The paintings of local missionary Annie Allen raise questions on how we interpret freedom. Born into a world of privilege, she was ‘free’ to travel widely and her paintings offer a rich insight into the lives of tribespeople in Uganda as well as the culture and wildlife.
However, Annie was equally constrained by her obligations as a missionary and the limitations of her gender; particularly as a member of the ‘polite’ class. Her experience contrasts with the relaxed way of life her paintings convey: the wide spaces and freedom from Western ideology.
Through Annie Allen’s gaze, we are reminded of a world of paradoxes: The ‘hunter’ and empire constantly underly the vivid colours and zest for life documented in her paintings.
This exhibition forms part of the continuing Women of West Wales (WOWW) project with support from Arwain Sir Benfro. Access to the exhibition is included with entry to the museum.