For the first time on television, the full story of the remarkable riches of the art of Wales will be set out – as well as the places, people and history that inspired it.
Presented by broadcaster Huw Stephens who recently won a Bafta Cymru award for his documentary exploring the Welsh music scene, The Story Of Welsh Art will take viewers on a breath-taking visual tour of the nation, from stunning bronze-age artefacts to delicate medieval stained glass, from gentry portraits by master painters to folk art, some of the most thrilling and ground-breaking landscape art in the world to award-winning cutting edge contemporary pieces.
The programme will include both art made in Wales by homegrown artists as well as art of Wales by world-renowned artists.
Produced by Wildflame Productions, this three-part landmark production will air on BBC One Wales and BBC Four, and will bring the history of Welsh art to life in HD for the first time. It is expected to air early next year.
Huw Stephens says: “The Story Of Welsh Art is something I’m very much looking forward to making. I get to travel Wales to see the art that tells the story of our country, and meet those who have their own take on it. I’m hoping it’s going to be a surprising, illuminating and fascinating journey.”
BBC Cymru Wales’ Head of Commissioning, Nick Andrews, says: “This series is long overdue and in many ways a series of firsts. The first time we’ve told the sweeping history of the art of Wales in full, and the first time much of our art will have been captured in high definition with the very latest technology.
“Having Huw Stephens tell us this story and take us on this spectacular adventure from prehistory to the present day will be such a treat and an important piece of work.”
Director of BBC Arts, Jonty Claypole, says: “Welsh artists have always been at the cutting edge of artistic innovation. From the UK’s first landscape artist, Richard Wilson, the striking portraits of Gwen John, to Bedwyr Williams’ electrifying installations today – and many more wonders besides. BBC Arts is proud to join with BBC Wales in putting a spotlight on this breath-taking story of creative vision, voice and virtuosity.”