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Alternative Art School: Drawing & Painting


Alternative Art School Exhibition, Swansea City Centre

Alternative Art School Exhibition, Swansea City Centre

Works of art painted by Swansea adults with learning disabilities are now on display for hundreds of city centre visitors to see.

The exhibition of works are on display at 39 Union Street (near the entrance to the Quadrant) – a formerly empty building that’s been transformed into a creative space where people can give views on how the city centre can best be improved in future as part of the ‘You are Here’ project.

The artworks on display have come about thanks to a partnership between the Glynn Vivian Art Gallery and Swansea Council Day Service groups, Gorseinion, Abergelli, Toronto Place, The Beeches and Fforestfach.

The Swansea Day Service groups have been attending Glynn Vivian Art Gallery workshops since 2010 and now visit us at our offsite base at the YMCA.

Art work on display

Art work on display

The ‘Alternative Art School’ is part of a 12 month programme working with adults with severe learning difficulties giving them courses in traditional media techniques, as well as striving to improve individual self-esteem and well being and enable feelings of empowerment and independence.

In this exhibition the participants are sharing the work they have produced in the first two modules and there are over 20 people taking part from all the Day Service groups.

Over 65,000 people have benefitted from our offsite programme since the Gallery building closed for a major refurbishment and these paintings on display follow on from the works of an over 55s group that recently went up in the Civic Centre.

Swansea Council has opened up the consultation base in Union Street in partnership with a creative local group called The Rhizome Collective to allow people the chance to give feedback on the city centre. All views will be considered by the council as part of a broader city centre review.

The Rhizome Collective will also soon be transforming the former City Centre Management office on Plymouth Street into a consultation space in partnership with the Swansea Library Service.

Follow @yahswansea on Twitter, check out or have a look at for updates on venues, days and times to give your feedback. The exhibition continues until 2 November.

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