April 2020

Portmeirion - Italianate Fantasy Village In Wales

Welcome to The Arts Society Tarporley
Thursday, April 9, 2020 - 13:30
The Community Centre
113a High St Tarporley CW6 0AY


The story of Sir Clough Williams-Ellis's fantasy village creation in Gwynydd.


Portmeirion, the creation of Sir Clough Williams-Ellis, was his personal defiance against what he saw as the increasing ugliness and despoilment of Britain. By the 1940s it had become the playground of artists, aristocrats and intellectuals. Its architecture and Portmeirion pottery were synonymous with cutting edge ceramic style in the 1960s and 1970s.


Mr Matthew Williams

Holds degrees from the Universities of Nottingham and Manchester and is a Fellow of the Society of Antiquaries. A recognised expert on the work of the Victorian designer William Burges, Matthew was Curator of Cardiff Castle for nearly 30 years. His most recent  publication is a major book Cardiff Castle and the Marquesses of Bute, published in 2019. A long-standing member of The Arts Society, Matthew has been a programme secretary and a chairman before becoming an accredited lecturer in 2001.