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This autumn sees the unveiling of a series of art installations across Swansea city centre as part of an exciting exhibition, Let’s see what happens…


Maleonn, Studio Mobile, 2012

Maleonn, Studio Mobile, 2012

Preview Friday 27 September: Exhibitions open 2-5pm, Opening Reception 6pm, Monkey Bar, Swansea

Exhibition Saturday 28 September – Sunday 3 November

Let’s see what happens…  is a major new international exhibition from Glynn Vivian Art Gallery. It features the work of seven artists, four from Wales and three from China, taking place in five venues across Swansea city centre including 41 High Street, Mission Gallery, Elysium Gallery, Swansea Market and the Ragged School.

The work of each artist is connected by their shared experience of spending time together in Swansea, Xiamen and Shanghai. Let’s see what happens…is a result of the discussions they had about their work, their lives, the places they live in and their exchange of ideas.

A programme of activities and events at the YMCA Swansea will support the exhibitions, including artist talks, workshops, guided tours and a volunteer programme.  All events are free, everyone welcome.

Tim Davies, Chase (Xiamen), 2013

Tim Davies, Chase (Xiamen), 2013

During his time in China, Tim Davies became perturbed by the changing city of Xiamen. In a multi-screen film installation at 41 High Street, he explores the rapid growth of the buildings in Xiamen as a symbol of power.

Also at 41 High Street, see Paul Emmanuel’s series of watercolour and Chinese ink paintings, and objects made using recycled materials found in Xiamen, which are transformed in to ‘flies’ by a fly fishing expert.

Chinese artist Zeng Huanguang re-enacts Occupy, the protest outside St Paul’s Cathedral, as an art installation at 41 High Street. It asks questions about the relationship between activism and art, and the power people have to shape their own lives.

Owen Griffiths became inspired by the busy markets in Xiamen and Swansea Market. During the exhibition, visit his temporary tea pavilion in Swansea Market, where people can try Chinese tea, and taste pickles produced with the Swan Gardens home for the elderly Chinese community in Swansea.

Yingmei Duan is an international performance artist whose work, Happy Yingmei, has been inspired by Oscar Wilde’s story, The Happy Prince.  In her performances at Elysium Gallery, she creates an atmospheric forest glade in which she meets each person who enters.

Fern Thomas, bell in hand, 2013

Fern Thomas, bell in hand, 2013

Inspired by a Buddhist Convent in Xiamen, Fern Thomas focuses on personal rituals which she performs to camera. Visitors will also be able to experience her performances at the Ragged School, as she attempts to communicate with the nuns in Xiamen.

 Shanghai-based artist, Maleonn will be continuing an ongoing project, Studio Mobile, in which he photographed 200,000 people in a mobile photo studio throughout China. Working with local Swansea residents, Maleonn will produce surreal and theatrical photographs which will be on display at Mission Gallery.

A Glynn Vivian Offsite exhibition in partnership with Coastal Housing, Elysium Gallery, Mission Gallery, Ragged School, Swansea Market and Swansea YMCA.

Let’s see what happens… has been supported by The Arts Council of Wales, British Council, Connections through Culture, British Council Wales, Confucius Institute, Swansea Metropolitan University and Wales Arts International. We are grateful to Monkey Bar, Moving Image Wales, National WaterfrontMuseum, Swan Gardens, Swansea Museum, Swansea Little Theatre and Swansea Print Workshop for their support.

Visit for a full programme of activities.

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