Glynn Vivian Art Gallery

April 16, 2014
by Laura

Community Café, Views from the Collection

Community Cafe

Community Cafe discussions at YMCA, Swansea

Our current Community Café series concludes this Thursday 17 April, 5.30pm – 6.30pm at the YMCA Swansea.

Join us for the third and final talk by curator, art historian and artist Ceri Thomas, looking at the visual culture of South Wales from 1910, using works from the Glynn Vivian Collection. In this talk, Ceri will be focussing on the period from 1980 to the present day.

Join in our lively illuminated discussions as we take a closer look at the Gallery’s collection and consider the future displays of the Gallery.

No booking required, everyone welcome, limited seating available.

Tea and coffee provided. We look forward to seeing you there!

Next Community Café:

Thursday 10 July, 5.30pm at the YMCA, Swansea

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April 11, 2014
by Laura

The Adventures of Richard Glynn Vivian Premiere

The Adventures of Richard Glynn Vivian: The animation

The Adventures of Richard Glynn Vivian: The animation

This Saturday 12 April at 11am, the Glynn Vivian premieres a new animation film created by members from our Saturday morning art club.

The 10 minute movie called ‘The Adventures of Richard Glynn Vivian’ has been developed by children and families who have taken part in art  workshops over the past 6 months and the movie is being shown on the Big Screen in Castle Square for the first time.

In the animation, Richard Glynn Vivian has been cast as part explorer and art collector like Indiana Jones, and part reporter like Hergé’s Tintin, and travels around the world collecting beautiful art works to bring back to Swansea.

Gallery Learning Officer Tom Goddard said, “We have used lots of different techniques to create the film and the children have learnt loads of new skills, including shadow puppets, model making and stop frame animation.”

“Richard Glynn Vivian donated his art collection to the people of Swansea to enjoy and it has been a joy to investigate and share his story.”

The voice of Richard Glynn Vivian has been provided by Alun Merrell, a member of the Gallery’s young people’s group, Black Kettle Collective.

The theme tune has also been created especially for the film by local musician, Sarah Passmore, and is sung by the young animators.

The animation is a continuation of our programmes to explore the life of the Gallery’s founder, Richard Glynn Vivian and is funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund.

Last summer the group created the ‘Adventures of Richard Glynn Vivian comic book’, and beginning in May, the young artists will work towards making their own retro style computer game based on Richard Glynn Vivian’s travels.

Come along and join members from the Saturday morning art club and the Gallery team in Castle Square from 10am this Saturday.

For details on Easter holiday workshops, visit the gallery’s website or call 01792 516900.

April 7, 2014
by Katy

Maria Pask: Manfinger


On Thursday 10 April,  Glynn Vivian Offsite is delighted to present Manfinger, a newly commissioned, documentary film by Welsh artist, Maria Pask that takes inspiration from Swansea’s alternative music scene and rich cultural heritage.

Inspired by the artist’s love of the bands Badfinger and Man, the documentary film reveals a series of present day conversations reflecting on the Swansea rock scene of the 1970s, including candid interviews from local musicians and personal memories from local music fans of the time.

These conversations are presented alongside a portrayal of the music culture in Swansea today, through singing art students, sound workshops, working closely alongside local community and societal groups.

You can see Manfinger at Elysium Gallery, 11 April – 26 April. Open Wednesday – Saturday, 12 – 5pm

 Preview, Thursday 10 April                                                

 Dylan Thomas Theatre

6pm                 Join Maria Pask in conversation with Karen Mackinnon, Director of Artes Mundi
6.45pm            Screening of Manfinger – limited places available

Elysium Art Gallery
7.45pm            Join us at Elysium Gallery for performances from Andy Jones with Black Kettle Collective

Manfinger is presented in partnership with Elysium Gallery and The Dylan Thomas Theatre as part of the Glynn Vivian Offsite programme, while the Gallery is closed for redevelopment.

A Glynn Vivian Offsite exhibition, supported by a grant from the Mondrian Foundation in collaboration with Black Kettle Collective, Gorseinon Day Service group, the Swansea Bay Asylum Seekers Support Group and students from the Royal Art School in Den Haag, The Netherlands.

Visit for all Glynn Vivian Offsite information

All events are free, everyone welcome

March 13, 2014
by Laura

Glynn Vivian Artist in Residence talk

Glynn Vivian Artist in Residence, Maia Conran. February - March 2014

Glynn Vivian Artist in Residence, Maia Conran. February – March 2014

Glynn Vivian Artist in Residence, Maia Conran, closes her residency with a talk tonight, Thursday 13 March, at 5.30pm at the YMCA, Swansea.

Maia Conran began her 2 month residency in February, and has been based at the YMCA 3rd floor studio, as part of the Glynn Vivian Art Gallery’s offsite programme of activities.

During her time, Maia has been working on new projects and has opened her doors to allow members of the public and school groups into her studio, to discuss her current practice and the themes and ideas that inspire her work.

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March 11, 2014
by Laura

‘On The Air’ Open Submission

On The AirGlynn Vivian Art Gallery will soon be making all their artist talks, lectures and events available for free download on iTunes, and on mp3 via the website.

