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Thanks to Swansea County Council and the Friends of Oystermouth Castle visitors can now find more colourful flags from our Year of Legends: Swansea Bay Legends themed Locws schools project at the castle. More will be appearing on the castle walls and on the flagpole over the coming weeks in addition to the eight flags that are already currently situated at the castle.

As the current public art installation featuring the flags at 360 on Oystermouth Road will be coming to an end, more flags will be joining the current installation at the castle.

Locws International's Locws Schools Swansea Bay Legends Flag by Penyrheol School depicting an animal and flowers in a forestThe collaborative project between Swansea County Council’s Education Department, Oystermouth Castle’s Community Officer and Locws International saw 8 schools throughout the city visit the castle and receive guided tours with the castle’s Community Officer, Erika Kluge and Locws International’s Artist in Residence, Dave Marchant.

Schools were provided with opportunities to learn about the heritage and history of the castle and imagine the castle’s inhabitants, visitors and goings on through the ages. Following on from their time at the castle the children returned to the classrooms to begin the creative process of interpreting all they had learned in to drawings and flag designs.

Locws International's Locws Schools Swansea Bay Legends Flag by Penyrheol School depicting a dragon swirling on the flag

The project saw incredible work produced by each of the schools and the resultant public art installation has been widely talked about by people across the city who commented on what a fabulous and colourful addition it made to the sea front this summer.Locws International's Locws Schools Swansea Bay Legends Flag by Penyrheol School depicting a king in his crown and a soldier in his armour.locws international art across the city swansea bay year of legends colourful flag installation in Swansea Bay

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

Illustrated image from Locws International's Morriston Hospital Schools Mural Project of bee showing a lighthouse as the bees body and waves on the wings.

June and July have been exceptionally busy here at Locws with projects rolling out across schools in Swansea. This year our project participants are the stars of Art Across the City and creative public artworks by our participants will be appearing at two different sites in Swansea this summer.

The first of which is a public art piece which will be sited at Morriston Hospital. The schools mural project run in partnership with Abertawe Bro Morgannwg University Health Board kicked off in April and is due to be launched on the 12th of July (more details below). We were overwhelmed by the volume and quality of art works we received from schools throughout the city so huge thanks goes out to all those who participated and contributed to the project. We’ve been busy, busy, busy working through all the submissions. The work has now been sent off to the printers ready for installation later this week and we can’t wait to see it!

Illustrated image from Locws International's Morriston Hospital Schools Mural Project of a butterfly showing lots of Welsh iconography such as a dragon, castles, the beach.

We’d love to invite anyone who took part to come along to the launch of the mural at Morriston Hospital and we are extremely privileged that the launch will be attended and launched by The Right Worshipful Lord Mayor of the City & County of Swansea Councillor Downing and Mrs Lilian Downing.

Please find below information regarding the event:

Date and time: July 12th at 1:30 pm

Location: Clock Garden behind Ty Olwen on the grounds of Morriston Hospital

Illustrated image from Locws International's Morriston Hospital Schools Mural Project of a flower showing a ladybird at the centre of the flower and each petal individually and colourfully decorated by collage

Maes Y Gwernan Hall is the suggested drop off point. From there you can walk along the path to the garden . Due to parking challenges it is advisable to allow plenty of time to find parking prior to the commencement of the event which will begin promptly at 1:30.

The hospital advises that children wear hi-vis vests if schools or parents have them.

It would be fantastic if the children could attend the launch and it would be hugely helpful if you could please RSVP to sian@locwsinternational.com by July 5th indicating how many people will be in attendance so we can inform colleagues at the hospital.

Please feel free to contact me if you have any further questions relating to the project or launch.

Illustrated image from Locws International's Morriston Hospital Schools Mural Project of a flower showing palm trees and the beach.

We are offering the opportunity for school learners to take part in the production of a new public artwork at Morriston Hospital and very much hope that your school will take part.

In partnership with Abertawe Bro Morgannwg University Health Board we are asking local learners to create colourful elements of the new artwork that will be sited on a section of hoardings around a new development at the centre of the hospital. We are looking for bold, colourful artworks that will make a vibrant and striking display, appealing to patients, staff and visitors, while the area is undergoing redevelopment.

To enable your school learners to take part, please print out the artwork templates below and invite your learners to colour in, draw on or paint on them either by hand or using a computer. The templates can be done at A4 or A3 as required. Please write the learner’s name and school on the back of each page they do. The look of the finished template artworks are up to each participant but the colourful designs at the bottom of this page could be used as inspiration. Why not ask your learners to think of themes inspired by where they live, their favourite places or things?

NB: This is open to all key stages

A selection of the finished template artworks will be chosen to develop the final mural, which will be scaled up, printed on to panels and fixed to the hoardings at Morriston Hospital. The artwork will be installed in July 2017. Each school which has designs selected will be invited to the hospital to celebrate the results and will be credited on the Art Across The City website and related publicity material.

The deadline for finished artworks to be returned to us is Monday May 22nd, please send by post to: Art Across The City, PO Box 127, Swansea SA3 9BF

or by email to info@artacrossthecity.com

This is a great opportunity for your learners to be involved in making an exciting public artwork which will in turn benefit local people who use Morriston Hospital. We hope you will be interested in participating and we look forward to receiving your artworks.

Download the templates here:

Here are some previous template designs that might offer inspiration to your learners:

 

2016 LOCWS Schools Exhibition at the Grand Theatre, Swansea

An exhibition of artwork from schools in Swansea is now open in the Level 2 Gallery at the Grand Theatre, Swansea from 5 October – 27 October 2016.

Opened by The Lord Mayor of the City and County, Councillor David Hopkins of Swansea, and attended by The Lady Mayoress, Councillor Beverly Hopkins, Councillor Christine Richards, Deputy Leader of the City and County of Swansea and Mr. D. Byron Lewis, HM Lord-Lieutenant, the exhibition showcases artworks created by young people from across the city Read more…

Pupils from Christchurch Primary school year 5/6 undertook a tour on 26/05/16 of the latest LOCWS International Art Across the City exhibit, RESISTANCE, the exciting commission by Rich White as part of the LOCWS Schools project during the Summer term 2016. Read more…

Pupils from Waunarlwydd Primary school year 3/4 undertook a tour on 25/05/16 of the latest LOCWS International Art Across the City exhibit, RESISTANCE, the exciting commission by Rich White as part of the LOCWS Schools project during the Summer term 2016. Read more…

Pupils from Pennard Primary school year 3 undertook a tour on 24/05/16 of the latest LOCWS International Art Across the City exhibit, RESISTANCE, the exciting commission by Rich White as part of the LOCWS Schools project during the Summer term 2016. Read more…

Pupils from YGG Pontybrenin year 5/6 undertook a tour on 23/05/16 of the latest Locws International Art Across the City exhibit, RESISTANCE, the exciting commission by Rich White as part of the LOCWS Schools project during the Summer term 2016. Read more…

Pupils from Gowerton Primary school year 1/2 undertook a tour on 19/05/16 of the latest Locws International Art Across the City exhibit, RESISTANCE, the exciting commission by Rich White as part of the Locws  Schools project during the Summer term 2016. Read more…