Glynn Vivian Art Gallery: blog

May 4, 2016
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Voice from the Friends – Help the Glynn Vivian celebrate!

Guest blog from Friends of the Glynn Vivian chair, Andrew Green

When the Glynn Vivian Art Gallery reopens in the autumn, all Swansea will rejoice.  To celebrate, and to help the Gallery make the most of its new opportunities, the Association of Friends of the Glynn Vivian have launched a special public fundraising campaign, the ‘Glynn Vivian 2016’ fund.

The money – it’s hoped to raise over £50,000 – will be donated to the Gallery to help extend its learning, conservation and publicity programmes.

Art with Friends: Curious Journeys, August 2015

As well as the fundraising campaign, the Friends are planning an Art Auction, which will take place for 2 weeks this summer.  A number of local artists will be asked to donate works to be sold in order to raise money for the campaign.

The artwork will be displayed in an exhibition in the Grand Theatre, from 19 to 29 July and will also be available to view online.  On 29 July a grand auction will be held in the Grand Theatre, with guest auctioneer and campaign supporter Kevin Johns at the helm. The works will be sold to the highest bidder and all proceeds will go towards the ‘Glynn Vivian 2016’ fund. Everyone is welcome and we hope you can join us for this enjoyable event.

If you’d like to make a donation to the fund – every contribution is very welcome, large or small – it’s easy to do and will only take a couple of minutes.  Go to the Friends’ website and donate by bank transfer or through JustGiving.  And remember to come to the Auction.

Help support art, artists and your community.

February 23, 2016
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The Book Project Exhibition

Glynn Vivian Offsite Exhibition: The Book Project is now open at the Reading Room, ALEX Building, Swansea College of Art (UWTSD). 

The Book Project presents work in progress by eight artists commissioned to reflect on the Gallery’s past, present and future, at this time of redevelopment and renewal. Featuring artists Eva Bartussek, Paul Duerinckx, Richard Higlett, Anthony Shapland, Adele Vye, Simon Whitehead, Barnaby Oliver and Craig Wood, the artworks in this exhibition will be incorporated into an artists’ book to be produced before Glynn Vivian reopens later this year.

A selection of images from the exhibition can be viewed on Flickr.

February 9, 2016
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The Book Project

 

Eva Bartussek, GV.2012.02.20, 2012, All images are courtesy of the artist

Eva Bartussek, GV.2012.02.20, 2012, All images are courtesy of the artist

Join us this Friday 12 February, 6-8pm for the unveiling of The Book Project at the Reading Room, ALEX Building, Swansea College of Art (UWTSD). 

The Book Project presents work in progress by eight artists commissioned to reflect on the Gallery’s past, present and future, at this time of redevelopment and renewal. Featuring artists Eva Bartussek, Paul Duerinckx, Richard Higlett, Anthony Shapland, Adele Vye, Simon Whitehead, Barnaby Oliver and Craig Wood, the artworks in this exhibition will be incorporated into an artists’ book to be produced before Glynn Vivian reopens later this year.

Presented in the context of the old library Reading Room, now Swansea College of Art, the work provides a unique glimpse into the documents, stories and images the artists have produced. Each artist has taken a different pathway as they have explored the Gallery’s history and stories over time.

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January 12, 2016
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Creative Minds, Creative Hands

An exhibition of artworks created by participants from Glynn Vivian’s Offsite learning programmes are currently on show at Creative Bubble on Craddock Street in Swansea city centre.

Creative Minds, Creative Hands, 12 -14 January 2016

Creative Minds, Creative Hands

The work will be on display from Tuesday 12 – Thursday 14 January, 2016, and available to view daily between 10am – 3pm.

The artworks were created in partnership between the Glynn Vivian Art Gallery and Swansea Council Day Service groups, Gorseinon, Abergelli and Toronto Place, Swansea’s Royal National Institute of Blind People and the Glynn Vivian Art Gallery’s Wednesday Afternoon Adult Art Class. In this exhibition the participants are sharing the work they have produced as part of the Gallery’s offsite learning programme at the YMCA, Swansea and Swansea & District Friends of the Blind.

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December 8, 2015
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Award winning learning  

On Thursday 19 November, 2015, Glynn Vivian Art Gallery Learning Assistant, Daniel McCabe, received the Marsh Award for Excellence in Gallery Education, which celebrates the hard work and dedication of colleagues working within the sector of gallery, museum and visual arts education.

