#DAYTRIP

    

DAYTRIP
17 May 2014
Swansea Museum 
5pm

 

On Saturday 17th May, as part of Museums at Night 2014, Swansea Museum and Amy Sharrocks invite you to fall into the waters of Swansea, immerse yourself in the sea and share a group fall.

There are many falls: a general difficulty keeping up, the fall of an Empire, falling asleep, economic slumps and crashes, industrial depressions and recession, falls from grace.  Children teach us that falling is a human condition, but somehow we forget that as we grow up

In the hope that our repeated gesture of falling will un-shame future falls for all of us, DAYTRIP invites everyone to come together for a fall.  Wash off this constant striving to be UP, reclaim our right to fall and allow ourselves to be down.  Exploring the possibilities of our trips and stumbles, and questioning the joys of being sure-footed, Amy is hoping people will leap at the chance to be down, while other people are up.

Giving a new slant to the idea of a day trip, come for a stumble and flop.

Why not bring the family?  Make it a family trip.

You can wear anything you like to fall in, but please bring a change of clothes as the water is cold at this time of year.  Towels and hot chocolate provided.  The fall will take place rain or shine.

Please meet at Swansea Museum at 5pm. 
We will walk together to the Bay near the Observatory Tower, where DAYTRIP will take place.
There are a lot of other exciting events planned for the weekend.  Here is what to expect:
 
On Friday – What to expect:
From 6pm Swansea Central Library will be transformed into a dreamland and slumber. Friday 16th May | Falling with Swansea Libraries 
    • A free running group, who teach Parkour and street dance will be performing a live demonstration and holding classes with members of the public.
    • Bedtime stories in the kid’s area under a parachute canopy wearing pyjamas.
    • They’ll have large cushions, bean bags and cosy blankets to transform the library into a dreamland and slumber.
    • Cupcakes and refreshments.
    • A 1950s bus outside Swansea Library.
  • Swansea Museum will have Film showings of Night at the Museum 1 & 2 starting at 5pm
 
On Saturday – What to expect:
  • Workshops with Ruth MClees from 10 – 1 and 2 – 4, focused on Swansea Jack and his story.
  • Meet at the Museum at 5pm. We will then walk the short distance to the Observatory Tower together for the fall.
  • Musician Paul Jones will be performing acoustic versions of falling songs, from 5:30 onwards at the tram-shed.
  • Afterwards we will be showing the Burt Lancaster film, The Swimmer (1968).
  • Please stay on after the fall to talk.
  • Hot drinks, towels for fallers and refreshments all provided free!
A great event that can’t be missed!
In the hope that our repeated gesture of falling will un-shame future falls for all of us, DAYTRIP invites us to come together for a fall.  Wash off this constant striving to be UP, reclaim our right to fall and allow ourselves to be down.

Swansea Museum and Amy Sharrocks invite you to fall into the waters of Swansea, immerse yourself in the sea and share a group fall.

Ever fallen. No matter. Try again.  Fall again. Fall better.

 

DAYTRIP will be filmed.

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Here’s a little more information about Museums at Night

Museums at Night, which explodes into life from mid May 2014, is an annual UK-wide festival which seeks to encourage visitors into museums, galleries and heritage sites by throwing their doors open after hours and putting on special evening events.

During the competition and voting procedure of the Connect10 competition, heritage venues on Culture24′s database were warmly invited to enter the competition to win one of  the ten top contemporary artists along with a financial subsidy for their Museums at Night event!

Swansea Museum was in the connect10 competition and was competing with 3 other venues to win the right to host artist Amy Sharrocks. We were successful in our bid and landed 44% of the public votes to host Amy. We are now working with Amy to discuss a programme of events and activities for her time in Swansea. One of these themes will be Swansea’s historic relationship with water.

Below is a short biography of Amy Sharrocks

Amy Sharrocks is a live artist, sculptor and film-maker. She invites people to come on journeys in which their own experience, communication and expression are a vital part. Undertaking these journeys with a sense of humour, joy and risk radically implicates the public, creating a bond and an outcome that is rich and unpredictable. This invitation and the bravery and invention of people’s responses, produces new avenues for exploration and fantastic visions within the everyday.

For many years Amy has been investigating our connection to water. On 12 July 2007 she made SWIM, where 50 people swam across London via 15 lakes, lidos and pools, from Tooting Bec Lido to Hampstead Heath Ponds. She has floated her boat on swimming pools up and down the country and is currently gathering donations forMuseum of Water: a large public collection of water that people want to preserve, in the container of their choice.

John Orna-Ornstein, Director of Museums at Arts Council England said: “The explosion of contemporary artists working with museums is a real cultural success story – transforming how we interact with our great national collections and enabling artists to present their work to the public outside the walls of the studio or contemporary gallery. Connect10 is a fantastic opportunity for collaboration between museums and artists, challenging museums and artists to look at collections in innovative ways and bringing more audiences into museums across the country.”