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The Book Project

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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.

The artists in The Book Project present a diverse range of approaches, including an intimate ‘behind the scenes’ photographic portrait by Eva Bartussek, which begins as the Gallery staff carefully packed the thousands of objects in the Collection, and continues throughout the period of the Gallery’s offsite journey.

Paul Duerinckx has documented the Gallery’s redevelopment and the people who have worked to restore and renew the Gallery.

Richard Higlett’s work includes a typeface made from the handwriting of the builders and other colleagues, reflecting the contribution of all individuals involved in the process.

Anthony Shapland’s work [pause] Time & Motion Study takes its title from the Gilbreth studies of workers in motion. These films were a catalyst for change, and this particular film documents the last six months prior to the Gallery being handed over for redevelopment.

Simon Whitehead’s sound work came from an encounter with the sculpture, Pan Dormant (Pan Asleep), lying wrapped safely in the Gallery’s boiler house. The sculpture dates from 1832 by French artist, Sylvestre Joseph Brun (1792-1855).  The resulting new sound piece, Pan Wakes, is a collaboration by Simon with Barnaby Oliver and piper, Ceri Rhys Matthews, as Pan was piped out of the gallery building.

Exploring and reflecting upon the legacy of Swansea’s industrial past and Richard Glynn Vivian are artists Adele Vye and Craig Wood.  Adele Vye looks at the idea of legacy, and what we leave behind, as she has researched the Gallery’s and Swansea’s industrial past. Craig Wood has created a contemporary response to the Gallery’s founder, Richard Glynn Vivian, and the loss of his sight which drove Glynn Vivian to build the Gallery and give his collection to the people of Swansea.

Together, these works in progress create a unique document of the Gallery at this time of transition, and will form the book to be published in due course. There will also be a chance to look at the architectural plans for the Gallery during the exhibition.

The Book Project will be open to the public from Saturday 13 – Friday 26 February, at the Reading Room, ALEX Building, Swansea College of Art (UWTSD), Alexandra Road, Swansea.

Opening times: Monday – Friday, 12-4.30pm, Saturday, 10am-4.30pm.

Everyone welcome, admission free.

A Glynn Vivian Offsite Exhibition in partnership with Swansea College of Art, University of Wales Trinity Saint David.

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