Daniel was nominated by Tom Goddard, Glynn Vivian Art Gallery Learning and Participation Officer, who highlighted his work with Saturday Family Art Club where he led a wide reaching engagement programme for 3-14 year olds and their families, through the joint creation of a comic book, an animated film, and a computer game, based on the life of the Gallery’s founder, Richard Glynn Vivian.

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October 28, 2015
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Poetically Speaking – The Power of Literature

To celebrate Black History Month in Wales 2015, Glynn Vivian Art Gallery’s 4Site Secondary Schools Programme introduced a new workshop, ‘Poetically Speaking – The Power of Literature’. Black History Month celebrates the contributions made by Black people to local, national and world history and culture and aims to educate people in Wales, challenge negative perceptions and promote the history of people of African Diaspora heritage. This year’s theme is ‘Great Black Women’.

Working with writer, playwright and performer, Tracy Harris, Year 9 students from Bishop Gore Comprehensive School, used extracts from literature, poetry, art and multimedia to examine the powerful influence of great female black writers such as Maya Angelou, Toni Morrison, Angela Davis and Zadie Smith. Taking inspiration from these great writers, the students have written their own pieces of flash fiction, monologues and poetry.

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October 21, 2015
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Poetically Speaking – The Power of Literature (Part 3)

To celebrate Black History Month in Wales 2015, Glynn Vivian Art Gallery’s 4Site Secondary Schools Programme introduced a new workshop, ‘Poetically Speaking – The Power of Literature’. Black History Month celebrates the contributions made by Black people to local, national and world history and culture and aims to educate people in Wales, challenge negative perceptions and promote the history of people of African Diaspora heritage. This year’s theme is ‘Great Black Women’.

Working with writer, playwright and performer, Tracy Harris, Year 9 students from Bishop Gore Comprehensive School, used extracts from literature, poetry, art and multimedia to examine the powerful influence of great female black writers such as Maya Angelou, Toni Morrison, Angela Davis and Zadie Smith. Taking inspiration from these great writers, the students have written their own pieces of flash fiction, monologues and poetry.

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October 16, 2015
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Ysgol Gyfun Gwyr: Assemblage Project

In April 2015, Glynn Vivian Art Gallery, as part of its 4Site Secondary School programme, began a 10 week project with a group of Year 10 pupils from Ysgol Gyfun Gwyr, Swansea.

Ysgol Gyfun Gwyr: Assemblage Project

Ysgol Gyfun Gwyr: Assemblage Project

Working with artist and sculptor Ami Marsden the pupils undertook a Sculptural Assemblage Project. The project began with an introduction to assemblage, (a form of sculpture comprised of arranging “found” objects to create an artwork) and culminated in each pupil creating a bespoke piece of work. Inspired by their own research and the work of assemblage artists, the pupil’s work included sculpted and drawn artworks, 3D free standing pieces, found and upcycled work and even some mechanical and moving pieces. The pupils worked with a range of collected materials, exploring how they could best transcribe them in the most creative ways, and experimenting with composition and the arrangement of the materials. Some pupils found being restricted to particular materials, rather than being free to choose their materials a challenge however, this was overcome with help and support. Artist Ami Marsden said, ‘The students surprised me with very mature, forward thinking, and political viewpoints on how to approach their chosen theme. Many demonstrated great practical skills and vision.’

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October 14, 2015
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Poetically Speaking – The Power of Literature (Part 2)

To celebrate Black History Month in Wales 2015, Glynn Vivian Art Gallery’s 4Site Secondary Schools Programme introduced a new workshop, ‘Poetically Speaking – The Power of Literature’. Black History Month celebrates the contributions made by Black people to local, national and world history and culture and aims to educate people in Wales, challenge negative perceptions and promote the history of people of African Diaspora heritage. This year’s theme is ‘Great Black Women’.

Working with writer, playwright and performer, Tracy Harris, Year 9 students from Bishop Gore Comprehensive School, used extracts from literature, poetry, art and multimedia to examine the powerful influence of great female black writers such as Maya Angelou, Toni Morrison, Angela Davis and Zadie Smith. Taking inspiration from these great writers, the students have written their own pieces of flash fiction, monologues and poetry.

Continue Reading →

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