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Public Art Installation from Locws Schools Project Featuring Flags Designed by School Children Across Swansea

Working in partnership with Swansea County Council’s Education Department, Locws International has delivered a colourful and eye-catching public art installation located on Swansea Beach near the 360 Beach and Watersports Centre and Cafe on Oystermouth Road.

To create the public art work, Locws International worked with 8 schools throughout the city on a creative project based on the Visit Wales Year of Legends theme. Starting with a tour of Oystermouth Castle, with the castle’s Community Officer, Erika Kluge and Locws International’s Artist in Residence, Dave Marchant, schools were given the opportunity to learn about the heritage and history of the castle and imagine the castle’s inhabitants, visitors and goings on through the ages.

Tre Uchaf Primary School Pictured on a Tour of Oystermouth Castle with Erika KlugePlasmarl Primary School Pictured on a Tour of Oystermouth Castle with Locws International's Artist in Residence, Dave MarchantYGG Login Fach Pictured on a Tour of Oystermouth CastleWhitestone Primary School Pictured on a Tour of Oystermouth Castle

Dave Marchant then returned to schools to work with learners to explore Welsh and Swansea based myths and legends such as the Mabinogion, the White Lady and Beddgelert. Learners were then encouraged to translate their learning in to creative representations with support and guidance from the artist in residence.

Locws International Schools Flag Project: Design from Pentre'r Graig Primary School Featuring a Dragon Locws International Schools Flag Project: Design from Tre Uchaf Primary School Featuring a Dragon Locws Schools Year of Legends Flag Project: Design from Whitestone Primary School Picturing a GirlLocws Schools Year of Legends Flag Project: Children Working Together to Create Designs from YGG Login Fach Picturing a Girl

Arts Outreach Coordinator for Locws International said of the project, “Art Across the City this year is about giving opportunities to children across Swansea to become the commissioned artists and create public artworks. We were completely astounded by the quality of the art works submitted by the schools. Limited to choosing only 5 designs from each of the schools, we only wish we could have extended the project to include more works as there were so many incredible options to choose from. We really hope that the artwork will bring a smile to people’s faces, colour to the beach and it will add to the tourist offering of the region. Another public art installation created by school children is sited at Morriston Hospital.”

The public art installation has been created by learners from Pentre’r Graig, Penyrheol, Plasmarl, Tre Uchaf and Whitestone Primary Schools and Ysgol Gynradd Gymraeg Login Fach, Pen-y-Bryn and Pontybrenin and will be in place until Sunday August 13th.

Visit ‘Art Makes Children Powerful‘ at Yorkshire Sculpture Park

LOCWS International commissioned Bob & Roberta Smith to create ‘Art Makes Children Powerful’ for Art Across the City 2014 in Swansea. We are proud to share these official images of the work in place at it’s current home in the Yorkshire Sculpture Park.  Read more…

Rich White makes installation works about location, sense of place and the relationships that develop between people and their environment. Key aspects of his practice are resonance and discovery. Works are informed by research of the locality, dictated by architecture and space, and through the uncovering of stories of identity, memory, place and history.   Read more…

RICH WHITE : RESISTANCENational Waterfront Museum : 14 May – 19 June 2016

LOCWS International presents RESISTANCE, a bold new commission by artist Rich White at the National Waterfront Museum. The work references the experience of change and regeneration; a process that Swansea has experienced over generations, and is no more evident than in the architectural development of the museum itself.  Read more…

Singleton Hospital’s Hafan y Mor children’s centre have won a top healthcare prize. LOCWS were pleased to work with Abertawe Bro Morgannwg University Healthboard to invite children from across Swansea to design kites as part of a vibrant public artwork the new Children’s Development Centre at Singleton Hospital.  Read more…

Art Across The City invite you to join us on unique musical mystery tour around Swansea, this Saturday, 23rd May at 2pm. Kicking off in our busy Info Hub in Swansea’s Quadrant Shopping Centres, the short walking tour will see a variety of musical performances alongside our art commissions from local musicians including Jemma Krysa, Junior Scully and Joan Jones, with special guests to be added.

This is an excellent opportunity to experience the artworks in a new way or see them for the first time before the exhibition closes on June 1st.

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Guest Blogger : Gemma Bevan, Learning Communities Project Officer, (Communities First West Cluster) writes her feedback.

Over Easter half-term Communities First worked in partnership with Art Across the City to deliver a series of free workshops. In total 18 participants (age 9-11) from Townhill Community School and Waun Wen Primary, worked with Locws artist Dave Marchant to produce a collection of clay models, based on the ‘Prototype‘ sculpture by David Cushway.

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Inspired by Colin Priest’s Bay Watch project for Art Across The City, we are inviting people of all ages to come and take part in our fun drawing workshops on Swansea Bay’s fantastic beach in front of the Slip Bridge.

These free drop in workshops are led by local artists David Marchant and Rik Bennet, where you will be invited to draw directly onto the beach using rakes, sticks, driftwood, stones and your hands. We are looking for drawings of giant clouds, huge ice creams or even writing a message on the beach in ginormous letters for all to see.  Read more…

One of the most interesting aspects of Art Across The City is how the artwork changes over the ten week exhibition period and how the public respond to the artworks. On a very physical level, the artworks are exposed to the often extreme Swansea elements. Obviously we can prepare for that, but even with the sun shining, the sand blowing in off Swansea Bay has a very corrosive effect. We’ve been lucky enough, so far, not to have a repeat of last year’s quite brutal winds. Read more…

As part of his Art Across The City work, Bay Watch, Colin Priest has worked with local ice cream parlour, Joe’s Ice Cream, to produce the Swansea Slip Bridge Summer Sundae, which will be on sale in their Swansea and Mumbles parlours during the exhibition.  Read more…