ARTISTS and printmakers respond to antique maps housed at Ceredigion Museum in an exhb ition called Creative Mapping which runs from October 10 to January 24.

Artist Sarah Byfield, from the School of Art, Aberystwyth University, has been looking at some of the old maps held at Ceredigion Museum and selected a few to display.

“I wanted to show how fascinating these maps are, not only the printing techniques but also to illustrate how different maps can be,” she said.

Bringing things up to date are the Aberystwyth Printmakers who respond creatively to mapping. Each printed map is a personal interpretation of a locality.

Printmaker artist such as Barbara Matthews, Veronica Calarco, Sarah Byfield, Ian Phillips, Ali Lochhead, Mary Lloyd Jones, Stuart Evans, Helen Pugh, Judy Macklin, and Marie Pierre are displaying works alongside the original antique maps.

“Maps tell specific stories, and these works are created by local artists who know the area,” said Sarah. She has been working on this display since the inspiring ‘Walks and Talks’ series which she attended last year.

There will be a series of activities related to the Creative Mapping exhibition including local walks and talks as well as fun activities at the museum:

On Thursday, October 29, at 2.30pm a free talk and walk, ‘Mapping Aberystwyth’ will be hosted by Michael Freeman, former curator at Ceredigion Museum,

On Friday, October 30, a drop-in family workshop will be held from 11am to 1pm to encourage participants to use the exhibition as inspiration for their own map of Aberystwyth.

On Saturday, October 31, Rafe Fitzpatrick connects with Ceredigion landscape, with words by Cynan Jones. Performance includes Stevie Jones and Pumlumon 70 (violin /guitar/ double bass/ moog and drums). Tickets are £7 (£6).

At 1pm on Wednesday, December 2, there will be a free 40-minute talk by Mary-Ann Constantine. ‘Visions and Vertigo: Catherine Hutton’s adventures in C18th Wales’ explores the ups and downs of 18th century travel through the writings of the Birmingham novelist Catherine Hutton, who made several journeys into mid and north Wales from the 1780s.

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