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.
The 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.
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..
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.
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.
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.
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!
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
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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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.
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Who are you?
Michael Stumpf. I was born and grew up in Mannheim, Germany, which happens to be Swansea’s twin city. I currently work and live in Glasgow.
Hello, how are you?
In a good mood – busy making things work.
What do you do?
I make art. Read more…