Charles Byrd (1916 – 2018) is one of Cardiff’s most popular artists. Perhaps better known for his magical machines, Charles also produced a wonderful collection of paintings depicting Cardiff in the 1950s. These paintings capture Cardiff at an important time in history; emerging from the second world war, proclaimed the capital city of Wales, energised by new technologies, materials, music, culture and leisure. His paintings are full of colour, vibrant with life and tell a story of Cardiff.
Artist Trails has been researching the locations painted by Charles Byrd and has produced a map of where his paintings depict. Many of the locations have changed considerably while others remain the same. The map below is one of the first stages of the project which aims to create a trail app to guide walkers around Cardiff, discovering the artists work while learning about the city’s stories and histories.
You can find out more about Charles Byrd’s artwork on the artuk.org website.
Artist Trails encourages communities to engage with art, finding personal connections in paintings of the locale and responding with short stories. Stories and artwork are then combined to form a walkable trail so the artworks and stories can be discovered within the place of initial inspiration.
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