Exhibition visit ‘For the Curious…’

Aberration & Voices From the Edge present

Insights into the exhibition
‘For the Curious and Interested’

Installation view
Installation view

Friday 26 July  6pm to 8.30pm (doors open 5.45pm) £5
at Amgueddfa Ceredigion Museum, Terrace Road,
Aberystwyth SY23 2AQ

with Rose Thorn and Abid Hussain

Come with us behind the scenes at the museum! This exhibition asks questions about historic objects. We will see the brilliant creative and artistic responses from Voices from the Edge. And we will talk about what people of colour and/or LGBTQ+ (lesbian, gay, bi, trans and queer) people have in common, in museums and galleries where our very existence has been hidden, skewed or exploited for hundreds of years.

About the exhibition visit

Aberration (the LGBTQ+ arts strand) is delighted to host this evening visit to the exhibition ‘For the Curious and Interested’ at Ceredigion Museum, in the centre of Aberystwyth.

A unique feature of this exhibition is the presence of the responses of Voices from the Edge – a group of creatives from the global majority in Mid and West Wales. They have responded artistically to a selection of artefacts from the collection of Sir Hans Sloane, which were used to found the British Museum in 1753. The contributors vividly express themes of globalisation, ‘being silenced’ and ‘not being heard’, which resonate strongly through the exhibition.

When looking at museum objects and artworks gathered from around the world during a period of colonial expansion and transatlantic slavery, how do we respond?

Rose Thorn and Abid Hussain (from the Voices from the Edge group) will guide us in their process of co-curating and working with a powerful organisation; a unique opportunity to explore the intersections of being from the global majority and LGBTQI+ communities.

Ceredigion Museum auditorium / theatre
Ceredigion Museum Auditorium – former music hall / cinema

We will have exclusive use of the space where you will be able to visit the exhibition in the gallery at the start of the evening. We will then move into the main auditorium for talks and films and to share our responses with each other and the artists. An opportunity to reflect on and respond to these many layered issues and consider the implications for today’s world.

Entry: £5 per person. It would help us if you could reserve your place/s in advance from Aberration (not the museum!). Just send an email to aberrationcymru@gmail.com with the subject line 'Exhibition' and the number of people. We will add you to the list and take payment on the door (cash or card). There are also likely to be places available on the night.

About our guides

Rose Thorn has worked in many roles as a community artist, project coordinator and performer within health, education and voluntary settings; she is passionate about the therapeutic uses of the arts with people who often feel disempowered. She is a Playback Theatre performer and trainer, which honours community stories by instantly ‘playing-back’ what the audience shares. Her interest in the body, breath and mind continues with teaching local yoga classes and facilitating well-being retreats.

Abid Hussain is an emerging artist, based in Wales. “I perceive my art practice as a living and breathing organism which is guiding me in return for nourishment and protection. It lingers ‘outside’ or ‘in-between’ the established boundaries of Sculpture, Performance, Installation and other disciplines.”

About the venue

Amgueddfa Ceredigion Museum is in the old Coliseum Theatre not far from the seafront on Terrace Road in Aberystwyth (next to big Boots!). There are lifts and wheelchair access to the upstairs rooms we are using, and disabled toilets.

This exhibition ‘For the Curious and Interested’ is open to the public outside our visit and you can read more about it here: https://ceredigionmuseum.wales/collections-community/exhibitions/

Croeso i bawb

Aberration and its partners welcome all open-minded folk to this special evening. If you are from the global majority and/or LGBTQ+ community, or if you are just interested to hear these perspectives first-hand, do come along! Reserve your place by emailing Aberration: aberrationcymru@gmail.com (See grey box above for full entry info.)

More this weekend

Aberration is also involved in another Aberystwyth event the following day: ‘Peace of WritingSaturday 27 July 11am to 3pm. The workshop is inspired by the Welsh Women’s Peace Appeal and petition of 1923/24 and takes place just uphill, at the National Library of Wales. Led by Norena Shopland and Jane Hoy, and organised by Academi Heddwch. Find out more about the writing workshop >>

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