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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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October 16, 2015
by Charlotte
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Ysgol Gyfun Gwyr: Assemblage Project

In April 2015, Glynn Vivian Art Gallery, as part of its 4Site Secondary School programme, began a 10 week project with a group of Year 10 pupils from Ysgol Gyfun Gwyr, Swansea.

Ysgol Gyfun Gwyr: Assemblage Project

Ysgol Gyfun Gwyr: Assemblage Project

Working with artist and sculptor Ami Marsden the pupils undertook a Sculptural Assemblage Project. The project began with an introduction to assemblage, (a form of sculpture comprised of arranging “found” objects to create an artwork) and culminated in each pupil creating a bespoke piece of work. Inspired by their own research and the work of assemblage artists, the pupil’s work included sculpted and drawn artworks, 3D free standing pieces, found and upcycled work and even some mechanical and moving pieces. The pupils worked with a range of collected materials, exploring how they could best transcribe them in the most creative ways, and experimenting with composition and the arrangement of the materials. Some pupils found being restricted to particular materials, rather than being free to choose their materials a challenge however, this was overcome with help and support. Artist Ami Marsden said, ‘The students surprised me with very mature, forward thinking, and political viewpoints on how to approach their chosen theme. Many demonstrated great practical skills and vision.’

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October 14, 2015
by Charlotte
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Poetically Speaking – The Power of Literature (Part 2)

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 7, 2015
by Charlotte
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Poetically Speaking – The Power of Literature (Part 1)

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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September 7, 2015
by Charlotte
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Art with Friends: Curious Journeys

In August 2015 Glynn Vivian Art Gallery invited artist Rebecca Rendell to run a series of workshops inspired by the journeys of Richard Glynn Vivian, the founder of the Gallery, and other Welsh artists. The workshops for 5-12 year olds took place from 18 to 20 August 2015, during the school summer holidays and offered participants creative activities in storytelling and picture making.

Rebecca Rendell, Art with Friends: Curious Journeys, August 2015

Rebecca Rendell, Art with Friends: Curious Journeys, August 2015

The ‘Art with Friends’ workshop series is supported by the Friends of the Glynn Vivian Art Gallery and took place at the YMCA, Swansea. Participants heard a selection of stories from artistic journeys and adventures, and were encouraged to share their own travel memories and fantasies through words and drawings.

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September 4, 2015
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The Wakelin Award 2015: Alexander Duncan

carved rams horn, mammoth tusk, deer antler. 2015. made in collaboration with peter welsh

carved rams horn, mammoth tusk, deer antler. 2015. made in collaboration with peter welsh

Join us for the presentation of this year’s Wakelin Award which is taking place this Saturday, 5 September at the Grand Theatre in Swansea.

The annual award is given to a Welsh artist, whose work is purchased for the Glynn Vivian Art Gallery’s Permanent Collection. Previous award winners include Robert Harding, David Tress, Pete Davis, Craig Wood, David Garner, Tim Davies, Dick Chappell, Brendan Stuart Burns, Anthony Shapland, Catrin Webster, Jonathan Anderson, Meri Wells, David Cushway, Helen Sear and Clare Woods.

The winner for 2015 is Alexander Duncan.

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July 23, 2015
by Charlotte
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Glynn Vivian at Olion Festival

Glynn Vivian Young people’s group – Black Kettle Collective will curate the Alternative marquee at Olion Youth Festival on Saturday 25 July, 11am – 5pm at Paradise Park, Townhill. Olion Festival celebrates young people and the arts, and is managed by young people for young people.

BKC Olion Festival

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July 10, 2015
by Dan
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New “on Air” podcast released

In our online talks archive, Artists, curators and creative professionals have spoken about their individual creative practices, the Gallery’s permanent collection, and a host of themes that coincided with significant topical events and dates in the local and national calendar. In this episode Swiss painter Andreas Rüthi, gave a talk about his work and the European tradition of still life painting in relation to modernism and more recent critical writing on still life, recorded in May 2014.

June 4, 2015
by Katy
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Richard Billingham: Ray

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Glynn Vivian Art Gallery will premiere a major new film installation by Richard Billingham offsite at the Ragged School, Swansea opening this Friday 5 June, 6-8pm. Billingham shot to fame in the nineties with his beautiful and often disturbing photos of his family, the body of work called Ray’s a Laugh. Ray sees artist Richard Billingham return to these early photographs that he captured of his family to tell a universal story of everyday conflicts, love and loss. At times shocking and laced with unsettling humour, Ray is a film about pain, addiction, loneliness and control.

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May 7, 2015
by Dan
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Launch of Glynn Vivian Art Gallery On Air podcast channel

The Glynn Vivian Art Gallery Learning team has been running a busy programme of talks, workshops and artists’ residencies from their offsite home at the YMCA since 2012. Artists, curators and creative professionals have spoken about their individual creative practices, the Gallery’s permanent collection, and a host of themes that coincided with significant topical events and dates in the local and national calendar.

Having digitally recorded and archived the talks, the Gallery is excited to announce their upcoming podcast channel that will give people the opportunity to listen to the talks again, and for them to be available to a wider audience. On Air  will release a new talk bi-weekly and provide an opportunity for a global audience to engage with the diverse and informative programme of talks that the gallery has been successfully delivering since the redevelopment began.

Glynn Vivian Learning Officer, Tom Goddard, said, “I am proud of the hard work of the team that has gone into launching ‘On Air’ our artist talks programme, which will archive all our talks for posterity and share the thoughts of leading practitioners and academics in Wales, with other communities worldwide.

“Our Artist Talks complement our diverse exhibitions and events programme and through the series, we hope offer the community, specifically students and practising artists, the opportunity to hear artists, historians and curators talk about their current practice, concerns and the community that inspires them.”

As the programmes are produced by the Gallery, we have also created an introductory jingle, which was selected via an open submission. The jingle chosen was produced by a local young band (all the members are under 13), Crisps and Donuts, who had previously performed at Glynn Vivian’s Young People’s Group battle of the bands event, Crash.

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