Saturday 22 July 2023 - Sunday 24 September 2023
10:00 am - 4:30 pm
The exhibition celebrates the work of Glynn Vivian’s community engagement projects created in the past year, including, Threads: A community craft project, Contemporary Conversations, Wednesday Adults Workshop, Sight Life, Young Art Force, Community Outreach, Art Force and Welcome: Mosaic, and partnerships with the Iberian and Latin American Association in Wales, and the African Community Centre.
The work is drawn from different media including drawing, textiles, animation and painting. Themes of the work include responses to exhibitions, environment, process, colour and the city.
Threads is a textile project that brings together communities with a shared interest in traditional textile processes. Over the last year, the group have been co-producing a series of mini-projects working with a range of external artists to try out new ideas and develop new skills including dyeing, batik, henna, image transfer, embroidery, knitting, weaving and crochet. This past year Threads have been working with Menna Buss, Catherine Lewis, Rachel Halstead, Karen O’Shea, Delmy Ramos, Anne Goddard, Sam Hussain and volunteer Vivian Rivas.
Contemporary Conversations meet to discuss contemporary and traditional art through the lens of current events and in response to the gallery’s exhibition programme. This year the group have been discussing ideas relating to the exhibition His Dark Materials: World Building in Wales. They have also discussed the Swansea Open, curating and the idea of the White Cube gallery. Led by Community Associate Artist Christina Grant.
Wednesday Adults Workshop is an art-focussed group that aims to promote independence, social confidence and creative skills through a supportive environment for old and new members. This year the group have developed their painting, observational and collaborative drawings skills and explored ideas relating to environment, the city and recycled sculpture.
Sight Life includes classes and talks for people with visual impairments. The group have been developing their painting skills through a series of introductory colour and tonal theory workshops. They have been using the techniques explored in this process to create a series of experimental paintings. Recently, Sight Life have been working with Marcella O’Hare, Kier Beard and Sight Life volunteer Laura Gwen Miles exploring experimental mark-making, collaborative drawing and digital painting.
Young Art Force is a creative workshop for home-educated children. Using different materials and techniques, we provide opportunities for participants to develop their skills and confidence and to meet new people. The group have been making individual and collaborative art works with the emphasis on creative learning and experimentation. Working with Associate Artists Anna Barratt and Amy Treharne.
Art Break is a programme of offsite community workshops devised and run by Community Associate Artist Christina Grant. The group have been researching the story of Richard Glynn Vivian, the art of Cedric Morris and Matisse, and have been responding to these artists through painting, collage and drawing.
Art Force is a new group for 16-24 year olds with a focus on exploring and discussing the Gallery’s collections and contemporary exhibitions programmes, experimenting with new art processes and creating art. Led by Associate Artists Anna Barratt and Amy Treharne.
Welcome Mosaic was formed in consultation with Swansea City of Sanctuary and Swansea Voluntary Service. The Gallery offers weekly practical creative sessions in mosaic led by artists Armaghan and Nese Aydin, Melissa Rodrigues, Ezra Kilicdogan, with offsite workshops delivered by Mary Hayman, Rhiannon Morgan and Elissa Evans. The group have been running introductory classes to mosaic, developing participant’s skills so that they are able create and make their own designs and contribute to the gallery’s collaborative bench project.
We are also working in partnership with the Iberian and Latin American association in Wales and the African Community Centre, who are undertaking projects for their communities with our support.
To our community we would like to thank you for your help, generosity, contributions, volunteering, enthusiasm and above all, your endless creativity. You are the lifeblood of the gallery.
Inspired by our exhibitions and collections, our gallery is full of opportunities to learn, discover, make and have fun. Led by our award winning Learning team and artists, you can join in our weekly accessible classes for everyone, including children and young people, families and adults. We also offer seasonal and school holiday fun and family films. Everybody is very welcome and most of our activities are free.