Swansea is preparing to host one of Wales’s most exciting and prestigious contemporary visual art events, ‘Locws International: Art Across The City’, which sees international artists create new contemporary artworks for public sites across the city.
The exhibition takes place from 16th April – 13th May 2011 with artists from the UK, Qatar, Wales and Europe creating new temporary artworks that are made as a direct response to the culture, heritage and landscape of the city. The artists are Simon and Tom Bloor, Alex Duncan, Laura Ford, Rhys Himsworth, Maider López and Bedwyr Williams.
The artists have all spent time in the city researching and getting inspiration for their projects and have come up with some very exciting and stimulating ideas. The new temporary artworks will all be displayed in accessible public spaces across the centre of the city and be free and open for all to view.
“This will be a really inspiring exhibition”, said Project Coordinator Erin Rickard. “We have invited a diverse group of artists to take part, all of whom have immense experience and talent in creating exciting and stimulating work. It’s a great opportunity for the city to showcase new work by these artists and particularly as each of the artworks responds to an aspect of Swansea’s culture or heritage. It will make the exhibition accessible to everyone, both physically and conceptually, giving everybody the chance to experience new contemporary art in an open and insightful way”.
In addition to the new works of art, there is an exhibition of artworks made by Swansea school pupils that responded to the last Art Across The City event as part of Locws International’s ‘Learning and Outreach Programme’. There will also be guided tours, talks and events that are free and open to all and an information point will be located at the National Waterfront Museum where free brochures and maps of all the exhibits are available.
With support from The Arts Council of Wales, The Esmée Fairbairn Foundation, The City & County of Swansea, The Henry Moore Foundation, Amgueddfa Cymru - National Museum Wales and The Christopher and David Lewis Foundation.
Tuesday, 5 April 2011
Artawe was set up in 2010 in order to create a better awareness of the arts in Swansea and its immediate surrounding areas. The project was initiated by Elysium gallery in collaboration with the last few remaining members of the no longer Swansea Arts Forum Trust and has now been incorporated in elysium gallery’s portfolio.
Jonathan Powell, Artist, Director of Elysium Gallery and artawe said: “I feel artawe is a vital resource for all creative persons and organisations who live and work in Swansea. We want artawe to capture the heartbeat of a thriving city and generate income and tourism.”
Through the website www.artawe.com and associated locally events the aims are:
to create an online resource to link our creative community to develop creative partnerships
to support and encourage existing initiatives and assist (where relevant) in their further development
to encourage and create an awareness of the diversity of cultural practice in Swansea
The website also provides information on artists including a venue directory of all Swansea galleries, music venues, theatres, arts cafes and bookshops.
In collaboration with Gwalia, Artawe, was launched on November 29th 2010 at Tapestri,
an art café/bar at Lys Glas, Swansea.
Artawe is an artist led organization, run on a voluntary basis for the people of the City & County of Swansea.