Artist documents last coal miners in South Wales

Artist Hillary Powell has captured images of some of the last coal miners of South Wales in a series of prints being exhibited at The Welfare Ystradgynlais from 29th July – 23rd August 2016. Hilary visited a drift mine in the Upper Swansea Valley to document these workingmen and the landscape and culture that surround them. The title of the exhibition ‘Farewell Rock’ is the name for the band of sandstone that lies below the coal measures. Once reached it signals ‘a farewell to riches’ and the end of coal – fitting as the last open cast mines in the region are mothballed and the colliery faces an uncertain future. The exhibited work was produced through the biannual Josef Herman Art Foundation Cymru (JHAFC) Print Residency at the prestigious Curwen Studio. The JHAFC was established in Ystradgynlais 15 years ago to honour the life and work of Polish émigré artist

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