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Enter the festive spirit at Gwynedd Museum & Art Gallery

A ballring by Emily Morgan
A ballring by Emily Morgan

Come and enjoy the fun at a special coffee morning and children’s art session at the Gwynedd Museum and Art Gallery in Bangor on Saturday, 8 December.

You can enjoy mince pies, mulled wine, tea and coffee between 11am and 12.30pm – as well as having a chance to enjoy the special exhibitions in the gallery.

The exhibitions at the Gallery include:

For the Love of Making Books

10 November – 12 January

An exhibition of one-off or small limited editions of books and related artwork by fifteen artists who produce books unlike the usual but as a creative concept, unique and personal.

Artists have interpreted language or alluded to words through imagery throughout all ages. Artists’ books are another way of visually presenting a message for the viewer or reader and have existed in an acknowledged form since the late 19th Century. Since then contemporary artists’ books have grown in popularity and stature and are a means of working with ideas, images and texts. The artworks displayed encompass alternative approaches to the form of the book. Some are beautifully executed volumes, others take a more humerous and quirky angle imitating game packs, index cards or bookmarks for example. Others explore a more sculptural form experimenting with paper engineering, incorporating alternative materials and altering or re-working existing books. These works of art allow the viewer to engage in both text and visual narrative in a way that many other art forms do not allow.

All that Glitters….

10 November – 12 January

Why not treat yourself or your loved ones with affordable designer jewellery this Christmas?

Unique, stylish and fun jewellery is for sale at this exhibition where there is bound to be something to suit your taste. Designed and hand made by established British jewellers are a range of pendants, ear-rings, bangles and watches made of traditional and contemporary materials such as silver, copper, iron, glass, acrylic and plastic. Amongst the makers are award winning Welsh designers Mari Thomas, Nicola Palterman and Ann Catrin Evans. Recent commissions by Mari include producing the coveted Bardic Crown at the National Eisteddfod for the past two years and also wedding rings for Hollywood couple Ioan Gruffudd and Alice Evans. Ioan also wore a pair of cufflinks in silver and 22ct gold made by Mari, which complemented his custom-made Armani suit. Other designers exhibiting are Hannah Coates, Marianne Forrest, Aurora Lombardo, Claire Lowe, Emily Morgan, Rebecca Walklett, Anna Roebuck and Sharon McSwiney.  Also displayed are water-gilded decorated mirrors made by specialists in their field Gill Yorath and Luigi Esposito.

And in the Museum, you can enjoy:

The Alcohol Controversy : How temperance tackled alcoholism locally

On show until 9 March

Drunkenness, binge drinking, heart and liver disease, drink driving, domestic abuse and violence…  Such problems that are associated with drinking alcohol today are not new.  In the early nineteenth century, ‘an age when drinking water in Britain was perhaps the most dangerous habit of all’ and the price of tea was beyond the means of the working classes, it is not surprising that drunkenness was widespread.  This exhibition will focus on the history of the Temperance Movement in Gwynedd and how it affected attitudes to drink and the social lives of local inhabitants during the nineteenth century.  A large, rare banner from the Beddgelert Temperance Society 1836 will be one of the highlights of the exhibition.

Remember that admission is free to the Gwynedd Museum and Art Gallery in Bangor. It is open Tuesday to Friday 12.30pm to 4.30pm and on Saturday from 10.30am until 4.30pm. For more information visit


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