The Riverside Gallery re-opens

The National Library of Wales returns to The Riverside Gallery with two brand new exhibitions.

The Riverside Gallery re-opened on 18 September after an eighteen-month hiatus and the National Library is looking forward to sharing its collections with audiences outside of Aberystwyth once again.

The National Library of Wales houses over 1 million photographs connected to Wales, which range from works by pioneering photographers from the earliest days of photography to portfolios by contemporary practitioners of the art. The People: Photographs from the National Collection exhibition will focus on the unique art of documentary photography.

These images capture the beauty, humour, joy, despair and determination of human spirit.  Whether they are images of normal people going about their everyday lives, or an account of an important historical event, each photograph is a snapshot in time to be preserved for future generations.

Pembrokeshire is a land filled with myth and legend, dotted with looming castles and mysterious cromlechs, and home to an old and passionate people who through the ages have been proud of their rich history, culture and landscape.

The permanent exhibition of Pembrokeshire: Past and Present

Alongside the People exhibition, the permanent exhibition Pembrokeshire: Past and Present celebrates Pembrokeshire’s history, as well as its continuing charm, displaying iconic works by artists and writers such as Gwen and Augustus John, Waldo Williams, Claudia Williams and Graham Sutherland.

Both exhibitions run until 23 April 2022, as part of the ongoing partnership between Pembrokeshire County Council and The National Library of Wales at Glan-yr-afon/The Riverside Gallery.