Glynn Vivian Art Gallery
Glynn Vivian Art Gallery has reopened following a multi-million pound redevelopment.
New spaces for lectures, expert conservation works, touring exhibitions and collection displays are among the improvements visitors can look forward to.
A new state-of-the-art extension will link the historic buildings, including the grade two listed 1911 display, which has benefitted from complete restoration and improvements to facilities and access, all of which will ensure the Glynn Vivian is fit for the 21st Century.
A new collection store for artworks has also been added, as well as a fully accessible entrance that means more people than ever will enjoy greatly improved access to the artworks.
The redevelopment and restoration project has been funded by the Arts Council of Wales, Swansea Council, the Welsh Government, the Heritage Lottery Fund and Cadw. Funding was also secured through the Building Enhancement Programme grant scheme run by Swansea Council and funded by the European Regional Development Fund.
10: 00am - 5.00pm
A broad spectrum of visual arts from the original bequest of Richard Glynn Vivian (1835-1910) which includes work by Old Masters as well as an international collection of porcelain and Swansea china. The 20th Century is also well represented with modern painting and sculpture by Hepworth, Nicholson, Nash alongside Welsh artists such as Ceri Richards, Gwen John and Augustus John.
Archives, Costume and Textiles, Decorative and Applied Art, Fine Art
Then & Now: 80 Years of CASW
- 9 February — 12 May 2019 *on now
This exhibition celebrates the 80th anniversary of the Society's first acquisition by exploring the contemporary art of successive eras. The exhibition will include works from the Gallery's Collection including David Jones.
Curated by Dr Peter Wakelin.
- Any age
- 16 February — 26 May 2019 *on now
Rasheed Araeen | Alois Auer | Karl Blossfeldt | Henry Bradbury | Edward Chell | Peter Fillingham | Ori Gersht | Joy Girvin | Fay Godwin | David Heinrich Hoppe | Derek Jarman | Paul de Monchaux | Rosa Nguyen | Pia Östlund | Alicia Paz | Siân Pile | Marc Quinn | Hilary Rosen | Suzanne Treister | Yu-Chen Wang
The 'Tree of Life' is present in many cultures and traditions and understood in a multitude of forms from the genealogical to evolutionary, and from cultural and political hierarchies to growth forms. Phytopia presents a number of works exhibited for the first time, with sculptural pieces by Derek Jarman and Paul de Monchaux and works by Rasheed Araeen alongside nineteenth century Nature Prints and works from the Glynn Vivian collection.
Exhibition includes film, photography, sculpture and painting.
Curated by Edward Chell.
- Any age
Katie Paterson - First There is a Mountain
- 5 May 2019 2-3pm
Event takes place on Swansea Bay, Civic Centre
First There is a Mountain is a UK wide participatory artwork event, taking place over British Summer Time 2019, starting in Kent on 31 March and ending in Essex on 27 October.
The project will be visiting Swansea on Sunday 5 May, May Bank holiday weekend, and is the fourth stop on in the series of 25 coastal locations, the length of the UK.
At each location, participants will use a specially designed set of 'buckets and spades' in the form of World Mountains, to sculpt beaches into thousands of miniature sand mountain ranges.
Each set includes a scale model of one of five of world's most famous mountains: Mount Kilimanjaro (Africa), Mount Shasta (USA), Mount Fuji (Asia), Stromboli (Europe), and Uluru (Oceania), are nested together.
Fifty sets of buckets and spades will be available to use on the day and the public's unique participation at each location is essential to the evolution of the artwork and the overall experience.
Twenty-five new pieces of writing have been commissioned to accompany the artwork's journey, one for each location. The texts will form a digital anthology, bringing together writing by celebrated authors, poets, geologists, earth scientists, ecologists, and art writers.
Swansea born art writer, Lizzie Lloyd, has been chosen to write a text for Swansea, which will be read aloud at the start of the event.
The Gallery will be looking for participants, Swansea residents and visitors to take part in a number of ways; as a volunteer and guide, as a mountain range builder or as spectator, of this truly unique and spectacular event. More information regarding how you can take part will be made available soon.
- Any age
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