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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

By responding to Michael Stumpf’s work at the Amphitheatre, UWTSD Fine Art students Rhiannon Ames and Lucy Bethel created a collaborative site-specific event that attempted to disrupt the space with performative intervention.  Read more…

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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Locws International are very pleased to present Call Mum, a new work by artist, Dominic from Luton as part of the Cardiff Contemporary Festival 2014.

Dominic from Luton (Dominic Allan) has Call Mum written on his left hand every day in black biro. He describes it as ‘an advert of love in the monotony of our daily lives.’ For Cardiff Contemporary, Dominic from Luton would like to share this simple yet universal statement with the citizens and visitors to Cardiff.

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Big Art Build Banner Workshops

Bank holiday weekend:   24th /  25th /  26th May

Drop-in Sessions from 11am – 3pm @National Waterfront Museum. Drop in and contribute to a large colourful banner using paints, textiles and recycled materials, and design personalised badges to take home, in response to Craig Fisher’s artwork in the Museum foyer.

This workshop is FREE and open to all ages. GET INVOLVED!

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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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Lisa Scantlebury is an artist based in Bristol, UK. She was shortlisted for our Public Art Open Submission and selected to further develop her work for Art Across The City 2014. We caught up with Lisa for a quick Q & A.

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Juneau Projects was formed in 2001 by artists, Philip Duckworth and Ben Sadler. Their work includes public participation alongside a diverse mix of sculpture, drawing projection, sound, music, animation and installation. They are particularly interested in the rapidly increasing speed of technological development, and its associated obsolescence. Recent work has examined the overlap between performance as musicians, sculpture and installation, an example of which are a series of homemade devices which attempt to function as both sculpture and playable musical instrument. Their new wall-based works examine equipment-fetishism and the DIY processes which facilitate their electronic music.

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Having first seen his work when he represented Sweden as part of the Nordic Pavillion at the Venice Biennale 2007, we are very pleased to include his Jacob Dahlgren‘s work in our Art Across The City 2013 programme.

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With just two weeks until Art Across The City 2013 is launched on 28th March, Pete Fowler‘s Portrait of the Artist as a Young Octopus is proving to be one of our most popular commissions. Twitter is buzzing with praise for his largest work to date, which covers the facade of a former nightclub opposite Swansea Train Station. Ahead of his RCA Secret Postcards show, we talked to Pete to discuss Dylan Thomas, owls, octopi and upcoming projects.

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