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New director appointed at Oriel Davies Gallery

Created on 11/09/2017 @ 09:47
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Newtown’s Oriel Davies art gallery has appointed an acclaimed Welsh artist and curator as its new director.

Steffan Jones-Hughes joins the gallery in November from his current role as visual arts manager at Aberystwyth Arts Centre.

Prior to this, he spent more than 12 years driving the development of arts and culture in Wrexham, first in the Regional Print Centre and more recently at Oriel Wrecsam, where he secured a £2.3m investment for a new multi-use arts and cultural space, due to open in 2018.
Oriel Davies’ chair, Mary Napper White said: “On behalf of the board of trustees and staff, I would like to welcome Steffan and say how delighted we are to appoint him as the new director.

“We look forward to working with him to lead this thriving gallery into its next phase of development.”
Mr Jones-Hughes said: “I'm delighted to be taking on the role of director at Oriel Davies at this point in its development. I look forward to working with the hugely talented team, leading the organisation forward to build on its relationship with audiences and community.
“My first role in galleries was with Oriel Davies many years ago, when I covered a maternity leave as education officer in the early 1990s. The gallery has changed much since that time and I feel honoured to take on the position from Amanda Farr.”
Steffan takes over as director following the retirement of Amanda Farr at the end of 2016, after 18 very successful years.  Oriel Davies is a major Mid Wales contemporary art gallery in the portfolio of Arts Council Wales, showing groundbreaking national and international art and craft.
The gallery is open from Monday to Saturday from 10am to 5pm and admission is free.

Photo: Steffan Jones-Hughes 

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