Sjung Sjöng Sjungit and Hemhörigheter
National Waterfront Museum
Swedish artist Helen Edling’s two new installations respond to artworks by the Polish artist Josef Herman, whose work was inspired by the mining community of Ystradgynlais where he lived between 1944 and 1955.
Using the museum in unexpected ways, Helen Edling presents the viewer with a series of playful theatrical scenarios, ranging from small scenes of family life and
work to a mischievous flock of miners’ canaries who are in the process of ‘stealing’ Herman’s painting ‘Miners Singing’. Edling references Herman’s romantic ideas of the heroism of labour but gives the archetypes he portrays of ‘miner’ and ‘pregnant woman’ a new way of being experienced and considered.
This project is part of ArtShare Wales, Amgueddfa Cymru’s visual arts partnership scheme, funded by the Esmée Fairbairn Foundation. Click here to visit Helen Edling’s website
LOCWS International is an award-winning artist-led charity that was established in 1999 with the aim of making the arts more accessible to the public. Based in the City of Swansea, the charity has developed a range of educational and participatory activities that enables members of the community to take part in and broaden their understanding of the arts.