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Exhibition: Reframing Picton

National Museum Cardiff
1 August 2022 – 12 January 2025, The exhibition will be open until 9pm on 6 April, 4 May and 1 June
Cost Free
Suitability All
A little girl in amongst an installation made of twisted paper

'Spirited' by Laku Neg

A woman in a dark room, featuring photographs of black people, each with a tattoo

'The Wound is a Portal' by Gesiye

Two young people looking at the portrait of Thomas Picton

The Reframing Picton exhibition


Who was Lieutenant-General Sir Thomas Picton? A war hero. A cruel tyrant. A symptom of the British Empire.

All of these things can be true at once and are explored in an exhibition which has been years in the making.


The exhibition has been split into three parts:

  1. The first room includes 'Spirited' - a commission by Laku Neg. Their installation explores a re-presentation of Luisa, Thisbe and Present, named victims of Picton’s brutal regime in Trinidad.
  2. The second room is a room of healing. Featuring a new commission by Gesiye, a multi-disciplinary artist from Trinidad and Tobago. 'The Wound is a Portal', Gesiye’s commissioned work – a series of photos and a film – invited Trinidadians to participate in a healing offering that includes a series of tattoos and conversations around their connection to the land.
  3. The third room visitors will be confronted with Picton’s legacy with an exhibition of curated items telling his story.


Reframing Picton is the culmination of over 2 years of community outreach between Amgueddfa Cymru and the Sub Sahara Advisory Panel.

Youth-led projects across the museum are part of the Hands on Heritage initiative, made possible by the National Lottery Heritage Fund's Kick the Dust Grant.

We have worked with the young people behind the Reframing Picton project to develop a glossary of phrases related to the exhibition

Read the glossary of phrases


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