Today I started an eight session course on the 'Welsh Landscape'. Wales was not recognised as having any beauty until quite late on in the 18th Century, some people would even ask the servants to 'pull down the blinds as we pass through this terrible land'. Slowly Wales began to be used in a similar way to the 'Grand Tour', a great terrifying adventure into a strange land where people spoke in a very strange tongue. The landscapes became romanticized, with Greek Gods retelling their tales in the middle of Caernarfon Castle and so on.
I am looking forward to talking through the later development of Welsh art with such masters as Sir Kyffin Williams, Peter Prendergast. Mary Lloyd Jones, John Piper, David Tress and many more exciting artists who have put Wales as one of the great centres of art once more.