Troublemaker’s Festival interviews: Rose Davies
Rose Davies, artist and printmaker, who features in this weekend’s Troublemaker’s Festival. She spent a recent weekend in Bath fascinating, or perhaps even unsettling onlookers with an at times, uneasy spectacle. She is one of the Swansea-based artist collective; the Plebeian Scribblers. Rose Davies also has a current exhibition of monolithic work at Cinema & Co. in Swansea. Rose has been recording a generation of baby boomers with her expressive sketching and enormous gusto.
Rose Davies – a passion for artists; Kolwitz and Schiele
She graduated in Printmaking and struggled, as did so many others, in the recession of the 80s, developing a second career working with homeless people and drug addicts. Rose Davies claims she could draw before she could walk… Moving from marking dusty old vehicles with a wet finger or chalking on pavements her sketchbook is most definitely now her constant companion. This latter experience of the at times, harsh world of the modern city and the effect it had on people, and their bodies became a major influence for her. She has a passion for Kathe Kolwitz and Egon Schiele, German Expressionism and more and likes to scrutinize the nude with an often uncompromising approach.
Rose Davies – scribbling and printmaking on the street
Rose Davies and the rest of the scribbling collective return to Swansea in time for Troublemaker’s Festival. They are part of the Fringe Trouble Events along with the Plebeian Printmakers (details below). Look around you and catch this enigmatic group when you walk the High Street.
Rose Davies in the Plebeian Scribblers
PD: “What are your plans for the Fringe Trouble Events?”
RD: “First off, I’m part of the Plebeian Scribblers. Following on from two years successful street drawing events at Fringe Arts Bath, I’m working with three other experienced local street scribblers, Melvyn Williams, Patricia McKenna Jones and Chris Harrendence, as we travel along High Street, drawing what we see in front of us into our sketchbooks.”
DATE: Saturday 15th July
TIMES:13.00 – 13.30 / 14.00 – 14.30 / 15.00 – 15.30
COST: No cost – street event
Rose Davies in the Plebeian Printmakers
RD: “Then the following day, I’m with the Plebeian Printmakers. Inspired by Berlin’s “Raubdruckerin collective”, I’ll be working with printmakers from Swansea Print Workshop along High Street, making prints from metal structures like manhole covers and vents and posting them in the new graffiti tunnel. Printmakers are Melvyn Williams, Chris Harrendence, Patricia McKenna-Jones.”
DATE: Sunday 16th July
TIMES: 13.00 – 15.30
COST: No cost – street event
PD: “What drives you most to record Swansea folk in your work?”
RD: “I think that my art should reflect what’s around me and as I’m Swansea born and Swansea bred (and when I die I’ll be Swansea dead!) it’s only natural for me to use Swansea as my subject matter.”
Rose Davies – exhibition at Cinema & Co.
PD: “Can you tell me a little about your most current projects?”
RD: “I’m nearing the end of my two-year project to draw 100 local Baby Boomers, that’s people born between 1946 and 1963. I’ve reached number 93 – just 7 to go. I also have an exhibition at Cinema & Co at the moment (until July 31st) of my drawings of ancient standing stones in South Wales. I’ve been out, up the mountains with prehistorian Dewi Bowen and filmmaker Melvyn Williams.”
Here’s the final pair of drawings I made during Fringe Arts Bath last Saturday. Working with an ad hoc group of artists, The Plebeian Scribblers, we did some sessions of performance drawing in the street during A FAB Intervention, curated by Melanie Ezra and Tim Kelly.
Rose Davies – born troublemaker
PD: “What inspires you most to be a troublemaker?”
RD: “I was born a troublemaker!!!!!! I hate unfairness and injustice and I’m not afraid to speak out. Proper chopsy my Nan used to call me :D.”
PD: “What one thing would you do to change the world?”
RD: Treat everyone fairly.
More on Rose Davies and the Plebeian Scribblers
Out with The Plebeian Scribblers at Fringe Arts Bath on Saturday, the four of use did a choreographed drawing performance. Well, simply choreographed. We turned and faced a different direction every 7.5 minutes, turning 90 degrees each time and drawing what was in front of us.
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“Changing the world, starting with the High Street”
The festival reimagines the stretch of street between the station and Castle Square as a pedestrian-friendly place where arts and culture aren’t something special but are part of everyday life. It opens up buildings that people perhaps don’t normally see and uses spaces that perhaps people don’t normally notice. The Troublemakers Festival is for everyone who uses Swansea High Street and cares about it’s future. It’s for people who live on High Street, work on High Street, shop on the High Street, socialize on High Street, pass through High Street. The festival is for young people and old people. It’s for Art lovers and show-goers and pizza fans and it’s for people who’ve never been to a gallery or theatre in their lives.
Come along as together a manifesto is created for the hIgh Street. Lose at the Unfair Funfair, Levitate The Palace Theatre, have a Tea Party, join a march, recreate extraordinary speeches from history, watch films, make placards and eat pizza. Be inspired, entertained and provoked. A chance to be at the heart of the change taking place from the station down to the sea. Everyone is welcome!
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Festival partners include The Last Resort, Sew Swansea, GaleriesSimpson, TechHub, Urban Village, Cinema & Co, Oxfam, Castle Square, Elysium Studios and Gallery, UWTSD, PEG Talks, The Environment Centre, The Women’s Institute, Hyst…
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