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Please note - the gallery is closed this week, 13 - 17 October, 2014 for re-hanging

The next exhibitions, 'Art+Book' and 'A Book About Death' open on Saturday 18th October at 2pm

From the book as an art form in its own right, to 3D creations, comic and book illustrations, this exhibition sees RCA members celebrate the multi-faceted relationship between art and book in an exhibition which will fascinate both mind and eye. This exhibition has been curated by Ann Lewis VPRCA.

Meri Wells - My very own yellow creature, inspired by Mervyn Peake's Captain Slaughterboard Drops Anchor.

Foreground Ruth Thomas - Three hand made books, each containing five collagraph prints of gloves
On the wall Clive Hicks Jenkins - Illustrations from The Foliate Head and Thaliad by Marly Youmans

A BOOK ABOUT DEATH was launched as an underground, global art project in September 2009 at the Emily Harvey Foundation Gallery in New York City, New York. It was conceived and curated by American artist Matthew Rose as an open, unbound book on the subject of death. Taking the name, A Book About Death from the artist Ray Johnson, Rose paid homage to the founder of mail art and at the same time offered artists to explore the theme of death through post card sized works in an edition of 500; thus the “book.” The NYC exhibition was extremely well attended and set off a series of exhibitions around the world – ABAD – numbering thus far, 27, the most recent taking place in Australia. With an archival set of the New York ABAD show (487 works) new exhibitions touch upon particular, local themes but draw from a growing and global well of artists. All exhibitions invite artists to mail in their works, usually in post card format.

The Royal Cambrian Academy ABAD show in Wales will be the 28th ‘A Book about Death’ exhibition. Included will be the work from the initial New York exhibition, as well as works from from ABAD Wales, at MOMA Machynlleth. The exhibition has been curated by Sonja Benskin-Mesher RCA.
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