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Picture a Dog (2)

11 October - 5 November 2021

Dogs have been our companions for millennia.

It is thus no surprise that they have also been present in art for thousands of years.

This exhibition includes prints, photographs, drawings, paintings, ceramics and digital illustrations from the 18th to the 21st century taken from the School of Art collections, and loaned from the National Library of Wales, artists and private collections.

On display are works by artists such as William Hogarth and Linley Sambourne, who employed dogs in satire and caricature; Herbert Thomas Dicksee and Sir Edwin Landseer, who created more sentimental images of our four-legged friends; and pieces from contemporary photographers and printmakers such as Steve Bailey and Samantha Boulanger whose dogs have become their muses.



Exhibition poster showing the back of a male bust"Inconvenient Objects"

Curating works from the School of Art Collection

Until 5 November 2021

This year’s student-curated exhibition at Aberystwyth University’s School of Art enters into wider dialogues around how museums deal with troublesome objects in their collections. It aims to make the challenges of museum display and interpretation transparent.

The project was conceived by Dr Harry Heuser, Lecturer in Art History, and developed with assistance from senior curator Neil Holland. “Accredited museums like ours have an obligation to make their collections publicly accessible”, Dr Heuser explains. “And yet, like other collections around the world, our museum houses artefacts that reflect views and values many of us consider outdated or offensive. We are taking the reopening of our galleries as an opportunity to take a look at ourselves.”

“For various reasons, none of the prints, photographs and sculptures in this show can speak for themselves. Nor are they meant to speak on our behalf. Choosing these objects for display, we draw attention to the role and responsibilities of today’s exhibition curator.” 

photo of a bullfight arena .  Victorian woodengraving of a young woman leading a horse