: £10.00
 
Amy Jeffs talks to Julia Wheeler

Event 262

Events taking place live 26 May–5 June 2022

James Fox talks to Katy Hessel

The World According to Colour

Venue: Festival Friends Stage
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Join the art historian and BBC broadcaster for a global history of civilisation through the lens of colour. He explores our relationship with colour, from the black nothing that preceded existence to the gilded gods of antiquity, the blue horizons of the age of discovery and the defining colour of our current fight against climate change. Examining the work of artists, scientists, writers, philosophers, explorers, and inventors, he shows that colour is more than surface decoration. He demonstrates that it is a symbol, a metaphor – and as fundamental to who we are as language – to art historian, presenter and curator Katy Hessel.

Price: £10.00
 

Event 280

Events taking place live 26 May–5 June 2022

Edmund de Waal talks to Katy Hessel

Letters to Camondo

Venue: Starlight Stage
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Count Moïse de Camondo lived near Edmund de Waal’s forebears, the Ephrussi. Like them, the Camondos were part of Belle Époque high society. They were also targets of antisemitism. Camondo filled his house with French 18th-century art for his son to inherit, but when Nissim was killed in the First World War, it became a memorial and was later bequeathed to France. The Musée Nissim de Camondo has remained unchanged since 1936. The author explores the archives and uncovers new layers to the family story. Edmund de Waal is an internationally acclaimed artist and writer, best known for his large-scale installations of porcelain vessels displayed in museums worldwide including the British Museum, London, and the Frick Collection, New York.

Price: £10.00
 
Edmund de Waal talks to Katy Hessel

Event 305

Events taking place live 26 May–5 June 2022

Gavin Plumley talks to Horatio Clare

A Home For All Seasons

Venue: Cube
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Gavin Plumley considered himself a distinctly urban being… until he met his rural husband, Alastair. Together, they bought Stepps House – a three-storey building in Pembridge, Herefordshire. But then came the inevitable question from an insurance salesman: ‘How old is it?’ With ancient beams crossing the ceiling, the date they’d been given of 1800 seemed out by centuries. As he traced Stepps House through various eras, he saw the picture of a past emerge that resonates powerfully with our present. Plumley is a cultural historian who grew up in Wales. He talks to writer and broadcaster Horatio Clare, author of Running for the Hills.

Price: £10.00
 
Gavin Plumley talks to Horatio Clare

Event 330

Events taking place live 26 May–5 June 2022

After Hours: Director’s Tour

Portraits of Writers Exhibition

Venue: Hay Castle
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Visit Hay Castle’s inaugural exhibition, Portraits of Writers, where Tom True, director of Hay Castle, will give a ten-minute introduction to the exhibition followed by a question and answer session in the gallery.

Portraits of Writers is the exciting inaugural exhibition at Hay Castle, newly opened to the public after a major restoration project. The display, selected from the collection of the National Portrait Gallery by guest curator, author and journalist Dylan Jones OBE, brings together a range of portraits of celebrated British individuals who identify as writers. The golden thread is the theme of identity, both individual and collective. The exhibition presents a range of methods and approaches used by artists to capture the complex identities of writers, including gender identity, sexuality, race, ethnicity, national and regional identity, migration and colonisation. Writers depicted include RIz Ahmed, Simon Armitage, Salman Rushdie and Bernardine Evaristo.

After Hours: Director’s Tour of Portraits of Writers is available 5pm–5.45pm on Saturday 28 May, Sunday 29 May, Saturday 4 June and Sunday 5 June.
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