‘Gold, from antiquity through to present day, is the iconic symbol of wealth’.
The theme of this exhibition – Rivers of Gold– may immediately conjure up images of the fabulous gold artifacts of Pharaonic Egypt and Mesoamerica, and other ancient civilizations. However, what is seldom appreciated is the huge human and environmental cost associated with the prospecting, extraction and processing of gold.
Organised in conjunction with Aberystwyth Printmakers, La Trobe University, Lincoln Center for Water and Planetary Health, and University of Lincoln, Judy Macklin has curated an international exhibition and exchange between Australia, New Zealand and Wales. Artists have been invited to reflect on these and related issues, which explore the ‘Rivers of Gold’ theme over a range of time and space scales from antiquity through to the 21st century and beyond.
Opening Event and discussion : Monday 4th March, 6pm
Meet the artists and scientists for an evening of looking, listening, learning and interaction. Introduction by Prof John Harvey, and presentation by Judy and Mark Macklin discussing the artists’ work and the wider issues it raises for planetary health in the 21st century. Starting in the Arts Centre Cinema then moving into the gallery for refreshments and Q&A. This talk is part of a series of four in 2019, linking Aberystwyth Galleries in The Arts Centre, National Library of Wales, School of Art and Ceredigion Museum - to find out more about Rivers of Gold or Aberystwyth Printmakers please contact firstname.lastname@example.org