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locws international art across the city swansea bay year of legends colourful flag installation in Swansea Bay

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.

Locws International's Art Across the City Year of Legends Flags Pictured with Children and Swansea City in Background

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.”

Locws International Art Across the City Year of Legends Flags at Swansea Bay with Mumbles Head in the Background 6x4 Wideangle shot

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.

Locws International's Art Across the City Year of Legends Flags Launch with School Children

LOCWS Creative Participation Programme Featuring Young People from Swansea's EYST Filming in their Offices

February half term was exceptionally busy this year as we ran back-to-back film-making workshops with participants from Swansea’s African Community Centre and the Ethnic Youth Support Team (EYST). Over twenty young people learned film-making skills over four consecutive days with the aim of the course being to have finished films created and produced by the learners by the end of the sessions. The films created will go on to be featured in the summer’s 2017 SwanComm Film Festival, a participant led and organised community film festival.

The groups produced very different films with the young people from EYST focussing on belonging, identity and community and looking at the services EYST provide. Shahab Miah, a support worker from EYST told us that the group had really interesting in-depth discussions around the subjects they were exploring and the young people really tried to identify with people from all walks of the community in thinking about creating the film.

Young people from the African Community Centre created a spooktacular thriller. Their course was held by the National Waterfront Museum which provided a spectacular atmospheric backdrop for the film and the group had great fun having the run of the museum at night!

We can’t wait to see the finished films but in the meantime here’s a short preview of the film created by the young people from the African Community Centre…

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…

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…

As part of Art Across The City 2014, we launched the world’s longest, ongoing online poem, the TAWE MEGA POEM. Inspired by the Dylan Thomas 100 centenary, Swansea and the artworks and workshops in Art Across The City, we want you to get involved in writing your own poetry to add to the MegaPoem. Award winning poet Rhian Edwards has written the opening lines and now it’s up to you to be inspired. The lines of poetry can respond to the previous line, be a message to the world, or whatever you think is poetic. We have received over 1000 entries to date, and every day we watch it grow longer.

We are looking for contributions from all over the world so send us your poetry! You are limited to 140 characters per line, but you can add as many as you like. Please add your words below and share it on social media #MegaPoem

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Craig Fisher is an artist based in Nottingham, UK. Commissioned in partnership with the National Waterfront Museum to commemorate the WWI centenary, Fisher has created an interior / exterior space. Using a mix of his trademark textiles and wall paintings, Fisher presents archive material from the Museum collection looking at the War in Wales. We caught up with Craig for a quick Q & A.

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As part of Art Across The City 2014, we have commissioned three artists and three writers for the Dylan Thomas 100 centenary celebrations, all promoting contributions to the Tawe Mega Poem.

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Since the summer of 2012 Locws International has been collecting your memories of Swansea and archiving them on a Google map online. Creating a database of stories about Swansea, about the people who grew up here, who live here and the people who visit. This is a way of capturing moments of history and people’s experiences before they are forgotten and lost.

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