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The new exhibition at Oriel y Parc contrasts the beauty of the Pembrokeshire Coast with the reality of the damage plastic is causing to the waters and wildlife of our fragile shores.

With artwork and natural specimens from the collections of Amgueddfa Cymru-National Museum Wales, the exhibition titled Coast explores how the sea has inspired artists for centuries and how plastic has impacted on art and everyday life.

The skeleton and shell of a leatherback turtle found near Skomer Island will be one of the highlights of the natural history specimens on display, which will also include a black-headed gull entangled in a plastic ring.
The skeleton and shell of a leatherback turtle found near Skomer Island will be one of the highlights of the natural history specimens on display.

This exhibition provides plenty of inspiration to explore the Pembrokeshire Coast National Park, from stunning landscape paintings to specimens of the many sea birds you can find here such as puffin, razorbill and chough.

Many of the exhibits however, also illustrate the different aspects of our coastlines and how attitudes have changed over time, from past periods of thriving industry, to the romanticism of the 19th century and on to the current and future challenges.

Fine art and specimens from the natural history collections have been brought together to illustrate how the plastic problem has developed, from the plastic free world of the 1600s to the present day.

A Calm by Jan van de Cappelle (1624-1679) © Amgueddfa Cymru-National Museum Wales.
A Calm by Jan van de Cappelle (1624-1679) © Amgueddfa Cymru-National Museum Wales.

The focal point of the seascapes featured in the exhibition is A Calm by Jan van de Cappelle (1624-1679), who is considered the outstanding Dutch marine painter of the 17th century. He pioneered a new approach to marine painting in terms of perspective and placement of ships, as well as skies and reflection.

The skeleton and shell of a leatherback turtle found near Skomer Island will be one of the highlights of the natural history specimens on display, which will also include a black-headed gull entangled in a plastic ring.

The gallery will also include paintings by John Brett, Cedric Morris, John Piper, Sir Kyffin Williams and Brendan Stuart Burns, who was the first Artist in Residence at Oriel y Parc.

The display will also feature a collection of works by Graham Sutherland, including a collection of items he found on beaches that inspired some of his work.
The display will also feature a collection of works by Graham Sutherland, including a collection of items he found on beaches that inspired some of his work.

Coast will be on display at Oriel y Parc from 15 September 2018 onwards. The gallery is open from 10am-4pm every day.

 Partner Amgueddfa Cymru National Museum Wales

 The main gallery showcases artists' interpretations of landscape, taken from
Amgueddfa Cymru-National Museum Wales' collection of art and antiquities.

Admission is free and the building is fully accessible. Click the link to find out more about gallery opening times.