Photography and Design

Photography and design for books, leaflets and interpretative material.

Stained Glass Research

Links for research concerning stained glass in churches in Wales.

Saints' Cults in Wales

A four-year research project editing medieval Welsh texts about saints in Wales.

Detail of woodwork at Hafod.
Stained glass at Llanwenllwyfo.
Scene from the Life of St Winifrede, at Holywell.

Sulien Books

art and craft, ancient and modern

News and events

On 18 July there will be a launch evening for the book on the stained glass at Lampeter, written with John Hammond. This will be held at the church, St Peter's in Lampeter, offering a chance to look at the windows that are all described and illustrated in the book.

Four of the artists exhibiting at the Curious Travellers exhibition, now in Old College, Aberystwyth, will be talking about their work on Tuesday 25 July, at Old College. The show will come down at the end of that week, for the last time, it seems, having been to Wrexham and Llanfrothen (see below).

I am showing work as part of the 'Art on the Faith Trail' exhibition at a number of churches in northern Pembrokeshire in June and July. There are examples of my work at Llanwnda, Llanychaer and Pontfaen, churches that are all within a few miles of Fishguard, as well as at St Davids Cathedral.

 

MAMO image: knight on a television.The Middle Ages in the Modern World Conference

University of Manchester 28 June – 1 July 2017

I was invited to join a panel on medievalism in Wales at 'The Middle Ages in the Modern World' Conference, Manchester, presenting my research on medievalism and Celticism in the visual arts of Wales during the twentieth century.

In addition to my talk I also exhibited some of my prints based on the medieval tiles at Strata Florida and the rood screen at Llananno. I was also asked if I could help out with providing an image for the conference bag, and came up with the image shown here. The image tried to echo the many papers analysing the representation of the Middle Ages, in its many guises, in contemporary film, television and games.

 

Cover of Curious Travellers book, image by Alison Lochhead.On the Move: Curious Travellers come to Oriel Brondanw and Old College Aberystwyth

Last autumn I took part in an innovative group exhibition at Oriel Sycharth, Wrexham, in which thirteen artists responded to Thomas Pennant’s Tours in Wales. The exhibition was organised as a contribution to the 'Curious Travellers' research project by my colleagues at the Centre for Advanced Welsh and Celtic Studies, Mary-Ann Constantine and Elizabeth Edwards. My work for the exhibition was based on the rood screen and architectural sculpture at the Church of All Saints, Gresford, a church that Thomas Pennant visited and wrote about.

Work by Martin Crampin on display at Oriel Brondanw, Plas BrondanwThe show has now been installed at the magical location of Oriel Brondanw, near Llanfrothen, and runs there until 25 June. It will also be shown in Old College, Aberystwyth, in July, but this will probably be in an abridged form, so a visit to Oriel Brondanw is advised, where the architecture, gardens and views are so exquisite and provide a fine setting for the work.

For those unable to visit the exhibition, and for those who wish to remember it, a book of the exhibition is now available. I designed the book and provided much of the photography, which includes a double-page spread for each of the artists, an introduction and poems by Ifor ap Glyn and Philip Gross. The book is available at the exhibition venues, or contact me for copies (priced £5).

 

Image of St David in stained glass, at Llanbadarn Fawr.Saints and Stained Glass: talks in spring 2017

I gave a number of different kinds of talks and presentations during the second quarter of 2017.

On 1 April, I contributed to an afternoon of talks at the Church of St Padarn, Llanbadarn Fawr: 'Padarn and the Saints of Wales'. During the preceding week, my colleague David Parsons and I gave gallery talks for the 'Stories of the Saints' exhibition at the National Library of Wales on 29 March. I was also interviewed about the exhibition for 'Sunday Matters', which was broadcast across Radio Pembrokeshire, Radio Carmarthenshire and Radio Ceredigion on Sunday 26 March.

I helped to lead visits for the Stained Glass Museum Study Weekend to a number of churches in north-east Wales (21–23 April), together with Jasmine Allen, curator of the Stained Glass Museum, and Penny Hebgin-Barnes, an expert on medieval stained glass. The weekend brought me back to many churches that I had visited before, but also introduced me to some new places in Cheshire, in particular the private chapels at Cholmondeley Castle and Eaton Hall.

In May I was invited to speak about medievalism in nineteenth-century stained glass at the 'Reframing Stained Glass' conference in Cambridge, organised by Gareth Atkins of the 'Bible and Antiquity Project', Centre for Research in the Arts, Social Sciences and Humanities (CRASSH).

I returned to a mix of saints and stained glass for two talks at the National Library of Wales. I gave a lunchtime lecture about the imagery of saints in churches in Wales on 17 May and on 3 June I was among the speakers at a one-day conference 'Stories of the Saints'.

 

 

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Research projects

I have been based at the University of Wales Centre for Advanced Welsh and Celtic Studies since 1999. For a brief summary of the projects that I have been involved in at the Centre, see my staff page.