A major exhibition celebrating one of Britain’s most important abstract artists.

This is the largest exhibition ever shown in the UK of the work of Gillian Ayres, a pioneer of abstract painting. Covering her career from the 1950s, when she was at the forefront of the emerging British scene, to the 1980s, it includes both major paintings and pieces from her own collection.

Ayres is known for her large canvasses and exuberant use of vibrant colour. She often visited, and for several years lived in, Wales, where among the mountains, she said, ‘One really started to see everything in paint'. Her time there had a profound influence on her painting and the works of this period are highlighted in the exhibition.

The exhibition includes interactive activities for young children with colourful trails, a dress up area, and a selection of paintings interpreted with children’s labels to encourage discussion.

National Museum Cardiff

Cathays Park, Cardiff, South Glamorgan, CF10 3NP

029 2039 7951


Opening times

Tues – Sun & most Bank Holiday Mondays
10am – 5pm (Galleries close 4.45pm)

Closed 24 – 26 Dec, 1 Jan

Free to all

10% off restaurant

Valid to 31 December 2019

10% off café

Valid to 31 December 2019

Enjoy a range of sandwiches and baguettes, home-made soup, and cakes made from local Welsh ingredients where possible.

10% off shop

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