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image for Exhibition item typeJosef Herman (1911-2000): Conflict and Sanctuary at Glynn Vivian Art Gallery

Exhibition, Mon 8 May - Mon 28 Aug 2017, free entry

Glynn Vivian Art Gallery

Glynn Vivian Art Gallery

Sculpture balcony


Local-global culture in the world today is bristling with conflict and war from which people seek to escape, often finding shelter in places like Swansea, a designated city of sanctuary.

The same was true for Josef Herman in the1940s, when he fled from Poland during the onset of WWII, settling in Ystradgynlais in 1944, where he was warmly welcomed and stayed for more than ten years.

Having studied art in Warsaw, Herman began to paint in his new surroundings, a close-knit coal-mining community, where he loved to capture the spirit of miners on their way home from work.

In 1951, Herman was commissioned to paint a mural for the 'Festival of Britain'. He made a large work entitled Miners, which is on display, the scale gently reinforcing Herman's deep respect for their dignity. He was awarded an OBE in 1981.

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Event details

Dates Times
Mon 8 May - Mon 28 Aug 2017
Opening hours: Tuesday - Sunday 10:00 - 17:00; last admission 16:40.
Closed Mondays (except Bank Holidays).


Free entry

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Events at this Venue

date event
Sat 13 May - Mon 28 Aug Elizabeth Price Curates
Mon 8 May - Mon 28 Aug Josef Herman (1911-2000): Conflict and Sanctuary


Alexandra Road,



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Map reference: SS 654934  Lat: 51.62369 Long: -3.94444

The M4 brings you directly to Swansea Bay from the East via Junction 42 and the West via Junction 45. The Gallery is located on Alexandra Road, Swansea SA1 5DZ. The nearest Car Parks can be found in High Street (across the road from the Railway Station) Sat Nav SA1 5BA and less than 5 minute walk and Orchard Street Car park (NCP) Sat Nav SA1 5AS and less than 3 minute walk.

Parking: with charge

Accessible by Public Transport: 1 mile from Swansea station


  • Coach parties acceptedCoach parties accepted
  • Disabled toiletsDisabled toilets
  • Education/study areaEducation/study area
  • Facilities for groupsFacilities for groups
  • Facilities for educational visitsFacilities for educational visits
  • Gift shopGift shop
  • Public toiletsPublic toilets
  • Pushchairs availablePushchairs available
  • Accepts groupsAccepts groups
  • Facilities for conferencingFacilities for conferencing