Special workshops and talks have been planned for the day including outdoor painting and felt-making using some of the wool recently sheared from sheep at the farm.
Our team of art experts will be on hand and we’re urging people to come and share their own collections with us too. Whether it’s toys, football memorabilia, vinyl records, stamps, cards or badges we want residents to come and talk to us about their treasured possessions.
Lots of people have been sharing their collections with our experts so far and we’ve been excited to see the fascinating objects that people in Swansea collect.
The Road Show at Swansea Community Farm will have some great farm-themed activities for the whole family to enjoy and we are very grateful to the staff and volunteers at the farm for letting us be a part of their Summer Festival this year.
The Summer Festival is free and opens at 10am. Entertainment on the day is provided by The Squirrel Hillbillies from America and Swansea’s The Minnesota Module charity band.
City and County of Swansea Recycling Team, Razzledazzle Jewellery and Mencap are just some of the stall holders who will be at the event.
Other activities include face painting, pyrography, demonstrations on spinning, plant sales, animal tours and much more.
The Glynn Vivian Road Show will also be visiting other Swansea communities in the summer, including Bonymaen and Sandfields in August.
Have a look at our websiteor call 01792 516900 for more information.
Since October 2012, Glynn Vivian Art Gallery has been running an Artist in Residence programme at our offsite base at the YMCA, Swansea.
The Artist in Residence programme is an opportunity for the community to engage with an artist, offering the artist time for reflection, research and collaboration.
Here, our current Artist in Residence for May – June 2014, Zanne Andrea, talks about her experiences in Swansea and how observations made during her time have potentially opened up new ideas and directions for her future work.
We also take a look back to June 2013 and catch up with Artist in Residence from June 2013, Huw Andrews, to bring you his latest work, The Conversation, which he began during his time in Swansea.
Join Zanne Andrea for her final Artist Talk this Thursday 19 June at 5.30pm at the YMCA, Swansea. No booking required, everyone welcome.
‘studio – work in progress’ Zanne Andrea
“I have had two open studios throughout my residency. There is an element of vulnerability in letting the public into a part of your practice that is usually carried out behind closed doors. It can feel a little exposing inviting people into your studio to see works that aren’t necessarily finished, to see ideas that aren’t fully formed, to see the elements and bits that you pick, choose or may even discard. However I do have a certain reliance on the associations other people make about the objects and images I collect and the arrangement I make. No matter how exposed I might have felt, having a chance to hear how others engage with my process and the things in my studio was something I was really looking forward to. My process of working with the materials I collect is continuous and I’m often not exactly sure what I might be making until something ‘clicks’. The immediate responses given during Open Studios have been helpful in thinking about potential changes and challenges to what I’ve been in the process of making. The observations made have potentially opened some new ideas and directions for future work as well. I feel refreshed and invigorated with the possibilities. I had the pleasure of engaging with some of the members of the Black Kettle Collectiveas well. I really enjoyed meeting them, talking to them about their own work and the potential challenges and considerations of continuing life as an artist after university. I wish them all the best!”
Zanne Andrea, June 2014
Huw Andrews, The Conversation, 2014
During his GVAG residency last year, Huw Andrews sorted and experimented with a selection of text, audio and video material he had collected from Asia over an 18 month period. A specific project, Searching for Jonathan Williams, was his central focus. Associating this name with Wales, Huw asked an American teaching colleague in Bangkok, Jonathan Williams, to sound record parts of his week. Using one of these conversations, Huw began editing The Conversation, (2014) last year and completed it last month.
About the work: Dialogue between Jonathan and Mizuno in Bangkok (2013). Andrews asked Jonathan, a teaching colleague, to record some conversations. By chance, Andrews had unused footage from countries discussed: China (2012), France (2010) and the USA (2009). In China, Andrews joked about painted trees, staff surveillance and tennis dancing with university colleagues. The video’s motif, the university’s administration building, tries to process their foreign conversations by projecting distant imagery. However, the structure begins to see the absurdities too, malfunctioning then shutting down.
Potrait of Dylan Thomas by Alread Janes, 1964. (c) Ros Janes & Hilly Janes. City and County of Swansea: Glynn Vivian Art Gallery Collection
Rare notebooks and manuscripts written by Dylan Thomas will be going on display in Swansea for the very first time, beginning with a special opening event at the Dylan Thomas Centre from 7pm this evening, Friday 30 May.
The exhibition will be made up of four poetry notebooks and a red prose notebook written between 1930 and 1934 and will be available to view at the Centre until Sunday August 31.
The notebooks contain Dylan’s early poems written in Swansea between the ages of 15 and 19 as well as early drafts of some of his most famous works.
The documents, which have arrived on loan from the University of Buffalo in the USA, include extracts from letters that refer to the poems and the processes involved in their writing, and a self-portrait in coloured pencil that Dylan drew on the back of a letter to the writer Pamela Hansford Johnson.
They tell us so much about Dylan’s creative process and the extraordinary talent he was lucky enough to have at such a young age.
It’ll be the first time the collection has returned to Swansea since its sale in the 1940s.
The exhibition is in partnership with the National Library of Walesand is curated as part of Swansea Council’s year-long Dylan Thomas 2014 Festival. Swansea Councilwill be running talks, workshops and guided tours based on the notebooks exhibition.
Next week, the Glynn Vivian team will be out in the community as our summer programme of free activities and events continues.
On Tuesday 27 May, we’ll be at our offsite home at the YMCA, where Swansea City Opera will be running an introduction to opera workshop and a day of vocal and performance workshops.
