Curatorview [Alfredo Cramerotti]


Posted in nEws and rEleases by Curatorview on February 16, 2017


Dave Muller, This American’s Top 40 (2012) Part I, 2013. Acrylic on paper.
Trwy garedigrwydd yr artist a ‘The Approach’, London. Courtesy the artist and The Approach, London.


18 February25 June 2017

Participating artists: Zarouhie Abdalian, Saâdane Afif, Cory Arcangel, John Baldessari, Simeon Barclay, Alex Bartsch, Jacqueline Bebb, Andrea Büttner, Anne Collier, Claire Fontaine, Mario García Torres, Charles Gershom, Rebecca Gould, Gareth Griffith, Scott King, Adam McEwen, Dave Muller, Fernando Ortega, Hannah Rickards, Torbjørn Rødland, Anri Sala, Fabrice Samyn, Santo Tolone
Historical presentations relating to Wagstaff’s store and the town of Llandudno

WAGSTAFF’S takes as its point of departure a piano and musical instrument dealership of the same name that occupied the current MOSTYN building in the years prior to its being reinstated as an art gallery in the 1970s.

Originally based in Manchester, Wagstaff’s relocated to number 1 Vaughan Street in Llandudno in the early 1940s after the city store was demolished during World War II, and in 1946 it moved to number 12, site of MOSTYN, Wales today. The establishment of music shops such as Wagstaff’s in the late 19th century reflected the high regard in which music was held in terms of entertainment inside and outside the family home. Many of these shops have now gone out of business due to changes in both technology and family leisure pursuits.

WAGSTAFF’S considers the long-standing connection between music and art, and records an interpretation from today’s perspective. A number of the artists featured in the exhibition have previously appeared together in shows which have surveyed the linkage between the genre of music and the field of art. In this sense, the exhibition suggests some of music’s most embraced and debated facets; the cover version, the copy, and the culture of bootlegging.

The exhibition is presented within a format made up of four categories, taking inspiration from independent music record shops, which would categorise music by genre and which, along with musical instrument shops, have decreased in number. The categories are designed to give structure to the wide array of approaches and usages of music in the visual arts, many of which are presented in the exhibition. The format also allows opportunities for overlaps and mixes to be played out between the categories, and the artworks presented within.

This exhibition is part of MOSTYN’s History Series* which, since 2013, has examined the heritage of MOSTYN’s building, the town of Llandudno and links further afield. The series has presented historical artefacts and images alongside works by contemporary artists, thus forming a dialogue between past and present. This exhibition is curated by Adam Carr, (Visual Arts Programme Curator, MOSTYN), with historical research by Jane Matthews (Engagement Manager/Research, MOSTYN) and Richard Cynan Jones (Operations and Facitilies/Research, MOSTYN).

Special Event:

WAGSTAFF’S Exhibition preview evening

A night of live music and contemporary art
17 February 2017, 6:30pm

Join us to celebrate the opening of WAGSTAFF’S, a new group exhibition based on the piano and musical instrument shop which occupied the MOSTYN building from the 1940s to the early 1980s.

Music, in partnership with CEG, from Magi Tudur (Welsh singer/songwriter) and Paul Green (contemporary folk singer/songwriter/guitarist) in our licensed bar and cafe.

It’s FREE and everyone is welcome!
After show event, with surprise guest entertainment, at 3rdSpace at Great Orme Brewery, Llandudno from 9pm.

MOSTYN new exhibition season opening – Friday 19 July 2013

Posted in nEws and rEleases by Curatorview on July 18, 2013


Opening of MOSTYN’s new season of exhibitions

Friday 19 July 2013 – 6.30pm onwards



[until 13/10/2013]


GALLERY 6: Uprisings [until 20/10/2013]
supported by Esmée Fairbairn Foundation
This summer we are running activities alongside our exhibition Dear Portrait, with classes, workshops and resources that let you explore the genre of portraiture in both guided classes and at your own pace.

