Griffith John Word Clouds

Griffith John Word Cloud

Our new exhibition Griffith John, from Swansea to China makes for an interesting word cloud. Take a look at the ‘cloud’ for a small teaser of the exhibition!

 

Art in the Long Gallery at Swansea Museum

Swansea Museum has a display of local artworks in its Long Gallery on the lower level of the Museum – many of the works are for sale (and can be easily purchased by the Arts Council of Wales Collectorplan scheme, supported by The Principality) with more details from Museum Reception) . Paul O’ Donovan is a Llanelli based artist, and Front of House Manager at the Museum . He is a self taught artist, inspired by a variety of motivations, including intense colours, the styles of the 1960’s and the psychedelic movement.

Paul has displayed his art at many galleries, and is a successful seller, constantly varying his art as he progresses through many styles.

His work is attracting a greater appreciation, all of the currently displayed pieces available for sale, and he has work currently being considered for Welsh Artist of the Year 2011. The displayed paintings – fourteen in all – include thought provoking acrylics, and mixed-media such as ‘Abstract1’ a curiously shaped black and white image, his acrylic on canvas ‘Food Mixer’ a mix of intense reds on black, showing a simple but vivid image, ‘Stroll in the fog’ an intriguing glimpse into a night time world that glows eerily, and ‘candles’ another simple image that draws your eyes to the gathered lights in the surrounding blackness. His looks at the world in other pictures result in unusual imagery, showing our surroundings in new ways.

Gary Francis is another local artist – and a member of our Front of House Team – who has an interest in a wide range of subjects. Portraiture and Wildlife are particular specialities, and his portraiture work has received great acclaim in the world of football, being displayed at the Manchester United Football Club Museum.

Some of his nine displayed works are for sale, others not, being retained by the artist as part of his permanent display catalogue. Images include ‘Summertime’, a gentle portrayal of a simplicity of life that many desire but few achieve, and the contrasting intense feasts of colour represented by his portraits of Freddie Mercury and Neil Young, added to the wild imagery of Dylan Thomas. Gary’s intricate and atmospheric images of Sir Matt Busby and Ernest Hemingway evoke thoughts of other eras, as does his detailed pencil portrayal of the Mumbles Train at Rutland Street. Gary looks at the world of the wild, and features ‘Thirst’, the gentleness of the drinking Zebra contrasting with ‘Tiger’, a big cat looking at his world with steely eyes.

The display continues throughout April. Swansea Museum is open to the public every day except Mondays ( but open on Bank Holidays) and admission is free.

Swansea Copper Day – Saturday, 5th March 2011

Copper Day marks the 200th anniversary of the first copper ingot rolling out of the internationally-famed Hafod Copperworks of Vivian and Sons and the 50th birthday of the Lower Swansea Valley Project which began the world’s first post-industrial land reclamation scheme.
In the city that once smelted half of the world’s copper this festival of talks, tours, activities and information aims to raise awareness of the significance of the historic Welsh copper industry, its heritage, and the place of copper in our lives today.

ALL EVENTS FREE ALL WELCOME
COMING SOON TO SWANSEA

COPPER DAY
Copper Day is organised by the Swansea University’s ESRC-funded Global and Local Worlds of
Welsh Copper Project, with generous support and partnership from:
Brian Perrins, Cadw, City and County of Swansea, Copper Development Association UK, Egypt Centre, Gerald Gabb,
Glamorgan and Gwent Archaeological Trust, Glynn Vivian Art Gallery, Institute of Welsh Affairs, Landore Social Club, Materials
Research Centre (Swansea University), National Waterfront Museum, CyMAL (People’s Collection Wales / Casgliad y Werin
Cymru), Richard Burton Archives (Swansea University), Royal Commission on the Ancient and Historical Monuments of Wales,
Swansea Central Library, Swansea Community Boat Trust, Swansea Museum, Swansea University, Treboeth History Group,
West Glamorgan Archives Service.

