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'An Art of Our Own': state patronage of the visual arts in Wales, 1945-1967

'An Art of Our Own': state patronage of the visual arts in Wales, 1945-1967
'An Art of Our Own': state patronage of the visual arts in Wales, 1945-1967

The formation of the Arts Council of Great Britain (ACGB) in 1945 marked the introduction of official state patronage for the arts in Britain. But while research has focused on ACGB's contribution to English cultural life, little has been written about its influence throughout the rest of Great Britain. This paper addresses this gap by examining ACGB's Welsh Committee's contribution to the visual arts in post-war Wales. It argues the Welsh Committee not only helped develop greater 'knowledge, practice and interest' in contemporary Welsh art, but also strengthened Welsh national identity, thereby illustrating the 'plurinational' character of British cultural policy.

Arts Council, Cultural Policy, National Identity, Visual Arts, Wales
1361-9462
44-64
Jones, Huw David
8a9d536b-2b68-41be-a1a6-da9aff14ec63
Jones, Huw David
8a9d536b-2b68-41be-a1a6-da9aff14ec63

Jones, Huw David (2013) 'An Art of Our Own': state patronage of the visual arts in Wales, 1945-1967. Contemporary British History, 27 (1), 44-64. (doi:10.1080/13619462.2012.685690).

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The formation of the Arts Council of Great Britain (ACGB) in 1945 marked the introduction of official state patronage for the arts in Britain. But while research has focused on ACGB's contribution to English cultural life, little has been written about its influence throughout the rest of Great Britain. This paper addresses this gap by examining ACGB's Welsh Committee's contribution to the visual arts in post-war Wales. It argues the Welsh Committee not only helped develop greater 'knowledge, practice and interest' in contemporary Welsh art, but also strengthened Welsh national identity, thereby illustrating the 'plurinational' character of British cultural policy.

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e-pub ahead of print date: 4 May 2012
Published date: March 2013
Keywords: Arts Council, Cultural Policy, National Identity, Visual Arts, Wales

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Local EPrints ID: 419077
URI: https://eprints.soton.ac.uk/id/eprint/419077
ISSN: 1361-9462
PURE UUID: ce7ce2da-4e16-475d-b484-6e16b420b00d
ORCID for Huw David Jones: ORCID iD orcid.org/0000-0002-6446-9575

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Date deposited: 28 Mar 2018 16:31
Last modified: 19 Jul 2019 17:54

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