Art Across The City 2015 presents fifteen contemporary artworks created for public spaces such as shopping centres, bus stations and museums across the city of Swansea, South Wales. The programme for 2015 includes new commissions by David Cushway, Graham Dolphin, Colin Priest, Emily Speed and Michael Stumpf.
Cushway’s prototype for a record-breaking vehicle, designed in collaboration with UWTSD’s Institute of Sustainable Design/Automotive Design, Prototype is made from clay, possibly the material least designed for speed. However, clay spear headed the industrial revolution and has been at the forefront of great technical advancements. Despite its slow nature, clay has been essential in our need for speed and human achievement.
Based in our Information Hub in the Quadrant Shopping Centre, this prototype for speed is stopped in its tracks as it slowly crumbles away whilst on display.
The ghost town of Swansea sits on the edge of Death Valley, California. Once a mining boomtown in the 1860s little of the town remains apart from a memorial. The connections with the city go beyond the place name as it is suggested hundreds of Welsh miners made the trip to America and beyond to set up and run mines.
Dolphin has recreated this memorial and placed it outside the Civic Centre, with ramshackle ‘Wild West’ signs made by Swansea schools pointing to other namesakes across the world.
Bay Watch celebrates the vast sky and heritage along Swansea Bay. Coinciding with the centenary of The Slip Bridge, Priest has collated documents from the West Glamorgan Archive, made a silent documentary to be shown on Swansea’s Big Screen and will talk at the library to discuss this enduring local landmark. Working with Joe’s Ice Cream, Priest has commissioned a limited edition, on sale in their Mumbles and Swansea parlours.
High up in the Civic Centre floats a huge cluster of helium balloons, each printed with a picture of the building. As the temperature changes and passing visitors create shifts in the air, the balloons gently shimmer and dip around the atrium. Speed both celebrates and laments the passing of its iconic, Brutalist architecture; the loss of an equally loved and maligned building and what the future holds.
A limited amount of free balloons will be available from the Information Hub in the Quadrant Shopping Centre.
Michael Stumpf brings an almost absurdist, punk rock approach to public art in Swansea. Using the Amphitheatre as a setting, The Future Is A Process, Objects Converse On A Matter of Mutual Concern, brings together three large sculptures with references to monolithic public art, industry and music.
A tap-dancing boulder, One of Us, a coffeemaker, Stovetop, and a meteorite-like object, Pink Moon, will temporarily occupy the stage and seating, and invite you to take a seat or stand to join them in a debate about the nature of their thing-ness.
Art Across The City is a public art programme produced by LOCWS International, an artist-led charity based in the City of Swansea. LOCWS International commissions international and UK-based artists to create new contemporary artworks for accessible public spaces across the city. Artworks range from sculpture, painting and installation to performance and film and each is inspired by an aspect of the city’s culture, heritage, architecture, people or landscape.
LOCWS International runs an Outreach and Education Programme alongside Art Across The City, with educational workshops, events, competitions and the opportunity to make art. LOCWS Schools, is a participatory education project where young people learn about contemporary art and culture and make their own artworks for public exhibitions.
Art Across The City 2015, Swansea. Opens Saturday 21st March 2015
Further permanent commissions have been produced by the programme, including artworks by Jeremy Deller, DJ Roberts, Mark Folds, Pete Fowler, Bedwyr Williams, Sinta Tantra, Sean Puleston, Rik Bennet, Bermingham & Robinson and Niamh McCann