NATIONAL WATERFRONT MUSEUM
•ASK A CURATOR ABOUT COPPER
•LOWER SWANSEA VALLEY PROJECT AT 50 WITH FILM, DISPLAY AND GUESTS STEVE LAVENDER AND GRAHAM HUMPHRYS

SWANSEA MUSEUM
•COPPEROPOLIS UNVEILED
•COPPER CRAFTS

GLYNN VIVIAN ART GALLERY
•ART AND TRAVEL IN THE AGE OF THE COPPER INDUSTRY CENTRAL LIBRARY, CIVIC CENTRE
•GET INTO LOCAL STUDIES: FIND OUT ABOUT SWANSEA’S INDUSTRIAL PAST

HAFOD – LANDORE SOCIAL CLUB
•REMEMBERING THE COPPERWORKS
•MY HAFOD WITH FELICITY KILPATRICK

SWANSEA MUSEUM COLLECTIONS CENTRE
•INDUSTRIAL ART WORKSHOPS WITH GEORGE LITTLE
•COLLECTIONS CENTRE TOURS
•THE ARCHAEOLOGY OF WELSH COPPER WITH STEPHEN HUGHES COPPERWORKS TOURS
•CHOOSE FROM 4 RIVERSIDE WALKS LED BY EXPERTS IN HISTORY, ARCHAEOLOGY AND THE NATURAL ENVIRONMENT

SWANSEA UNIVERSITY
SINGLETON ABBEY

•AT HOME WITH THE VIVIANS: OPEN HOUSE AT THE ABBEY WITH RALPH GRIFFITHS

RICHARD BURTON ARCHIVES, UNIVERSITY LIBRARY
•WHAT CAN COPPER ARCHIVES TELL US?
•BEHIND THE SCENES TOURS

EGYPT CENTRE
•TAKE THE ANCIENT COPPER QUIZ
MATERIALS RESEARCH CENTRE
•COPPER IN OUR LIVES TODAY
•COPPER IN TOMORROW’S WORLD

http://www.copperday.org.uk/

'Ugly, lovely town' – New Exhibition – Opens in the New Year.

Swansea, that ‘Ugly Lovely Town’
Swansea has been synonymous with the poet Dylan Thomas ever since he branded the city an “ugly lovely town”.
But Thomas wouldn’t recognise his home town these days; it has grown and changed, becoming a city, a far cry from the Swansea he knew. In this exhibition we explore the changes, from the early days, through the war years to the present day.

Those that remember the old Swansea will remember many of the sights that now no longer exist, other than here in the exhibition.

Our location map will guide the visitor to the places you can see illustrated in the paintings and prints on display.

Gallery One – 18th January – 8th May, 2011

Photographic exhibition in conjunction with Swansea Metropolitan University

Go to Swansea Marina, behind the National Waterfront Museum. The exhibition is on the Lightship, Helwick.

MAP

Worn To Be Wild – Exhibition

Saturday 18th September – Friday 31st December 2010

Swansea Museum presents the first Swansea exhibition of contemporary costume by Kate Plumtree, costume maker and creative textile artist.

The collection of 17 costumes in this vibrant exhibition are inspired by British wild birds and mammals and also represent the evolution of period dress. From a medieval deer to a contemporary hedgehog, each costume has been carefully designed and constructed by observing the movement, character, habitat and style of each creature. The exhibition will also include two new costumes: ‘Mute Swan’ and ‘Golden Eagle’ designed specifically for the display.

Using a range of authentic materials and techniques reminiscent of each period, Kate manipulates fabric to emulate the colour, texture and form of each creature, employing techniques such as dyeing, printing, painting and quilting. Inspired by this creative process, she is currently developing a range of unique eveningwear incorporating themes from the Worn to be Wild collection.

Large scale location photography taken by the artist in each creature’s natural environment, as well as fabric samples, are presented alongside Kate’s sketchbooks which reveal each costume’s design and construction in step by step photographs. Adults and children can try on more outfits in the dressing up area.

Kate studied at Wimbledon School of Art and has a BA(Hons) in Costume Design. She has produced costumes for theatre including The Royal Shakespeare Company, English National Opera, Welsh National Opera and for West End musicals including Wicked and The Lion King.

Worn to be Wild launched at Banbury Museum, Oxon and has continued to tour around England – and now in Swansea – throughout 2010.
For images and further information visit www.kate-plumtree.com