The workshop takes place 1pm to 4pm and is open to everyone, including families and children, so discover something new this half term holiday and improve your vocal talents. Book online or call 01792 516900. There will also be the opportunity to see the 2014 ‘Marriage of Figaro’ tour at the Taliesin Theatre for a concessionary rate for all participants.
On Wednesday 28 May, the first of our summer Road Shows takes place at Graigfelen Hall in Clydach from 12pm to 4pm. The Glynn Vivian Road Show is an opportunity for local residents to join in with free art activities, have a look at some of the Gallery’s ceramics collection and learn about conservation.
We’re looking for people to bring along their treasured collections to the Road Show; whether its Star Wars figures, works of art, model trains or Panini football sticker albums, we want residents to share them with us and let us know the stories behind them.
Other activities include art workshops and art trail, talks and demonstrations by conservators and experts and the chance to curate your own mini exhibition using our miniature gallery.
Visitors will also get the chance to select work from the Gallery’s collection to be reproduced and put on display in their community centre and selected sites throughout the city centre.
If you can’t make the Road Show, tweet us a picture of your collection at home @GlynnVivian #wecollect #rydymyncasglu
The Road Shows make up part of the Gallery’s exploration into the Richard Glynn Vivian bequest and the Gallery’s collection. Other Road Shows will follow at Swansea Community Farm in Fforestfach on July 5, the Vetch Field on August 9 and Bonymaen Family Centre on August 11.
On Thursday 29 May from 5.30pm, we start our summerArtist Talks programme, beginning with Swiss painter Andreas Rüthi, who will be at the YMCA to talk about his work and the European tradition of still life painting in relation to modernism and more recent critical writing on still life.
Our Artist Talks series aims to challenge and engage our communities by offering them access to contemporary artists living and working in Wales. It gives people the opportunity to interact, debate and exchange ideas and to bridge the gap between our community audiences and the Gallery’s contemporary exhibitions programme.
All events are free. Everyone welcome, no booking required.
Have a look at ourwebsite or call 01792 516900 for more information.
Zanne Andrea, He raises his telescope to the stars and delivers himself to the rock, 2013
The Gallery’s Artist in Residence for May and June, Zanne Andrea, talks about her experiences so far and what she hopes to achieve throughout her time in Swansea.
“I started my residency with a few ideas of things I wanted to research. After arriving in Swansea I decided to spend the first few days wandering around the city, purposely trying to clear my thoughts and see what called out to me. I started, as usual, by collecting things; objects found in local shops, items rescued off the street, litter scooped up off the paths along the beach, books from the wonderful free bookshop. I came back to the studio and carefully arranged these items next to ones I had brought with me from Bristol and started playing. It began simply as an investigation of the city around me, and has been a useful process to help me consider where and how my practice might intersect with this particular city. Synchronicity plays a role in my process and often leads me to interesting connections. Right before being invited as artist in residence I had picked up a book written by an anarchist who had been very active in Swansea during the 60’s and 70’s. I had also started to read an autobiography of Abbie Hoffman, a well-known and often mythologised U.S. activist/revolutionary figure. Last year I found a book in a charity shop titled “Terrorists and Freedom fighters” but before finding this I had come across a small lot of 35mm slides on ebay of various dictators, including a one Fidel Castro. The other day I spent some time in the Richard Burton archives at SwanseaUniversity reading letters between Emma Goldman, a famous anarchist, and her Welsh husband and friend Jim Colton. I discovered she lectured throughout south Wales, including Swansea in the 1920’s and 30’s. All of these things, discovered at different times, have been slowly leading me to questions of autonomy, memory and the romanticizing/mythologizing of revolutionary figures and struggles, and potentially the fine line between terrorist and freedom fighter. On my next visit I will start making and see if any of these ideas start coming together!”
Portrait of Dylan Thomas by Alfred Janes, 1964. (c) Ross Janes & Hilly Janes. City and County of Swansea: Glynn Vivian Art Gallery Collection
The Glynn Vivian Art Gallery programme for May to August 2014 is out now and available to view on our website.
The Gallery has an exciting and interesting programme of exhibitions, artist talks and workshops this summer and we hope that you will come along to see us at one or more of our forthcoming events.
From 31 May, selected paintings and drawings from the Gallery’s collection will be on display at the Dylan Thomas Centre, as part of a new exhibition ofDylan Thomas’ Notebooks and portraits of his close friends. The exhibition is part of Swansea Council’s year-long Dylan Thomas 2014 festival and the exhibition brings poetry books and letters to the UK for the first time, on loan from State University of New York at Buffalo.
Glynn Vivian’s offsite Artist in Residence for May to June is Zanne Andrea. Join her in Open Studio on Tuesday 13 May & 10 June, 4-5pm to talk about her work and residency. Everyone welcome, no booking required.
Our exhibitions and activities are also complemented by our community learning programmes, offering access to artists and facilities and the chance to learn new skills for a number of local Swansea residents.
Join our Young Art Force for 14-24 year olds
In May, we are launching the new Young Art Force, for young people aged 14 – 24 who are currently not in employment, education or training. Young Art Force takes place at the YMCA on Mondays and Tuesdays from 13 May, 10am – 1pm and participants will work with artists on creative projects to gain Arts Award accreditation.
Black Kettle Collective, our group of young students and graduates aged 14-24, work together to plan events for young audiences in Swansea and this summer they will be running events alongside the screening of Bob and Roberta Smith’s The Art Party!in Castle Square on 21 August. The group meet regularly every other Tuesday at the YMCA from 5-7pm and new members are always welcome.
To see our full programme of activities, including workshops for adults and holiday activities for children and families, visit our website.
Our current Community Caféseries concludes thisThursday 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!
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.
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 atElysium 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 www.glynnviviangallery.org for all Glynn Vivian Offsite information
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.