We would like to commission an original jingle for our podcast radio channel via an open submission.

Please can all artists, musicians and applicants send an mp3 and explanation of their jingle to or alternatively a CD to:

Glynn Vivian Art Gallery, Room 249, Guildhall, Swansea SA1 4PE

The words ‘Glynn Vivian Art Gallery Talks’ must be included within the audio of  your jingle submission. The jingle should be no longer than 30 seconds.

There is a small fee available for the selected jingle, and the chosen work will be credited on our podcast radio channel.

Deadline for all applications is Friday 4 April, 2014.

We look forward to receiving your submissions.

March 6, 2014
by Laura

Lending Library Launch for World Book Day

Image: Members of Glynn Vivian’s ‘Black Kettle Collective’, (L-R) Meg Leigh, Karen Tobin, Hannah Doyle and Andrea Powell.

Image: Members of Glynn Vivian’s ‘Black Kettle Collective’, (L-R) Meg Leigh, Karen Tobin, Hannah Doyle and Andrea Powell.

To celebrate World Book Day today (Thursday 6 March) the Glynn Vivian Young People’s group Black Kettle Collective have been busy creating a community lending library at the Glynn Vivian’s offsite home in the YMCA.

The Lending Library is made up of art books on artists, movements, artist monographs, past Glynn Vivian catalogues, contemporary and historical catalogues and artist’s books.

Funkily organised using a rainbow colour cataloguing system, it will operate on an honesty policy where anyone can borrow, contribute or admire the vast selection of art literature and colours on offer.

The Lending Library is free to anyone who wants to stop by, pick up a book, sit, read it or take it away for extended reading, on the promise of returning the book at a later date.

Library users are also encouraged to bring their own books to share and add to the library.

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March 5, 2014
by Laura

Saturday Craft Drop-in at the YMCA

Craft workshopThis Saturday, Glynn Vivian Learning Assistant, Arwen Roberts, will be hosting a craft drop-in day for local craft enthusiasts to demonstrate their skills and learn from other craft makers.

The Traditional Craft Drop-in takes place on Saturday 8 March and Saturday 5 April, from 11am – 4pm at the YMCA, Swansea.

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February 26, 2014
by Laura

Artist Talks: Marc Rees

Marc Rees, Tir Sir Gar, 2013 Photographer, Warren Orchard

Marc Rees, Tir Sir Gar, 2013
Photographer, Warren Orchard

Our series of Artist Talks continues on Thursday 27 February at 5.30pm, at the YMCA, Swansea, with one of Wales’ leading interdisciplinary artists, Marc Rees.

Marc will be talking about making art in Wales and his personal relationship with Swansea, as he shares his experiences of recent projects, including Adain Avion part of the ‘Artist Taking the Lead’ project for the Cultural Olympiad 2012, and upcoming projects including Raw Material: Llareggub Revisted; a National Theatre Wales re-imagining of the world of Under Milk Wood, which will include a live/broadcast event created by Marc Rees and Jon Tregenna, in collaboration with BBC Cymru Wales.

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February 20, 2014
by Laura

We’re on the road with Glynn Vivian Road Shows

Glynn Vivian Handling Collection

Glynn Vivian Handling Collection

You are invited to join us for the first ever Glynn Vivian Road Show!

While the Gallery is closed for redevelopment, we will be visiting Swansea community centres, as part of our exploration into the Richard Glynn Vivian bequest and the Gallery’s collection.

The first Glynn Vivian Road Show will take place on Wednesday 26 February, 12 – 4pm, at the Action Resource Centre (ARC), Broughton Ave, Portmead, Swansea, during the half term holidays.

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February 6, 2014
by Rory Duckhouse

Meet our Artist in Residence | Maia Conran


Do you have any Super 8 or cine-film hiding away in your attic? Have you any old family films gathering dust that you would like digitised? Then Glynn Vivian Artist in Residence, Maia Conran, needs your help.

Starting in February, artist Maia Conran will be based at the YMCA 3rd floor studio, as part of the Glynn Vivian Art Gallery’s offsite programme of activities.

Maia works with film and video and during her time in Swansea she will be creating a new piece of work using footage from local resident’s old home movies and archival footage. If you have old films that you would like to be transformed into a new artwork then the Glynn Vivian Art Gallery would like to hear from you.

You can donate your films by calling the Gallery on 01792 516900 or be emailing Learning Officer Tom Goddard on

All films will be returned undamaged, with a basic digital version to view.

You can also come along to meet the artist in one of the open studio sessions on Saturday 8 and Friday 21 February at the YMCA from 1pm – 2pm.

If you would like to have a go at creating your own montaged films, Maia will be delivering a one-off workshop on Saturday 22 February, at the YMCA, where you can learn how to edit footage to create an original piece of work, and the final films will be digitised and available to view online.

The workshop is open to anyone aged 16+, morning and afternoon workshops available.

Booking essential, call 01792 516900.

At the end of her residency, join Maia at the YMCA on Thursday 13 March at 5.30pm for a discussion about her time in Swansea as the Gallery’s Artist in Residence.

All activities are free, everyone welcome.

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