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In celebration of the Dylan Thomas CentenaryLocws International are proud to share four public artworks currently on display in the city of Swansea, by artists Pete Fowler, DJ Roberts, Mark Folds, and Turner prize winner Jeremy Deller.  For a location map and to plan your visit, click here.

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Locws International are pleased to announce their final commission of 2014, as part of the Dylan Thomas Centenary. Situated on the exterior of Swansea’s famous Kardomah Cafe, artist DJ Roberts has produced a white neon text running along the Park Street exterior that reads:

MICHELANGELO, PING-PONG, AMBITION, SIBELIUS, AND GIRLS…

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We’ve done it! Perfectly timed for Dylan Thomas’ birthday – we have received over 1000 entries to the Tawe MegaPoem. Congratulations to all of you who have participated so far, we have been overwhelmed by the volume of poetry uploaded since we launched the online communal poem as part of  Art Across The City 2014 Award winning poet Rhian Edwards has written the opening lines and now it’s up to you to be inspired. We’ve crossed the 1000 lines milestone but More Poetry is Needed, as Jeremy Deller says! The lines of poetry can respond to the previous line, be a message to the world, or whatever you think is poetic. Add your lines here: www.artacrossthecity.com/megapoem Read more…

ART ACROSS THE CITY: EDUCATION & OUTREACH EXHIBITION
Civic Centre, Swansea. 1.30pm Wednesday 1st May 2013

Locws International would like to invite you to the launch reception of Locws International’s Education and Outreach Exhibition at the Civic Centre, Swansea on Wednesday 1st May 2013 at 1:30pm. The Deputy Lord Mayor, Cllr. June Stanton will officially open the event.

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In celebration of International Women’s Day 2013 we teamed up with Katie Ruddy, Coordinator of the Amani Project, to deliver an art workshop at the African Community Centre in Swansea.

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The “Swansea Icons” project also visited Crug Glas, a successful special school situated in Swansea. On the day of the workshop students from Morriston Comprehensive School were visiting and ready to join in and have fun! Our Arts Outreach Coordinator Erin worked with our Locws Schools Artist David to successfully deliver the workshop. Together they spoke about Art Across The City, and the upcoming event Art Across The High Street, and how all of the artworks are connected to Swansea. The workshop started with conversations about the High street, how it has changed and what they would like to see, which was very important to the school as they are sited nearby. All these ideas then fed into creating large group artworks depicting an abstract and positive view of Swansea. The students from Morriston were helpful and supportive, thoroughly enjoying their day as well, with lots of them asking Erin and David to come back again and create even more art with them!

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All the students at Cwmbwrla Primary school were excited to be visited by an Artist living in Swansea, we sent our Outreach Coordinator Erin to run a one day workshop about “Swansea Icons”. The workshop began with a talk about Locws International and the design process that Artists’ use to develop ideas for public artworks, and more specifically public murals. Each student created a mind-map about Swansea, thinking about Symbols and Text that could be used to describe Swansea. These ideas were they applied to create individual murals that highlighted the parts of Swansea that are most important to them. Some students were so keen they finished their murals early and started to create their own collaborative mural.

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This “Swansea Icons” workshop took a slightly different approach. The students at Waun Wen spent the beginning of the workshop thinking about Swansea and which parts were most important to them, our Outreach Coordinator Erin then created a long list of all the students ideas which were then voted for. Once the group had democratically agreed on what to include in their mural they split into teams, each with their own topic. These teams then started to develop icons and drawings, some worked from their memories and others used the classroom computer to research different viewpoints. Once each of the teams had created their icons of Swansea the whole group then started cutting up the drawings and collaging them together to make a large-scale mural that would be displayed in their school.

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The “Swansea Icons” workshop was delivered to all of the students from Year 4 and Year 5 of Waunarlwydd Primary School, our Outreach Coordinator Erin Rickard had a very busy, energetic and fun time with the students creating their own Swansea based artworks. Erin started the workshops by talking about Locws International, our aims and what we have done in the past, which then led onto a face-paced session creating mind-maps about Swansea. The students then worked individually or in small groups developing mural ideas, everyone concentrated on the task at hand and created some fascinating artworks filled with symbolism and icons related to Swansea. At the end of the day each student told Erin what they had learnt, with some of the most inspiring responses being “I never knew I could draw so well.”

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The “Swansea Icons” project also visited Gors Community School in Cockett, Swansea. The workshops started with a ‘brain-storming’ session, with each student given limited time to fill an entire A2 piece of paper with everything they can think of about Swansea as well as the parts they enjoy and think are most important. The next stage was to figure out a way of representing or symbolising these aspects of Swansea in an artwork. All the pupils were excited to have an art workshop, especially with an Artist from Swansea. Erin, our Outreach Coordinator had a great time helping the students develop their own mural designs using aspects of Swansea they highlighted on their A2 ideas pages. The artworks collaged lots of different ideas together that fully represented Swansea in their eyes.

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