My One and All: My Swansea Coast Project: an exhibition at Taliesin Arts Centre
What does the local Swansea coast mean to you? Does the sea and land evoke interesting memories for you? Or perhaps it brings calm or excitement. A free exhibition at the Ceri Richards Gallery at Taliesen Arts Centre explores our relationship with the coast around us. The Research Institute for Arts and Humanities at Swansea University introduces the exhibition which includes film, public photographic response and poetry.
My One and All: My Swansea Coast is a unique exhibition of film-poem: On the Sea’s Land (Ar-for-dir), alongside public photographic and poetic responses to connection and relationship to the Swansea and Gower coastline. Originally exhibited at Somerset House, On the Sea’s Land captures poet and Professor in Creativity at Swansea University Owen Sheers’ poetic journey along the Gower Coast, with stunning footage by Benjamin Wigley (artdocs ) http://artdocs.co.uk/ . Check out also Benjamin Wigley’s site for his film Documentary: Owen Sheers where Owen Sheers explains his journey around the Gower coast backed by the stunning and wet landscape! On The Sea’s Land was commissioned by Trust New Art / National Trust and Sound UK and supported by Arts Council England.
The My One and All: My Swansea Coast project delivered by The Research Institute for Arts and Humanities, Swansea University, enabled the film to be exhibited in Swansea for the first time at Volcano Theatre in November 2016, and is now followed by an exhibition at The Ceri Richards Gallery, Taliesin. It has provided an opportunity for members of the public to respond creatively to their coastline, and have their creative responses on show at well-established cultural venues. The original exhibition of these photographs was funded by and formed part of ‘Being Human 2016’, the UK’s only Festival of the Humanities, at Volcano Theatre in the centre of Swansea. Being Human is led by the School of Advanced Study, University of London, in partnership with the Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC) and the British Academy. The Swansea University festival hub was one of just seven across the UK and was led by the Research Institute for Arts and Humanities. Being Human is led by the School of Advanced Study, University of London, in partnership with the Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC) and the British Academy.
The photographic responses were invited from members of the public, with 75 photographs submitted, giving a diverse and eclectic representation of our connection to the coast. A selection of the photographs shown at the exhibition were created through photography walks, in partnership with Coastal Housing and Clyne Farm Centre, and led by local professional photographers Natalie Hemmingway and Carl Ryan. The workshops and the original exhibition were funded by and formed part of ‘Being Human’, the UK’s only Festival of the Humanities.
The poetry has been created and developed through an open public workshop led by Professor Sheers and working in collaboration with student volunteers from the Creative Writing department at Swansea University. The poetry workshop inspired the participants to create pieces about their coastal connections.
One of the project participants said,
“The “My Swansea Coast Workshop” has opened my eyes, ears and mind to the breadth of poetry and has enhanced my personal insight. My enthusiasm has gained momentum”
Another participant commented,
“I have not had the motivation to write for over a year, and a subject so close to my heart was exactly what I needed to get me going again.”
My One and All: My Swansea Coast Exhibition at The Ceri Richards Gallery, Taliesin runs between Tuesday 7thFebruary – Saturday 18th February.
This is a free exhibition and open to all
More information on opening times can be found here:
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