The Royal British Legion asked for an exhibition to be designed and fitted in their shop front in the centre of Cardiff. The exhibition wad to commemorate the involvement of the South Wales Borderers at the Gallipoli Campaign which had its centenary in 2016. I created the entire exhibition including all the historical research, image research and acquisition and copywriting as well as the design, which included a digital illustration of the campaign map, and installation.
Alun Lewis – a Welsh poet born in Cwmaman, near Aberdare in South Wales, was one of, if not the, preeminent poet of the Second World War. 2015 saw the centenary of his birth and a committee was formed to organise commemorative and celebratory events throughout the year. I was part of the committee and worked on the branding for the centenary which consisted of Alun Lewis’ signature along with an original portrait I drew. All the funding requested was not secured, however a large number of events such as an exhibition attended by the Queen during the Presentation of the Colours parade for the Royal Welsh at the Millennium Stadium in Cardiff, talks and exhibition at Aberdare library and talks and presentations at the Hay Festival, Hay on Wye. I also created a mural at the Lewis School in Pengham where Lewis once taught.
The 150th Anniversary of the birth of David Lloyd George Exhibition opened on 16 January 2013 at the Pierhead Building in Cardiff Bay.
The exhibition contains information about David Lloyd George, the most successful Welsh politician of all. The exhibition was curated by Dan Peterson (Creative Director, Petersens Design) and designed by Petersens Design and was put together for The Lloyd George Society and Museum. Petersens Design worked with The Lloyd George Society, William Powell AM (exhibition sponsor), and the National Assembly. There is a collection of political posters and a collection of cartoons by J. M. Staniforth on display along with a group of original portraits drawn by Dan Peterson as well as some political reportage illustration.
The launch was well attended by Assembly Members and Ministers and by representatives of the media – television and press. It was well received with many positive comments. The brief was to ensure that in this anniversary year, Lloyd George’s memory is highlighted and his profile raised.
Some comments from the visitors book:
“Great, very approachable exhibition: just the right amount of information presented in an easily readable way. Don’t find that often – loved it.” Kristina, 21 Jan 2013
“An alternative view of a great man. Da iawn!” Iolo Davies, 22 Jan 2013
“One of the most popular exhibitions we’ve ever had at the Pierhead.” Pierhead Staff, 31 Jan 2013