Swansea International Festival

Visual Art at Swansea International Festival

Visual Art has always been a part of Swansea International Festival and this year the Mission Gallery and Galerie Simpson are providing three very different exhibitions.

On Friday 29 September, in partnership with Swansea College of Art and the Festival, Brooklyn based artist Doug Ashford presents his first solo exhibition in Wales – Bunker 2 – at the Mission Gallery.

For this one special night Philip Corner, the legendary American avant-garde musician, composer and visual artist, will present Metal Meditations – an improvised gong-playing performance in response to Bunker 2

This new video animation, which can be seen until 11 November 2017, interspaces news clippings dated from 1982 to 2016 with bands of changing colour and the barrage of images presents an overwhelming concurrence of fact and feeling.  As the images blend into one another and the aesthetic connection to colour allows intuition to take over, the work suggests the possibility that our emotions can resist the culture of publicity and reshape notions of progress.

MOKO (Make One Keep One). MOKO is part of the It’s Art But It’s Not programme developed by Artes Mundi and partners

Since April 2016 various artists have been involved in leading a program of activities and workshops in Trebanog, Rhondda, including  exploring creative writing, design workshops, running youth workshops and trips, building a bread oven  and cooking.

The basis of MOKO is that it supports social making, it gives space where making, eating together and the ideas of useful art come together.  Meeting twice a week with a ceramics day and a family art club, the group started by exploring making – starting with their own cups and plates – instead of buying or wasting paper ones!  An idea which now means that social events and making are at the core of all the work carried out at the Trebanog Project.

From 29 September to 7 October, as part of the Swansea Fringe Festival, Galerie Simpson will be hosting an exhibition of work created by MOKO.   The Trebanog Project will be selling ceramics and textile works as well as offering workshops and informative talks as part of their ‘Pop-Up Shop’

Also at Galerie Simpson from 14-22 October, Peter Jones curates TOSH: A Swansea Football Fairytale – a feel-good exhibition of a lost era of the beautiful game which also shines a light on life under Thatcherism in the late 1970’s early 1980’s, when defining moments in Welsh and UK history  coincided with Swansea City’s incredible rise.

The amazing untold story of a young manager who took a small little-known football club from the bottom of the league to the very summit where they would play, and beat, the likes of Liverpool and Manchester United, TOSH brings together genuine artefacts and memorabilia from the time – including a scale model of the old Vetch Field ground.


TOSH: A Swansea Football Fairytale