NATIONAL MUSEUM WANTS “FFOTOGALLERY” TO REMAIN AT TURNER HOUSE

The Turner House Gallery and its Turner paintings was bequeathed in trust to the people of Penarth by the flour magnate James Pyke Thomson

The Turner House Gallery and its Turner paintings were bequeathed in trust to the people of Penarth by the flour magnate James Pyke Thomson. Ownership was transferred to the National Museum of Wales and the priceless paintings were removed.

Penarth’s Turner House Art Gallery – which (along with a collection of invaluable and now never-seen  Turner paintings)  was bequeathed in trust to the people of Penarth – is remain as just a venue for exhibitions of photographs. 

The Turner House Gallery – the ownership of which was controversially transferred to the National Museum of Wales – is currently rented-out to the taxpayer-funded “charity” Ffotogallery which only exhibits photographs – not paintings.

Cllr Chris Franks (Plaid Cymru Dinas Powys)

Cllr Chris Franks (Plaid Cymru Dinas Powys)

Vale councillor Chris Franks (Plaid Cymru Dinas Powys)  has called for a report by the council’s “Interim Director of Learning and Skills”  on the arts, arts development and heritage across the Vale of Glamorgan.

One of the points on which Cllr Franks wants information on is on the issue of “further co-operation” between the Vale of Glamorgan Council and the National Museum of Wales on the Turner House Gallery in Plymouth Road, Penarth .

The internal report  – to be discussed by councillors next week – says “In discussions with the National Museum, they ….[PDN Note: It’s not clear who “they” are]… have confirmed that they are currently supportive of Ffotogallery residing at Turner House and feel they are an ideal Arts Council of Wales revenue supported organisation to have in residence. Ffotogallery have a planned programme until the end of the year.”

The secrets of Freemasonry and paraphenalia from other men's associations are currently on display in Ffiotigallery

The secrets of Freemasonry and some assorted paraphenalia and photos of other men’s associations are currently on display in a David Barnes exhibition at Ffotogallery

Earlier this year it was revealed that Ffotogallery had carried out unauthorised alterations within Turner House – which is a Grade II listed building  – and had done so without planning permission from the Vale of Glamorgan Council.

Ffotogallery had also arranged to sub-let the gallery for monthly retail “food fairs”.

The food fairs were cancelled and building work was put in hand to restore Turner House to its original configuration – including the central atrium – which had been boarded over and had its classic balustrade removed and “put in store”.

The central atrium and balustrade of Turner House have been restored after being illegally removed by Ffotogallery

The central atrium and balustrade of Turner House have been restored after being  removed without authorisation by Ffotogallery for video exhibition last year.

The report also states that “”Turner House Gallery has been home to Ffotogallery, since 2003. Ffotogallery is the national development agency for photography and lens-based media in Wales and a registered charity.”

A large illustration of a moose from a Tredegar Moose Lodge dominates the current first-floor exhibition

A large illustration of a moose from the “Supreme Lodge of the World : Loyal Order of Moose” at Tredegar dominates the current first-floor exhibition

The Vale of Glamorgan Council report on Turner House and Art in th Vale says “Established in 1978, Ffotogallery operates with a small team of staff. They show a regularly changing programme of photography and digital arts, film and multi-arts based media by national and international photographic artists.”

The overhead skylight of the gallery - which had been blocked up and covered-over - now admits daylight again

The overhead skylight of the gallery – which had been blocked up and covered-over – now admits daylight again

The internal report is to be considered by the Vale of Glamorgan Council’s Learning and Culture Scrutiny Committee on Monday next week.

 

 

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7 Responses to NATIONAL MUSEUM WANTS “FFOTOGALLERY” TO REMAIN AT TURNER HOUSE

  1. Mark Foster says:

    The National Museum of Wales has an ethical, moral, cultural, historical and certainly spirit of the law obligation to return the Turner Paintings to permanent display in the gallery in Penarth.

    Not only would this benefit the town as a tourist attraction, it would also counter the extreme philistine populism exhibited by people like Lis Burnett over our heritage at Cosmeston.

    In this day and age the argument about security is the usual specious nonsense emanating from the Crocodylus Porosi who Nigel and Donald are going to drain from the swamp.

    • Bobby says:

      Nice idea but these painting are very valuable so it would be too risky to display them at Turner House because the security there is just not good enough and would be far too expensive to upgrade it.

      It would be good though if they could be displayed at the National Gallery maybe as a special exhibition of all of Penarth’s paintings together for a limited period of time as they often do with other collections.

  2. Christopher David says:

    Just getting the Balustrade back would be a start.

  3. Penarth Town Council had been discussing potential changes to the management of Turner House gallery, with a view to more interesting art displays taking place which would have a greater relevance to Penarth. This move by NMGW flies in the face of such discussions which appear to have been abortive and most regrettable, and fail to respect the original intentions of the donors of Turner House – the Town Council (or UDC as it was then).

  4. snoggerdog says:

    again,please can we have historical penarth in photographs,they did this years ago & it was tremendously popular & extremly well visited. (&put the chun ho back where it belongs)

  5. AK says:

    On the subject of National Museums of Wales, I see that the Dr Who exhibition is to close next year.

    What a wonderful location to build a Maritime and Industrial museum to display the amazing working exhibits which used to grace the much missed waterfront museum demolished to build Mermaid Quay..

    Where are they now ? Certainly not in the Swansea museum, which is very disappointing.

  6. Christopher David says:

    Blimey agreeing with Cllr Earnest again. We used to have some cracking art exhibitions in TH. Oh and balustrade back please. FFOTO whatsit should never have had more than a few months and the vandalism to the building was inexcusable. Just on the grounds they were party to that they should be thrown out.

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