Beca Rising - Peter and Paul Davies exhibition at Storiel, Bango

Date: 21/11/2018

This exhibition at Storiel, Bangor deals with history, language, landscape and social-political matters by focusing on the practice and collaboration of the brothers Peter and Paul Davies.

It celebrates the achievements of the late Bangor-based artist Paul Davies, and whilst the exhibition cannot cover the full range of his work, ideas and contribution, it does present an indication of his influence and relevance.

The exhibition includes mixed medium artwork, including the striking ‘Wales – Ireland, Celtic Sea’ oil painting (1985). The ‘Welsh Not’ sculpture, carved from a railway sleeper by Paul Davies, was part of a performance during the Welsh National Eisteddfod held in Wrexham in 1977 which drew attention to the history of the attempt to shame those that spoke Welsh.   

Beca was formed by the brothers around 1974, and was named as a tribute to the famous Rebecca Riots (1839-1843). Beca developed as a group for artists to co-operate and to challenge imagery in a variety of media which placed Welsh issues such as identity, language, culture and politics on the visual arts agenda.

Beca artists continue to exhibit widely in several different forms and contexts, notably at the National Eisteddfod.

The Beca Rising – Peter and Paul Davies exhibition can be seen at Storiel, Bangor until the 5 January 2019. Storiel is open Tuesday – Saturday 11:00 – 17:00.

Image: ‘Welsh Not’ Sculpture which is part of the exhibition.