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The Art of Collecting 

John Wilson & Roger Cucksey

Guest Curators

Newport Museum & Art Gallery

July 2007 - 2008


Exhibition background

THE ART OF COLLECTING exhibition opened on 20 July 2007 and remained on public display throughout 2008. 

Designed as a follow-on to the Documenting the City exhibition ( May - July 2007) which celebrated Newport's coming of age as a City, THE ART OF COLLECTING likewise explored the formation and growth of Newport's public art collections. 


THE ART OF COLLECTING features a diverse range of mostly twentieth century works by notable British and Welsh artists,  including Sir Frank Brangwyn R.A., Christopher Wood, Alexander Stanhope Forbes R.A., Terrick Williams R.A., Sir William Russell Flint R.A., Dorothea Sharp, Merlyn Evans, Sir Alfred Munnings R.A., Patricia Preece, Edward Wadsworth A.R.A., Ceri Richards, Sir Kyffin Williams R.A., Sir Stanley Spencer R.A., John Elwyn , L.S.Lowry, Jeffrey Steele, and William Scott R.A..

Exhibition theme 

THE ART OF COLLECTING provides a public airing of works by some of the better known artists in the Newport Museum and Art Gallery's permanent collections.  

Over a hundred years in the making, Newport has quietly built up a public art collection of which it can be proud. 

The exhibition highlights the way in which the Newport Museum and Art Gallery's permanent collections have been formed through a fortuitous mix of private benefactions, public educational principles and curatorial nurturing over the decades. 



The Art of Collecting was produced by Roger Cucksey, Keepr of Art, Newport Museum and Art Gallery and John Wilson, Guest Curator. Roger Cucksey gratefully acknowledges the voluntary assistance of  Sarah Griffiths.