Friday 8 April 2022 - Sunday 18 September 2022
10:30 am - 4:00 pm
Thinking Green is part exhibition, part research space, transforming the Atrium into a community design studio, where we can rethink our relationship to the environment as we embark on the redesign of the gallery’s garden.
This project imagines what a garden can be; a sanctuary for wellbeing, a space for creative learning, a haven for biodiversity. It considers the radical aspects of the garden, as a site to grow, model and harvest ideas of social change.
The Atrium offers a critical space to reflect on our relationship to land, from the hyper local to the global, exploring themes of urbanism, rurality, agriculture, industry and climate collapse. By bringing together collections from across the city, Thinking Green will examine our shared industrial heritage, and its impact on empire, extraction, environment, labour and land.
To make a garden is an act of hope, an invitation. This is an opportunity to explore the histories that have led us here, and the possibilities of gardens and green spaces, as a vital archipelago, to keep us alive.
Owen Griffiths (b. 1983, Swansea) is a social practice artist working with communities. His work is rooted in collaboration and place, environmental and social justice. He is interested in the application of art as a tool for usefulness and empowerment. This exhibition and the Glynn Vivian garden project is part of an ongoing dialogue around the creation of community green spaces that Owen has been exploring since 2011.
Thinking Green: Land Dialogues is funded by 14-18 NOW, the UK’s arts programme for the First World War centenary, with support from the National Lottery Heritage Fund and the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport. It has been produced by Taliesin Arts Centre in partnership with the Glynn Vivian Art Gallery, Swansea Council and The National Waterfront Museum part of Amgueddfa Cymru, National Museum of Wales.
We are grateful for the support of National Museum Wales, Swansea Museum, West Glamorgan Archives, Penllergare Valley Trust, Swansea Botanical Gardens and Isabel Griffin, Creative Producer, for Now The Hero\Nawr Yr Arwr.
Glynn Vivian Art Gallery
Alexandra Road, Swansea, SA1 5DZ