Glynn Vivian Art Gallery: blog

July 25, 2016
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Friends of the Glynn Vivian Summer Exhibition and Art Auction

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An auction of paintings by leading Swansea artists is taking place at the city’s Grand Theatre from 7pm on Friday 29 July, organised by the Friends of the Glynn Vivian. Add some exclusive artwork to your home or business and help an iconic Swansea attraction at the same time.DSC_1766

The auction will mark the last day of an exhibition of local artists’ paintings being held on the theatre’s third floor from Tuesday 19 July. Money raised from the auction will help the Glynn Vivian Art Gallery with its education and conservation work when the Swansea Council attraction re-opens to the public this autumn.

Andrew Green, Chair of the Friends of the Glynn Vivian, said: “Swansea is arguably Wales’ leading centre for visual artists at work today.  The auction is a rare chance to see works by established and emerging contemporary artists, and to collect them at truly competitive prices.”

Glenys Cour, one of the artists represented in the show, said:“The new gallery has all the 21st century facilities and equipment essential in a city like Swansea, but it must be paid for. The auction is a great opportunity to give generously and have a stake in Swansea’s cultural future.”

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A multi-million pound redevelopment project funded by the Arts Council of Wales, the Welsh Government, the Heritage Lottery Fund, Cadw and Swansea Council has been undertaken at the Glynn Vivian Art Gallery.

The project includes a new lecture theatre as well as conservation, library, exhibition, collection display, learning and community spaces. There’ll also be a new store for the art collection and the fully accessible entrance that means more people than ever will enjoy greatly improved access to the artworks. A new state-of-the-art extension will link to the historic buildings, including the Grade II* listed 1911 gallery, which has benefitted from complete restoration and improvements to facilities and access, all of which will ensure the Glynn Vivian is fit for the 21st Century. Other work on-going at the Glynn Vivian in preparation for re-opening includes the installation of artworks soon to feature in public exhibitions and displays. The learning, shop and café areas are being fitted out to offer a new visitor experience for our communities in Swansea and Wales.

July 18, 2016
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Ysgol Penybryn Visits New Tate Modern

Guest blog from Christine Venn – Head of Sixth Form

Pupils from Ysgol Penybryn Visit New Tate Modern

Pupils from Ysgol Penybryn Visit New Tate Modern

On June 16th 2016, 10 pupils from Ysgol Penybryn travelled to London by train, for an event in the Tate Modern. Pupils were chosen according to their interest in art. We were able to explore the new areas of the gallery and admire the artwork. Our pupils particularly liked the model spider. One of our pupils makes his own creations from blu tack, one of which he took to show staff at the Tate-they were very impressed.

It was an amazing experience and we all really enjoyed the day-even the sun came out!

Ysgol Penybryn Visits New Tate Modern

Ysgol Penybryn Visits New Tate Modern

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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