Liverpool’s Welsh roots are celebrated in the first exhibition of the New Year at the city’s dot-art gallery.
Welsh Landscapes is at the Queen Avenue venue from January 18 and is free to view.
The influence and importance of Wales and Welsh immigrants precedes Liverpool’s Irish connections by at least a century, and the city is still referred to by some as being the capital of North Wales.
Along with the expansion of areas like Everton and Anfield, a key symbol of the Welsh influence is Toxteth’s ‘Welsh Streets’, built for Welsh workers migrating to the city and named after Welsh towns and mountains.
You can even see the hills of Wales in the distance across the Mersey.
Organisers say Welsh Landscapes aims to reflect this bond, depicting the appreciation Liverpool has for the beautiful Welsh landscape and “the striking topography it provides for us to enjoy and explore.”
The show features the work of three artists: Huw Lewis-Jones, from North Wales but who is based in Liverpool and whose work involves painting in impasto layers; Susan Williams – whose abstract work (including Return to Snowdonia above) reflects the extraction and quarrying processes that have impacted and altered the appearance of the North Wales landscape over time, and New Zealander Dorothy Benjamin who is concerned with the landscapes along the Welsh coast.
Welsh Landscapes is at dot-art from January 18 to March 2.