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Documenting the City:

Art and Society in Newport 

John Wilson, Guest Curator

Newport Museum and Art Gallery 

May - July 2007

Documenting the City

Art and Society in Newport

Documenting the City: Art and Society in Newport is an exhibition plus online gallery to celebrate Newport's Coming of age as a City following the assumption of official city status in 2002. 

Documenting the City: Art and Society in Newport showcases art works from the permanent collections of the Newport Museum and Art Gallery. The exhibition was open to the public at Newport Museum and Art Gallery, 12th May - 7th July 2007. 

Documenting the City: Art and Society in Newport explores the visual representation of Newport and its region from the eighteenth century to the present. We also explore the art world of Newport, with particular reference to the history of the Newport College of Art. 

Documenting the City: Art and Society in Newport provides a unique perspective upon the making of modern Newport. We trace the evolution of the modern city from the turbulent origins of frontier industrialism and Chartism, through the change and challenges of the twentieth century, to the current prospects of the new entrepreneurial City of Newport. We may say that Newport has risen to the challenge of modernity across the generations with a passion and a vision all of its own. / Read more: Essays

John Wilson, Guest Curator
Roger Cucksey, Keeper of Art

Newport Museum and Art Gallery
City of Newport, South Wales
1 May, 2007 


The Documenting the City project is produced by John Wilson, Guest Curator in collaboration with Roger Cucksey, Keeper of Art, Newport Museum and Art Gallery. 

The online resources ArtNewport on Flickr and Documenting the City are produced by John Wilson.  All views expressed therein are those of the author.

All reproductions of art works are copyright Newport Museum and Art Gallery. All other photographs are copyright John Wilson unless otherwise stated. All text is copyright John Wilson. 

The Documenting the City exhibition was organised by Newport Museum and Art Gallery, with the support of: