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Budding artists of all ages urged to get together and learn new skills at a Swansea gallery

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Budding artists of all ages are getting the chance to come together and learn new skills in a packed summer programme at Glynn Vivian Art Gallery.

The city art gallery is throwing open its doors for Summer Sundays featuring creative workshops and play and afternoon family films with even more to do during the week as well.

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Wednesdays are being handed over to workshops offering new skills in painting, sculpture and embroidery, while Thursdays will be offering youngsters the chance to go on magical journeys of the imagination, creating forests and mountains to explore.

Elliott King, Swansea Council’s Cabinet Member for Culture and Equalities, said that now the pandemic is over, Glynn Vivian is going back to doing what it does best – inspiring young people to get creative during the long summer holidays.

He said: “Glynn Vivian did a brilliant job boosting interest in art during the pandemic with a range of online activities. But it’s going to be a great summer ahead for those who want to explore their creative ideas in person alongside friends backed by expert support at our workshops.

Summer Sundays will feature a new Forest School, from 10.30am- 12pm, offering the chance to learn, play and explore the natural world. All activities will take place in the gallery’s garden space, unless the weather chooses otherwise. 

The Family Film Club returns on Sundays from 1pm with a different film screening each week. Call the gallery on 01792 516900 to check out what’s on.

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Enthusiasts should book now for the popular ‘I can…’ workshops, taking place every Wednesday from 10.30am – 12pm – a series of fun introductory sessions to basic print-making, painting, sculpture and embroidery.

And every week on Thursdays Glynn Viv will be hosting Magical Forest and Mystical Mountains workshops, an opportunity to collaborate to create a fantastical, super-sized, magical forest-scape installation. Sessions take place 10.30am – 12pm and 1.30pm – 3pm.

Also on show over the summer will be the On Your Face collective; a group of LGBTQ+ creatives from Wales, whose exhibition, Queer Reflections, is currently on display at the Gallery. 

You can join some of the exhibiting artists in clay making workshops, creative writing sessions, talks, discussions and film screenings throughout August and September. See the gallery’s website for the full programme. 

All activities are free, and booking is advised.

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(Lead image: Swansea Council)

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Giant globes have started appearing in Swansea – here’s what they mean

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A new thought-provoking public art trail is appearing in Swansea from today (9 August).

Ten artist-designed globe sculptures are being installed in streets and other locations across the city centre. Local school pupils have created others that are also set to be on show.

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The globes – nearly six feet tall – explore our shared history and how it has been shaped by the complex relationship we have with Africa and the Caribbean. They aim to transform how we understand the Transatlantic Trade in Enslaved Africans, its impact on all of us and how we can make racial justice a reality.

From today until the end of October, the fibreglass globes will be on show as part of a UK-wide project called The World Reimagined, supported by official presenting partner SKY and by Swansea Council.

Each globe has a different theme and has QR codes that, when scanned, can access a treasure trove of stories from our local and national history plus information from the artist who created the installation.

Six foot globes are appearing across the city as part of a thought provoking new art trail (Image: Swansea Council)

A Swansea local community launch is due to take place tomorrow Wednesday (10 Aug) at the National Waterfront Museum from noon-4pm. Other events are planned to follow over the coming months.

In Swansea, city centre visitors will be able to see the globes as soon as they have been installed this week.

Council cabinet member Elliott King said: “Swansea’s a diverse city, with more than 100 languages spoken here. We’re proud to be an open and welcoming community with City of Sanctuary status.

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“We believe The World Reimagined will strengthen our communities’ connections with each other, encouraging people to think in fresh and positive ways about our past, present and future.

“We were determined to play a full part in this powerful project – it vibrantly reflects the council’s own approach to equality and the Arts.

“Creativity across Culture is a force for unity and, like others across Swansea and the World, we strengthened our commitment to racial equality in response to Black Lives Matter.

“We won’t tolerate racial prejudice, discrimination, harassment, victimisation, abuse or violence against any individual.

“We aim to serve and echo our communities fairly and positively; our Arts and Cultural activities reflect this.

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“We signed up to The World Reimagined as a direct result of that commitment.”

Artist Joshua Donkor, right, with Swansea Council cabinet member Elliott King and head of cultural services Tracey McNulty and Joshua’s World Reimagined globe. It’s being installed for all to enjoy in the city centre’s Quadrant shopping centre. (Image: Swansea Council)

Swansea’s globes have been created by artists from across the UK. They include Abbi Bayliss, Hazel Blue, Laura Bolton, Joanna Cohn, Joshua Donkor, Parys Gardener, GE, Mfikela Jean Samuel and Carol Sorhaindo.

Globe locations include Swansea Castle, the Quadrant shopping centre and the top of Princess Way.

One globe has been created by Wales-based artist Kyle Legall in collaboration with local communities. Schools have also got involved, with a number of globes being featured on the trail created by pupils who’ve taken part in The World Reimagined learning programme. They can be found in the National Waterfront Museum, the Grand Theatre and the Glynn Vivian Art Gallery.

Via a digital platform, people will be able to plan their enjoyment of the trail from this Saturday (13 Aug) when the full trail details will be released.

Some detail from the Swansea globes created by artist Joshua Donkor. (Image: Swansea Council)

The trail will shine a bold new light on Swansea, along with its programme of events for all ages, running from August 13 to October 31.

It will bring people together to exchange experiences, creativity, stories and ideas on some of the biggest questions for our future.

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Swansea City AFC, Swansea BID, University of Wales Trinity St Davids, Morganstone, Morgans Hotel and Swansea University have also been keen to make a commitment to racial justice, the arts and education in Swansea, joining UK-wide partner SKY (Official Presenting Partner) and supporters Bloomberg.

The Swansea trail takes place at the same time as trails in six other UK locations.

(Lead image: Swansea Council)

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Swansea arts organisation helps celebrate city’s past, present and future

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Arts organisation, Swansea MAD has continued its relationship with local artist Jeffrey Phillips by collaborating on the creation of an online shop, selling prints of his work from the Swansea Past, Present and Future collection.

The collection features 30 pieces that are presently on display at Swansea Railway Station thanks to Great Western Railway.

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The paintings span Swansea’s industrial history and feature famous faces from around Swansea such as Bonnie Tyler and Sir Harry Secombe.

The exhibition and online shop will give people the chance to learn more about Swansea as well as allow them to buy paintings in print form. Money raised from print sales will fund the Jeff Phillips Art Scholarship which was launched in 2021 and provides a development grant, mentoring, training and support for emerging young artists in Swansea.

The collection features 30 pieces that are on display at Swansea Railway Station
Artist, Jeff Phillips with the collection

Jeff Phillips, the artist behind the project, said: “Early in 2020, I proposed the idea of a project in which I could use my artwork, not only to tell the story of Swansea’s heritage and history but that could be used to create an art scholarship award. The project Swansea Past, Present and Future has now come about with the assistance of Swansea Music Art Digital.”

Geraint Turner, Operations Director at Swansea MAD said: “Swansea MAD are proud to launch Swansea Past, Present and Future, an online store selling prints by renowned Swansea Artist Jeff Phillips. The entire collection, a total of 30 paintings, are currently on display at Swansea Railway Station and proceeds raised from the sale of prints will go towards the Jeff Phillips Art Scholarship.

“Swansea MAD have been working with Jeff for nearly 3 years and are very grateful and proud to be able to put this work together, which will show Swansea through the ages.”

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A month to go until Swansea globes go live

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​​​​​​​The people of Swansea are about to take a journey of discovery through a public art trail exploring their shared history – and how we can all help make racial justice a reality.

From August 13-October 31, The World Reimagined project will transform city centre streets with its free trail of globe sculptures.

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Each artwork is being designed by an individual artist who is responding to a number of themes.

The trail takes place at the same time as trails in six other UK cities as The World Reimagined invites people to acknowledge this history, and support the work of brilliant community activists and organisations.

Supported by Swansea Council, the globes will bring people, families and communities together to talk about how we understand our history, how our past shapes our future and how we can act for social change.

Council cabinet member Elliott King said: “The World Reimagined is creating opportunities for artists, local organisations, colleges, schools and communities across the city.

“They’re getting involved as practitioners, participants, facilitators and leaders – and in around a month their work will be enjoyed by tens of thousands of visitors to the city centre.

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“Our Swansea activity not only involves collaboration to create a unique arts trail across the city and its communities, but is stimulating conversations about who we are, how we got here and what racial justice means to Swansea.

“Everybody involved is really looking forward to seeing the globes in place and peoples’ reactions to them.”

The globes have been created by artists from across the UK, bringing the city to life with diverse experiences and creative styles.

They include Abbi Bayliss, Hazel Blue, Laura Bolton, Joanna Cohn, Joshua Donkor, Parys Gardener, GE, Mfikela Jean Samuel and Carol Sorhaindo.

A globe has been created by Wales-based artist Kyle Legall in collaboration with local communities. Schools have also got involved, with globes being featured on the trail created by schools who have taken part in The World Reimagined learning programme this term.

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Connected by a digital platform that enables visitors to dive into a unique heritage collection, the trail will include a number of locations. 

The trails are part of a broader programme encouraging and supporting conversations around racial justice that are already taking place in Swansea.

The World Reimagined last week announced the Swansea-based individuals and organisations who have been awarded grants through its INSPIRE programme –  African Community Centre and Sunshine Kitchen World.

Made possible by the Esmée Fairbairn Foundation, the INSPIRE grants support these people and organisations to host their own events and activities so that trail visitors and communities can engage with the work of making racial justice a reality.

The grants celebrate and honour the work that has been done in the city over decades for racial justice and hope to grow their network and support base for the future.

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Swansea City AFC has been keen to make a commitment to racial justice, the arts and education, joining UK-wide partners SKY (Official Presenting Partner) and supporters Bloomberg.

The trail will shine a bold new light on Swansea, along with a programme of events for all ages, running from August 13–October 31.

It will bring people together to exchange experiences, creativity, stories and ideas on some of the biggest questions for our future. The countdown is well underway and there is plenty going on for families throughout the summer months!

Local residents are invited to visit Swansea city centre from August 13 as people across the city reimagine the world – together.

(Lead image: Swansea Council)

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