Art in the Mansion ~ The Royal Watercolour Society of Wales and Associazione Italiana Acquerellisti
May 11 - May 30
This show is a joint exhibition between The Royal Watercolour Society of Wales and Associazione Italiana Acquerellisti based in Milan, Italy. The second leg of the show will be in Milan, Italy, in the spring of 2020.
The Royal Watercolour Society of Wales (RWSW) was formed by six like-minded artists, living in and around Cardiff, to exhibit and promote this medium by holding regular exhibitions of their work throughout Wales. The first exhibition was held in 1959 at the National Museum of Wales in Cardiff. Today the Society has around 40 members all professional artists living and working in Wales and entry to the Society is by election, and in this way the Society maintains high standards of work as well as attracting new talent to its ranks.
The Royal Watercolour Society of Wales exists to promote and showcase the art of watercolour, through the paintings of its members. RWSW aims to provide a forum for the continuing appreciation and development of the medium, along with some water based mixed media.
The Associazione Italiana Acquerellisti (AIA) was founded in 1974 in Milan on the initiative of a small group of Italian famous painters who wanted to revive the watercolour technique in Italy. AIA promotes “pure watercolour” that is just water and colours without the use of other components.
Currently AIA counts about 150 members from all over Italy. To achieve its statute purposes AIA organizes and takes part in exhibitions at national and international level, organizes workshops and festivals and publishes a half-year magazine “L’Acquerello”.
In 1998 AIA launched, along with the Belgian Association AIB, the European Confederation of Watercolour Societies (ECWS) which today includes 14 watercolour European associations from Belgium, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Iceland, Norway, Poland, Spain and Sweden.
There will be an open evening for the exhibition on Saturday 18th May from 6.30pm. The evening is open to all. Normal admission to the Gardens does not apply on the evening, but does at all other times.
Featured watercolour: A Cottage Garden in Monmouthshire by Duncan Macdonald Johnson.