For more details, visit our website or to book a place call 01492 879201 or email

Misha Shengelia and Gareth Griffith’s exhibitions in MOSTYN – Pioneer

Posted in nEws and rEleases by Curatorview on February 6, 2012


28.12.2011 & 04.01.2012

Misha Shengelia and Gareth Griffith’s exhibitions in MOSTYN – The Guardian Guide

Posted in nEws and rEleases by Curatorview on December 12, 2011

The Guardian Guide

by Robert Clark

3 December 2011

BBC Wales Arts: December exhibitions at Mostyn

Posted in nEws and rEleases by Curatorview on December 5, 2011

by Laura Chamberlain

Wednesday, 30 November 2011


Mostyn in Llandudno will open three new exhibitions on Saturday, in addition to the two current exhibitions already running at the gallery.

The work of Anselm Kiefer, one of Germany’s most significant post-war artists, will go on show at Mostyn from Saturday 3 December. The exhibition is part of ARTIST ROOMS, a new collection of international contemporary art that tours the UK with the aid of the Art Fund. It will be the first time that Kiefer’s work has been shown in Wales.

Works on display by Kiefer date from 1969, together with more recent works by the artists from 2006-2010.

The exhibition gives the chance to explore Kiefer’s work and in particular the way in which his work resonates with Welsh culture, for example in relation to the nature of mythology and its link with landscape.

Detail from Anselm Kiefer's 1969 photograph Heroische Sinnbilder (Heroic Symbols). Image: ARTIST ROOMS, Tate and National Galleries of Scotland. Acquired jointly through The d’Offay Donation with assistance from the National Heritage Memorial Fund and the ArtDetail from Anselm Kiefer’s 1969 photograph Heroische Sinnbilder (Heroic Symbols). Image: ARTIST ROOMS, Tate and National Galleries of Scotland. Acquired jointly through The d’Offay Donation with assistance from the National Heritage Memorial Fund and the Art

Mostyn has previously hosted the work of American artist Alex Katz as part of the ARTIST ROOMS touring collection, while the National Museum Wales in Cardiff currently has work on show by another influential German artist Joseph Beuys, also as part of ARTIST ROOMS.

Meanwhile, Ha Ha Road also opens on Saturday at Mostyn. The exhibition has been curated by two Berlin-based artists Sophie Springer and Dave Ball, the latter is originally from Swansea.

Ha Ha Road is a group show of work by 25 artists and takes a look at the use of humour in contemporary art. Some of the artists involved include Pipilotti Rist, Ceal Floyer, Erwin Wurm and Welsh artist Bedwyr Williams, who won the gold medal for fine art at this year’s National Eisteddfod.

Curator Dave Ball will be at Mostyn to discuss the exhibition in a free talk at 2pm on Saturday afternoon. The exhibition will occupy gallery one and two at Mostyn until 11 March 2012.

Detail from Prank by Dan Witz, 2005Detail from Prank by Dan Witz, 2005

The other new exhibition at the Llandudno gallery is Shelter by Gareth Griffith. Shelter is a multi-dimensional exhibition that has evolved from a body of paintings by Griffiths that featured one of the most basics forms of shelter, a tent, that was used on his past family holidays.

Griffith began to build small constructions of tents and shelters, originally to be used as maquettes for paintings. Yet after constructing around 20 or so small examples of these structures Griffith invited his three sons, all of whom are artists themselves, to add their own constructions to the collection and this began a wider collaborative process with other artists.

Contributions from 60 artists from Wales and further afield, such as Peter Finnemore, Heather and Ivan Morison, Ivor Richards and Paul Granjon, who have each produced their own ‘shelters’ will form part of the exhibition at Mostyn, together with some of Griffith’s background research for the project.

Gareth Griffith's Shelter exhibition at Mostyn. Image courtesy of the artist and MostynGareth Griffith’s Shelter exhibition at Mostyn. Image courtesy of the artist and Mostyn

Current displays at the gallery include The Colour of Words, an exhibition of work by local school children made in response to the recent David Nash exhibition at the gallery, plus Bruegel Boogie Woogie, an exhibition of small paintings – each measuring 18x24cm – by Georgian artist Misha Shengelia.

Visit for more details on the current and future exhibitions at the gallery.

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