ARCHITECTURE & THE MIND: Photographs of a Walk Through
Talgarth’s Mid Wales Hospital by Artist Jan Williams
Exhibition Launch with talk by the artist.
Exhibition continues until Monday 21st April
Tues – Sunday, 10-4; Easter, 9.30-4.30
The photographs for this exhibition were taken by artist Jan Williams on a walk through the decaying and partially-ruined buildings of Talgarth’s Mid Wales Hospital in 2010. ‘My aim with this series of photographs,’ says Jan, ‘was to capture the abandoned hospital’s dereliction and its state of being in limbo or ‘betwixt and between’ before fate tips it either one way or the other.’ Indeed, the buildings, originally opened in 1903 as the Brecon and Radnor Joint Counties Lunatic Asylum and closed in 1999, will, eventually, give way to either complete ruin or rebuilding.
Jan explores how we respond to architectural spaces. ‘I am particularly drawn to institutional architectural spaces that are in a state of abandonment and decay,’ she explains. ‘These transient spaces evoke memories of shared and collective experiences and anxieties where their emptiness leaves a space for the viewer to fill with their own imagination and meaning.’ Decaying buildings raise questions about what has gone on before and what will happen in the future. She relates her work to aesthetic theories and metaphysical concepts concerning such matters as marking the passage of time, the dissolution of fixed identities and the ambiguity of transitional states.
Jan was born and brought up near Brecon. She lives in Cardiff where she studied fine art at Cardiff College of Art and Design, graduating with a first class honours degree in 2009 and qualifying for a Masters of Fine Art in 2012. She is chair of the Kings Road Artist’s Studios, Pontcanna, and is an active member of the artist community.
A few of the 100 photographs taken with 35 mm film camera;