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David Lloyd George Exhibition, Futures Gallery, Pierhead Building, Cardiff Bay

January 17, 2013

The 150th Anniversary of the birth of David Lloyd George Exhibition opened yesterday at the Pierhead Building in Cardiff Bay.

Pierhead Building (Left), Wales Millennium Centre (Centre), National Assembly for Wales Senedd Building (Right)

Pierhead Building (Left), Wales Millennium Centre (Centre), National Assembly for Wales Senedd Building (Right)

The exhibition contains information about David Lloyd George, the most successful Welsh politician of all. I curated and designed the exhibition which has been put together for The Lloyd George Society and Museum with key input from Professor Russell Deacon who, along with William Powell AM (exhibition sponsor), opened the exhibition, and Professor Chris Williams. There is a collection of political posters and a collection of cartoons by J. M. Staniforth on display along with a group of portraits I have drawn as well as some political reportage illustration and war art from Afghanistan.

The launch was well attended by Assembly Members and Ministers and by representatives of the media – television and press. [ITV Wales interview] [Western Mail interview]. It seemed to go down well with lots of positive comments. It was mentioned that it should of been produced in Welsh as well as English. I completely agree with this point, particularly considering that Lloyd George was a first language Welsh speaker, but even though the text was written in Welsh we simply did not have the funds to print enough display materials to cover both languages. I can only apologise for this as we did apply for more funding but were refused. The most important thing is that in this anniversary year, Lloyd George’s memory is highlighted and his profile raised.

Two of the attendees were Gwenno and Manon George, David Lloyd George’s great great nieces and it was excellent to hear that Manon, a postgraduate student in Cardiff, is currently writing a PhD on Welsh Devolution, so the family business continues in a sense.

Gwenno (left) and Manon (right) George. David Lloyd George's great great nieces.

Gwenno (left) and Manon (right) George. David Lloyd George’s great great nieces.

The exhibition continues until the end of January, as does my exhibition of War Art at the Firing Line Museum in Cardiff Castle.

William Powell AM, sponsor of the exhibition.

William Powell AM, sponsor of the exhibition.

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