The Year of the Sea

Throughout 2018, we have all seen a great deal of cultural change, both on a local and global scale. It seems that celebrating the cultural beauty around us has become all the more significant. Cue ‘The Year of the Sea’; an exhibition which will be celebrating the beauty of the Welsh coastline – arguably one of the most exquisite coastlines in the world.
And it’s fitting, too! As pointed out by The Cymru Wales Brand, you could be anywhere in Wales and still not be more than an hour from the beach. So, when you want to celebrate Welsh beauty, what better place to start than the coast?

From the rugged North to the serene South, the 870-mile Wales Coast Path is the envy of many. The rich coastline boasts 230 beaches, including cliffs, harbours, bays and coves that truly make the Welsh coastline one of the most impressive in the world. 2018, as the Year of the Sea, is dedicated to celebrating all of this natural beauty, and Swansea is no exception.

Between 12th-30th November, the Arts Wing of Swansea Grand Theatre will hold an arts exhibition dedicated primarily to The Year of the Sea. It will also focus on other aspects of the Welsh landscape, with a rich variety of artwork on display. The exhibition will be headed by professional artist and tutor Zoe James-Williams and promises to be a cultural delight not to be missed, and arts journalist Mark Rees will open the exhibition on the first Friday.
The artwork will be up for sale, and the event is conveniently placed just in time for Christmas shopping – what better present could your family and friends ask for than a canvas celebrating the true beauty of Wales? Put together by a group of professional artists, the exhibition is guaranteed to impress, and a piece of artwork will definitely make a much-appreciated gift.

Entry to the event is free, and as stated by Rough Guides, promises to showcase “a magical landscape harbouring jagged peaks, theatrical sited castles, lush valleys and an epic coastline”. As well as focusing on The Year of the Sea, the exhibition will also be holding a raffle for The Mumbles Lifeboat Station. It is refreshing to see that Swansea is a part of such an impressive celebration of Welsh beauty – a celebration which is very well-deserved.

by Nicola McAndrew


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